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The MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with shock mount has a silky, sweet high end while retaining tight, solid low and midrange reproduction. The 3/4" go...Read More

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Large diaphragm, little price.

The MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with shock mount has a silky, sweet high end while retaining tight, solid low and midrange reproduction. The 3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm creates a professional sound suited for digital and analog recording. Attractive vintage body style with champagne finish. The 30Hz-20kHz frequency response is ideal for lead and background vocal, male or female. Includes custom shock mount, mic stand adapter, and case. Remember folks, this mic requires phantom power, so make sure your console or interface delivers it before ordering.

There are a bazillion studio vocal mics on the market that break the magical $100 barrier, a traditionally unheard of price point for a studio vocal mic. Once that price floor was demolished, however, the market became flooded with offerings in the $80 - $100 price range. MXL has emerged as a true leader in this market, and the MXL990 is MXL's flagship product in that category. If a well-built, good-sounding, versatile studio microphone for less than $100 sounds like a good fit for your current needs, you can't go wrong with the MXL990.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 30Hz to 20KhZ
  • Max SPL: 130 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted
  • Applications: Studio
  • Diaphragm size: Large diaphragm
  • Switches: None
  • Phantom power required: Yes (48V)
  • Size and weight
  • Width: 2.4"
  • Height: 5.11"
  • Weight: 1.2 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case: Carrying case
  • Clip: Yes
  • Shockmount: Yes

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990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

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MXL990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
 
4.5

(based on 625 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (456)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (21)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (84)
  • Easy to use (63)
  • Versatile (45)
  • Durable (36)
  • Compact (35)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Bulky/heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (79)
  • Amateur recording (53)
  • Professional recording (43)
  • Performances (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (52), Professional musician (30), Novice (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A cut above what has gone before!

There has been a lot of " I love it, I hate it" reviews on this mic. I wrote a previous review here when I had the mic for a few...Read complete review

There has been a lot of " I love it, I hate it" reviews on this mic. I wrote a previous review here when I had the mic for a few months, I have had it now for a year and some change. 1st off, every mic is an individual and must be rated as such. I have had $5000.00 Telefunken's, in good working order, that were simply terrible. This mic is way beyond what has been available in this price range in the past; and is part of the new generation of large capsule condensor mics, (which has been a very small product range even manufactured until the last few years), that don't cost the same as a down payment on a house. For those of us who are used to paying at least a $1000.00 min. for a mic like this, its a bitter sweet pill to swallow. This mic CAN be used to record your album, (with a decent pre-amp), it does have that potential. Unlike your old standard shure sm-57, which does not have that potential (with any mic pre) to record your album. However, like everything else, it must be used with care. To be clear, I really like it, I have used it side by side with the best mics made and it holds up well. There is a bump in the high freq. range around 8 to 10k, but NOT so much as to be way off, you must use a pop screen and a shock mount to record with it and it is a hot MIC that cannot be driven too hard through the pre and mixing board. With all that said, after hearing the results of this mic, from tracking to final CD master on a lot of albums, it is an awesome product. Is it the end all be all of microphones? ... NO! Is it a very useable item in the PROFESSIONAL'S tool box YES If you want to feel like you have the so called "real deal" in a mic, take several thousand dollars and flush it down the nearest toilet. If they charged ten grand for this mic it would be hailed as the newest audio miracle in the studio. I think the low price has a lot of us who are used to being in the exclusive mic owners club, blinded to the potential here. If someone offered to sell you a car,any car, for fifty bucks what would your first thought be? Part of rating a mic is Subjective, What's your opinion | and part of it is Scientific, what does the scope and verious meters say. In all my testing and use I like this mic ... and the actual measurements say that its a savory and way rad item... ;)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worth the price

I bought this mic because of how much I've heard about it, and seeing it for cheap(59). Already own an MXL 4000, C 3000b, AT4050, and a ton of cheap stuff...Read complete review

I bought this mic because of how much I've heard about it, and seeing it for cheap(59). Already own an MXL 4000, C 3000b, AT4050, and a ton of cheap stuff for my homestudio.

I can't say it's a horrible mic, can't even say you're not getting bang4buk with this on a budget. Sounds great with guitar recordings. With tweaking you can get phenominal vocals. I'm talking a noise gate, LPF/HPF and EQing. But other mics I own just sound better with less tweaking.

As for others saying the mids are harsh, a quick EQ and filter can fix that. I recommend this to anyone on a budget who wants a quick decent quality fix to a mic that sounds TOO CHEAP. But if you can throw in a little more money, you get options like the AT2020 or AKG Perception 120 that I beleive are better choices. This mic does have a great way of capturing hip hop vocals that can make for a 90s sound if correctly mixed. Mind you, I'm running it through a Presonus Audiobox, so it's not like i'm reviewing running things thru the best Pre in the world. I could also see it flourishing with the right pre, maybe Focusrites' ISA series.

If you already own a few cheaper mics(100-200 range), this would make a great addition. But if you've spent over 350 for a tool or 2 in your arsenal, this will fall short.

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5.0

Clean mid/low tone

By Matt

from Tx

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    This is a great mic. It's an entry level price for a professional price. It's got a clear sound and is on the deeper sound range which sounds great. Highly recommend!

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    4.0

    Great Mic For The Money

    By Iceman

    from St. Louis, Mo

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    I bought three of these and have been very pleased with their performance. I wasn't sure of the quality I was going to get because of the low price but decided to give them a try. I use them for vocals, drums and guitars. The sound quality in this price range is outstanding. In a small studio setting believe it or not I can mic the drum kit with just one and get a great full sound. The only thing I can say that is even remotely unhelpful is the weight, these are heavy you and need a solid stand for them and sometimes they are not the quietest. Overall I would recommend these mics. They are a great product in the less expensive price range.

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    5.0

    I would recommend these microphones to anyone.

    By WILL

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    Wanted an inexpensive microphone to use for overheads in my studio, these sound great. very pleased.

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    5.0

    Quality on the Cheap!

    By Eric

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    I used some Bonus Points on my purchase of this and this thing was already on sale so I got it for a steal!
    So far so good! I haven't used it extensively, but what I have used it for has turned out pretty well so far. I did purchase a wind screen separately(not offered on MF) as the mic picks up noise and doesn't act well with Ps and Bs. That fixed the problem on the spot.

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    5.0

    great budget mic

    By SolidSnake

    from New York, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    very solid mic, I picked it over the AT2020, because i find the warm tones to be more complimenting to my voice. Would buy again, sounds great, use it for podcasting and live streaming

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    5.0

    Excellent service

    By Doc

    from Lexington, KY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    Excellent product.

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    5.0

    excellent quality for an affordable price

    By Nate

    from West Chester, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

      The MXL 990 is a quality condenser mic that is an excellent addition to any home or amateur studio, and arguably one of the best sounding in its price range. Included shockmount is an awesome bonus.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent mic. Just what I needed. Does wonders for my voice

      By none

      from Beloit Wisconsin

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

        Home recording and live performance

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        MXL 990 Microphone

        By John

        from undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

        Great Mike to record with vocals and Acoustic Guitar....

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is a gret product!

        By Cari

        from VIctorville, Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

            Birthday gift to my bf.

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