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MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone 

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A versatile vintage-sounding mic with clarity and character.

The MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern is a condenser microphone designed around a Class-A discrete FET mic amp specially chosen to match its large diaphragm capsule. The capsule itself has been sized and tuned to provide a silky and airy top end with a full, warm midrange reminiscent of vintage microphones. Hand selected internal components create a sound that enhances both vocal and instrument performances.

Using the polar patterns
To take advantage of the versatility of the MXL 4000's polar patterns, here are some miking tricks of the pros.

Figure-8
Figure-8 mics pick up sound equally well from front and rear. So, if you're looking for a rich vocal sound with the added ambience of room tone to add depth and spaciousness, use the figure-8 pattern and have your vocalist sing into one side while the other picks up the reflections of the room. Only do this if you have a good-sounding room. You can also use the figure-8 pattern for isolation from other instruments. For example, if you're miking drums and want to give the hi-hat its own track, position the MXL 4000 so that the side of the figure-8, where rejection is greatest, is pointing towards the snare while the front or rear of the mix faces the hat. Do the same if you're recording a singer-guitarist who's playing an acoustic while singing. You need two figure-8 mics for this one. Position the vocal mic so that the side is facing the guitar, and the guitar mic so that the side of the figure-8 points towards the singer's mouth. Now both singer and guitar are isolated. Again, make sure you do this in a room that sounds good, because the back side of the mic will be picking up the room.

Omni
In many cases, the least used, but best-sounding of all the polar patterns. Omni has very little off-axis coloration, which means that sounds entering the sides of the mic sound just as good as sounds entering the front. If you have a great-sounding room, by all means, try omni before anything else. Omni gives your recordings the impression of being in the room with the sound. It also works very well as the "mid" mic in Mid-Side stereo recording.

Cardioid
This is the most used pattern. It's basically point and shoot, but keep in mind that you can use its rear-rejection to your advantage, or by turning the mic slightly away from the source, you can use it's off-axis response to tame sharp transients. Aside from straight-ahead recording, most people us the cardioid pattern is the "mid" mic in Mid-Side stereo recording.

Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital:Analog
  • Frequency response:20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL:130 dB
  • Connectivity:XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Condenser
  • Polar pattern:Multi-pattern
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications:Studio
  • Diaphragm size:Large diaphragm
  • Switches:Low-cut, -10dB pad
  • Phantom power required:Yes (48V)
  • Size and weight
  • Width:2.3"
  • Height:9.4"
  • Weight:1.6 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:Yes
  • Clip:No
  • Shockmount:Yes
  • Power supply:No
SPECIFICATIONS

4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone

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MXL4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (22)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (21)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Vocal Mic Value

I've been searching for that elusive perfect vocal mic (that I can afford) for my soft, raspy dull voice for a long time. Based on other reviews I decided to give the MXL...Read complete review

I've been searching for that elusive perfect vocal mic (that I can afford) for my soft, raspy dull voice for a long time. Based on other reviews I decided to give the MXL 4000 a try and purchased one. I compared vocal only tracks with 5 other mics through an ART mic pre and no EQ for 1 verse and 1 chorus of a melodic country folk rock song that covered a fairly large range of notes. I listened for clarity, tone, and smoothness over the entire range of the song. MXL 4000 was very good in all of those categories and I will not have to add high-end EQ to mixes with this mic. It actually is close to perfect for my voice. My Neumann KM56 tube condenser was a tiny tad clearer but needs a slight high-end EQ boost for my voice. An EV RE20 was super clear but darker and not as smooth over the entire range. The higher notes got a little thin. A Shure SM58 was fourth with less clarity and brightness. Last was a Blue Encore Performance mic which sounded considerably darker compared with the others. However I have a customer with a strong baritone voice who recorded an album with it and sounded great so I suspect the MXL 4000 would be too bright for him.
The bottom line is as always it depends on the voice being recorded to determine if this is the right mic or not. It's great for darker soft voices like mine. The switches are a little fragile but no more than any other mic I have with switches like my Neumann and AKG mics. I haven't tried yet but I believe it will be good for classical guitar, finger picked steel string guitar and lower voiced string instruments. My next vocal recording will definitely be with the MXL 4000.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Difficult To Work With

I am using this mic for demo recording using the duet by Apogee interface/pre-amp. After 20 - 30 vocal recordings I am not a big fan of the mic. Overall I find it...Read complete review

I am using this mic for demo recording using the duet by Apogee interface/pre-amp. After 20 - 30 vocal recordings I am not a big fan of the mic. Overall I find it dirty sounding with a very brash high end. I am a baratone, so perhaps my voice is not suited for the mic. The mic requires excessive EQ work to pull out ugly frequencies and set the voice in the mix. I am still experiementing with room configs and voice/source placement, but so far I'm not too optimistic. One thing for sure, the recording conditions must be carefully managed. Any bleed from headphones and other room adnormalities will kill the sound.

This is not a 'bad' mic for the money obviously, but it does not appear to really deliver pro sound. In the end you usually get what you pay for.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect condenser microphone!

By Roberto Sunga

from El Paso TX

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Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

I just got the MXL 4000 andthe 603 mic. Both microphones come with a case, the 4000 has a nice wooden case and the 603 has a plastic case, I used that to make space for my sm57 so now I have both the 603 and sm57 in one case. The 4000 is pretty big and comes with a high quality metal shockmount, I tested it by hitting the stand and monitoring, very little response could be heard so the shockmount does it's job pretty well. The microphone has several features! bass roll off and all the different patterns. I first used the 4000 to record my guitar cabinet along with my sm57 and I was finally able to capture the cabinet's resonance. Then a friend came over and recorded some vocals, they sound clear and beautiful! I finally used it to record an acoustic guitar and it was flawless. You could go ahead and spend more money on expensive microphones but I'm sure with this one you will find the quality and features you need for a very low price!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Vocal Mic Value

By dhughe1

from Fort Worth, TX

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

    I've been searching for that elusive perfect vocal mic (that I can afford) for my soft, raspy dull voice for a long time. Based on other reviews I decided to give the MXL 4000 a try and purchased one. I compared vocal only tracks with 5 other mics through an ART mic pre and no EQ for 1 verse and 1 chorus of a melodic country folk rock song that covered a fairly large range of notes. I listened for clarity, tone, and smoothness over the entire range of the song. MXL 4000 was very good in all of those categories and I will not have to add high-end EQ to mixes with this mic. It actually is close to perfect for my voice. My Neumann KM56 tube condenser was a tiny tad clearer but needs a slight high-end EQ boost for my voice. An EV RE20 was super clear but darker and not as smooth over the entire range. The higher notes got a little thin. A Shure SM58 was fourth with less clarity and brightness. Last was a Blue Encore Performance mic which sounded considerably darker compared with the others. However I have a customer with a strong baritone voice who recorded an album with it and sounded great so I suspect the MXL 4000 would be too bright for him.
    The bottom line is as always it depends on the voice being recorded to determine if this is the right mic or not. It's great for darker soft voices like mine. The switches are a little fragile but no more than any other mic I have with switches like my Neumann and AKG mics. I haven't tried yet but I believe it will be good for classical guitar, finger picked steel string guitar and lower voiced string instruments. My next vocal recording will definitely be with the MXL 4000.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product

    By Kool-Nerd

    from Cleveland, OH

    See all my reviews

    Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

    Pros:-10dB padBass roll-off switchmultiple polar pattersFET technology gives it a vintage soundNice warm soundCheap price for high-end qualityComes w/ the MXL 603S (if gift is available)Great for vocals and instrument mikingComes with a windscreen and a shockmount.
    Cons:Ther is a boost in the high frequencies so if you are really hard on your "s" sounds, then I would be careful using this mic. Using a quality deesser would be helpful just in case you have this issue.
    The 3 polar patterns, bass roll-off, and pad switches are really nice featuers to have and help to tailor your sound better.
    With a well treated room this mic gives great results!
    You can't beat this product, at this price, with this quality!

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Difficult To Work With

    By Rilo

    from NJ

    See all my reviews

    Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

    I am using this mic for demo recording using the duet by Apogee interface/pre-amp. After 20 - 30 vocal recordings I am not a big fan of the mic. Overall I find it dirty sounding with a very brash high end. I am a baratone, so perhaps my voice is not suited for the mic. The mic requires excessive EQ work to pull out ugly frequencies and set the voice in the mix. I am still experiementing with room configs and voice/source placement, but so far I'm not too optimistic. One thing for sure, the recording conditions must be carefully managed. Any bleed from headphones and other room adnormalities will kill the sound.

    This is not a 'bad' mic for the money obviously, but it does not appear to really deliver pro sound. In the end you usually get what you pay for.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't believe it!!!

    By The Hatter

    from Indiana

    See all my reviews

    Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

    Great sound. Great quality. Great all around mic! Get it! You will be glad you did!
    Features are amazing! At this price, or any other. Switchable patterns, which is very helpful in different situations! Db boost, doesnt do a whole lot, but definitely helps if you need just a little more "oomph". Build is great! Solid. Color and case are awesome too! came with wind screen (which is great for getting a little cleaner recording in a non-treated room.) and the mic holder that screws to the stand!
    Quality of the mic itself is great! Very solid. Had it now for about 2 1/2 years or so. The sound this mic catches is just simply amazing! Very crisp and clear. Can handle pretty much anything! Great on vocals, acoustic instruments, and room/amp mics, even as a single drum overhead! Very clear and articulate!
    For this price, I can't see too many better deals, if any at all. Try it! I think you'll love it! I know I do!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone

    By Kenneth Brown

    from Montgomery

    Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

    great vlue for the price!
    This mic is awesome!! The sound quality is unmatched by any mic in its class. I am working out of a temporary location right now. None of this space is acoustically treated, and the MXL still delivers an awesome warmth in the vocals,and doesn't need a lot of time-based or dynamic processors to catch the qaulity in the vocals. I can't wait to see what this baby can do in a well treated room utilizing all three of the pattern types!!!

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Mic For The Price! Definite Reccomend, If You Have or are buliding a Legit Home Studio!

    By Pyramid Street Records

    from Orlando, Florida

    See all my reviews

    Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

    This product will make your recordings better. If you are someone skilled with mixing you will immieditly notice a difference in your recordings if your use to a lower quality and lower priced mic. I honestly have no cons about this except the size is kinda big but it still looks tight im just not use to such a huge mic!
    I give this mic an 8 because it has amazing features but i didnt give it the 10 because its a lil too big and if you dont know how to postion a big mic like this you wont get the sound yu need.
    The quality is hands down amazing. I do reccomend a preamp for it to go into first before it hits your computer so you wont have to use plugins which distort quality. But overall if your mixing skills arent great, not much editing is going to be needed to put into the audio because it comes in crystal clear and picks up alot so make sure to insolate your room.
    Great Price for a QUALITY mic Hands Down.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    MXL 4000

    By Shumaker141

    from Golden CO

    See all my reviews

    Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

    Pretty good mic for the price. Of course, MXL isn't the best brand on the planet but it gets the job done. I love the pencil mic that came free with it though (great for drum overheads). I mistly use the 4000 to record vocals but I also used it to record a guitar cab once. Nice piece of equipment for starters!
    Lots of different settings and combonations which gives you options instead of using multiple mics.
    rugged and nice case. Durable as far as I've seen.
    Very affordable. Especially with the pencil mic that came with it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Microphone! Just buy it already!!

    By Kendra

    from Lafayette, Louisiana

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

      I bought this mic two years ago, and it hasn't let me down yet! This is by far one of my favorite purchases. At the time of my purchase, the 4000 came with an MXL 603S as a free gift. I paid a total 200 for these two microphones. I feel like I owe Musicians Friend some money! I have used the 4000 to mic my Martin, and also to lay down vocals. It gives a clear, rich sound. The mic has been banged around a few times, but the quality of my recordings haven't suffered one bit. I would recommend this mic to anyone who is just getting started. Defiantly get this mic rather than a cheaper USB condenser. The quality of your music will be so much better.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Personal Favorite

      By Manny-.E6m_

      from Cape Cod, Ma

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Great value
      • Multiple Patterns
      • Versatile
      • Warm clear sound

      Cons

      • BIG and Heavy
      • Threaded Shock Mount

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone:

      I Love this mic! It is my favorite mic for my own voice.My recording space is fairly small, and dead sounding. I love the fig 8 setting for vocals, since it adds "space" to my recordings, that I couldn't achieve with other mics, even in omni mode. I use a couple of ribbon mics, also MXL,as drum overheads,for the same reason- to add some space to the sound.The 4000 has a much brighter sound than the ribbons, but there is not a hint of harshness, at least with my voice. I also got an incredible sounding acoustic guitar track with this mic, using it as the fig 8 mic in the "Mid-Side" micing technique I used. I plan to buy another!

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