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MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone   

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The MXL 990XL condenser microphone is an enhanced version of MXL's popular 990 mic. This new microphone is now available with a large 32mm capsule. T...Read More

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Enhanced version of MXL's popular 990 with larger capsule for a bold, open, sound.

The MXL 990XL condenser microphone is an enhanced version of MXL's popular 990 mic. This new microphone is now available with a large 32mm capsule. The larger diaphragm provides a bigger, bolder, and more open sound that is perfect for creating polished analog and digital recordings. The large body combined with a champagne finish makes this a must-have tool for recording enthusiasts. The MXL 990 XL includes a custom shock mount.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital:Analog
  • Frequency response:20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL:138 dB
  • Connectivity:XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Condenser
  • Polar pattern:Cardioid
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications:Studio
  • Diaphragm size:Extra Large
  • Switches:No
  • Phantom power required:Yes (48V)
  • Size and weight
  • Width:2.8"
  • Height:6.3"
  • Weight:1.35 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:No
  • Clip:No
  • Shockmount:Yes

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SPECIFICATIONS

990XL Condenser Microphone

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MXL990XL Condenser Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good audio (13)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Durable (4)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 15 customers

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5.0

Works Well

By B

from Fort Washington, MD

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

    Sounds better than I thought it would for the price point. No complaints here.

     
    5.0

    i would buy this product again

    By soundman

    from ina il usa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

      home recording

       
      5.0

      Excellent value

      By Jan

      from Silver City, NM

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

        High quality sound at a reasonable price

         
        4.0

        i would buy again

        By none

        from Carbon County, Mt

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

        I use this mic during live performances of a Bluegrass group.

         
        5.0

        Quality product

        By Jan

        from Silver City, NM

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

          A quality product with wonderful sound and sensitivity. Will be used for an acoustic folk group.

           
          5.0

          Iwould buy this product again and again

          By Killer Mic

          from Las Vegas Nv.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

            I Have every kind of Mic ever made and this Mic is as as good as any of them. Just a great Mic.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Accentuated Bass, Cold Highs, De-emphasized Mids

            By Microphone Reviewer

            from Southfield, MA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

            This mic has it's ticks and tocks. It has a bit of a smeared, icy top end which to me almost seems to float somewhere in space behind the fundamental tone. Although I was pleasantly surprised that I did not find the sound as thin and harsh as I had expected. It was however an odd phenomenon on an acoustic guitar track I recorded; when blended into a mix the string noise and attack seem to me to be unnaturally separated from the resonance of the guitar's body, almost like they were two different sources. On the other hand, I find this mic flatters the upper mid range of my voice which can sound a little papery and buzzy through mics with more detailed mid range response. Vocals also seem to sit in the mix pretty easily with hi pass filtering and compression. As a drum mic, placed above and in front of the kit it really accentuated the lows on the toms. Cymbals were a bit smeary and brassy but seemed to lack the annoying thinness of high frequencies that SDCs seem to sometimes reproduce. The snare lacked body and would have sounded fuller if the mic was placed directly over the drum (good luck without a really good counter balanced stand). As an ambient drum mic I got a lot of sub bass from the kick. I think this might be a good choice for someone who wants to experiment with an LDC a few feet off of the bass drum to capture more of the deep bass without being paranoid about damaging a more expensive mic. I'll have to try that myself at some point. I guess the bottom line is this mic is probably not natural, balanced or even ergonomic enough to be a great all round budget utility mic but it is usable on some sources (I plan on continuing to use it). I'd have a harder time accepting some of the tonal imbalances if the mic wasn't relatively dirt cheap (in fact this mic was given to me by someone who didn't find it useful.) My rating reflects the fact that it actually did something nice to the part of my voice which I have always disliked through some other mics.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            More quality than expected

            By asevenman

            from Oregon

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

              I had been searching for an MXL mic for a month or so and was fortunate to find the xl model at a ridiculously low price. It works beautifully for my VO work. I had thought that I would have to upgrade at some point to sound professional but this mic will do just fine.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very pleasantly surprised

              By Dave B.

              from Abilene, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Sensitivity
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

                I use this microphone to record vocals and classical guitar. The sound is amazingly clean. The microphone easily captures all the emotional nuances of the vocals, as well as creating the most accurate recordings I've been able to achieve of classical guitar. This is a great addition to my home studio!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for kids in live sound environment

                By RockbottomPlayers

                from Binghamton, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Chorus
                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Kids
                • Live Sound

                Cons

                • Bulky/Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Kids Chorus
                • Live Sound
                • Performances

                Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

                I was looking for something better than a boundary mic for picking up kids on stage. This fit the bill perfectly. Paired with a NADY Phantom power supply this thing gives great gain before feedback. Especially since kids don't project very well. I can hear them all well from about 3-5 feet away from the mic.

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