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  • Warm-sounding, low-noise, classic recording studio mic sound
  • Large, 6-micron gold-sputtered capsule
  • Steel head and woven-brass mesh grill
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      MXL

      A versatile vintage-sounding mic with clarity and tons of character.

      The MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern is a condenser microphone designed around a Class-A discrete FET mic amp specially chosen to match its large diaphragm capsule. The capsule itself has been sized and tuned to provide a silky and airy top end with a full, warm midrange reminiscent of vintage microphones. Hand selected internal components create a sound that enhances both vocal and instrument performances.

      Using the polar patterns
      To take advantage of the versatility of the MXL 4000's polar patterns, here are some miking tricks of the pros.

      Figure-8
      Figure-8 mics pick up sound equally well from front and rear. So, if you're looking for a rich vocal sound with the added ambience of room tone to add depth and spaciousness, use the figure-8 pattern and have your vocalist sing into one side while the other picks up the reflections of the room. Only do this if you have a good-sounding room. You can also use the figure-8 pattern for isolation from other instruments. For example, if you're miking drums and want to give the hi-hat it's own track, position the MXL 4000 so that the side of the figure-8, where rejection is greatest, is pointing towards the snare while the front or rear of the mix faces the hat. Do the same if you're recording a singer-guitarist who's playing an acoustic while singing. You need two figure-8 mics for this one. Position the vocal mic so that the side is facing the guitar, and the guitar mic so that the side of the figure-8 points towards the singer's mouth. Now both singer and guitar are isolated. Again, make sure you do this in a room that sounds good, because the back side of the mic will be picking up the room.

      Omni
      In many cases, the least used, but best-sounding of all the polar patterns. Omni has very little off-axis coloration, which means that sounds entering the sides of the mic sound just as good as sounds entering the front. If you have a great-sounding room, by all means, try omni before anything else. Omni gives your recordings the impression of being in the room with the sound. It also works very well as the "mid" mic in Mid-Side stereo recording.

      Cardioid
      This is the most used pattern. It's basically point and shoot, but keep in mind that you can use it's rear-rejection to your advantage, or by turning the mic slightly away from the source, you can use it's off-axis response to tame sharp transients. Aside from straight-ahead recording, most people us the cardioid pattern is the "mid" mic in Mid-Side stereo recording.

      Requires phantom power.

      Features

      • Warm-sounding, low-noise, classic recording studio mic sound
      • Large, 6-micron gold-sputtered capsule
      • Steel head and woven-brass mesh grill
      • Heavy duty metallic blue finished enclosure
      • Vintage transformerless design
      • Attractive mahogany colored storage case
      • Specially designed MXL 60 shock mount included
      • Custom foam windscreen
       

      4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone Specifications:

      • Preamp: Class-A FET
      • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Figure-eight
      • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz
      • Equivalent Noise: 20dB SPL
      • Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa
      • Maximum SPL: 130dB
      • Typical Load Impedance: >500 ohms
      • Output Source Impedance: 200 ohms
      • Power: Phantom Power
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      MXL4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone
       
      4.7

      (based on 68 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (52)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (13)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (11)
      • Versatile (8)
      • Easy to use (7)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home studio (11)
        • Amateur recording (8)
        • Professional recording (5)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Great Vocal Mic Value

        I've been searching for that elusive perfect vocal mic (that I can afford) for my soft, raspy dull voice for a long time. Based on other reviews I decided to give the MXL...Read complete review

        I've been searching for that elusive perfect vocal mic (that I can afford) for my soft, raspy dull voice for a long time. Based on other reviews I decided to give the MXL 4000 a try and purchased one. I compared vocal only tracks with 5 other mics through an ART mic pre and no EQ for 1 verse and 1 chorus of a melodic country folk rock song that covered a fairly large range of notes. I listened for clarity, tone, and smoothness over the entire range of the song. MXL 4000 was very good in all of those categories and I will not have to add high-end EQ to mixes with this mic. It actually is close to perfect for my voice. My Neumann KM56 tube condenser was a tiny tad clearer but needs a slight high-end EQ boost for my voice. An EV RE20 was super clear but darker and not as smooth over the entire range. The higher notes got a little thin. A Shure SM58 was fourth with less clarity and brightness. Last was a Blue Encore Performance mic which sounded considerably darker compared with the others. However I have a customer with a strong baritone voice who recorded an album with it and sounded great so I suspect the MXL 4000 would be too bright for him.
        The bottom line is as always it depends on the voice being recorded to determine if this is the right mic or not. It's great for darker soft voices like mine. The switches are a little fragile but no more than any other mic I have with switches like my Neumann and AKG mics. I haven't tried yet but I believe it will be good for classical guitar, finger picked steel string guitar and lower voiced string instruments. My next vocal recording will definitely be with the MXL 4000.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Difficult To Work With

        I am using this mic for demo recording using the duet by Apogee interface/pre-amp. After 20 - 30 vocal recordings I am not a big fan of the mic. Overall I find it...Read complete review

        I am using this mic for demo recording using the duet by Apogee interface/pre-amp. After 20 - 30 vocal recordings I am not a big fan of the mic. Overall I find it dirty sounding with a very brash high end. I am a baratone, so perhaps my voice is not suited for the mic. The mic requires excessive EQ work to pull out ugly frequencies and set the voice in the mix. I am still experiementing with room configs and voice/source placement, but so far I'm not too optimistic. One thing for sure, the recording conditions must be carefully managed. Any bleed from headphones and other room adnormalities will kill the sound.

        This is not a 'bad' mic for the money obviously, but it does not appear to really deliver pro sound. In the end you usually get what you pay for.

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        3.0

        It's good, not great.

        By Dave

        from Seattle, wa

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

          I purchased a Rode NT1a about 10 years ago, still runs strong. I wanted something with a more warmer ton and frankly just some other options. I found the mxl 4000 online and it came with the mxl 603s for free. After reading the reviews I purchased it. I hate to say it but I wasn't super happy with the mic. Don't get me wrong, the mic itself sounds fine, and it's clear and you can really capture an accurate recording, but my rode does the same. I basically purchased another mic of the same quality as my rode. I do like the switch features, so you can record in omni, figure 8, cardioid and so forth. Plus, there is a switch that cuts the sound by 10db instantly.

          Overall, I'm not disappointed with the mic and I don't plan on returning it but if you're more experiences, spend more money. Upgrade to this mic if your current mic is the mxl 990. Or if you're looking at getting into recording, this mic will be a good first mic.

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          5.0

          This is a great bang for the capability.

          By Old fire stick

          from Sandpoint, ID

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Full Thick Pickup
          • Fullthick Sound
          • Good Ms Mic
          • Good Omni
          • Versatile
          • Very Musical

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mid Side Cardiod
            • Mid Side Figure 8
            • Performances
            • Vocal And Instrument

            Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

            Marshall has steadily improved their product. I have two 1006's that I still use when I need a bright, lively track(s)...this 4000 covers everything else when it's needed. I view all equipment from a home studio perspective, I am not a professional so I figure that, if a signal can travel through my outboard processors to: one or more tape machines, digital recorders, DAW"s or a house party PA...things are good.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good mic, Good price

            By Derrick

            from Lawton, OK

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

            Mic is very clear with a balanced sound, records low range voices well. Higher ranged singers might try a little distance from the mic, which should be no problem as this mic will pick up the sound of a gnat farting. The patterns availableare useful for full room recording, ambient echo, or just getting a slightly different sound. Beware, though, this mic is BIG and heavy.

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            5.0

            Good value, very sensitive

            By Dagwood Wilson

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • I Have Found No Real Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

            I have only used the mic for one session. It has a good range and picks up every nuance. I used it to mic a keyboard amp and as a vocal mic.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Identical reproduction of my voice

            By JonnyDeath

            from Madtown, Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • 10db Cut
            • 3 Mic Patterns
            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Huge Pop Filter
            • Huge Shock Mount
            • Large Fancy Case
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy
            • The Color

            Best Uses

            • Vocals And Acoustic

            Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

            I ran some voice tests on it after owning this mic for a number of years and only toying with it here and there.

            Through my hundred+ AKG's I was able to adjust EQ on my bus mixer until I had a perfect match to my voice.
            I spoke into open air without headphones then repeated the same thing with the headphones on.
            Absolutely indistinguishable from one another.

            What else is there to be said?
            I have that universal voice where I can impersonate about any singer dead on. Cartoon characters, celebrities, the next door neighbor etc.
            This point being made, I found the mic for my voice but I can only testify on my own behalf.

            All that being said, I'm blown away.
            At this price I get 100% out what I put in?
            I'm not sure I will ever use anything else even if I can blow 5 grand on another condenser without concern.

            One negative is the color.
            It's a huge turn off and going to result in prejudiced views. It's a sickly blue with a very vibrant chrome mesh and frame.
            If it had been black or white in casing I genuinely believe it would have attained legendary status by now based on my experience described above.
            I took a guess and found a mic seemingly engineered for my exact voice.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By paokan

            from LA, Ca

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile
            • Very Good Sound Easy To

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

              good quality ,look good, the case look good too, for the price can't complain,

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Microphone! Just buy it already!!

              By Kendra

              from Lafayette, Louisiana

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

                I bought this mic two years ago, and it hasn't let me down yet! This is by far one of my favorite purchases. At the time of my purchase, the 4000 came with an MXL 603S as a free gift. I paid a total 200 for these two microphones. I feel like I owe Musicians Friend some money! I have used the 4000 to mic my Martin, and also to lay down vocals. It gives a clear, rich sound. The mic has been banged around a few times, but the quality of my recordings haven't suffered one bit. I would recommend this mic to anyone who is just getting started. Defiantly get this mic rather than a cheaper USB condenser. The quality of your music will be so much better.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Vocal Mic Value

                By dhughe1

                from Fort Worth, TX

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  I've been searching for that elusive perfect vocal mic (that I can afford) for my soft, raspy dull voice for a long time. Based on other reviews I decided to give the MXL 4000 a try and purchased one. I compared vocal only tracks with 5 other mics through an ART mic pre and no EQ for 1 verse and 1 chorus of a melodic country folk rock song that covered a fairly large range of notes. I listened for clarity, tone, and smoothness over the entire range of the song. MXL 4000 was very good in all of those categories and I will not have to add high-end EQ to mixes with this mic. It actually is close to perfect for my voice. My Neumann KM56 tube condenser was a tiny tad clearer but needs a slight high-end EQ boost for my voice. An EV RE20 was super clear but darker and not as smooth over the entire range. The higher notes got a little thin. A Shure SM58 was fourth with less clarity and brightness. Last was a Blue Encore Performance mic which sounded considerably darker compared with the others. However I have a customer with a strong baritone voice who recorded an album with it and sounded great so I suspect the MXL 4000 would be too bright for him.
                  The bottom line is as always it depends on the voice being recorded to determine if this is the right mic or not. It's great for darker soft voices like mine. The switches are a little fragile but no more than any other mic I have with switches like my Neumann and AKG mics. I haven't tried yet but I believe it will be good for classical guitar, finger picked steel string guitar and lower voiced string instruments. My next vocal recording will definitely be with the MXL 4000.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Microphone if You Want to Upgrade!

                  By Pyramid Street Records

                  from Orlando, Florida

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Comes With Filter
                  • Does the job
                  • Has 3 Options On Mic
                  • Nice Box
                  • Nice weight

                  Cons

                  • Really Big

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Rapping

                  Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  I use it everyday and I have not had any complaints! You will Enjoy this Mic!

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great quality

                  By Swagger

                  from Wildwood, NJ

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight
                  • Works As Good As It Looks

                  Cons

                  • Fragile

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  the first one I ordered came broken. the replacement is great and works terrific. love the quality it produces. works great with pro-tools, as well as the rest of my set up.

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