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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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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4.0

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great deal

By kenny

from undisclosed

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Comments about 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

Great deal

 
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).

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I will buy one more...

By Bill

from Lithia Springs, Georgia

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Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

I'll use it in the home studio.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Great Wing Microphone!

By Corky

from Boston, MA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good tone
  • Sensitive
  • Small

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

      I play in a 5-piece bluegrass band. Setting up microphones for vocals and all those acoustic instruments is a constant challenge. Picking up Dobro, guitar and banjo breaks is critical.

      These microphones help to bridge the gap. They're sensitive enough to make facing position (e.g., down, to the side, etc.) and sound terrific.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for Bass singing

      By Greg

      from Ohio

      Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

      my son is a bass singer he is 16 and he wanted a "bass singing mic" so i got him this he practices and it sounds great, if im correct glenn dustin used this mic when he sang with legacy five

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 5 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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (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!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        MXl gift pencils

        By Servant

        from Sioux Cty Iowa

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • A Little Brittle In The
          • Top End

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Guitars
          • Oh Applications

          Comments about MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone:

          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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (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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          Ask me a question

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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

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