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  • Large gold-sputtered diaphragm
  • FET preamplifier
  • Transformer-coupled output
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High accuracy with vocal-flattering warmth!

The MXL 3000 has a large gold-sputtered diaphragm and an FET preamplifier with premium components within the signal path. Its transformer-coupled output is very reminiscent of the circuit designs found in early British recording consoles. When used for recording vocals the microphone has amazing clarity and warmth. It is a stunningly detailed microphone that is also appropriate for instrument miking, especially of string and wind instruments. It comes in a rugged aluminum flight case and includes microphone mount.
Requires phantom power.


  • Large gold-sputtered diaphragm
  • FET preamplifier
  • Transformer-coupled output
  • Amazing clarity, warmth, and detail
  • Excels for vocals, strings, and wind instruments
  • Includes heavy-duty flight case and mount

A terrific microphone for an especially attractive price. Order today.


3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Type: Six micron condenser pressure gradient capsule, transformer coupled
  • Frequency Response: 30-20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 16 mV/pa
  • Output Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 19dB (A weighted IEC 268-4)
  • Max SPL: 130 dB
  • S/N Ratio: 75dB, 1kHz @ 1Pa
  • Metal Finish: blue/brushed
  • Weight: 1.15 lbs.
  • Operating Voltage: 48V phantom power (+- 4V)
  • Current Consumption: <3.5mA
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Great mic!

By Stewzbrewz22s

from Kansas City, MO

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  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Any Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    This was the first mic I picked up to start recording at home and with my band. It's best for vocals and acoustic instruments. Tried it out with singing and with my Walden SupraNatura acoustic guitar and it sounded FANTASTIC. I even recorded some heavy stuff on my electric guitar and it sounded pretty good. It is useful for any level of recording, but if you are a beginner, this mic will be better than perfect for you.

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    For The Budget-Minded

    By DBargaehr

    from Azusa, CA

    Comments about MXL 3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    If you have a choice between this and the MXL 990/991 package: pick this. The 900 series of MXL is garbage, meant to be marketing giveaways to promote a new name in a sea flooded with brands.Now to the mic:I've had the privilege of working with much better mics and mic pres in several studios (i.e., Neumann u87 through an MSS-10...mmmmm), but most of the time I'm on my home rig. This mic is GREAT for the money. Pretty detailed sound/response, and despite the spec sheet's response curve it's not overly bright. Simply lovely for acoustic guitar, worked better than my AKG 451s for warm, solo-guitar work. Dinged quality for not including a shockmount. Wish I had upped for the 4000, as I would have like a few more patterns to work with.

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    GOOD mic

    By Script

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about MXL 3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    I own this mic and i use it for recording. I use it with the Mxl Mic Mate which works fine so i don't need a mixer. The vocal quality is great and i recomend this mic. This mic is perfect for peopel just starting out because it's at a low price. BUY THIS MIC!

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    Great Mic

    By Tek_Knowledge

    from Maryland

    Comments about MXL 3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    I just bought this mic and and very impressed with its vocal quality, especially in the warmth department. I previously used an AKG Perception 100 which had a very airy, thin sound...I had to do A LOT of eq'ing to bring my vocals to life. This mic required me to do nothing that extensive. A little manipulation for vocal clarity and the cutting out of the low frequency for the mic rumbe (don't have a shock mount) and thats it. The mic picks up a nice, warm sound. My only complaint would be the harsh frequency response around the 8-10K region, where I do have to eq to calm that down. I use this mic now with the antares mic modeler and it sounds great (model after neumann u87). Would recommend to anyone for the price!

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    Very even tempered mic

    By KD321

    from Shadow Hills, CA

    Comments about MXL 3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    This mic is a nice combination of full sound with excellent detail. I wouldn't call it "stunning detail" but definately has better than average transient response. The frequency response is very smooth without any particular frequencies jumping out from the rest in need of EQ. It makes this mic usable for a wide field of applications. I've had great results with vocals and the smoothness would lend itself well to sax and strings. The lack of rolloff or hi pass doesn't matter to me as I feel that's better handled at the mic pre.

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    Great mic for the next step in recording.

    By FlintRiver1

    from Saint Peters, MO

    Comments about MXL 3000 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

    If you are a beginner at recording like me, and you want to start moving towards some nicer equipment. This should be the first mic you buy. Once I got it I recorded some trial songs, and as soon as I pressed play, I was blown away with the clarity, and how amazing it sounded. It works Perfect with vocals, and amazing for strings especially double bass. (it's good with guitar, but not my favorite). I took a dare, and used it for my voice in a live gig. Afterwards almost everyone I talked to mentioned how well they could hear me. I'm not sure that is the best use of the mic, but it's a nice detail. Overall this is an outstanding mic for your next step in recording. The only downside is the mount is a little big for all my boom stands, but works well with one of my stands.

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