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MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Robust ribbon mic sets a new standard for price and durability.

The MXL R40 is a solidly built, elegant-looking ribbon mic that features passive circuitry to keep the signal as pure as possible. By employing just two main components-ribbon motor and transformer-the R40 maintains the classic, smooth sound that makes ribbon mics a top choice for recording rich-sounding vocals.

In keeping with its straightforward design, the bi-directional R40 has no switches in the circuit path, just like any high-end ribbon mic-just an XLR connector at the base. The MXL R40 excels at vocal recording, as well as guitar, horns, and other acoustic instruments.

*Note: While the R40 boasts a sturdy design, care should be taken placing it in front of high-SPL sources. Extreme close-miking at very high SLP can damage any ribbon mic.

**Do not use phantom power with the R40. Phantom power will damage a passive ribbon mic.

FEATURES
  • Low cost, high quality
  • No active electronics to color sound

The rich sound of ribbon mics made affordable for the home studio. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

R40 Ribbon Microphone

  • Frequency range: 20Hz-17kHz
    Polar pattern: Figure 8
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MXLR40 Ribbon Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 88 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (44)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Durable (10)
  • Lightweight (10)

Cons

  • Not durable (11)
  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (47)
  • Amateur recording (34)
  • Professional recording (30)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (23), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pretty Decent for the Price Point

If you are old enough to remember the DX-77 and this is your first jump into the rhelm of Chinese ribbon microphones, the R40 is not going to rock your world in comparison....Read complete review

If you are old enough to remember the DX-77 and this is your first jump into the rhelm of Chinese ribbon microphones, the R40 is not going to rock your world in comparison. However, if you consider the difference of a couple of grand in cold hard bucks then the R40 is well worth a shot.

Engineers who crave that crispy clear high end and tend to spend all their time doing pop, rock and hip-hop are lkely not going to keep a ribbon around for long. If they do they will have to adjust and learn to appreciate the design and application aspects of Ribbon mics. Ribbon engines do not sound like condensors. Where ribbons excel is in produccing a warm classic sound with voice ( ie: Frank, Sammy, Doris Day, etc) and warming up strings and piano - particullarly when a more classic sound is part of the plan. Although a ribbon and dynamic or condensor combo will do a few tricks on cabinets, most small project studios dont go around putting multiple mics on guitar cabinets. If they do then they get what being out of phase and out of pocket are about.

There is not a day that goes by that i don't hear a recording that could have been a bit better with a nice warm ribbon microphone, but because of the traditional cost factor ribbon microphones have been almost forgotten until recent years. The R40 is a great starting point for anyone wanting to tinker and gain experience in the workd of ribbon microphone application. The R40 is not quite as dark as most other ribbons, especially the R144. For the price, especially when there is a promotion, you just can not beat this as a cost effective ribbon. Try it on strings, when you want a classic voice sound or do what the pros do and play around a bit and see what you come up with. If you are looking for a near classic touch the R40 wil do the job inexpensively.

With all that said there are a couple of points to be made about the influx of Chinese manufactured ribbon mics and your engineering skils. That is to say that a HUGE number of these microphones have issues with sagging ribbons and you better be prepared to lift the hood and do some slightly articulate tech work to maintain your ribbon mic. If possible you might want to store your ribbon in an upright position, especially when you have those 2 micron alluminum foil ribbons in your engine. Just search the internet for sagging ribbon" and you will get a notion of basic care.

For the engineers wiling to invest the effort the R40 is at a super price point and a great place to learn how ribbons can enhance your skillset.
If you are old enough to remember the DX-77 and this is your first jump into the rhelm of Chinese ribbon microphones, the R40 is not going to rock your world in comparison. However, if you consider the difference of a couple of grand in cold hard bucks then the R40 is well worth a shot.

Engineers who crave that crispy clear high end and tend to spend all their time doing pop, rock and hip-hop are lkely not going to keep a ribbon around for long. If they do they will have to adjust and learn to appreciate the design and application aspects of Ribbon mics. Ribbon engines do not sound like condensors. Where ribbons excel is in produccing a warm classic sound with voice ( ie: Frank, Sammy, Doris Day, etc) and warming up strings and piano - particullarly when a more classic sound is part of the plan. Although a ribbon and dynamic or condensor combo will do a few tricks on cabinets, most small project studios dont go around putting multiple mics on guitar cabinets. If they do then they get what being out of phase and out of pocket are about.

There is not a day that goes by that i don't hear a recording that could have been a bit better with a nice warm ribbon microphone, but because of the traditional cost factor ribbon microphones have been almost forgotten until recent years. The R40 is a great starting point for anyone wanting to tinker and gain experience in the workd of ribbon microphone application. The R40 is not quite as dark as most other ribbons, especially the R144. For the price, especially when there is a promotion, you just can not beat this as a cost effective ribbon. Try it on strings, when you want a classic voice sound or do what the pros do and play around a bit and see what you come up with. If you are looking for a near classic touch the R40 wil do the job inexpensively.

With all that said there are a couple of points to be made about the influx of Chinese manufactured ribbon mics and your engineering skils. That is to say that a HUGE number of these microphones have issues with sagging ribbons and you better be prepared to lift the hood and do some slightly articulate tech work to maintain your ribbon mic. If possible you might want to store your ribbon in an upright position, especially when you have those 2 micron alluminum foil ribbons in your engine. Just search the internet for sagging ribbon" and you will get a notion of basic care.

For the engineers wiling to invest the effort the R40 is at a super price point and a great place to learn how ribbons can enhance your skillset.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mine came with an extra long ribbon

I bought this from a SDotD for a very low price, and I was worried about getting one with a stretched ribbon. Sure enough, mice came with the extra long ribbon. The mic...Read complete review

I bought this from a SDotD for a very low price, and I was worried about getting one with a stretched ribbon. Sure enough, mice came with the extra long ribbon. The mic works, but the output is very low (even lower than a normal ribbon) because a good part of the ribbon is hanging out of the gap. I could send it back, I suppose, but maybe I just get it modded.

Be aware that with inexpensive ribbons, it's a gamble whether or not the ribbon is stretched.

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5.0

MXL R40 an Excellent Microphone

By PC54

from Orlando, Fl

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    This is my 2nd MXL R40 microphone. My first Microphone was amazing. The tonal clarity and realistic sounds added to my recordings the sound I've been looking for.

     
    5.0

    Great for the price

    By Cutlerman

    from NJ

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

        This mic is well worth the money, if you get it on SDOTD. This is now my go to mic for guitar amps when coupled with an SM57. At around 18" back from the speaker it add a lot of clarity when coupled with the SM57 against the grill. Pleasantly surprised.
        Trying the mic on vocals you get a more natural sound but need a lot of gain.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Very Confused, MF left me hanging on this one.....

        By Telemeister

        from Mid America

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Extra shock mount bands
        • Shock mount that also works on other mics

        Cons

        • Is it broken or working properly?
        • Limited Functions
        • No phantom power. What is your pre amp? REALLY.
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

          I saw this MXL ribbon mic on sale at MF and along with another MXL condenser mic, It stated clearly in the ad and several of the reviews that THIS MIC cannot function on Phantom power so I researched the heck out of the pre amp I have been using for 15 years.... It has a regular boost as well as phantom power so I should definitely be able to use it without the risk of damaging it. I was good to go.

          Received my order the next day.

          Hooked it up to the pre amp and the signal was SUPER WEAK. I plugged it into recorder without pre amp and railed it. Actually had a better signal.... but still not usable. Tried several other things and again, SUPER LOW SIGNAL or NO SIGNAL. Did not even try it with the phantom power because of the warnings that phantom power WILL DESTROY this mic.....OR WAS IT ALREADY DAMAGED???? I HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING....

          I did more research and read more reviews from other buyers... THIS IS WHERE I BECAME EVEN MORE CONFUSED... a lot of the promo material for this mic says YOU SHOULD USE POWER AMPS/ACTIVATORS/BOOSTERS THAT CALL THEMSELVES PHANTOM POWER.....REALLY????
          Which is it?? Can you use phantom power with this mic or not? What is a Cloud lifter? Phantom power or not?

          I did not want to risk damage to this mic so I called MF for a RA. The person I talked to said the problem was all on my end.... could he answer my question? No...but the mic is obviously not damaged so if I wanted to send it back they would charge 13.00 to my Credit Card for a return. How do I know the mic is NOT DAMAGED/ DOES NOT HAVE RIBBON SAG? How does he? I decided to keep the mike with the hopes that in the future I could figure out what it needs to make it work correctly.

          For the thousands that I have spend on gear at MF through the years I expected a bit more. So I have a pretty blue mic, and it is really pretty. I have a shock mount that works with another mic I own that did not have one.

          I really wanted a good ribbon mic and might have one but very very confused.

           
          5.0

          Love it :3

          By Nick

          from Delray Beach

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

            Picked this up for my little studio and it's now my favorite mic. I just love the warm sound a clarity of it! The only downside, as with any ribbon mic, is that wind or high SPLs can damage it so you have to be a little careful - but as far as ribbon mics go, this one is super durable (having 130db SPL handling, that's about as loud as a jet engine). I'm super happy with it!

             
            5.0

            Sound Purchase

            By Sooner

            from Arkansas

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

            I haven't used it as much as I had hoped because of schedule, but on initial uses, it sounds better than the mic I was using.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good mic great deal as a SDOTD

            By Redman

            from Iowa

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

              Bought this mic after xmas 2015 loved it. Seven months later I still love it so, I got another one as soon as it came up on the SDOTD again. This is a great way to enter the world of recording with ribbon mics. My musicians friend sales agent tells me this mic is being discontinued by the manufacturer. Too bad! I have had absolutely no problems, issues, or failures of any kind with this product. Had I purchased this mic at musicians friend regular price, I would have been very pleased. Get one or two while you still can!

              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Just wanted to see what it can do

              By Duke

              from Iowa City, Ia.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

              home studio recording, would never take it on the road

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great mic

              By JOSEPH

              from undisclosed

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              Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

              great mic

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone

              By Ed

              from Burlington CT

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                For anyone who wants a good ribbon mic at a great price, here it is. My only recommendation would be to remove the basket and take out the additional layer of windscreen protection so you get a more transparent sound. I am installing an Edcor transformer in place of the original for more gain. This apparently improves the overall performance. Out of the box I would recommend a cloudlifter or any good mic pre to assist you in capturing a great sound. I am a convert to inexpensive ribbon microphones. Overall the sound quality to my ears is very natural, and these mics are very adaptive to guitar cabs etc. I think they make my guitar cab sound better than a condenser. Of course, you must mess with placement and find a sweet spot. Thereafter it is aural bliss. Sorry to all of you who have wasted moneyon expensive ribbon mics when these do quite well. After all these were the go-to mics of yesteryear. Have fun and experiment you never know what you will hear.

                 
                5.0

                A decent budget ribbon mic.

                By marty

                from undisclosed

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                I'm enjoying this mic quite a bit. I got it I a Stupid Deal day, so what I've got invested in the thing, I'm very pleased with the results it produces. I was lucky enough to get one that had no ribbon sag problems, so I'm sure this would be a very different review of that wasn't the case. So far I've used this mic as a "kick out," placed in front of a kick drum resonant head, about 18" off the floor and it was fantastic. The information it gave me in the 20-40Hz range made my kick drum sound huge. It helped reinforce the low end of the kit overall in this position. I've also used this mic positioned about 24" off the floor and 25 feet from snare center at the end of the hallway in my house, using it as a room mic to get some space in my drum recordings. It also did an amazing job in this scenario. The image of the kit it provided allowed for me to really helped me get a massive sound out of my modest living room recording setup. Not a single complaint about this mic...it's a blast. I've recently acquired a Fethead and look forward to doing some vocal work with it, and I think I'll give it a shot as a mini overhead mic soon, too. Very versatile and it produces very useable results.

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