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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, ph...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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.

Pro studio performance, project studio price.

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

990s Condenser Microphone

  • 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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), 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

No studio should be without one

By 

from Bloomington CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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:

    No studio large o small should be without one

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    5.0

    Great sound

    By 

    from Charlotte, NC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

        Great sound. Nothing to complaint about.

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        5.0

        Live Piano performance was stellar!

        By 

        from Athol, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

          I had ready as much information as I could find regarding what I needed to mic live, a grande piano, the the MXL 990s Condenser Microphone and the MXL 603S came up on sale, so I gave the them a go. The pair worked fabulously together for a clean bass resonance with the MXL 990 mounted on it's shock mount from the back/middle 10" above, and extremely fine high end for the upper register of the high notes with the MXL 603S set to the middle of the last 20 keys toward the back of the sound board. The recording came out clean as well. Thank you Musician's Friend once again for presenting a great product! And thank you MXL for letting them be available! I had many compliments on the clarity!

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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!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This Mic is a contender.

            By 

            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.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Mic I've found.

            By 

            from Florence, MT

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Home Studio Mic for under $100!

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            By 

            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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic

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              By 

              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.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good mic for the price.

                By 

                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.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                General purpose

                By 

                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.

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