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MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone   

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The MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone gives you topnotch condenser sound without the high-end price tag. Part of MXL's 900 Series mics, a...Read More

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Affordable pressure gradient condenser mic with cardioid polar pattern and large dynamic range.

The MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone gives you topnotch condenser sound without the high-end price tag. Part of MXL's 900 Series mics, affordable mics ideal for home studios, the side-address 910 is a medium diaphragm condenser mic versatile enough to handle guitars, drums, and even vocals thanks to its cardioid polar pattern, and gold-sputtered, six micron diaphragm. The 910 boasts a generous 30Hz - 20kHz frequency range which is remarkably smooth and consistent between 50Hz through 1kHz, with a slight rise between the two, and a presence peak between 5K and 10K with a drop-off after 10K.

FEATURES
  • Medium-diaphragm condenser mic
  • Large dynamic range
  • Low-noise circuitry
  • Cardioid response pattern
  • Great for guitars, drums, and more
  • Includes clip

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SPECIFICATIONS

910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone

  • Type: Pressure-gradient condenser mic
    Diaphragm: Gold-sputtered, 6 micron diaphragm
    Frequency range: 30Hz - 20kHz
    Polar pattern: Cardioid
    Capsule Size: 22mm/0.866142"
    Impedance: 200 ohms
    Equivalent noise level: 20 dBA (A-weighted IEC 651)
    Power requirements: 48V phantom power (±4V)
    Weight: .75 lb./340g
    Size: 47mm x 168mm/1.85" x 6.60"
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MXL910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (67)
  • Easy to use (52)
  • Versatile (33)
  • Durable (19)
  • Lightweight (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (54)
  • Amateur recording (43)
  • Performances (24)
  • Professional recording (24)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (48), Professional musician (25), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Late night review

Alright, a lot of folk have wondered whether this was a good mic or not. After all, it was on the Stupid Deal of The Day and also a Black Friday special right...Read complete review

Alright, a lot of folk have wondered whether this was a good mic or not. After all, it was on the Stupid Deal of The Day and also a Black Friday special right after that. Lots of people got their order in and are biting their fingernails hoping they snagged a good mic for the price.

I got mine in the mail and immediately set it up to A/B against my Audio Technica AT-3035 - my reliable 'old faithful' stand by for vocals and instruments. I placed both mics exactly the same height right up against each other and belted out a few notes. I then did the same with a Martin X-series Acoustic guitar; and they were also placed about 6 feet from a live drum set in a very live room. Here's what I found :

On vocals, the MXL passed with flying colors. Could not believe I had to listen again and again to figure out which mic I liked better. After all - this AT3035 was my go-to mic for several acts and sounded great on male and female throats alike. Differences? The MXL was fuller in the bottom end (160-250hz), and silkier overall. Not super silky - remember, we're talking budget mics - but the A/T was slightly grainy in comparison. More headroom as well. Definitely a winner.

On the Martin 000 the MXL was woodier and more intimate sounding. Less string articulation, more resonance. Softer. The AT3035 on the other hand had more definition in the strings, a bit more bite, and less resonance. I can't decide which I like better because both capture elements of the guitar's true character. As a test I panned both left and right and it sounded like the guitar does in real life. Ha! It's a good thing I own both now!

On drum overheads AT3035 won hands down. This MXL is NOT an overhead mic. Snare and toms on the Pearl BRX sounded mid-rangey and nasty. The A/T captured the kit as it really SHOULD sound - punchy and bright.

I have not tried this mic on guitar amps so I cannot comment. Bottom line - if you can snag this mic on sale you will be glad you did. After a first bad experience with MXL when the 1st batch of 990s came out 8 years ago, I was tained for life, or so I thought. This mic changed my mind. Recommended if you can get it on a special.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ok for the price

Just looking to add another mic to the studio and picked it up like everyone else on the stupid deal. So its ok for the price. Its a little thin on the vocal...Read complete review

Just looking to add another mic to the studio and picked it up like everyone else on the stupid deal. So its ok for the price. Its a little thin on the vocal side. I ran through a pre amp and eq'd for additional low end. Again it was ok but I wouldn't be using for a pro recording or anything. I did use it with an acoustic guitar that was running DI and then place this as a second source mid neck. It captured pretty well.

I also used it in the corner of the room while recording vocal and acoustic using other sources...just playing around and found it picked up a cool vibe. So for the price you can find something to do with it. But its not going to sound like a top shelf vocal mic.

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5.0

Very pleased especially at Stupid Deal price

By Max

from Las Vegas NV

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Big fat tone with nice lows.
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • no external shock mount

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

Mike is much warmer and richer, especially in the lows, than my existing instrument mike. It produces more volume, too. It's more than sensitive enough for my needs. With the gain turned on full, it picked up some sort of low rumbling or hum (probably my furnace or computer). That went away when I turned the gain down to about 70% of full, so it's no problem. Only complaint: I wish it had an external shock mount. NOTE: requires phantom power. For home computer recording, you'll need a USB audio interface.

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5.0

Great value and good solid mic

By BigUn

from Central North Carolina

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

    I haven 't used this mic enough to find any downside. It does a great job on vocals and is not bad at all on recording acoustic guitar. I need to try some more things with it. Very good value for the money The mic mount is sold and easy to use.

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    5.0

    Excellent buy

    By Pjk

    from Michig

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

      I use this for our church guitar amp.

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      4.0

      MXL 910

      By rrr

      from usa

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

        well pleased with the MXL 910 I would buy it agin.

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        5.0

        stupid deal of the day strikes.me yet again

        By Hoptoadstudios.

        from Yukon Oklahoma

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

          This is a good microphone for the money. I have other microphones from the same manufacture and use them on everything. Sound and durability are comparable to some of my Shure mics I have.

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          4.0

          Natural warm sound

          By John C

          from Dayton Ohio

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

            For the price this microphone cannot be beat especially when bought on the stupid deal of the day. In home studio for sure

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            4.0

            very nice for the

            By deliveryfloorrumbler

            from Wilmington,

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

              Nice mic for what I paid.

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              5.0

              Don't underestimate this mic

              By Scott

              from Cleveland (home of the Rock Hall)

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Presence
              • Versatile
              • What a value

              Cons

              • WIsh it had a case

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording
              • Voice Overs

              Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

              OK, I own an expensive vintage Austrian mic that cost literally 20 times what the MXL 910 did. Recently recorded a voiceover for a client with the Austrian mic and the MXL 910. I sent both files to the client without telling him which one was recorded with the expensive mic. I know which one I thought sounded better. And so did the client. Which one, you ask? The MXL 910!

              It has a presence that cuts through. Some might call it a peak, I call it a crisp, top end that gets your attention. The Austrian mic sounded dull compared to it. And that mic is in mint condition.

              If you happen to pick one of these up as the Stupid Deal of the Day, consider that you've just scored a tremendous bargain. Sure, I wish it had a case instead of just a cardboard box. And I wish it had a shockmount instead of what comes with it (a plastic mic holder that screws into the bottom of the mic). But I am certainly putting this thing to work. Its output is high and the level is strong. And I think it sounds just great.

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              3.0

              Too much bass

              By tatts

              from Niantic,Il.

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                Didn't work for what I wanted them for. They probley work ok for some other set up. Not good for overhead mics on drums.

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Great price, but not quality.

                By Scotty H.

                from Boston, MA.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Cheap

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • DIY

                Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                I mainly purchased a pair of these to gut with intent of building my own PCB and installing a new capsules. They make good donor mics, but that's about it.
                The build quality for the electronics is fairly poor. The capsules are undersized and are harsh sounding. They don't have the benefit of at least being consistent, they didn't sound alike at all. Don't plan on buying these as a stereo pair as you'll be disappointed with the results.
                BUT, should you happen to be handy with a soldering iron, swapping out the capsule with a quality 1" capsule will at least make them usable. Swapping out the capsule and building a new PCB will make them very profession quality. Though, at that point, it really isn't the mic you purchased anymore, just the original shell is left.

                In a nut shell, they're great for DIYers, just not if you're buying with intent to use as purchased. (You're better off buying a cheap Rode or Blue instead.)

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