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Overview

  • 20mm gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm
  • FET preamp with balanced output
  • -10dB Pad switch
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $249.99
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    - $100.00
  • Your Price:
    $14999

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Pro studio performance, project studio price.

The MXL 990s Condenser Microphone is based on the hugely popular MXL990, this model adds a -10dB pad and 150Hz low-cut switch. The 990s is a true, phantom-powered, condenser microphone with a 6-micron, 20mm gold-sputtered diaphragm with high quality FET preamp and balanced output.

Features

  • 20mm gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm
  • FET preamp with balanced output
  • -10dB Pad switch
  • 150Hz low-cut switch @ 6dB per octave
  • Cardioid pattern
  • 30Hz - 20kHz frequency range
  • 130dB maximum SPL
  • Supplied with shockmount and mic stand adapter
  • Comes in rugged carrying case

It's a one-stroke project studio upgrade. Order today.

 

990s Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • S/N Ratio: 80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB(A weighted IEC 268-4)
  • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 130dB
  • Power Requirements: 48V Phantom Power (+- 4V)
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MXL990s Condenser Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Mic I've found.

    I've had my 990s for a couple of years. It's my go-to microphone for performances.

    The 10dB pad lets me use it on a noisey stage or pick up the quietest...Read complete review

    I've had my 990s for a couple of years. It's my go-to microphone for performances.

    The 10dB pad lets me use it on a noisey stage or pick up the quietest sounds in a room while recording.

    Apparently I've picked up the right mixers (Crate and Yamaha) My microphone pre-amps work very well with the MXL.

    Some judical adjustment to make sure my gain control is near the middle of it's range and I'm good to go with a clean clear sound.

    The roll off switch is good for getting rid of low frequency vibrations, fans, and motors in the background...

    It's sensitive to mic stand noise, so using the isolating holder is best if performers are going to be active. Works well in the solid clamp in a studio setting.

    I'll probably be getting another one soon.

    I'm looking forward to haveing a pair for stereo recording on location.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good mic for the price.

    I think the MXL 990s is a good entry level condensor mic. I can afford better but I want to stay in line with the rest of my recording gear. There's no sense in...Read complete review

    I think the MXL 990s is a good entry level condensor mic. I can afford better but I want to stay in line with the rest of my recording gear. There's no sense in buying a $1000.00 mic and running it into a $200.00 preamp. My only complaint is that the "T" bolt used to tighten the angle adjustment stripped out after only two adjustments. Needs coarser threads.

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    5.0

    Nice studio sound

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

      I'm very happy with the sound quality of this mic. Not harsh at all, quite transparent in my opinion. Simply can't beat it for the price. Great sounds quality for vocals. With the 10 db pad, I have even used it as a drum overhead to capture some room sound from the kit. No regrets with this purchase!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Mic is a contender.

      By Bonestar Music

      from Scranton PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Pro Power
      • Pro Sensitivity
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Weak Shockmount

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

      When people complain about a mic it is usually inexperience that yields the negative review. Learning proximity and preamp techniques is as important as the mic itself. This mic can deliver at an incredible price. No mic makes a song for you. You still need your imagination, your patience. I have pulled off some nice field recordings with this mic coupled with an A.R.T. Tube MP pre. That pre is totally affordable. PATIENCE FRIENDS. This mic is definitely worth it. The shock mount that it is equipped with was suspect. It needs some love and tweaking but it will work. I actually employ 3 of these and they are consistent performers.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Mic I've found.

      By tchall

      from Florence, MT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Sensitive

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

      I've had my 990s for a couple of years. It's my go-to microphone for performances.

      The 10dB pad lets me use it on a noisey stage or pick up the quietest sounds in a room while recording.

      Apparently I've picked up the right mixers (Crate and Yamaha) My microphone pre-amps work very well with the MXL.

      Some judical adjustment to make sure my gain control is near the middle of it's range and I'm good to go with a clean clear sound.

      The roll off switch is good for getting rid of low frequency vibrations, fans, and motors in the background...

      It's sensitive to mic stand noise, so using the isolating holder is best if performers are going to be active. Works well in the solid clamp in a studio setting.

      I'll probably be getting another one soon.

      I'm looking forward to haveing a pair for stereo recording on location.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Home Studio Mic for under $100!

      By davidjmaxey

      from Lansing, Michigan

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

        In my opinion this is the best home studio recording mic for the money. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of other great mics out there. Yet with the 990s you get a hard carrying case, a shock mount, a hard clip mount. Plus is come with a -10 db pad and a low cut. Getting those features for $80.00 is a great deal! Buy one now, and you won't be disappointed

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Caleb

        from Colorado

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

          All I can say is that this mic is wonderful. It sounds awesome.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good mic for the price.

          By William T Smith

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

          I think the MXL 990s is a good entry level condensor mic. I can afford better but I want to stay in line with the rest of my recording gear. There's no sense in buying a $1000.00 mic and running it into a $200.00 preamp. My only complaint is that the "T" bolt used to tighten the angle adjustment stripped out after only two adjustments. Needs coarser threads.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          General purpose

          By George Jorjoladze

          from Kutaisi, Geo, eastern europe

          Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

          I used this mic for some time (and not only in studio, but on little stage too). Very smooth and warm sound for this price. Only minus that the mic has one direction (hyper cardiod) and little bit smaller diaphragm than 2". But for this price mic is awsome.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          blueridge61

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

          have used this mic in all types of conditions and if outside and wind is a issue like plow hand 247 from sc. stated I use a coffe cup cover made out of sterofome and it works good in windy conitions and don't hurt the sound much at all just can't say enough good about the mic only know what you are trying to do it is a one mic for a group to work to watch Ronda VincentI'm sure her mic cost a lot more but this is the same use

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Little Mic Big Sound

          By plowhand247

          from South Carolina

          Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

          I just received my 990s and I love it. Great voice reproduction. It even makes this old crow sound good. I use it with a Marshall acoustic amp and a Taylor guitar( sometimes with my HD28 Martin. I am going to go with this on all my gigs unless wind is an issue. Couldn't be happier with this mic.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Surprised

          By Joe Rose CGP

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

          I doodle around with computer based recording and know that it takes thousands to get a studio like sound. I also know that my stage mics are for beans for recording. Quite surprised with this mic. good value. Don't know how it will stand up but I don't intend to abuse it. Got the pre amp. Yeah, that helps a lot. Thinking of getting one of the other models for guitar and bass. Anyway. Funstuff

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