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MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone   (Open Box)
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Product# 270624
OVERVIEW

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

SPECIFICATIONS

4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone

  • 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 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (16)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (7), Novice (3)

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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5.0

MXL makes a great MIC

By fenderdan

from Orlando, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    I am very happy with this MIC. It sounds great, easy to work with. Best of all was the price! Would recommend this MIC to anyone.

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    5.0

    Best dobro mic I've found

    By SouthPa

    from Colombia, SC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      I've had a pair of these mics for several years now as part of my 20-mic stable. This mic enriches a dobro like no other mic I've used for bluegrass music in 30 years. It's best for recording; works very good with indoor concerts. Does not work well outdoors, as the mic is actually too sensitive--it picks up even the slightest breeze. We tried it in the one-mic configuration, but I think other mics do a better job. (The mic is so sensitive that the banjo can't back up far enough to get out of the way-even 6-8 feet!) Acoustic guitar and vocals sound very good as well through this mic.

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      5.0

      The 4000 is a great Mic

      By Dbach

      from Newport News, Virginia

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      I bought this for my daughter who is majoring in music in college and helped her set up her Mac as a home studio and this Mic is great. Clear voice rep;roduction and easy to use although it is large as the other reviews have said.

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      5.0

      Our Trio's Favorite

      By Jaystrings

      from Carolinas

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      Pros

      • Clear Reproduction
      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        After buying our first of these mics to use in a performance, we went into a studio to record. To our surprise, the studio owner / sound engineer had this mic in his studio for each of us. He used them for vocals AND for our acoustic guitars.

        I, frankly, don't understand all the specs on this thing; I only know we no longer use a mic, which cost a lot more. We've all played in other bands and used other mics. This MXL4000 suits us and if we lost one, we'd get another.

        After buying and using our first MXL4000, we soon bought 2 more for using live because we like the warm, crisp tone. One of the few things we agree on is that this is our mic of choice.

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        5.0

        This will give you the professional edge

        By El Chupacabras

        from Idaho

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording
            • Voice Over

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

            I am a professional broadcaster with nearly 30 years of on-air experience. I do voice-overs in both English and Spanish. I have used many dynamic and condensor mics, but I have never encountered a mic with such clarity and such a clean bottom end (with the exception of some that cost over two grand or more.) I've had issues with mics that make me sound raspy and/or give me bad sibilance on the high end. I plugged this one in, and I sounded like a big time voice actor. With only a single processor in my chain, I was able to achieve a sound that potentially could have cost over 5 grand in equipment and signal processors to obtain. I cannot believe this mic is so reasonably priced. It is WORTH at least five times more. I give it 5 stars.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this mic!

            By optiluzions

            from detroit

            About Me Novice

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            This mic sounds great! I don't even really have to do much mixing for it to sound great! It picks up almost everything. Pretty true to life sound. Definitely worth the money!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good mic, Good price

                By Derrick

                from Lawton, OK

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                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

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                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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