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MXL 990s Condenser Microphone   

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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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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 Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 30Hz to 20KhZ
  • Max SPL: 130 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted
  • Applications: Studio
  • Diaphragm size: Large diaphragm
  • Switches: Low-cut, -10dB pad
  • Phantom power required: Yes (48V)
  • Size and weight
  • Width: 2.4"
  • Height: 5.11"
  • Weight: 1.2 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case: Carrying case
  • Clip: Yes
  • Shockmount: Yes

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990s Condenser Microphone

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MXL990s Condenser Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

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.

Reviewed by 31 customers

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3.0

sounded great for a while

By Jeff Cardinal

from Santa Maria Ca.

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

I loved it at first. I bought it to mic live shows where 3 or 4 vocalists all sing around one mic. Also for recording in my home studio. It worked very good for a few months, very sensitive, clean, clear and excellent feedback resistance. Then it started getting muddy sounding and not as sensitive, finally buzzing and cutting out. (it wasn't the cord.) I don't know what went wrong. I guess if I buy another I should get the extended warranty.

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5.0

No studio should be without one

By Tick

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 Frank

    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 Amadon

        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 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.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Mic I've found.

            By tchall

            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 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

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic

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              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.

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                (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.

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