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Overview

  • 3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm
  • Attractive vintage body style with champagne finish
  • 30Hz-20kHz frequency response
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    $199.99
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    - $120.00
  • New Price:
    $7999

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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

      • 3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm
      • Attractive vintage body style with champagne finish
      • 30Hz-20kHz frequency response
      • 130dB maximum SPL
      • Sensitivity: 15MV/pa
      • Equivalent noise: 20dB (A-weighted)

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      990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount Specifications:

      • Type: Condenser pressure gradient condenser
      • Diaphragm: 6 micron gold-sputterred
      • Frequency response: 30Hz — 20kHz
      • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
      • Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa
      • Impedance: 200 Ohms
      • S/N Ratio: 80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
      • Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB(A weighted IEC 268-4)
      • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 130Db Max SPL with -10dB cut: 130dB
      • Power Requirements: 48V Phantom Power (+- 4V)
      • Current Consumption: <3.0mA
      • Size: 2.36" x 5.11" (60 x 130 mm)
      • Weight: 1.2lb.
      • Metal Finish: Champagne
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      MXL990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
       
      4.5

      (based on 582 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (426)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (98)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (27)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (11)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (20)

      97%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (52)
      • Easy to use (41)
      • Versatile (31)
      • Compact (21)
      • Durable (17)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home studio (49)
        • Amateur recording (33)
        • Professional recording (24)
        • Performances (14)
        • Outdoor events / games (7)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (34), Professional musician (15), Novice (11)

        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

         

        Sounds good at first, but wouldn't recommend it

        Note that I am not a hater or gear snob, I'm just being honest in this review.So I got this mic maybe a year and a half ago, and when I first got it...Read complete review

        Note that I am not a hater or gear snob, I'm just being honest in this review.So I got this mic maybe a year and a half ago, and when I first got it I was very pleased with it. Coming from only using dynamic mics for live sound, any condenser has a "wow" factor. But as my ears got better and I got more into recording, I quickly realized that this was not a very good mic. I've been dissatisfied with very few products I buy, but this is one of them.The mic is VERY harsh and brittle. At first it might sound very "clear" to an inexperienced ear, but it is not a very easy sound to fit into a mix. It makes everything sound small and brittle, and it does not flatter any instrument or voice I have encountered. Previous reviewers (and yes, I wrote a similar one when I reviewed it earlier) have noted it's clarity and sensitivity as selling points. This kind of sensitivity is common to all condenser mics, so don't take that into account. The "clarity" is a very ugly sounding presence boost, which at first listen sounds amazing to an inexperienced ear, which I'm guessing is part of the design to wow new ears.These super cheap condenser mics get a lot of rave reviews and some very negative reviews because of one reason. They sound good to inexperienced ears (the positive reviews), and poor to more experienced ears (the terrible reviews). Don't ignore the negative reviews as being haters, I wish I'd have listened to them.I'm not going to say "save up and get a Neumann" or something stupid like that, but I would recommend saving another hundred bucks or so and get a mic that you won't be embarrassed by in a couple months. I know it's hard to save up money and no matter what you buy people will say you should have saved up and got X, but I wish I did and I still haven't upgraded from these and am constantly dissatisfied with them. Trust me on this one, I'm just being honest,

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        5.0

        Good Sound!

        By Jack

        from Lake Elsinore, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cheap
        • Clean Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Great frequency response
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Range

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

        I am using this mic with the Focusrite Scarlet 2i4 and getting good clean sound recording.

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        5.0

        990 CONDENSER WITH A TUBE SOUND

        By grif3595

        from South Carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

          I HAVE GREAT RECORDINGS WITH THIS MIC, LOVE THE WARM SOUND YOU GET SORT OF A TUBE SOUND

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          5.0

          Super

          By Bear

          from Deming NM

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

            The mic delivers quality sound from a couple feet away. With our old mics, you almost had to eat the mic to get the same effect.

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            3.0

            Worth the price

            By deRaNged

            from Newport News, VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Decent Quality When Tweak

            Cons

            • Better Mics Out There

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

              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

              Nice vocal mic

              By gulf_island_guy

              from Gabriola, BC, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Good value
              • Looks Great

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                Purchased primarily for my male quartet to use for practices and performance. I and the Bass bought one each and we're pleased so far (just a couple of practices recorded).

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                5.0

                Very sensitive and delicate.

                By Luke

                from Lee Center, NY

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accuracy Versatility
                • Clear Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Sensitive

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                Very sensitive and delicate. Put them away when not in use, do not expose them to moisture at any cost. Keep them indoors in a dry setting. Not something you can drop.

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                5.0

                Great Buy

                By Rick

                from Hatboro, PA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                  The case and the shock mount are worth the price you pay for this...

                  Running through an Alesis compressor into a Korg D888 digital recorder gets you radio quality vocals...the clarity and definition are there.

                  For this much money... you cant go wrong with it...spend a few minutes setting you levels and this thing performs like a champ!

                  Definitely happy!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Pianoman87

                  from Eustis, Fl

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • None That I've Seen Yet

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                  These mics are awesome! Ordered two to use with my choir. They work great! They also work great for solos. They also work well in the studio! I liked them so much, I ordered another one for my own personal use!

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                  4.0

                  excilent for the price

                  By justinomarino

                  from seattle wa

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Great Price
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                    Yes, if you plan to use this as a vocal mic there are many mics that are much better and more expensive. The sound quality is good for the price. you will need to process the signal, but honistly no matter the mic you'd almost always be doing that anyway. For vocals I seriously suggest a pop filter. one massive positive, if it does get damaged because someone decides to give it a saliva shower it desen't matter because of the price(sell price not regular price). I suggest buying multiple when it is on sell because they are useful. This is not just a beginners' mic. This is one of those odd job mics. I think they work best as insterment mics. However, I wouldn't suggest recording guitars with this mic. the worst thing about this package is that the shock mount is not constructed well. Its not going to fall apart. Its just not as good as most shock mounts I have used. Last thing instead of buying this is would suggest buying the 990 and 991 combo when they are on sell, Then buy a decent "universal" shock mount. It is a better deal.

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                    4.0

                    An excellant Microphone

                    By hwfitzjr

                    from Clayton, NC

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                    I use this microphone because of it's natural sound. It is also directional which reduces feedback. It is well constructed and thus a bit heavy. I had to add a weight to my boom to counter balance the mike's weight.

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