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32mm pressure gradient condenser microphone ideal for vocals.
The MXL 880 has a 32mm capsule and a fixed cardioid pickup pattern. Condenser microphones are very sensitive, readily revealing very subtle sonic details. They also tend to pick up sounds outside the pattern more than some designs, which can lead to powerful feedback if you are not careful. MXL strongly advises experimentation with placement and isolation requirements with the gain initially set low to avoid equipment (and hearing) damage.
The MXL 880 includes a high-isolation shockmount. When attaching it to the 880, simply shift the elastic bands to center the microphone in the assembly. Be sure that the wire clamp does not rest on the chassis of the mount, as this impairs mechanical isolation. Slide the shockmount up the body of the microphone and stop just below the grill for the most secure hold.
Requires phantom power at 48 volts and an XLR cable to connect to your mixer or preamp (not included).
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Comments about MXL 880 Vocal Condenser Microphone:
I bought this as the stupid deal of the day this week and tested it this weekend against the AKG Perception 220 (about 150), MXL 990 w/shock mount (about 60), and MXL 920 (about 80). Not surprisingly, they came out right around their price ranges. The MXL 880 had the best response for vocals with hardly any accent on highs, mids, or lows. The AKG 220 was 2nd best with the response and sound capture but emphasized the bass a little more. Of course, there is a bass roll off button and another one that does change the way it sounds. However, the voice did sound a little better on the MXL 880. The MXL 920 wasn't bad, just not as good as the other two. The MXL 990 was the worse of the four but still very good for the price. If you can afford the MXL 880, buy it, I'm glad I did. If not, the other ones are good for beginners, home recording, and budget.