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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount 

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The MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with shock mount has a silky, sweet high end while retaining tight, solid low and midrange reproduction. The 3/4" go...Click To Read More About This Product

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Large diaphragm, little price.

The MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with shock mount has a silky, sweet high end while retaining tight, solid low and midrange reproduction. The 3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm creates a professional sound suited for digital and analog recording. Attractive vintage body style with champagne finish. The 30Hz-20kHz frequency response is ideal for lead and background vocal, male or female. Includes custom shock mount, mic stand adapter, and case. Remember folks, this mic requires phantom power, so make sure your console or interface delivers it before ordering.

There are a bazillion studio vocal mics on the market that break the magical $100 barrier, a traditionally unheard of price point for a studio vocal mic. Once that price floor was demolished, however, the market became flooded with offerings in the $80 - $100 price range. MXL has emerged as a true leader in this market, and the MXL990 is MXL's flagship product in that category. If a well-built, good-sounding, versatile studio microphone for less than $100 sounds like a good fit for your current needs, you can't go wrong with the MXL990.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital:Analog
  • Frequency response:30Hz to 20KhZ
  • Max SPL:130 dB
  • Connectivity:XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Condenser
  • Polar pattern:Cardioid
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications:Studio
  • Diaphragm size:Large diaphragm
  • Switches: None
  • Phantom power required:Yes (48V)
  • Size and weight
  • Width:2.4"
  • Height:5.11"
  • Weight:1.2 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:Carrying case
  • Clip:Yes
  • Shockmount:Yes

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990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

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MXL990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
 
4.6

(based on 647 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (474)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (21)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (106)
  • Easy to use (81)
  • Versatile (58)
  • Durable (43)
  • Compact (40)

Cons

  • Limited functions (6)
  • Bulky/heavy (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (99)
  • Amateur recording (66)
  • Professional recording (53)
  • Performances (29)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (67), Professional musician (33), Novice (20)

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... ;)

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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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5.0

Thanks to Alan Parsons and Adam Fazel studio makeover.....

By Clancy

from Elbow Lake MN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

    Use in home studio....Was looking for extra condenser when I saw the video of Alan and Adam..MXL990 was on sale and it's regular price and specs were similar to AT 2020 I was happy with already. Coupled with my TC Helicon Voice Live Play....Fabulous possibilities. Frequency response different enough to give me more options. Lots of bang for the buck

     
    5.0

    Excellent quality microphone!

    By Jay

    from Princeton, WV

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

      I absolutely love it! I record on my PC and have the mic connected to a Behringer 802 mixer (also purchased recently from Musician's Friend). The mixer connects to my PC sound card and the sound quality is crystal clear and amazing compared to my previous setup.

       
      5.0

      Excellent mic for home studio

      By Ramblin' Rich

      from Cave, USA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

      • You must have your own cable

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

      I read a lot about condenser mics before settling on this one. Yes, you do need a 48v phantom power source but the result in recording is immediately noticeable. (I'm using a Tascam unit with built in power source and get amazingly good results.) This unit delivers surprisingly clear sound, and does not break the bank. I wish when I started researching someone had just written "Excellent microphone for home studio." That's the bottom line, ain't it?

       
      5.0

      Unbeatable for the Price

      By Sean P.

      from Grand Junction, Colorado

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

        I've owned this microphone for several years now, and for a long time had a sort of "I'll just use a dynamic mic for recording because this thing is too much work" and I had always seemed to have serious issues with volume and having it pick up literally every little sound in the studio. That being said, that was several years ago before I knew anything about gain staging and proper recording technique and all that. For someone who is relatively experienced (I am by no means an expert) this mic is a gem for the price.

        Vocals and Harmonica are all I've used it for an all I've found it incredibly useful for, but it excels in recording both. It delivers are great range as far as vocals go, though it seems to drop little nuances, particularly with raspy voices. However for clear voices, this thing really does the trick. It really does well with rounded off singing, and delivers a clean sound that is easy to mix.

        For Harmonica its pretty crisp if you keep your distance. It definitely needs a pop filter in any circumstance (seriously, even for amplifiers if you try to mic one up) because it does clip and pop if there is a lot of air movement. Also, knowing which side is the front helps a lot too (guess who didn't read the instructions and thought it was bidirectional).

        Overall its a great work horse for vocals, I've recorded most of an album with it and it's great for isolated vocals and harmonica. It does pickup a lot of background noise so know that if you own pets that make a lot of noise or have any people around with you who are a bit loud. Once again, for the money, it doesn't get much better. SM57's and SM58's won't deliver the quality that this will in a home studio if it's used right. Plus the shock mount and case are really nice given it feels a little fragile.(it definitely needs to be on the shock mount because it picks up movement in the stand really bad without it). I would definitely recommend to semi-experienced people in a home studio.

         
        5.0

        Great mic for voice over or live stream work in home studio

        By HAZMAT

        from Spokane, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

          I receive numerous comments about my voice through this mic when using this for a live stream. If you're trying to decide on a mic for capturing accurate broadcast quality audio for a live stream or voice over work then this is it. This will be your best return on your investment at this price!

           
          5.0

          Exceptional Value

          By Happy the Bassist

          from Cortez, CO

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

            I bought this mic on a huge sale and I'm glad that I did.
            This is a really good sounding mic. I have been using it mostly for vocals, but I have also used to to sweeten my Bass recording by adding the mic to the DI mix.

             
            5.0

            Amazing microphone for a great price!

            By Scenic city skeptic

            from Chattanooga, Tn

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

              I use this mic for podcasting and I love the quality sound that I get from this mic. It is a condenser, so it will pick up background noise, but if you have a quiet place to record you'll be impressed with this mic. It feels sturdy, and the shock mount holds it extremely well.
              One thing to make sure of is that when you are buying a stand is that it will fit it. The shock mount takes a larger diameter screw mount, and if you use a plastic adapter, it may not hold up well and can be easily overtightened, messing up the plastic threads.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy it

              By Snoozeberries

              from Riverside CA

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Sic
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                This mic is dank, buy it. Had mine little over a year and its super crispy clean. I use it to track vocals and acoustic guitars, reproduction is sic. Also use it for computer gaming its so dank!

                 
                5.0

                microphone

                By gk

                from redding ca

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                  I use the mike mostly for recording in my home studio

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome value at a ridiculously cheap price!

                  By Captnzap

                  from Gainesville, Georgia

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Bulky/Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount:

                  Yes, this mike is a bit bulky and weighty, but makes up for such deficits with excellent signal output bandwidth and amplitude. Not only do you get the awesome signal bandwidth condensers are known for, but this mike has very high input sensitivity across the very wide frequency range. An excellent buy at twice the price!!

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