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MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone

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Affordable pressure gradient condenser mic with cardioid polar pattern and large dynamic range.

The MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone gives you topnotch condenser sound without the high-end price tag. Part of MXL's 900 Series mics, affordable mics ideal for home studios, the side-address 910 is a medium diaphragm condenser mic versatile enough to handle guitars, drums, and even vocals thanks to its cardioid polar pattern, and gold-sputtered, six micron diaphragm. The 910 boasts a generous 30Hz - 20kHz frequency range which is remarkably smooth and consistent between 50Hz through 1kHz, with a slight rise between the two, and a presence peak between 5K and 10K with a drop-off after 10K.

FEATURES
Medium-diaphragm condenser mic
Large dynamic range
Low-noise circuitry
Cardioid response pattern
Great for guitars, drums, and more
Includes clip

Order now for a real studio workhorse.

SPECIFICATIONS
Type: Pressure-gradient condenser mic
Diaphragm: Gold-sputtered, 6 micron diaphragm
Frequency range: 30Hz - 20kHz
Polar pattern: Cardioid
Capsule Size: 22mm/0.866142"
Impedance: 200 ohms
Equivalent noise level: 20 dBA (A-weighted IEC 651)
Power requirements: 48V phantom power (±4V)
Weight: .75 lb./340g
Size: 47mm x 168mm/1.85" x 6.60"
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MXL910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (70)
  • Easy to use (53)
  • Versatile (34)
  • Durable (21)
  • Lightweight (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (57)
  • Amateur recording (44)
  • Professional recording (25)
  • Performances (24)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (48), Professional musician (27), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Late night review

Alright, a lot of folk have wondered whether this was a good mic or not. After all, it was on the Stupid Deal of The Day and also a Black Friday special right...Read complete review

Alright, a lot of folk have wondered whether this was a good mic or not. After all, it was on the Stupid Deal of The Day and also a Black Friday special right after that. Lots of people got their order in and are biting their fingernails hoping they snagged a good mic for the price.

I got mine in the mail and immediately set it up to A/B against my Audio Technica AT-3035 - my reliable 'old faithful' stand by for vocals and instruments. I placed both mics exactly the same height right up against each other and belted out a few notes. I then did the same with a Martin X-series Acoustic guitar; and they were also placed about 6 feet from a live drum set in a very live room. Here's what I found :

On vocals, the MXL passed with flying colors. Could not believe I had to listen again and again to figure out which mic I liked better. After all - this AT3035 was my go-to mic for several acts and sounded great on male and female throats alike. Differences? The MXL was fuller in the bottom end (160-250hz), and silkier overall. Not super silky - remember, we're talking budget mics - but the A/T was slightly grainy in comparison. More headroom as well. Definitely a winner.

On the Martin 000 the MXL was woodier and more intimate sounding. Less string articulation, more resonance. Softer. The AT3035 on the other hand had more definition in the strings, a bit more bite, and less resonance. I can't decide which I like better because both capture elements of the guitar's true character. As a test I panned both left and right and it sounded like the guitar does in real life. Ha! It's a good thing I own both now!

On drum overheads AT3035 won hands down. This MXL is NOT an overhead mic. Snare and toms on the Pearl BRX sounded mid-rangey and nasty. The A/T captured the kit as it really SHOULD sound - punchy and bright.

I have not tried this mic on guitar amps so I cannot comment. Bottom line - if you can snag this mic on sale you will be glad you did. After a first bad experience with MXL when the 1st batch of 990s came out 8 years ago, I was tained for life, or so I thought. This mic changed my mind. Recommended if you can get it on a special.

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Ok for the price

Just looking to add another mic to the studio and picked it up like everyone else on the stupid deal. So its ok for the price. Its a little thin on the vocal...Read complete review

Just looking to add another mic to the studio and picked it up like everyone else on the stupid deal. So its ok for the price. Its a little thin on the vocal side. I ran through a pre amp and eq'd for additional low end. Again it was ok but I wouldn't be using for a pro recording or anything. I did use it with an acoustic guitar that was running DI and then place this as a second source mid neck. It captured pretty well.

I also used it in the corner of the room while recording vocal and acoustic using other sources...just playing around and found it picked up a cool vibe. So for the price you can find something to do with it. But its not going to sound like a top shelf vocal mic.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Late night review

By Zer0

from Midwest USA

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Great Back Up Mic
  • Smooth
  • Vocals
  • Way Affordable

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Not Great On Overheads
  • Ugly Design

Best Uses

  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Amateur Recording
  • Professional Recording
  • Vocals

Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

Alright, a lot of folk have wondered whether this was a good mic or not. After all, it was on the Stupid Deal of The Day and also a Black Friday special right after that. Lots of people got their order in and are biting their fingernails hoping they snagged a good mic for the price.

I got mine in the mail and immediately set it up to A/B against my Audio Technica AT-3035 - my reliable 'old faithful' stand by for vocals and instruments. I placed both mics exactly the same height right up against each other and belted out a few notes. I then did the same with a Martin X-series Acoustic guitar; and they were also placed about 6 feet from a live drum set in a very live room. Here's what I found :

On vocals, the MXL passed with flying colors. Could not believe I had to listen again and again to figure out which mic I liked better. After all - this AT3035 was my go-to mic for several acts and sounded great on male and female throats alike. Differences? The MXL was fuller in the bottom end (160-250hz), and silkier overall. Not super silky - remember, we're talking budget mics - but the A/T was slightly grainy in comparison. More headroom as well. Definitely a winner.

On the Martin 000 the MXL was woodier and more intimate sounding. Less string articulation, more resonance. Softer. The AT3035 on the other hand had more definition in the strings, a bit more bite, and less resonance. I can't decide which I like better because both capture elements of the guitar's true character. As a test I panned both left and right and it sounded like the guitar does in real life. Ha! It's a good thing I own both now!

On drum overheads AT3035 won hands down. This MXL is NOT an overhead mic. Snare and toms on the Pearl BRX sounded mid-rangey and nasty. The A/T captured the kit as it really SHOULD sound - punchy and bright.

I have not tried this mic on guitar amps so I cannot comment. Bottom line - if you can snag this mic on sale you will be glad you did. After a first bad experience with MXL when the 1st batch of 990s came out 8 years ago, I was tained for life, or so I thought. This mic changed my mind. Recommended if you can get it on a special.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Disregard Jim

By kerry

from kansas city, ks

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

    Most condenser mics need phantom power and will not work plugged into a guitar amp (or have switches), so ignore the bad reviews from people who don't know the difference between stage and recording mics. Medium condensers are extremely hard to find, and if they go on sale again,(and I'd wait until they do because otherwise it is a bit pricey) I'd definitely recommend getting two. I haven't used it much yet but it sounds nice as is on acoustic guitar and I bet they'd be a great contender for mods.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Mic Seems Unknown

    By Mojo

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Good sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

      So, I noticed that when I bought this, there was no info on this mic anywhere. None. All I had to go on were the, I think 3 reviews. I've been using this mic for a few weeks now, and I have to say, I think it sounds great. This mic has a very clear sound from practically any distance. You can move around a bit, and you won't hear your voice fade or anything. I know my knowledge of microphones isn't great, but I know good sound quality.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      works for me!

      By Mr. Jack

      from Detroit Lakes, MN

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

        I'm not a professional recording engineer, but I have a garage studio and the MXL products work for me.... When I saw the 910 condensor mic on sale for a ridiculously low price, I had "red" flags of warning go up in my mind. I decided however, to get one and see how it worked.
        It has great clarity and is more sensitive than my garage studio really needs. I can hear a mosquito fart in my headphones, and to me, that is ultra sensitive.
        I guess if I were a pro, I'd be spending big on the high-end acclaimed mics. But I have to say, for a home recording studio that wants great quality for a great price, I'd recommend this mic and others in the MXL lineup. I am totally happy with the MXL products and this mic is just another keeper in my small recording studio.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Recording Mic (MXL910)

        By M67

        from USA

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

          MXL makes great microphones and the 910 is no exception. Crystal clear, professional sounding recordings can easily be made with this mic, if properly used (48v Phantom power required). It is made of metal and seems durable enough to last a long time if well cared for. It would be nice if MF would throw in an XLR cable, but even still, the sale price on these mics is a very good deal.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT MIC

          By Bob

          from Charlotte C H, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

            I bought this mic when it was on the stupid deal. I didn't know much about MXL mics, but had a feeling they were just cheap mics. Boy, was I wrong. I do a little recording at a home studio, so I tried this mic out and it did great. I used it for guitar and vocals. My only regret is I should have bought two of these. Not sure about MXL's other mic's, but this model 910 is a great mic.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for studio vocals

            By Steve

            from Cincinnati Oh

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

              I am working with a professional musician and we are recording some original material. We were using a stage mic and I picked this up on sale. It has exceeded our expectations as a very clear vocal mic. I do not have a ton of experience and I am sure that
              there are better microphones, but this one is hard to beat for a demo type recording application at this price point!

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I'm Keepin' It!

              By Charlie

              from Richmond, Virginia

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                Bought it on Stupid Deal...and felt stupid when it stayed the same price on the web. But tried it out anyway...and I like it! I've had EV RE20's, Rode tube/consenser, AEA R84. Each has a place and I liked them all. The MXL 910 brought a sparkle to my classic guitar, nice vocals for both singing and voice over...quiet, not harsh or sibilent, pretty sweet, actually. So now it, too, has a place...I'm keepin' it, and ordering another. It's fun to play with...and I'm even getting some good tracks. How is this possible? Kudos to those who can churn them out for practically nothing.

                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                U47? You betcha...

                By gdubs

                from Omaha, NE

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Perfect Housing
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Diy Mod
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                I bought this on sale STRICTLY to modify the internal guts. The price tag for the housing was a little less than I could've gotten it for , but for the opportunity to reconstruct it into a U47 for about a tenth of the cost, I find it an incredible bargain. MXL makes good bargain bin mics, but the thing they do best is provide the best housings for top end guts. If you're looking for a top end mic and can't afford the thousands it costs, look into modifying an MXL mic. It's easier than you think.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Ok for the price

                By TOP Down Band

                from Hanover, PA

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                  Just looking to add another mic to the studio and picked it up like everyone else on the stupid deal. So its ok for the price. Its a little thin on the vocal side. I ran through a pre amp and eq'd for additional low end. Again it was ok but I wouldn't be using for a pro recording or anything. I did use it with an acoustic guitar that was running DI and then place this as a second source mid neck. It captured pretty well.

                  I also used it in the corner of the room while recording vocal and acoustic using other sources...just playing around and found it picked up a cool vibe. So for the price you can find something to do with it. But its not going to sound like a top shelf vocal mic.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful Clarity Even When Distorted.

                  By EliteAndoy

                  from Espanola, NM

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Sounds Good Distorted
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Clips Often
                  • Extremely High Sensitivy

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                  This Mic shines when it comes to Acoustic Guitars and Vocals. Very clear, low noise and adequate sensitivity for full vocal colors. I also tried to micing it without sm57 on a high gain cab and I was surprised that it still sounded good. The only thing I didn't like was its very high sensitivity which often causes clipping when playing all cranked up on gain. Also, even though it seems to be solid in construction, I really wouldn't use this on live performances as it seems to be a bit fragile for backpack storage and such. Still a very good mic with professional quality at a reasonable price.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great clarity

                  By Arascain

                  from Golden Colorado

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                    I use these for vocals as well as for guitar & bass cabinets... they capture so much with great clarity that the amps don't need to be all that loud. I have tried quite a few mics over the years and these are hard to beat

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great mic! Great price! Hernando Fl

                    By Expose Me

                    from Florida

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                        For a medium diaphram capsule this mic delivers a very accurate vocal and is super quiet.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        stupid deal of the day strikes.me yet again

                        By Hoptoadstudios.

                        from Yukon Oklahoma

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                          This is a good microphone for the money. I have other microphones from the same manufacture and use them on everything. Sound and durability are comparable to some of my Shure mics I have.

                          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Great price, but not quality.

                          By Scotty H.

                          from Boston, MA.

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Cheap

                          Cons

                          • Poor Sound Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • DIY

                          Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                          I mainly purchased a pair of these to gut with intent of building my own PCB and installing a new capsules. They make good donor mics, but that's about it.
                          The build quality for the electronics is fairly poor. The capsules are undersized and are harsh sounding. They don't have the benefit of at least being consistent, they didn't sound alike at all. Don't plan on buying these as a stereo pair as you'll be disappointed with the results.
                          BUT, should you happen to be handy with a soldering iron, swapping out the capsule with a quality 1" capsule will at least make them usable. Swapping out the capsule and building a new PCB will make them very profession quality. Though, at that point, it really isn't the mic you purchased anymore, just the original shell is left.

                          In a nut shell, they're great for DIYers, just not if you're buying with intent to use as purchased. (You're better off buying a cheap Rode or Blue instead.)

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Excellent performance for the money

                          By Bubba Zee

                          from Ozello, Florida

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                            I purchased this MXL 910 Condenser Microphone to record ambient background noise when I record my own shows. It does a marvelous job performing that function beyond my expectations and how it fit my price range. I wanted a rugged Microphone I can pack up and move without worrying about damaging more expensive equipment.

                            I do a lot of live solo work for happy hour shows and private parties. I sometimes take video captures or make simple audio recordings of these shows for my own use to find my mistakes and improve my performance. Before using this Microphone I had very little success using a Dynamic Microphone to record ambient noise.

                            A few shows ago I turned the Microphone around facing me. The resulting audio recording ended up being perfect to use as a Demo Recording. With no special settings on my amplifier and PA system, the Microphone picked up the amplified sounds, my Acoustic Guitar and my natural vocals. The blend was more than expected.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great Entry Level Condenser Mic.

                            By Hyperbohle

                            from Nassau, NY

                            About Me Novice

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                              This is a great Condenser Mic. for your home studio. Versatile enough for instruments, including guitar cabinet voicing, and crisp and clear vocals. The price level makes it a great value.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great for percussion overheads

                              By Moovinlightman

                              from Virginia Beach VA

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                                I bought this thru the stupid deal of the day promo to use as an overhead for my percussion rig...
                                and all I can say is wow !!!! It works great, sounds great and ya can't beat the price!!! Thanks Musicians Friend !

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                I would recommend this mic, it's great

                                By Dumer

                                from Waterford , Ontario, Canada

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • No Cons All Good

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances

                                Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                                I am using this mic as an instrumental mic on my acoustic guitar at live gigs and it it great!!!!!!!

                                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Good mic at a great price.

                                By Deputy651

                                from Indiana

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Mic At A Great Price
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about MXL 910 Voice/Instrument Condenser Microphone:

                                  The mic works as advertised.

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