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MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone   

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MXL 990 USB powered microphone opens up a new era of high quality recording direct to your portable or desktop computer. No mixers, preamps, or speci...Read More

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Record direct to your computer; no mixer or preamp required.

MXL 990 USB powered microphone opens up a new era of high quality recording direct to your portable or desktop computer. No mixers, preamps, or special studio gear required. Just plug the MXL 990 mic into your computer, set your preferences, and enjoy instant professional quality recordings. The MXL 990 USB has changed the way project studio recordings are being created. The 990 USB is a condenser microphone utilizing a 6 micron, 20mm gold-sputtered diaphragm, and has a high quality FET preamp. The MXL 990 USB mic uses the latest enhanced digital conversion techniques and is Mac and PC compatible.

Includes USB cable, tripod stand, case, and stand adapter.

Note: Downloadable drivers for Windows XP and Mac OSX are available from MXL at www.mxlmics.com


FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital:Digital
  • Frequency response:20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL:Info not available
  • Connectivity:USB
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Condenser
  • Polar pattern:Cardioid
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications:Studio, mobile
  • Diaphragm size:Large
  • Switches:No
  • Phantom power required:No
  • Size and weight
  • Width:2.36"
  • Height:5.11"
  • Weight:1 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:Yes
  • Clip:Yes
  • Shockmount:No

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990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone

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MXL990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a great mic!

Okay, If you're new to recording, face the facts. It's going to cost you a little money. Don't buy the cheapest! It will just take room up in your studio and it...Read complete review

Okay, If you're new to recording, face the facts. It's going to cost you a little money. Don't buy the cheapest! It will just take room up in your studio and it won't be worth nothing on Ebay for resale!
Also don't buy into the "purests" remarks about spending a lot on a mic or nothing. This one will treat you fine. I am very pick and I wouldn't waste my time doing this review if I didn't think it was a quality piece of equipment.

Good luck in your recording adventures.
So I have played guitar for over twenty years and am now just trying to get into some serious recording. I have written songs that my family wants to preserve. So the first thing I did was buy a low dollar mic only to find that it was horrible! It sounded like my guitar was recorded through a tin can located in a third world country somewhere. So I started researching. Every person has a diferent apinion. Why can't one just be the perfect one? It was very confusing and at this point I just didn't care about cost but quality.
This one was wired with high quality material, came with a case and a usb cable so that I could plug right in to my Mac laptop and use Garage Band to record. I waited a couple weeks to find time to use it cause I just didn't want to be let down. My wife and I pulled it out finally, unwraped it, didn't even read the instructions, pluged it in. (It even comes with it's own little stand!) I started playing my acoustic Martin guitar and my wife pressed record. When we played it back both of our jaws fell open. It had totally captured the warmth of my guitar! My strings wern't even new and the tone recorded was awesome! I am now totally excited about recording but my only warning to you is this...IT'S ADDICTING! Now I need some powered monitore speakers, head phones, and upgrades to my Garage Band program. It's a lot fo fun. So my point is this. If your looking for a good mic to set in front of you to record this one works great. I haven't tried to mic my amp cabinets yet but I am sure that it will be just as good.
Solid contruction. It comes with a nice case. Its a bit heavy so if you use the little stand (It's very cool!) then make sure you set it up so it doesn't fall over in the middle of recording a killer track!
It's nice that it comes with a usb cable. I will eventually need a longer one but that I can get later.
Totally worth the money! This one works great! The one I spent less on a I gave to my three year old daughter to do kareoke. This one I treat very carefully. It's a quality piece of equipment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

MXL MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone

Let me some up my short review.I AM a producer. I have and DO get paid by companies to produce media. I have been a producer for several major Radio Stations around the country.This...Read complete review

Let me some up my short review.I AM a producer. I have and DO get paid by companies to produce media. I have been a producer for several major Radio Stations around the country.This Mic is nice for someone "new" to home recording. It has decent enough quality, and is REAL easy to set up.As opposed to some of the Mics I use that need a preamp, tubes, shock mounts and different types of enclosures to get the best sound, this one you can just plug in and go.However, you are not going to get the same type of sound you would from a really nice expensive Mic.However it is close enough. If you are doing this to cut a demo, then if you ARE good, the people listening to the demo will NOT care about the Mic you used. They are looking for Star Potential and NOT MIC Quality.It all comes down to what YOU need.

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5.0

Excellent mic more than I expected a lot I can do with it.

By BOB

from NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

    Excellent I recommended it to my friends. When I had a couple of friends over I showed them how well it worked and what they can do with it. It is a good learning tool I thought.

     
    5.0

    fantastic mic

    By JJ

    from Fort Worth Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

      Great little mic.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good mic, bad stand

      By Clark

      from Somewhere in Commiefornia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

      The mic is good, making good clear recordings, keeps out sounds such as the refrigerator and other ambient sounds. However the clamp seems as not as good as quality as the mic. The clamp is in my opinion a low lever plastic that pops off while even in stationary position. I think they should have used thicker and a larger clamp base and wing nut. As for the tripod stand it too has it's problems. It has wobbly legs that don't stand strong. Once the mic is all positioned with clamp, stand, and cord there no other clamp to keep the mic from swiveling left to right.

      I would recommend this mic if it were sold with out the stand and clamp.

       
      4.0

      MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Mic

      By GrannyMitchFL

      from Stuart, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

          I am a bit disappointed in the quality of the tone of recorded vocal through this mic; I'd been using a cheap, dynamic unidirectional from Radio Shack for years, but upgraded my computer at the office and needed a condenser mic with USB, etc. for the new configuration; this mic does the job for making recordings in my office for the church musicians to rehearse with, but the vocal quality is not nearly as good; probably ok for speech...

           
          4.0

          works well with garage band

          By The Gies

          from Cincinnati area

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

            My Mac Book Pro's built-in microphone does not pick up acoustic piano well. This mike solves the problem.

             
            5.0

            Learn how to use it first

            By Curt

            from Joplin, mo

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

                I have played guitar on and off for a long time but never tried to record myself. First I tried just a webcam and it sounded terrible. I could almost get a decent sound if I placed it right on top of my amp but that is not a real solution. I got the MXL USB 990 and tried it and it also sounded terrible but only because I was not using it in a good way. I used it by enabling it through my webcam. It was severely distorted and hollow sounding. Then I got some recording software (DAW) that enabled me to set it up properly and now it sounds crisp and clear, almost as good as what you hear on commercial recordings. I'm sure that after I learn how to use all the tools available with the recording software that I can make it sound every bit as good. Plus I think the only way to get rid of the noise from your amp is by using some kind of recording software. I have never recorded before, I barely know what I'm doing and I'm already getting excellent results far beyond my expectations.

                (0 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I should of researched better

                By gb42

                from Woodbridge, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

                  I wish I did more research as far as purchasing goes. My bad and I learned my lesson. I'll never shop here online again.

                   
                  4.0

                  Great for commentaries

                  By Hansol

                  from Canada

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

                      I use this mic for commentaries on my gaming videos. I've had it for almost 2 years and it's still working great! The quality is really good for a beginner's mic. The only down side is that the stand is a little cheap, and broke a few months ago. I just purchased a shock mount and boom for an upgrade though.

                      If you'd like to hear how it sounds, here are my videos: http://Youtube.com/azncoolz

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      My experiance with the MXL 990.

                      By DUC3

                      from Benton Harbor, Michigan.

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                      • A Bit Picky Sometimes

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

                      I am going to give this mic a 7/10 rating. It has good quality, good levels and it's afordable. It's the 3rd condenser mic I've owned. Although it may be a "Noob" mic it's pretty nice. I've been using it for about 3 years now and would reccomend it for someone who wants something better than a USB condenser. With the right preamp it'll work wonders for you.

                      The only thing that is iffy about it is the levels are beyond sensitive and if you're not careful you'll get a bit of distortion.

                      You can hear some of my recordings with it here
                      www.soundcloud.com/officialduc3

                      (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I like the mic when it works right..

                      By j battle

                      from Sister Lakes,MI

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXL 990 USB Powered Condenser Microphone:

                      i cant figure out why the mic dont work the same everytime i use it,, i got adobe soundbooth cs5 ,, and once in a while it works perfectly ,, then some days i plug it in and i can get the mic to work right ,its either too staticky,or u gotta yell in it to get it to register sound ,, this is sooooo frusturating,(why wont it just work right every time???)))

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