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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount   

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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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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.

Large diaphragm, little price.

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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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 619 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (451)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (21)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (82)
  • Easy to use (61)
  • Versatile (44)
  • Compact (35)
  • Durable (35)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (77)
  • Amateur recording (51)
  • Professional recording (42)
  • Performances (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (51), Professional musician (29), 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

excellent quality for an affordable price

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from West Chester, PA

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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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    5.0

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

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    from Beloit Wisconsin

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    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

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      from NY.NY.

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      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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      5.0

      This is a gret product!

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      from VIctorville, Ca

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      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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          5.0

          excelent product withcase and value price

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          from Northern California

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

            having inter face problems with other hardware so not yet in use

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Garbage sound

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            from Tennessee

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            Pros

            • none

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • None

            Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

            Noisy, muddy garbage. A sound akin to talking to someone with tin cans and a string, only worse. All the glowing reviews really have me scratching my head. I can't chalk it up to getting a single, defective one. I had two and they sounded identical. Just invest the money and get a good mic.

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            4.0

            MXL ain't hard to sell.

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            from Denton, Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

              This is the second MXL mic I have purchased and for the second time I have been very impressed. The price range is perfect for my low budget but the quality is near PRO. Coupled with a presonus preamp the 990 condenser mic captures the sound of my voice in a way that makes me feel more confident in my singing ability ( or lack there of). I will definitely keep MXL in mind for my next mic purchase!

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              5.0

              MXI 990 Mic.

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              from Covington, Ga.

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

              I am very satisfied with this mic.

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              5.0

              Awesome mic

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              from Miami

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                I use this mic in my professional home studio records great vocals a bang for the buck can't complain will buy another for mobile recording comes with nice travel case

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                5.0

                great!

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                from ny

                About Me Novice

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                • Compact
                • Durable

                Cons

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