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MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone   (Open Box)
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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 its 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 its 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
Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 130 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Multi-pattern
  • Type: Mounted
  • Applications: Studio
  • Diaphragm size: Large diaphragm
  • Switches: Low-cut, -10dB pad
  • Phantom power required: Yes (48V)
  • Size and weight
  • Width: 2.3"
  • Height: 9.4"
  • Weight: 1.6 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: No
  • Shockmount: Yes
  • Power supply: No
SPECIFICATIONS

4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone

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MXL4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (21)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (20)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (9), 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

Great microphone from a great company

By AnTone DopeLogic

from California

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    You can change the dynamics of your recording with switches right there on the microphone, and the sound quality is very clean. I have even had people ask me what happened to my sound quality when I went to another good condensor mic, I accidentally bent the connection ground and can't get the cable to attach. Check this out though, after nearly 6 years of owning this mic, when I finally got around to calling MXL for a replacement part, they discussed the issue with me and helped me find out the best option to fix my microphone. I can either send it to them for further consultation, and/or find the part myself, bend it without affecting the sound quality(which they explained is possible in many cases).

    Unheard of customer service skills, professional quality microphone that does what it is supposed to, kudos.

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    5.0

    Voice over artists should check it out.

    By Johnny Stone

    from Phoenix,AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      Professional voice over artist. Over 40 years I have a dozen mics but I picked this up last year, and hardly ever use the others now. Great clear tone. three pickup pattern choices, I use Cardiod the most. Cut bass or flatten response, cut your input -10db for versatility, has what I need, and makes me sound smooth and rich. Great value.

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      4.0

      Nice mic at the right price!

      By RustyAxe

      from Hartford, CT

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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 one of these about three years ago, packaged with a "free" MXL 603s. Since then the price of the MXL 4000 shot up (and no freebie). So I waited and made do with what I had. When the price dropped, with a freebie 603s again, I jumped at it. I use fig8 mics when recording a singing guitarist (myself or someone else). Using a Blumlein configuration I get reasonably good separation of vocal and instrument (not complete, of course). I like this mic (obviously, I bought two). Some find it a bit shrill on the top end but I'm a baritone, and I've had no issues with other male voices, and most female voices for that matter. And I have a nice pair of SDC's to boot! No, it's not a Neumann or Manley, but it will compare favorably with mics costing twice as much (I compared the AT 4050, Sterling, and a few other multi-patterns). The wooden case (nice!) and shock mount were included, too.

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        5.0

        Fantastic mic!

        By Eagle's Flight Studio

        from Utah Valley, Utah

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Good value
        • Rich Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Almost Anything In-studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        I bought a couple of these guys several years back, and I've gotta say they are THE mic of choice in my studio for vocals. They have a warmth and a richness that exceeds that of any other mic I own, sounding like they cost much more more than they actually do. I've also had excellent results with a number of other intruments.

        My only (& I do mean ONLY) complaint with this mic is its weight. Any time I want to extend it out on a boom stand, I have to either use my heaviest stand base or put sand bags on the stand base to keep it from tipping the stand over.

        Bottom line: I'm helping a friend set up a new studio in another state, and I've told him to get some of these!

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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 South Carolina

          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 Upstate, SC

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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

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              By El Chupacabras

              from Twin Falls, ID

              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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                  5.0

                  Love this mic!

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                  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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