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MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair

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The MXL 993 Condenser Mics Stereo Pair includes the latest in quality instrument microphone technology. Using transformerless FET circuitry and a gol...Click To Read More About This Product

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Versatile and a sensational value.

The MXL 993 Condenser Mics Stereo Pair includes the latest in quality instrument microphone technology. Using transformerless FET circuitry and a gold diaphragm capsule design, the 993 delivers the dynamic range required in the most demanding instrument microphone applications. It has a silky, open sound with a wide dynamic range essential for accurate, instrument recording. With a 30Hz-20kHz frequency range, 10dB switchable attenuation, selectable -10dB low-frequency roll-off, and sturdy brass enclosure, the MXL 993 is perfect for guitar and overhead drum miking. Includes deluxe carrying case and mounting clips.

Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
ET circuitry
Gold diaphragm capsule design
Silky, open instrument reproduction
30Hz-20kHz frequency range
10dB switchable attenuation
Selectable -10dB low-frequency roll-off
Large brass enclosure
Perfect for guitar and overhead drum miking
Includes deluxe carrying case and mounting clip
Wired with Mogami cable

Dimensions: 24mm x 215mm
Weight: .75lb.

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MXL993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair
 
4.1

(based on 26 reviews)

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Above Average Small-Diaphragm Condenser

I think these mics are one of those models that has some obvious defects, but not across the entire batch they make. While they are still not the best small-diaphragm condensers I have ever...Read complete review

I think these mics are one of those models that has some obvious defects, but not across the entire batch they make. While they are still not the best small-diaphragm condensers I have ever used, they sound good enough to satisfy me. I would still prefer a pair of SM81s, but those will have to wait for now. They have not given me any noise, so that is most likely not to change. If you get any noise, try to see if it is in your room, cable, pre-amp, 48VDC unit, A/D converter or something else first before claiming this mic to be faulty. It usually is something else that does not quite work right besides the microphone. When I first plugged mine in, it gave me noise - because I had my AC on. Turned it off and the noise was gone. Played a few chords and melodies on the piano and I was really impressed. Granted they are not the best I have used, but they are currently my favorite to use, although that is mostly because I was borrowing or renting the other ones. All in all it was worth my time to purchase these, and I would recommend to a friend.
When this comes with an omni capsule, nice looking carrying case, high-pass filter and -10dB pad, I can give it props for features.
Mine sounds fantastic so far. Used them on piano, guitar and a choir so far. They sound pretty darned good. Not the best of the bunch, but absolutely acceptable.
I got these on super sale for $120, so for me they have a bit higher value, but all in all they would have gotten a 10 anyway. These will serve me in many fantastic applications and definitely pay for themselves, even if they were $180 or maybe even the standard $250.

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Not bad, I guess

-Note: I used these as drum overheads only- I just replaced these with NT-5's, so I finally have a chance to look back at them objectively. They honestly weren't bad...Read complete review

-Note: I used these as drum overheads only- I just replaced these with NT-5's, so I finally have a chance to look back at them objectively. They honestly weren't bad microphones for the price. They had a decent SPL, built in pads and hi-pass filters. Their response, compared to the NT-5's, is comprised entirely of high-end (makes you wonder why that hi-pass is on there?). They would not be an adequate solution for the RecorderMan technique-close micing is a requirement. They could potentially be shrill if not eq'd correctly. Their included mic clips are hard plastic and pretty much useless; especially for drum overheads-I had to tape mine to the clip/stand. Overall, they're not bad. These are not going to be a go-to mic for any respectably stocked mic cabinet, but I used them on a few records and nobody complained. That ain't bad.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Above Average Small-Diaphragm Condenser

By William Manhattan

from Undisclosed

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Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

I think these mics are one of those models that has some obvious defects, but not across the entire batch they make. While they are still not the best small-diaphragm condensers I have ever used, they sound good enough to satisfy me. I would still prefer a pair of SM81s, but those will have to wait for now. They have not given me any noise, so that is most likely not to change. If you get any noise, try to see if it is in your room, cable, pre-amp, 48VDC unit, A/D converter or something else first before claiming this mic to be faulty. It usually is something else that does not quite work right besides the microphone. When I first plugged mine in, it gave me noise - because I had my AC on. Turned it off and the noise was gone. Played a few chords and melodies on the piano and I was really impressed. Granted they are not the best I have used, but they are currently my favorite to use, although that is mostly because I was borrowing or renting the other ones. All in all it was worth my time to purchase these, and I would recommend to a friend.
When this comes with an omni capsule, nice looking carrying case, high-pass filter and -10dB pad, I can give it props for features.
Mine sounds fantastic so far. Used them on piano, guitar and a choir so far. They sound pretty darned good. Not the best of the bunch, but absolutely acceptable.
I got these on super sale for $120, so for me they have a bit higher value, but all in all they would have gotten a 10 anyway. These will serve me in many fantastic applications and definitely pay for themselves, even if they were $180 or maybe even the standard $250.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

993 MIc Great Mic for the Price.

By Brett Hansen

from Orange, Ca.

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Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

Excellent Value for people on a budget.
Mic has great features but would be nice if it had 15 db instead of 10db for miking Drumkit. My mixer has no pad. Gain is turned all the way down and microphone has hot signal 5.2db too hot. Luckily my board has an extra 10 db headroom so turning down fader 5.2db is good enough.
The only quality issue is that the Xlr connector housing is screwed down onto circuit board ground. This provides ground to entire mic chassis so it completes circuit when mic pickup is screwed on. Also spring loaded connector is screwed down to circuit board and glued to chassis near mic pickup screw. If spring loaded connector moves due to not glued properly it may not get close enough to make strong mic connection. both situation will cause hum but will be louder if it's spring connection.
Also if spring connector is not glued well and is moving it will eventually loosen the xlr connection down the circuit board.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

only 1 works at first

By BOYS SOUND SYSTEM

from suriname paramaribo

Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

at first i was glad getting a double mic in a case.but even at the first time plug in it give me some rare sound,it did not work..after 3 mounths the 2e mic juist gave me de same broke sound...iam going 2 buy a shure from now on

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value.

By Dave

from Melbourne, Florida

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Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

I used these mics for the first time last night to record a choir. They sound far better than their price would lead you to believe. Although I have not had them long enough to comment on longevity or ruggedness, they seem quite well made and their performance is amazing at this price point.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My workhorses

By bvandy

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

I've been using a pairs of these for recording shows for many years. They sound great as long as you roll-off the high-end a little with an EQ. Alone they are too sensitive to highs. I guessed this from the frequency response chart that came with them...a bump of sensitivity around 10k. With a little cut they sound fantastic. So a few years ago I bought another pair, with hopes to use them as drum overheads. The new pair has intermittent circuitry issues, where each of the -10db pads causes the mic to cut out sometimes. I just check the mics and when it happens I switch the pads a few times to resolve the issue. Other than that I am very happy with these mics.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well, they work.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

I agree with most of the previous reviews; Although I seem to have had better luck with their reliability than others, you could easily get mics that would perform better at a slightly higher price. Their polar pattern is VERY wide, much more than normal... so using them as drum overheads can terribly slur your nice stereo image unless you visualize splitting the kit's cymbals by halves of the kit and place the mics closer to those half's centers. They do work well for picking up body and attack of acoustic guitars and add lots of liveliness to the guitar if both are used in an xy setup at the 12th fret, at 90 degrees.They do have a 3-year warranty through MXL. They're beginning to fall apart for me after two years of hard work, but MXL has given me an RA number to have them fixed/replaced. These mics would be great for a hobbyist on a low to medium budget.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great once you learn how to work with them

By John-.Rn7k

from Jamestown, NC

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Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

Well, I got these mics with a lot of expectations about how they would perform both in live sound and recording applications. I immediately tried them out through my lexicon lambda interface and was pretty happy with the sound. I used them record a ?cello in a stereo setup and they were downright professional sounding. Everything was wonderful.So I put the mics away for about a week or so, then took them out again to record a small choir. I hooked them up with the same equipment as before, and I heard the loud electronic buzz that earlier reviewers mentioned. The mics were totally unusable, and I was very disappointed. I checked my interface and computer by using other mics, and confirmed it was indeed the 993?s that were the problem. When I returned home, I took off the mic capsule (removable on the 993), looked for any obvious problem, and replaced the capsule. Imagine my surprise when I tried the mic again and it worked flawlessly. I did the same thing to the other 993, and it too worked again. I have since had to repeat this ritual once more to get the mics working again.I am writing this review both for possible owners and current owners of the 993. This is how I got mine to work, and I hope it will work for you. As for MXL, they need to make sure their mics hold up their sound quality for the long term. When the mics were working correctly, they were great and got me many compliments from other musicians.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite Mics are MXL

By Tom

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

    I own several brands of condenser mics. Some people collect guns. I collect pencil mics.

    The MXL 840 and the 993 have been exceptional mics for podium. They have a great clean sound.

    I do several events for the church in different locations that require mobility of use.

    (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not good for guitar or quiet stuff

    By Calebizsol

    from Outside the US right now

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    Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

    I used these to track an acoustic guitar and what a nightmare. I spent over 7 hours trying to clean up the noise. The artist did not want to do the song again for various reasons. I finally got a "listenable" track but I will never be happy with the recording. The only good outcome is that it put my mixing/EQing skills to the test. They may be good for some live applications but not for soft passage recordings. I am looking for a good instrument mic; lesson learned.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pair of microphones for the money!

    By JStepman

    from Cincinnati, OH

    Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

    These microphones are great for the money! If you need a stereo pair of microphones for recording "classical" groups (soloists with piano, small chamber groups, orchestras, wind ensembles, etc.), these are a great start. The sound is excellent. My only criticism is that they don't have optional battery power, but then again, if you're recording really high quality stuff, you should probably have equipment with phantom power capability anyway. I have used these to record a number of recitals and sessions over the past month since I bought them and the results are great. The case they come in looks great and even makes people think you have invested more money in these mics than you really did! Highly recommended.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    another great MXL mic

    By tric

    from forest falls ca

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      MXL 993 is a vary transparent mic, I love it sonic Quality.
      and its silky smooth sound on acoustic guitars. the Pear are great over head/room mic for drums or orchestra
      and it works well with mic modeler. I think MXL mic are over looked by a lot of recordist because of there price
      But I have been recording for 40 years and find that they have match some higher priced mics, you can EQ them to get a great sound I own a lot of them and most of the time I end up using an MXL

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not bad, I guess

      By ClimsonandCrover

      from Morgantown, WV

      See all my reviews

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      -Note: I used these as drum overheads only- I just replaced these with NT-5's, so I finally have a chance to look back at them objectively. They honestly weren't bad microphones for the price. They had a decent SPL, built in pads and hi-pass filters. Their response, compared to the NT-5's, is comprised entirely of high-end (makes you wonder why that hi-pass is on there?). They would not be an adequate solution for the RecorderMan technique-close micing is a requirement. They could potentially be shrill if not eq'd correctly. Their included mic clips are hard plastic and pretty much useless; especially for drum overheads-I had to tape mine to the clip/stand. Overall, they're not bad. These are not going to be a go-to mic for any respectably stocked mic cabinet, but I used them on a few records and nobody complained. That ain't bad.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for drum high-end

      By Greg of KURST-DJaDp

      from Somerville, MA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      These mics are perfect to mic a hi hat, and the pair works great in X/Y configuration for drum overheads. The mic gave us a very punchy, hard-hitting hi-hat, very recommended compared to the cheaper pencil condensers commonly available.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best in it's price range!

      By Indieman

      from New York City

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      The MXL 993's by far exceeded my expectations especially after comparing them to 5 other pencil type and large condenser microphones. The were outstanding on acoustic guitar and other stringed instruments! The were also very good as drum overheads (after a small amount of eq) and worked well in the x-y position or as a spaced pair as long as they were not directly over the cymbals. In their price range they are unbeatable. You would have to spend 3X as much to get better results as drum overheads. They are my "go to" for recording acoustic guitar in which case I use just one. I would recommend a shock mounts instead of the mic clips that come with them. Very happy with the quality of these mics!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best purchase in years

      By BlindDog-UGNlj

      from Longmont, CO

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      I wasn't sure how good these would be, with the price being so low. I am very pleased, having used them on about a half dozen songs now and the clarity and sound quality is second to none. Want to hear what an acoustic guitar is supposed to sound like? Get a couple of these and an X-Y adapter and be amazed.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't waste your money

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      These mikes create a horrible buzzing sound. They worked fine the first few times I used them, but after that they were junk. I exchanged my first set for a new pair, but the new ones did the exact same thing. You're better off waiting until you can afford something nicer.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No surprises

      By Stumann

      from Tucson, AZ

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      These mics are exactly what I had expected. I love them. They do not sound overly bright to me, but they achieve a wonderful range from warm to twangy with a switch of the high pass filter and some EQ adjustments. Versatile. Perfect for my home studio. A necessary purchase for the engineer on a budget. Also, they came with extra transducers, which are slightly different, and can be switched out with the heavier ones on the mics. These are not pictured here, nor are they mentioned in the manual, but it is almost like getting four mics. I am very pleased with this product.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Mics.

      By Buddy D.

      from Houma, LA.

      See all my reviews

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      Well, I have been in search for a decent pair of stereo small condensor mics for a fair price. These were on the top of my list, but I had to save up the money before I cought get them. I never could capture the sound I was looking for with my cymbals in my studio and I knew it was the lack of two quality overheads. I read all the reveiws and was conviced these where the mics I was going to take a chance with. I was worried about the price to quality ratio. Anyways, Santa brought me a pair for Christmas, and I have to say I only used them once, but I'm pretty sure I have found a sound dawn close to what I was looking for. My first client using them loves the way his cymbals sound. This is how they sound to me as overheads: the cymbals are not harsh or trashy sounding very clean if EQ right, and they pick up the hats and ride nicely from up top as well. They make the cymbals sound "natural" if you will. I only use them to really pick up the cymbals so I used the bass roll off and they where great. If you have a home studio and can't afford a pair of Neumanns I don't think you would be disappointed with these mics. I can't wait to try them on an acoustic. For the price, these mics sound great so far.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Value!

      By IDDrummer

      from North Idaho, USA

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      I purchased the MXL 993 stereo pair of condensor mics for use in my home studio. I use them primarily as drum overheads, but I've also used them to record acoustic guitar and some djembe. They provide a nice clean, open sound. Cymbals are reproduced quite accurately, especially with the bass roll-off activated. Acoustic guitar is very full, bright, and clear when mic'ed with one at the bridge and one at the twelfth fret. These mics remind me of the SM81's I've used in a pro studio - not quite as much low-end, but close - and provide a great lower cost alternative. I'm very pleased!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good for the price

      By xmWdQdRd_

      from Atlanta, GA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about MXL 993 Condenser Microphones Stereo Pair:

      If you are looking for a budgeted pair of condensors that don't sacrifice your sound, these are a great buy. Great clean sound on acoustic guitar and pretty much anything I use them for. I have had them for a few years and have not replaced them (which is pretty good because I upgrade all the time). A great value for the price.

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