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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount   (Open Box)
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Product# 273156
OVERVIEW

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)

Add it to your mic locker today.

SPECIFICATIONS

990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

  • 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 603 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (439)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (68)
  • Easy to use (52)
  • Versatile (38)
  • Compact (28)
  • Durable (24)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (64)
  • Amateur recording (45)
  • Professional recording (34)
  • Performances (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Professional musician (25), Novice (15)

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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4.0

Works for me

By Kenny Croes

from Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    Are there better recording mics out there? Yes. Are there more expensive mics out there? Definitely. But I recorded our band's CD with this mic and I've received compliments on the sound quality of my recordings from pro sound guys I respect. And they had no idea what mics I used. So if you're an amateur to semi-pro musician recording a CD to sell on the gig, the MXL990 works well.

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    5.0

    Great value for the price.

    By lightbg

    from Northern New Jersey

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

      I wasn't expecting much for the price, but this mic was exceptionally transparent in recording a vocal group in a live setting. The clarity is very good (including the dropped dishes in the background), and it withstood a good whack by a child tripping over the boomstand it was on. I'm quite happy with this unit.

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      4.0

      good basic studio mic

      By Capt. Griz

      from Cocoa Beach. FL

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

        Great small studio mic for my home studio. Sensitive response but not good for close vocal use since it can be over driven easily. Wonderful for recording ensemble and small acoustical group. Seems to have fairly flat frequency response so only minor equalizer adjustment is needed. I am using these with a Roland 16 channel digital recorder and have had no issues. Best of all, the price (on sale) is great. Also, the included shock mount and insulated case is icing on the cake.

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        4.0

        Great price vs features/performance

        By M. Pham

        from South Florida

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

          For the price that I paid, about 40 percent off from what I typically see, this is a great mic for my purpose. Just to clarify, I'm not a professional, but have done home recording on and off over the last 20 years as a hobby (mostly OFF). I've owned a few dynamic microphones (budget and mid-range mics), but have never owned a condenser. After a few uses, I conclude that this mic have those dynamic mics beat. I have used using this mic for voice over on Youtube gaming videos; I have used it for recording a cover song, and I have used it to test record an acoustic guitar track. I must say that the sound recorded from this mic is truer and cleaner than my dynamic mics. May be it's the shock mount, or the active circuitry, or the improvement in technology that gives this mic an edge over my older mics; I don't know. Base on this experience, I give it a 4 stars, reserving that last star for the the longevity of the device; after all, my dynamic mics served me well for a long time. If this mic lasts me more than 3-4 years, it would be worth the price. I would definitely recommend this product to others who are looking for hobby-ish needs in a microphone.

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          4.0

          Good mic for the price

          By Capt. Griz

          from Cocoa Beach. FL

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

            Good recording mic for the price. Sensitive response for vocals and acoustic instruments. Does require a fair amount of level and equalizer adjustment trials for best recording. Watching for them to go on sale again to purchase a second one. As with any sensitive studio mic, it is fragile and can be damaged easily so I really like the padded case included for protection and storage.

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            4.0

            Capable especially for the price

            By Bhang

            from San Francisco

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

            I bought this mic in order to mod it using Microphone-Parts mod kit. I did some initial testing and recording in order to do a pretty lax A & B between the two. This isn't a bad mic. At this price point I would consider it rather good. Probably best for use with dialogue but won't be sidelining your boutique mics.

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            5.0

            good quality mic

            By Rob

            from Houston texas

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

              Great microphone, you need a close room or studio when using this for recording coz it is so sensitive.

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              5.0

              very very Happy

              By Max Davius

              from Rio Grande Puerto Rico

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                    Im very excited not only does the mic sound great at a affordable price.Musiciansfriens.com are very professional and responsible.Thanks You Guys.....

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Hard to beat

                    By snakewood

                    from Bent NM

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                      I have owned one MXL 990 for a few years and used it my home studio. I was always impressed with the sound production , great warm vocals and clear tones on the guitar.

                      I am part of a 6 member acoustic band and we started using my 990 as a single mic setup, we all fell in love with how the mic makes us sound and it's so easy to work behind. We now have 2 of them and they have stood up very well with being on the road and standing on top of a straight mic stand with no shockmounts..|I would give it 10 stars if there were that many to give.

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                      5.0

                      Speaks for Itself

                      By DoubleK

                      from Sioux City, IA

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                        If you're reading this review, then you'll notice that there are well over 500 other reviews on this mic, and it currently stands at nearly a 5 star rating. What more can be said about it?

                        Just remember that recording is a science. Prepare your surroundings, and test extensively. If you're not liking what you're hearing from this mic then you may need to make some changes in your studio.

                        This mic is inexpensive, but is professional quality. For the price, you may as well order two, or more. You won't be disappointed in the results!

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