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MXL 4000XL Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone  

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    Versatile, large-diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser for vocals and instruments that could benefit from a brighter, more open sound.

    The MXL 4000XL is a multi-pattern condenser microphone with a large 32mm dual diaphragm capsule. The latest incarnation of the MXL 4000, its large-sized capsule brings a bolder, brighter, and more open sound. The 4000XL uses hand-selected internal components to create a sound that enhances both vocal and instrument performances. This microphone includes a shockmount and wooden storage case.

    Specially designed MXL 60 shockmount included.

    Features
    • Enhances both vocal and instrument
    • Large capsule condensers reveal very subtle sonic details
    • Multiple polar patterns: cardioid, figure 8, omni-directional

    Order now and get an affordable, great sounding mic for multiple applications.

     

    4000XL Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone Specifications:

    • Type: Pressure-gradient multi-pattern condenser mic.
    • Diaphragm: 6-micron, gold sputtered
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
    • Polar Pattern: Cardioid/Figure-8/Omni-directional switch-selectable
    • Impedance: 200ohm
    • Sensitivity: 18mV/Pa
    • Pre-Attenuation Switch: 0dB, -10dB
    • High Pass Filter: 6dB octave, 150Hz
    • Equivalent Noise: 20dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
    • S/N Ratio: 74dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
    • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 130dB
    • Power Requirement: 48V phantom power (± 4V)
    • Current Consumption: < 5.5mA
    • Size: 2-1/2” x 10-3/4” (63.5mm x 273mm)
    • Weight: 2.15 lb. (975g)
    • Metal Finish: Blue/Nickel
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    MXL4000XL Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone
     
    4.4

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (4)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    5.0

    When size matters, use this mic

    By Jim Glunt

    from on the road

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    This mic is called "XL" for a reason. It is a big, heavy large diaphragm condenser. It sounds great on my voice, which is deep and sometimes difficult to record. I've had no problem with the shock mount. It's a screw on type, which I prefer over the clamp on. Since the mic is heavy, I use it on a straight mic stand rather than a boom. I'm afraid it might be heavy enough to tip a boom over, but on a straight mic stand it is stable. Over all, it's a very nice transparent-sounding mic. I believe anyone would be pleased with how it sounds, and for me, that's the bottom line.

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    5.0

    Haven't had the 4000XL long enough

    By John

    from Lafayette, LA

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Great Closeout Price
    • Nice Full Sound

    Cons

    • Incorrect Shockmount
    • No More Available

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

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

    First of all, I haven't used the 4000XL too much to comment on the sound, other than it sounds great so far. The fault with the incorrect shockmount lies with MXL. Musicians Friend sold the combo of mic and shockmount which is pre-boxed by MXL. I complained to Musicians Friend about the shockmount and they told me to send everything back, which didn't sound too cost effective to me. When I got the 4000XL back, you guessed it, they had sent the same incorrect screw-on shockmount. I called Musicians Friend again and they offered to give me a discount on an MXL 990 clamp-on shockmount. Although I did order that, it seems a bit flimsy for the 4000XL which has a large body. A wider clamp and stronger elastic bands are probably what is needed. Plus I have the original shockmount that was sent, which I have no use for. Musicians Friend's attitude was that there was no use correcting the problem since the large body 4000XL was discontinued anyway. Despite the problem with the shockmount for this microphone, I still like ordering from Musician's Friend. They are some good people who will try to make it right for you.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    No replacement unit was shipped out

    By Alexproke

    from Pearland, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

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

          I ordered 4000XL Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone from Musician's Friend. It was the "stupid deal of the day," so the price was great. The unit came on time, worked perfectly well; however, the wooden box was broken and shock-mount was not fitting the mike. I called their customer service. The agent said that they have plenty of such units in stock and he advised me to return everything, so they could send me the merchandize with the correct shock-mount. So, I returned the whole thing in the original box. Recently, I got a message from Musician's Friend that the mike is on the "backorder" and they are waiting for the manufacturer to send them more units. I know that it cannot be true because this model has been discontinued. My hunch is that they just don't want to send me the replacement unit at the lower price of the "stupid deal." I called their customer service 3 times and every time I was promised that my order will be shipped out "tomorrow." I am getting nothing! I have to admit that this entire experience has been frustrating and disappointing. I have purchased many items from Musician's Friend, and I never expected to be treated like this.

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          4.0

          Love the Mic! Hate the shock mount.

          By Rundown Studios

          from Topeka, Kansas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

          • No cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

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

          I love the microphone. It has a smooth warm sound and the highs are nice and juicy. The disapointing thing is that the sweet looking shock mount that was sent with the mic would not hold the mic. It was almost there but I couldn't get it to fit for anything.

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          5.0

          Outstanding Performance and Flexibility

          By Boomer Bill

          from Oxnard, CA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I havfe the original MXL4000 and am very happy with it, so when the XL version showed up on the "Stupid Deal of the Day" I ordered immediately. The XL is physically larger and heavier and should not be used on flimsy booms. A solid, stable mike stand is called for. When changing between omni, cardioid, and figure 8 pickup patterns there is a very loud "pop." I would recommend turning off the phantom power, changing modes, and turning the phantom poweer back on to avoid the potentially eardrum destroying "pop." The mike is worth babying and is an excellent value.

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          5.0

          Love This Mic

          By Manny-.E6m_

          from Cape Cod, Ma

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

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

          This is my second review on this mic- in the interest of providing info for prospective buyers...First let me say, that when I record my own vocals, this is now the only mic I will go to, and I will try it first on all other vocals as well. My most expensive mics are my AKG 4000 pair, which sound great, especially in omni mode, but I have had reliability issues with both of these mics... and the repairs on these two mics could have bought me one new MXL 4000XL, and a couple cases of guitar strings, as well. Thankfully, the MXL mic sounds just as clear, (only more natural), and every track it produces sits easily in the mix with little or no eq! I have also used it as the fig 8 mic in a mid-side micing of my Taylor acoustic, and the results absolutely floored me! I am guessing that this mic would also be great as a stereo pair for overhead drum micing, since it picks up so well at a distance, as well as up close. I do not own any audiophile mics, but I firmly believe that no open minded engineer would dislike this piece, unless he had predetermined in his mind that it was not going to be good. I have no idea how reliable it will be, but it won't have to do much to be at least as reliable as my AKG's, which both did very poorly. I now have another MXL 4000XL on order... I do dislike the fact that it is so huge, and heavy, and I hate screwing this thing onto the shock mount, (which really is not made to fit this mic, sadly.)The girth of the mic does not allow it to fit inside the frame of the mount, forcing you to mount it "inside out!" I only feel safe with the mic hung with the capsule down, because the weight of the mic makes it want to keel over from the upright position... If anyone is interested in this mic, I would like to point out that there is a smaller version, which is the MXL 4000, (not the 4000XL). However, I do believe this smaller mic also uses a smaller diameter diaphram in its capsule, and so, most likely, has a much different sound... Hope this helps!

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          5.0

          A Great Mic for "Live Recording" combining "Strong Vocals & Instraments"

          By Mya Chavis

          from New York

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

          I am satisfied but could create a squeeze in shock mount ill be ecstatic.
          The different recoding features allows for versatility while recording . I dont like having to screw this huge mic into a shock mount though {it consumes to much time}.
          Great clarity for recording Live Bands, Choirs and Bands the Clarity in sound is amazing.
          If you need extra clarity for "Live Recording of Medium to Large Bands, Choirs or Vocal Artist this is the mic for you

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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gigantic, but Nice

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

          For sound, I give this mic a 9.5, but it is just so ridiculously huge and heavy, that it's not convenient to get on the stand or to get in position. It's also tedious to screw this thing on to the shock mount, and I would find myself going to any of my other mics, if it didn't sound so good. Also, this mic sounds good in all of it's polar patterns, and in my very dead sounding studio/mixdown room, the figure 8 pattern really breathes some life into my vocal recordings. It sounded good at 2 to 3 inches, 6 inches, and even about 18 inches form my mouth. All the other mics were not so lenient with distance placement. It also beat out all my other mics as far as giving good bass response without breath plosives. The 990 and the AKG both had very sweet mids, and the ribbon had a very natural sound, even with the more extreme EQ that I had to use with it. As I said, I liked all these mics, but the 4000XL just seems to edge the others out in my final analysis, when I just try to "listen without analyzing".
          Came through with a very nice all wood case. However, the case only holds the mic, and not the shock mount, which is not so nice. I would have been happier with a good plastic case like the one supplied with my MXL 990, which holds everything. The mic seems very well made, but at 2 lbs, and 11 inches long, its just too big, in my opinion. The shock mount, which is very well made, will not accept the mic's huge girth, unless the mic is placed outside the mount. The only way I was able to use this huge setup was to hang the mic outside the shock mount, with the capsule towards the floor, because the weight and size of the thing kept wanting to tip itself over. I also was not so thrilled about having to screw this large and heavy object on to the shock mount each time I wanted to use it. I prefer the squeeze trigger mechanism that some of the other MXL shockmounts employ... Still, with the very good quality of all these parts, I still give it a 7, owing to the fact that the sound is very good, and it has three polar patterns, including a figure 8, which I like a lot.
          I don't know how it will hold up long term, but the quality seems great on this mic, and every piece that came with it. Although I do not like the design of the shockmount, it still has to be given high marks for it's robust, all metal construction. The wooden case is also very nice, but only holds the mic itself, and not the shockmount. My complaints are with the design, not the quality.
          I would give it a 10, if the mic wasn't 3 times the size and weight that it should be, and if everything fit together in the case. I have only recorded vocals so far, but I think this mic might be great on acoustic guitar, especially as the fig 8 mic in a mid-side micing situation. I like this mic a whole lot as a studio vocal mic. I recorded the same vocal track using the MXL 990, the MXL R40 ribbon, the AKG C4000, and this MXL C4000XL. I was very happy with all the sounds I got, but only this mic and the AKG sounded good when left flat. However, in recording, I like to roll off the lows on vocals, as a rule, to give low frequency instruments more room to breathe. I found that in doing so with this mic, I had to take out a little high frequency notch (about 1.5 dB @ 9khz, Q of 1. 2, if I remember correctly)...I didn't have to do that with the AKG, or the 990. With the ribbon, I had to do a more severe low cut, and also a very strong shelving boost of the highs, starting at about 4.23Khz. And though I liked all the tracks I got using these mics, the MXL 4000XL turned out to be my favorite, with possibly the ribbon taking second. But it was difficult to decide which one I liked best after EQ and effects were added. Still, the 4000XL won out, for me.

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