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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount 

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Silky sweet high end with solid lows and mids.

The MXL 990 remains one of the industry's most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound quality in both digital and analog recordings. This revolutionary condenser microphone continues to astound artists with its silky, high end and tight, solid low and midrange reproduction.

FEATURES
  • FET preamp with beautifully balanced sound
  • Provides silky sweet high end and retains tight, solid low and midrange reproduction
  • Vintage body style with champagne finish
  • Includes custom shockmount, mic stand adapter & carrying case

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SPECIFICATIONS

990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

  • Audio
    Analog or digital: Analog
    Frequency response: 30Hz - 20kHz
    Max SPL: 130 dB
    Connectivity: XLR

    Pattern and type
    Capsule: Condenser
    Polar pattern: Cardioid
    Type: Mounted
    Applications: Studio
    Diaphragm size: Large
    Switches: None
    Phantom power required: Yes

    Size and weight
    Width: 2.4 in.
    Height: 5.11 in.
    Weight: 1.2 lb.

    Included accessories
    Case: Yes
    Clip: Yes
    Shockmount: Yes
    Power supply: No
    Cable: No
    Stand: No
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MXL990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
 
4.6

(based on 654 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (479)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (21)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (112)
  • Easy to use (87)
  • Versatile (62)
  • Durable (44)
  • Compact (43)

Cons

  • Limited functions (7)
  • Bulky/heavy (4)
  • Not durable (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (104)
  • Amateur recording (70)
  • Professional recording (55)
  • Performances (32)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (72), Professional musician (34), Novice (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A cut above what has gone before!

There has been a lot of " I love it, I hate it" reviews on this mic. I wrote a previous review here when I had the mic for a few...Read complete review

There has been a lot of " I love it, I hate it" reviews on this mic. I wrote a previous review here when I had the mic for a few months, I have had it now for a year and some change. 1st off, every mic is an individual and must be rated as such. I have had $5000.00 Telefunken's, in good working order, that were simply terrible. This mic is way beyond what has been available in this price range in the past; and is part of the new generation of large capsule condensor mics, (which has been a very small product range even manufactured until the last few years), that don't cost the same as a down payment on a house. For those of us who are used to paying at least a $1000.00 min. for a mic like this, its a bitter sweet pill to swallow. This mic CAN be used to record your album, (with a decent pre-amp), it does have that potential. Unlike your old standard shure sm-57, which does not have that potential (with any mic pre) to record your album. However, like everything else, it must be used with care. To be clear, I really like it, I have used it side by side with the best mics made and it holds up well. There is a bump in the high freq. range around 8 to 10k, but NOT so much as to be way off, you must use a pop screen and a shock mount to record with it and it is a hot MIC that cannot be driven too hard through the pre and mixing board. With all that said, after hearing the results of this mic, from tracking to final CD master on a lot of albums, it is an awesome product. Is it the end all be all of microphones? ... NO! Is it a very useable item in the PROFESSIONAL'S tool box YES If you want to feel like you have the so called "real deal" in a mic, take several thousand dollars and flush it down the nearest toilet. If they charged ten grand for this mic it would be hailed as the newest audio miracle in the studio. I think the low price has a lot of us who are used to being in the exclusive mic owners club, blinded to the potential here. If someone offered to sell you a car,any car, for fifty bucks what would your first thought be? Part of rating a mic is Subjective, What's your opinion | and part of it is Scientific, what does the scope and verious meters say. In all my testing and use I like this mic ... and the actual measurements say that its a savory and way rad item... ;)

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worth the price

I bought this mic because of how much I've heard about it, and seeing it for cheap(59). Already own an MXL 4000, C 3000b, AT4050, and a ton of cheap stuff...Read complete review

I bought this mic because of how much I've heard about it, and seeing it for cheap(59). Already own an MXL 4000, C 3000b, AT4050, and a ton of cheap stuff for my homestudio.

I can't say it's a horrible mic, can't even say you're not getting bang4buk with this on a budget. Sounds great with guitar recordings. With tweaking you can get phenominal vocals. I'm talking a noise gate, LPF/HPF and EQing. But other mics I own just sound better with less tweaking.

As for others saying the mids are harsh, a quick EQ and filter can fix that. I recommend this to anyone on a budget who wants a quick decent quality fix to a mic that sounds TOO CHEAP. But if you can throw in a little more money, you get options like the AT2020 or AKG Perception 120 that I beleive are better choices. This mic does have a great way of capturing hip hop vocals that can make for a 90s sound if correctly mixed. Mind you, I'm running it through a Presonus Audiobox, so it's not like i'm reviewing running things thru the best Pre in the world. I could also see it flourishing with the right pre, maybe Focusrites' ISA series.

If you already own a few cheaper mics(100-200 range), this would make a great addition. But if you've spent over 350 for a tool or 2 in your arsenal, this will fall short.

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(47 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A cut above what has gone before!

By e.man-2FTZI

from Hollywood, CA

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Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

There has been a lot of " I love it, I hate it" reviews on this mic. I wrote a previous review here when I had the mic for a few months, I have had it now for a year and some change. 1st off, every mic is an individual and must be rated as such. I have had $5000.00 Telefunken's, in good working order, that were simply terrible. This mic is way beyond what has been available in this price range in the past; and is part of the new generation of large capsule condensor mics, (which has been a very small product range even manufactured until the last few years), that don't cost the same as a down payment on a house. For those of us who are used to paying at least a $1000.00 min. for a mic like this, its a bitter sweet pill to swallow. This mic CAN be used to record your album, (with a decent pre-amp), it does have that potential. Unlike your old standard shure sm-57, which does not have that potential (with any mic pre) to record your album. However, like everything else, it must be used with care. To be clear, I really like it, I have used it side by side with the best mics made and it holds up well. There is a bump in the high freq. range around 8 to 10k, but NOT so much as to be way off, you must use a pop screen and a shock mount to record with it and it is a hot MIC that cannot be driven too hard through the pre and mixing board. With all that said, after hearing the results of this mic, from tracking to final CD master on a lot of albums, it is an awesome product. Is it the end all be all of microphones? ... NO! Is it a very useable item in the PROFESSIONAL'S tool box YES If you want to feel like you have the so called "real deal" in a mic, take several thousand dollars and flush it down the nearest toilet. If they charged ten grand for this mic it would be hailed as the newest audio miracle in the studio. I think the low price has a lot of us who are used to being in the exclusive mic owners club, blinded to the potential here. If someone offered to sell you a car,any car, for fifty bucks what would your first thought be? Part of rating a mic is Subjective, What's your opinion | and part of it is Scientific, what does the scope and verious meters say. In all my testing and use I like this mic ... and the actual measurements say that its a savory and way rad item... ;)

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Logan Smith

from LA

Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

This mic is excellent. It's rich, it's open, it breathes. It makes my AKG C1000 S sound as dull as a dynamic. Combine with the (equally great value) ART Tube MP mic pre, and you've got some silky, warm, beautiful vocal tracks for extremely cheap. Considering the price I'm not sure why you haven't ordered one yet.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Microhpone!

By Joshua Richoux

from New Orleans

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Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

This is a steal to get the case and everything. If your making your own home studio buy this mic.
Does exactly what it says it will do.
For the price I am a fan of these products now and would try all of their microphones!
I don't think you can beat the high quality recordings you can do with this mic.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cheap and Reliable

By Kyle Hancharick

from Orange County NY

Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

I have a small studio for samples and demos. This is the only mic I use. I bought it here on this website about 1.5yrs ago, and it's never let me down since, and I don't plan on replacing it anytime soon. Just remember to use phantom power.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MXL 990 with Shockmount

By patrick johnson

from Maryland

Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

This microphone, some say, is great for the price. I contend it is a great mic, period. I've used Sennheiser mics before that sounded flat and without as much range. This mic sounds totally natural and has a warm life to it that totally transcends my deep baritone voice. It sounds great in ProTools without any EQ, or pluggins. In Garageband, it is a little low, but then I am not as familiar with Garageband, as a whole, and I am sure it can be made to sound just as fantastic (or close). I honestly think that people need to get over brand names. Although, you have to trust a brand and it only usually gets its reputation for the right reasons. However, my point is that you should not judge this mic on, as some would say, being ok for the brand it is and the price. It is a great mic, period, and one that cannot be overlooked for the price. It sure can't be overlooked for the quality. Range of sound is everything. This sounds fantastic.





**I initially could not get the mic working, and I called to see about tech support. Something told me, though, that my MBox somehow was the problem. It wasn't the Mbox, itself, but the USP port it was connected to on my MacBook Pro. Switching ports solved everything. If anyone ever experiences total static when connecting this mic, it might not be the mic, or the XLR cable; it might be your phantom power source, or even how that's connected to your computer. I'm only putting that here for help to anyone who may ever come across with something like this. It's not the mic's fault, however, so this is an unrelated addendum

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hard to beat

By snakewood

from Bent NM

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    I have owned one MXL 990 for a few years and used it my home studio. I was always impressed with the sound production , great warm vocals and clear tones on the guitar.

    I am part of a 6 member acoustic band and we started using my 990 as a single mic setup, we all fell in love with how the mic makes us sound and it's so easy to work behind. We now have 2 of them and they have stood up very well with being on the road and standing on top of a straight mic stand with no shockmounts..|I would give it 10 stars if there were that many to give.

    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    I dig it.

    By Alec Peyton

    from Athens, GA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    At the time of purchase, I was a beginner recorder and had been using dynamic mics for everything. This was my first condenser mic, and years later, I'm still using it. If you're just starting out, it's perfect. It's simple, gets the job done, and can be used for plenty of different situations. I've used it at time for recording both my guitar and vocals at the same time and I've used it for drums. For such a cheap price, it is awesome. BTW- if you're looking to record drums with one mic, hanging this mic above the drum set is not a bad sound. (really, in this method it is good to get another mic for the bass drum)

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MXL 990 Condenser Mic

    By Suzanne Muir

    from San Diego, CA

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    This mic definitely meets or exceeds the recording quality as any others at several times the price. Compared to other mics I've used, my voice sounds super clear and smooth with the MXL. Very happy with this purchase!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Honest Review.

    By Cameron

    from Fort Collins, CO

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    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    Overall if you are starting out in recording this mic is a must have. It's perfect for a first vocal condenser and your results won't be half bad considering the price paid. Just don't be afraid to really tweak the EQ as needed (and it will be needed).
    It's a condenser mic, nothing else really to it. No multi-patterns, no pad, no low cut. Just a standard mic.
    Talking build quality, it is quite robust. Talking sound quality, I have actually done some very good vocal takes with it in the past. It does require quite a bit of EQ'ing to get the right sound, and that why it costs as little as it does. There are many better sounding mics, but not with this price tag.
    Value is what this microphone's selling point is. You can get some great results if you have a good ear for tuning an EQ. In my experience I had to cut a lot of lows and boost the highs intensely for a male tenor voice. It's always good to try and find the right mic for an application that doesn't need EQing, but if this mic is in your price range, then that's likely not possible. It will get you great results for it's low cost.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    & i Love It

    By Spitta

    from Miami

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    I basically made my own studio at home in my closet, i wasnt really looking for a mic such as this. but i gotta tell ya this mic is the Bomb. I am a young rapper and it really makes my music sound professional. i use a program call mixcraft5 and it goes well with this mic ... ILOVEIT. im thinking about bringing my friends over and let them work on their mixtapes. i love this mic

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