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MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone

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The MXL 960 Tube Condenser Mic will keep you productive reliably and affordably. Professional-quality, large-diaphragm 1" capsule, tube condenser mic...Click To Read More About This Product

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One of the quietest tube microphones available!

The MXL 960 Tube Condenser Mic will keep you productive reliably and affordably. Professional-quality, large-diaphragm 1" capsule, tube condenser microphone has an extremely wide dynamic range and a crisp, airy sonic character. Well suited to either analog or digital recording. 20Hz-20kHz. Cardioid pattern. 135dB max SPL. Equivalent noise: 13dB, A-weighted.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 135 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Tube Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cadioid
  • Type: Mounted
  • Applications: Studio
  • Diaphragm size: Large
  • Switches: No
  • Phantom power required: No
Size and weight
  • Width: 2.28"
  • Height: 8.66"
  • Weight: 1.75 lb.
Included accessories
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: No
  • Shockmount: Yes
  • Power supply: Yes
  • Cable: Yes
  • Stand: No

Great mic at a great price. Order today and record like a pro!

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MXL960 Tube Condenser Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for the money!

I own several high end microphones. In my opinion even the most inexpensive "knock-off" has a place in my collection...simply because my belief has always been that there are...Read complete review

I own several high end microphones. In my opinion even the most inexpensive "knock-off" has a place in my collection...simply because my belief has always been that there are no rules for recording. Sound quality is relative to the listener and I set this up next to 5 of my "prized possessions" that well exceeded the $5k range....simply because it's the only way to honestly reveal it's "weaknesses". While it certainly didn't have the detail of the AKG C-12 or the NEUMANN M149..It yielded a clarity an character of it's own. Might be good for "odd" applications..like the rear micing of a 2-12 combo...(VOX AC-30/FENDER TWIN) which is fine by me. I would have no problem using it for vocals, too. It depends on the singer and the source as usual. Some of my favorite albums are terrible recordings. As for the internal construction...it looks like an electronics course kit. The wire gauges are like angel hair....thin circuit boards...and all of the other "cost-cutting "goodies to expect. Also.. changing the tube isn't a very user friendly experience to say the least. Overall...for the money...it is quiet...it is clear...and it is a great value for $199(when I bought it) If it craps out in 3 years...just buy another!-Hope this helps-

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Changed my mind-Wouldn't buy it again!

This is my 2ND REVIEW on this Mic! Tube-Swapping is easy. Tone is fairly good when placed Off-Axis from any sound source. Not even a year old and it starts having Static Noises...Read complete review

This is my 2ND REVIEW on this Mic! Tube-Swapping is easy. Tone is fairly good when placed Off-Axis from any sound source. Not even a year old and it starts having Static Noises and Low Rumbling Sounds for NO REASON. If not for the noises, I'd say "Sure, buy a few".

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the money!

By GOATMASTER

from CT.

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Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

I own several high end microphones. In my opinion even the most inexpensive "knock-off" has a place in my collection...simply because my belief has always been that there are no rules for recording. Sound quality is relative to the listener and I set this up next to 5 of my "prized possessions" that well exceeded the $5k range....simply because it's the only way to honestly reveal it's "weaknesses". While it certainly didn't have the detail of the AKG C-12 or the NEUMANN M149..It yielded a clarity an character of it's own. Might be good for "odd" applications..like the rear micing of a 2-12 combo...(VOX AC-30/FENDER TWIN) which is fine by me. I would have no problem using it for vocals, too. It depends on the singer and the source as usual. Some of my favorite albums are terrible recordings. As for the internal construction...it looks like an electronics course kit. The wire gauges are like angel hair....thin circuit boards...and all of the other "cost-cutting "goodies to expect. Also.. changing the tube isn't a very user friendly experience to say the least. Overall...for the money...it is quiet...it is clear...and it is a great value for $199(when I bought it) If it craps out in 3 years...just buy another!-Hope this helps-

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Professional Broadcast Mic

By anderson sound project

from Undisclosed

Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

I've worked in Broadcast Television for over 30 years and am currently the Production Manager for one of the largest television groups in the US and Canada. Recently I was asked to outfit all of our stations with an all-around microphone that would serve as the go-to voice over mic for every commercial client and news personality. After reviewing many, many condensers, I chose the MXL 960 for it's consistent excellence in voice color--yes color--every voice, every personality --male or female--is presented with an outstanding presence that dominates the mix thus dominating the airwaves. Clients are always commenting on how great they sound on the 960. Voiceover people are always asking for my recommendation for a microphone to use in their home studios--something that will make them sound their very best in an audition or demo--well, here you go kids--two hundred bucks and you're in the running--Professionally.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The M X L 960 Miracle

By Roger Paul

from Georgia

Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

This mike is a true Miracle,At $200 bucks.I just purchased a second one.The Secret of a good Tube mike is this.Moisture is the Arch enemy of condensor mikes.The diaghprahm easily picks up moisture and the mike gets noisy as hell. The tube acts like a "little Heater" and keeps the mike nice and dry. I have a trebly voice but when i record with the 960 my voice sounds full, and not so harsh. Further, the power supply gives me more signal to my V S 2480 24 track.Thankyou M X L for a great product!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love these for drums

By Midnight Circus

from Buford Ga

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Drum overheads
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I bought 2 of these .. retubed them with some NOS RCA 12at7's and put them to work as Drum Overheads. They gave my drums an open and airy feel with great off axis rejection .. The Cymbals are crisp and Creamy .. Just right ... When Recording I love Large Diaphragm Tube Condensers as drum overheads .. these are inexpensive and really do the job great ..

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST kept secret

    By Jefflaur

    from Atlanta/Nashville/NC Mtns

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I am very impressed with the build quality of this MXL issued mic. I am not sure what some of the early posters may have gotten when they bought this, but my units are top notch construction. We replaced the stock tube with a NOS Telefunken ECC81 (12AT7) and improved the low end, also smoothed out the upper freqs making the mic far less "brittle"..Even the stock MXL tube sounds pretty good, but our small mod made a lot of difference. We do voice tracks for TV commercials and radio station promotion. It cuts nicely and clients ask about the mic chain a lot. I hesitate to say anything about the price for this mic, because it may well be the best kept secret out here.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Quality That Amazed Me!

    By Frank, The Recording Engineer

    from North Bergen, New Jersey

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I purchased my first MXL 960 back in March of 2007, and I must say that it is a winning product. I own a professional recording studio and I'm in the process of opening a live Internet Radio Station. I've recently used 2 of these mics on a "Big Band" session (22 piece orchestra) and the musicality came through without any EQ. I used it on the reed section; it was almost as warm and airy as my 6 expensive vintage Neumann U-47's. I record for a living and I can honestly recommend the MXL 960 for any professional or home project studio. Vacum tube mics are the only way to go if you want the warmth of the music to come through; and it comes clearly through with the MXL 960. It's an affordable mic and is a great value. I'm also going to be purchasing more of them for my radio station shortly; it is at home equally in the broadcast station as well as the professional recording studio...Frank Ferraro; Audio Craft Recording Studios/WIRH Radio.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MXL 960 is quite good

    By I12BPhil

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    One of the best MXL mics to date. Much smoother than the V69M. It has a high rise near 10k, which adds sparkle. I heavy, unexperienced singer hitting this mic hard might cause some sibilance issues, but a really good singer who knows what their doing won't have a problem i this respect. The mic is very warm and somewhat neutral. Build quality is good. This is a very under-rated mic. Those who complain probably have never used a really good mic before, as this is one of the best inexpensive tube mics out there.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for Drum Overheads when you Retube

    By Midnight Circus

    from Buford Ga

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Inexpensive Tube Mic

    Cons

    • You have to Retube them

    Best Uses

    • Drum overheads
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I Love these Mics .. I have a huge collection of mics in my studio but I find that I go to these for Drum Overheads .. All you need to do is retube them with some NOS tubes and you have a really great mic for drums! One of the best kept secrets.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    mxl 960 review

    By CraigO-8PBM1

    from Boca Raton, FL

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I have owned an MXL960 for over a year now. We have a lot of mic in our project studio and this mic is superior in every way. It has a Warm, airy, transparent, detailed vintage tube sound. I simply can't believe this mic. It compares to the most expensive mic?s I have ever used costing 10x the price. I can't say enough well about it. It came with a case which includes the power supply, a foam pop filter and all cables. It did not include a studio shock mount, which you really need...and I bought one from MXL separately.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MXL 960

    By Charlie T.

    from Valencia, CA

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    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I recently bought this microphone. I took it home and just kinda looked at it and it's very sturdy but looks to be a little off kilter between the body and the mesh screen (BARELY NOTICABLE). If you're really into looks over quality then don't bother, but if you want an inexpensive QUALITY microphone this is your thing! When I plugged it in, I was amazed at how flat the frequency response was! Lows and highs were equaly there, NO need for an EQ. AND FOR THIS PRICE???! I was amazed!!! I would strongly recomend purchasing this mic anyday!!! I've used it on the last 13 sessions I've done... A VERY STRONG VOCAL MIC (for men and women)!!! And it comes with the works: Flight case (sturdy), Magomi cables, pop sock (would recomend getting or using a pop screen), power supply, a mic clip (I would recomend purchasing the MXL-60 shockmount, built specifically for this mic), and the beautiful microphone. If your looking for a inexpensive quality mic this is our best bet.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    FAT kick tone

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I have two of these. I use them for everything, especially male vocals, drum overheads and kick. They make cymbals sound gritty and warm and makes them sit extremely well in a mix. Put on of these outside your kick drum and it will sound fatter than a pregnant whale! Keep it away from the hole though. I've swapped out the tubes to Mullards from the beginning and haven't looked back. Male vocals are warm and crispy. Key words for this mic: warm, crispy, fat.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Mic on Acoustic Bass (Jazz)

    By Jazz Collective Records

    from L.A.

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    Had trouble getting a good sound on acoustic bass, I tried a 414, re20, sanken42r, and some cheaper ones.. I tried my friends mxl 960 figuring I might as well... I used a UA LA-610 pre and it sounded really good. Barley needed any EQ at all... very little compression. I sounded natural with just a little punch to the attack. Great mic, cheap as it gets.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Changed my mind-Wouldn't buy it again!

    By Stringmusiciantom

    from Tupelo, MS

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Tube Tone
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Long-lasting
    • Static Noises
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    This is my 2ND REVIEW on this Mic! Tube-Swapping is easy. Tone is fairly good when placed Off-Axis from any sound source. Not even a year old and it starts having Static Noises and Low Rumbling Sounds for NO REASON. If not for the noises, I'd say "Sure, buy a few".

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Maybe my ears are to picky

    By WillProTools-nQ20C

    from San Antonio

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    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I have used this mic mostly on AC-guitar. I placed the mic in 5 different positions and got the best sounds over the left shoulder and parallel with the neck about a foot up. It sounds alright but just didn't blow my socks off. I play a Martin so I know it's not the guitar. But for the price, I guess it sounds pretty good.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Mic Value

    By BudgetMC

    from Ameliastan

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    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    This is a first rate mic. It sounded very good stock, but with a NOS Mullard rolled in it became one of my favorites (and I've got more than a few mics). As a Cardioid LDC, it doesn't offer many bells & whistles, but it doesn't need to... it just sounds good. Well, it would be nice if it at least came with a shock mount. Nice hot output, though.Buy it and you're smart. Snatch it on sale and you're a genius.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Versatile, Great Sounding Tube Mic!

    By Thomas & Janet

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    If you like that good old "Tube Warmth" sound in your recordings, then I suggest this package!

    I run mine through the Art-2 Tube Preamp into a Yamaha MD4s (yes, Mini Disc in 2011!) with great results.
    A db cut Switch would have been nice, but still, changing out the Internal Tube can deliver different sounds.
    Whether you need to mic Drums, Acoustic guitar, Vocals, etc., this thing really captures detail. It has a slight boost around the 10Khz region, which gives your tracks some sparkle. If you don't need those highs, then a simple reposition of the mic can usually clear that up. A very quiet mic. Experiment, and you'll be amazed!
    My Wife and I are grateful for such a package as this. It's truly an amazing value to us!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great

    By Mojofilter

    from Portland

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    This mic is simply not as good in build or sonic quality as mics costing only a little more. Total bang for the buck is not bad, but build quality is below average (misalignment of head/body, crooked vertical screen brace on head assembly), and the mic developed a crackling noise the second time out of the case.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The

    By Tennessee Music Man

    from Tennessee

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    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    The 960 is an amazing microphone. After applying various tube preamps to warm up the cold, sterile digital sound (64 tracks ADAT), I went with a tube mic. The 960 has basically made the tube preamps in my studio obsolete when it comes to getting that vintage vibe & tone. I have used this mic on vocals, grand piano, acoustic guitar, and drums, with side-by-side simultaneous recording using a high quality FET LDC and the difference is obvious. I call this my "Point & Shoot" mic because I've found that I can use it on everything WITHOUT EQ or COMPRESSION (!). When using the 960 with a 1" analog 8 track, the sound has much of the deep tonal quality of albums like 'Let it Bleed', 'Abbey Road', etc. It is plain, simple, no frills... just FABULOUS warm tone. For the money, it's a bargain.NOTE: if you prefer the modern "bright", "crystal clear" sound, you may not like the sound of this mic; the 960 has an extremely musical rather than "Hi-Tech" tone.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MXL 960

    By Bobby-L_i1W

    from Wappings Falls, NY

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I have compared this mic with a neumann on the same session with vocals. in the blind test, 5 out of 5 folks could not hear a difference. It's a warm, but airy transparant mic. you will not do any better for the money even if you upped your spending to 3000 dollars!

     
    4.0

    Great sound but where's the shock mount?

    By No nickname

    from Roanoke VA

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

      I use if for recording. Definite improvement in sound over my previous large diaphragm condensor (Nady SCM 900, which is a decent mike for the money). Nice sparkling highs, clear lows. I was suprised there was no shock mount included. Maybe it does not matter, as the instructions tell you to use it in "inverted position" i.e. upside down. I have it hanging upside down from its hard mount, with the mic stand on a foam pad. There is not a lot of signal out of the power supply/preamp, but if I set the trim on my recorder almost all the way up, I get a usable signal. I like it so far.

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