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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount  

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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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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 589 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (431)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (58)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Versatile (34)
  • Compact (24)
  • Durable (20)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (55)
  • Amateur recording (38)
  • Professional recording (27)
  • Performances (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Professional musician (18), Novice (12)

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

MXL990 is a wonderful mic

By guitarslinger

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording
  • Vocalsacoustic Gtr

Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

Nice Mic for Vocals as there is no Presence Peak as you'd get with an SM58 dynamic cardioid mic or other MXL pricier vocal condenser mics.
If you have a tendency to sound nasal when you sing, this will smooth your vocal out somewhat nicely.

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5.0

Just buy it

By Creal

from Harrisburg PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    C'mon a large condenser mic for this price- that delivers great results! Adapter, shock mount, and carrying case included!!! Don't even waste your time trying to find a better deal.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Five star if modified

    By David G

    from Jupiter

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    This microphone is average at best with the stock capsule. Put a microphone parts capsule like a K47 on it and you have a professional sounding microphone. I got tired of buying expensive microphones that sounded terrible so I went this route and my problem was resolved. When it's on sale it is an unbeatable value especially because it comes with the shock mount and case.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    OK for the cheap

    By Brooks

    from Brandon, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    For the price I paid I would say it is OK. The 2 included mounts and case are a great add for this price point. The first few sessions it sounded great but as it aged the sound quality, for vocals especially, has diminshed considerably. It has grown "muddy" in sound. I'm dilegent on keeping it clean and returning it to the case after each use so it's not degrading because of abuse.
    When I record an acoustic instrument I use two mics one above the neck facing the sound hole the other at the lower bout. The 990 works well for the latter since I want to bring out the lower end in that position. But for vocals I went back to a SM 58 on my recordings until I can afford a good condensor. I'd say for the hobbyist on a budget, like me, it's OK but you will be upgrading pretty quickly. If you own only one mic get a good dynamic mic for about the same price.

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    5.0

    Beyond the concept about cheap price !

    By Fang

    from CHINA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

      Guys ! I love MXL 990 totally ! You want to hear your original voice by quality way, Well, this is the best one with cheap price ! Trust me!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Microphone at a Great Price!

      By DJohnH

      from Saint Marys, PA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

        Cosmetically appealing with great performance all at a reasonable price. Non obtrusive and looks as fantastic as it performs.

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        5.0

        MXL 990

        By Drumsrio

        from Castroville Tx

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Demos Home Studio
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

          Great price , great mic

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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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