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MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Pencil-style small-diaphragm condenser.

The MXL 603S shares the characteristics of European and Japanese imports at a fraction of their price. Its transformerless design provides a solid bottom and an extremely open top end sound. The 603S is internally wired with world-renowned Mogami cable for sonic integrity. The 603S is very well suited for most instrument miking and is very rugged for use on the road. The MXL 603S is supplied with mic clip.

"This is a flat-out winner, folks. Almost identical to the MC012 in sound, with a wide cardioid pattern, almost approaching omni. We used the as drum overhead mics, and they do a great job. They were also a perfect match to the Oktava MC012--they sounded nearly identical." - Harvey Gerst
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • 20mm gold-sputtered, 6 micron gold diaphragm
  • Satin silver finish with etched engravings
  • Mic clip included
  • Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 20mm diaphragm capsule
  • Frequency range: 30Hz-20kHz
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa
  • Impedance: 150W
  • S/N Ratio: 77dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Equivalent noise level: 17dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
  • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 137dB
  • Power requirements: Phantom power 48V ±4V
  • Size: 22mm - 13mm
  • Weight: 0.3 lbs.
  • Metal Finish: Silver
  • Wired with Mogami cable

Great for overheads and high material. Order soon.

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MXL603S Pencil Instrument Microphone
 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Goodbye full sized condensers and cardiods

This mic came free with my MXL 4000 and now I know why. This mic gives a good focused sound for shredding and neo metal solos similar to direct recordings through cabinet emulators only...Read complete review

This mic came free with my MXL 4000 and now I know why. This mic gives a good focused sound for shredding and neo metal solos similar to direct recordings through cabinet emulators only without all the transients and garbage direct boxes pick up in the signal integrity being so fixed-there's just no room to breath. I was trying to get a good sound for shredding and neo metal leads but using mics like the "legendary" SM58 was producing a very loose, bland sound no equalizer, compressor or maximizer in the world could remedy. Same problems with my full sized condensers. It had this low sonic quality due to a lack of focus. Sorry but I'm not trying to recapture the essence of hair metal. I want tight. Putting these mics closer gave that tight focused sound yet it was still very bland and dead sounding. Gave this another shot and problem absolutely solved. I play with no delay, a hint of reverb and a moderate gain. Over the top arpeggios, pinch harmonics etc. and often with a completely midrange scooped tone-it's not an easy tone to work with for recording.The sound is tight and focused with this mic, transients are easily lost through mic placement and mixer settings. This is a must have for a modern metal sound starting from the days of Pantera, Megadeth and leading on up to the days of Meshuggah, Lamb of God etc. The other popular mics recommended are more for rock and classic metal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

MXl gift pencils

I recieved this as a gift with the purchase
of mxl 860 ribbon mics(very nice mics btw).I
considered keeping these as a b set of pencils
in my locker but...Read complete review

I recieved this as a gift with the purchase
of mxl 860 ribbon mics(very nice mics btw).I
considered keeping these as a b set of pencils
in my locker but couldnt justify it because my
akg perception 170 are really hard to beat with a
very flat warm sound with sizzle! Hwever fair shake the MXLs were much better than pencils
Ive had at this pricepoint. It all comes down to taste it doesnt have to be expensive to make great recordings in the right hands even budjet gear can be milked for great tone :)peace to you

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Goodbye full sized condensers and cardiods

By DEATH-gaccV

from CLEVELAND

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Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

This mic came free with my MXL 4000 and now I know why. This mic gives a good focused sound for shredding and neo metal solos similar to direct recordings through cabinet emulators only without all the transients and garbage direct boxes pick up in the signal integrity being so fixed-there's just no room to breath. I was trying to get a good sound for shredding and neo metal leads but using mics like the "legendary" SM58 was producing a very loose, bland sound no equalizer, compressor or maximizer in the world could remedy. Same problems with my full sized condensers. It had this low sonic quality due to a lack of focus. Sorry but I'm not trying to recapture the essence of hair metal. I want tight. Putting these mics closer gave that tight focused sound yet it was still very bland and dead sounding. Gave this another shot and problem absolutely solved. I play with no delay, a hint of reverb and a moderate gain. Over the top arpeggios, pinch harmonics etc. and often with a completely midrange scooped tone-it's not an easy tone to work with for recording.The sound is tight and focused with this mic, transients are easily lost through mic placement and mixer settings. This is a must have for a modern metal sound starting from the days of Pantera, Megadeth and leading on up to the days of Meshuggah, Lamb of God etc. The other popular mics recommended are more for rock and classic metal.

(3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A big budget saver (save up for something better!)

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

If you value tone or audio quality in the least, do not use this microphone. It may appear to be an affordable alternative to similar mic's, but do not be fooled. It is terrible.You would be MUCH better off to simply save your coffee money for a few more weeks and purchase something you will actually value and your ears will appreciate. Just say no.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well it works great for me!

By DEATH-gaccV

from CLEVELAND

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Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

Contrary to the criticism on many sites, this mic proved itself to be incredibly useful for miking lead and rhythm guitar. So much so, you can get the same sound of a direct box or recording direct VIA cabinet simulator. What makes this superior to that technique is, positioning and wind screens allow you to eliminate signal garbage and transient noise that are impossible to eliminate from direct signal recording.It's a condenser pencil AKA mini Boom or mini Shotgun mic as it's also known. These mics are highly sensitive while having a 360 degree response range that is more or less, intended to be aimed like a gun firing a focused beam at the sound source. They produce great isolation from outside sound sources in this manner or, can be hung high overhead and pick up every little nuance of sound within a large field of range.This type of mic's strength is it's sensitivity and beam of focus. It picks up what you aim it at in the distance REALLY well while not picking up the surrounding sounds outside the focal point.Stick it right on a guitar speaker or instrument, cut the volume on the mixer and you have a REALLY pure, focused sound. It was free and completely solved my miking problems when trying to record solos. With my mixer's EQ set neutral, I'm getting the same sound out of it that I'm putting into it when recording. While I'm sure there are better mics, this mic was free with the MXL 4000 for a reason. The manufacturers and Musiciansfriend knew it's application potential. Everybody needs a professional vocal mic and instrument mic, they decided to ensure we get both when a 4000 was purchased.Eventually I'll get an SM57 due to it's reputation, which is truly just a dynamic cardioid with a pencil mic fashioned capsule but the 603S is certainly more than satisfactory for the time being.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

crud

By Droid

from Nashville

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Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

I got a pair of these for micing acoustic guitar and other stringed instruments. These tinny puny sounding things make a 57 sound like God.

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Came budled with MLX R40 - disappointing

By vm-Oh

from North Bend, OH

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Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

The 603s came as a free/extra to a Ribbon MLX R40 mic (that I like) purchase. I compared the 603s with a few other of my dynamics and found it to be very poor (- maybe I got a defective one?) in frequency response and might be ok as a .. well I can't say that it could be used on that instrument since I don't have one to test it with. All I am saying is compared to even my cheapest dynamics, this is by far the worst I have used. I usually am trying to find the positive in items because that what users want to hear, some detail to help them decide on a purchase. I would steer clear of this one.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent choice for live performance

By Amadon

from Athol, MA

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Pros

  • Great Response Live

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live Preformance
    • Live Recording

    Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument 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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    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Does what it is supposed to

    By Derrick

    from Lawton, OK

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    Pros

    • Clear
    • Crisp
    • Focused

    Cons

    • Hard To Postion Overhead
    • small

    Best Uses

    • Alternative Sound
    • Cymbal Mic
    • Guitar Mic

    Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

    It does what a pencil mic should. Crisp sound, good overall tone, not too brittle. Only complaint is it is a little difficult to place above crash cymbals (where I would love to have it), but records hi-hat well with almost no bleed.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    4.0

    Good inexpensive pencil mic

    By JW

    from Winter Haven, FL

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    Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

    I bought this as part of a package with a large diaphragm condenser. It came with a plastic case to protect it and a windscreen. It has a very decent sound and is quite useful for acoustic instruments.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Great deal

    By kenny

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

    Great deal

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good, unique resource.

    By Kurt

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

    Wealth of information here. I bought it to study the string and brass parts. There are definitely details in the parts that are not always correct, but having 95% there is a whole lot better than starting from scratch. So a good purchase for me. (My buddy said the same for the bass parts).

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