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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Power supply: No

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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)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (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)

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Betty T

By Betts

from Sonora CA.

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Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

Your have to be very careful not to knock it or get any moisture into it to prevent damage. I found the guitar was a little boomy, and we had to set the mic higher above the guitar to prevent that from happening.
Wonderful sound, very sensitive, you can sing softly and it will pick up your voice easily.
Very crisp and clear sound.
I feel we paid a fair price "on sale".

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Must Have For The Home Studio

By Moxxi

from Winnipeg, MB

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Podcast
    • Professional Recording
    • Voice Over

    Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

    I purchased two of these from Musicians Friend about 4 years ago based on the plethora of overwhelmingly positive reviews (not sure where they are now) and the price. Trust me when I tell you there used to be over 500 if not more, glowing reviews about this wonderful little workhorse.

    I have only used them for recording, never live work, so I'm strictly coming from a recording standpoint. In my home studio I was using the standard 58's for vocals until I brought the MXL 990's into the mix and I haven't looked back. Night and day. No question about it. These mics are incredibly sensitive and (along with a little ART tube pre amp) provide warmth and depth to any voice I've put in front of it.

    I've used this mic to capture lead vox, background vox, room ambiance, acoustic guitar, podcasts and voice over work and they have never failed me. In fact, one is still brand new in the box. Never used it.

    If you are in the market for a great sounding condenser mic (it will need Phantom Power) for your home studio use and don't have a lot of money to spend I cannot recommend this mic highly enough. The mic comes with a shockmount and its own plastic hardshell carrying case for easy transport and storage. Will it out-perform the grand-daddy of condenser mics? I have no idea but I'm not willing to spend over $1K to find out.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone

    By Johnny Pasta

    from Grand Haven, Michigan

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

      This was definitely a big bump up from the MXL 990 I owned. I'm not dogging the standard 990 because for a good standard condenser microphone it had it's good points and bad points. But all around I got some good use out of it and vocals were good that I used it primarily for. But why drive a Pinto when you can drive a Cadillac? Only thing I was disappointed about was I was told at the time of my order that it included a very nice protective hard shell carrying case. It did not come that way. Just a standard shipping box with a Styrofoam insert to stabilize the microphone and shock mount. And there was supposed to be a pencil condenser mike included too and that was not there either. I will have to look around for an inexpensive protective hard shell case for it. This will probably be the last condenser microphone I will ever own. And don't see any reason now to buy something more expensive. This will make my vocal recordings much more polished. Good price here too.

      (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.

        (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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excelent mic for the price

        By BRDouglas

        from Belton, Kentucky

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • No case

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

        I hooked the mic up to the sound board at church to try it out and was blown away by the clarity and power of it. We can stand 4 ft from it and it will pick us up. Guitars, Vocals. It is sensitive but clear as a bell. I will probably get another one later on.

        (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!

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Accentuated Bass, Cold Highs, De-emphasized Mids

          By Microphone Reviewer

          from Southfield, MA

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          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Last Condenser Mike I Will Ever Own

          By Johnny Pasta

          from Grand Haven, Michigan

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXL 990XL Condenser Microphone:

            Only thing that I am disappointed about is that I was told that this mike had an included protective hard shell carrying case that came with it. When it arrived it was packed well inside another box and the box inside of that was just a standard box with a pre-formed Styrofoam insert to secure the mike and shock mount and owners manual. So if you buy this and you really want to protect this mike and your investment, it would be wise to look at some protective carrying cases for it when you place your order. Don't learn your lesson the hard way like I did.

             
            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 soundtech

              from ina il usa

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              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

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                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

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                  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.

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