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MXL 990s Condenser Microphone 

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The MXL 990s Condenser Microphone is based on the hugely popular MXL990, this model adds a -10dB pad and 150Hz low-cut switch. The 990s is a true, ph...Click To Read More About This Product

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Pro studio performance, project studio price.

The MXL 990s Condenser Microphone is based on the hugely popular MXL990, this model adds a -10dB pad and 150Hz low-cut switch. The 990s is a true, phantom-powered, condenser microphone with a 6-micron, 20mm gold-sputtered diaphragm with high quality FET preamp and balanced output.

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:Low-cut, -10dB pad
  • 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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990s Condenser Microphone

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MXL990s Condenser Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Mic is a contender.

When people complain about a mic it is usually inexperience that yields the negative review. Learning proximity and preamp techniques is as important as the mic itself. This mic can deliver at an incredible...Read complete review

When people complain about a mic it is usually inexperience that yields the negative review. Learning proximity and preamp techniques is as important as the mic itself. This mic can deliver at an incredible price. No mic makes a song for you. You still need your imagination, your patience. I have pulled off some nice field recordings with this mic coupled with an A.R.T. Tube MP pre. That pre is totally affordable. PATIENCE FRIENDS. This mic is definitely worth it. The shock mount that it is equipped with was suspect. It needs some love and tweaking but it will work. I actually employ 3 of these and they are consistent performers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good mic for the price.

I think the MXL 990s is a good entry level condensor mic. I can afford better but I want to stay in line with the rest of my recording gear. There's no sense in...Read complete review

I think the MXL 990s is a good entry level condensor mic. I can afford better but I want to stay in line with the rest of my recording gear. There's no sense in buying a $1000.00 mic and running it into a $200.00 preamp. My only complaint is that the "T" bolt used to tighten the angle adjustment stripped out after only two adjustments. Needs coarser threads.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good mic for the price.

By William T Smith

from Florida

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

I think the MXL 990s is a good entry level condensor mic. I can afford better but I want to stay in line with the rest of my recording gear. There's no sense in buying a $1000.00 mic and running it into a $200.00 preamp. My only complaint is that the "T" bolt used to tighten the angle adjustment stripped out after only two adjustments. Needs coarser threads.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Acoustic Powerhouse

By Hawk1964

from Calais, Maine

Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

A great mic for acoustic picking sessions, it picks up whatever is placed near it. I lean towards the Bluegrass side of playing,using Vocals,Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Ukulele :), no need to swap cables just pull the next instrument into place and play and sing. A one mic wonder. Buy it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Mic is satisfactory, shockmount is terrible

By poppa reed

from zebulon, NC

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Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

The mic does its job, i am by no means incredibly discerning about it. However the shockmount won't hold up to the most gentle use. Especially when mounted upside down for an overhead drumset application. The band won't stay on the handles and the entire frame is bent. Just use the swivel mount that comes with it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Mic is a contender.

By Bonestar Music

from Scranton PA

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Pro Power
  • Pro Sensitivity
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Weak Shockmount

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

When people complain about a mic it is usually inexperience that yields the negative review. Learning proximity and preamp techniques is as important as the mic itself. This mic can deliver at an incredible price. No mic makes a song for you. You still need your imagination, your patience. I have pulled off some nice field recordings with this mic coupled with an A.R.T. Tube MP pre. That pre is totally affordable. PATIENCE FRIENDS. This mic is definitely worth it. The shock mount that it is equipped with was suspect. It needs some love and tweaking but it will work. I actually employ 3 of these and they are consistent performers.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

General purpose

By George Jorjoladze

from Kutaisi, Geo, eastern europe

Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

I used this mic for some time (and not only in studio, but on little stage too). Very smooth and warm sound for this price. Only minus that the mic has one direction (hyper cardiod) and little bit smaller diaphragm than 2". But for this price mic is awsome.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

blueridge61

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

have used this mic in all types of conditions and if outside and wind is a issue like plow hand 247 from sc. stated I use a coffe cup cover made out of sterofome and it works good in windy conitions and don't hurt the sound much at all just can't say enough good about the mic only know what you are trying to do it is a one mic for a group to work to watch Ronda VincentI'm sure her mic cost a lot more but this is the same use

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent but...

By banjoboyjohn

from clintwood va

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Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

The mic has very little low end, yet manages to have a lot of proximty effect. Its a good mike for someone with a deep toned voice or instrument. It is way too bright for a singer with an already bright sounding voice. It is a VERY hot mike for the price and great for live applications. I bought four of them (they are not very sturdy). If you want a profesional sound, this mic is not exactly the cream of tho crop.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Mic I've found.

By TCHal

from Bitterroot Valley, Western Montana

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Sensitive

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

I've had my 990s for a couple of years. It's my go-to microphone for performances.

The 10dB pad lets me use it on a noisey stage or pick up the quietest sounds in a room while recording.

Apparently I've picked up the right mixers (Crate and Yamaha) My microphone pre-amps work very well with the MXL.

Some judical adjustment to make sure my gain control is near the middle of it's range and I'm good to go with a clean clear sound.

The roll off switch is good for getting rid of low frequency vibrations, fans, and motors in the background...

It's sensitive to mic stand noise, so using the isolating holder is best if performers are going to be active. Works well in the solid clamp in a studio setting.

I'll probably be getting another one soon.

I'm looking forward to haveing a pair for stereo recording on location.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Home Studio Mic for under $100!

By davidjmaxey

from Lansing, Michigan

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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 990s Condenser Microphone:

    In my opinion this is the best home studio recording mic for the money. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of other great mics out there. Yet with the 990s you get a hard carrying case, a shock mount, a hard clip mount. Plus is come with a -10 db pad and a low cut. Getting those features for $80.00 is a great deal! Buy one now, and you won't be disappointed

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Caleb

    from Colorado

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 990s Condenser Microphone:

      All I can say is that this mic is wonderful. It sounds awesome.

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