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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
  • Shockmount and microfiber cleaning cloth included

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

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

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (45)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Versatile (22)
  • Durable (10)
  • Lightweight (10)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home studio (48)
  • Amateur recording (35)
  • Professional recording (31)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), 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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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty Decent for the Price Point

By Ray Anderson

from Kansas City

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Mine came with an extra long ribbon

By notlance

from CID

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Pros

  • Good Basis For A Mod
  • Inexpensive
  • Nice Color

Cons

  • Stretched Ribbon

Best Uses

  • Mod Bait

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

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.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

MXL r40

By Ben Parke

from MN

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Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

It's a bit dull of a sound and I expect I will replace the 6 micron ribbon at some point with something more like 2 microns. I may eventually swap out the transformer to see if that gives an even better sound. For the price it does the job. Sounds great as overhead for tuba and does fine as overhead for trumpet. Close miked for trumpet I'm not as fond of it and it's very bass heavy on guitar and a little dull for my voice.
Ribbon mics don't have any features to really comment on.
Quality is sufficient considering the price, which is extremely low.
I got lucky and got one with a decently tuned ribbon. For the price, it's a nice entry point into ribbon mics.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Big Hit

By Alary

from Pittsburgh

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Professional Recording

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

Hard to believe what I paid for these! Exactly like the R-144, swapping the xformers with lundahl LL2912 elevated these to a very fine mic!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good mics don't have to be expensive

By saintnash

from Show Low, AZ

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Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

MXL continues to design microphones that work well and don't break the bank. The R40 is no exception. The two sides of this ribbon mic have different response....being a figure 8 pattern mic
this is not unusual and turns out to be an assett. Too boomy in the mid-low end? Turn the mic 180 degrees and try the backside for a brighter response. I've used $10,000 ribbon mics over 35 years of engineering and quite honestly they are no better than this cheap unit. Musicians Friend comes through again.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

"That sound" on the cheap

By Saxmeister

from Asheville, NC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Ribbon Sound On The Cheap
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Ribbon Sag

Best Uses

  • Guitar Cabinets
  • Strings
  • Vintage Vibe
  • Woodwinds

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

The R-40 is one of the sleep deals in the low-end category. Most of the mods that usually get made to low-end ribbon mics have already been done to this one, and it shows in the sound. This won't replace an RCA 77 or a Royer R-122, but it sure has that vintage vibe in droves for a very low price tag.

Got one on the SDotD and plan on getting a few more for some saxophone quartet recording gigs. If you want the 1950s studio sound on woodwinds and background vocals, this is the ticket. As it is, the mic is a wonderful addition to any studio, and it's more versatile than most ribbon mics at this price point.

I already have two MXL ribbons, and more are on the way. This is a no-brainer. Just buy one and try it. It has the ribbon sound, although beware of the sagging/low-tensioned mics. You could send them back, or you could be brave and attempt to tension the mic yourself. Not recommended for the weak at heart.

Overall, I love the mic. It isn't for every source, but what mic is?

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional value!

By Eddie Davis

from Southwest Virginia.

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Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

10++++++++++++++++++++++++
I've tried a few mics in this price range, can't really afford the high dollar stuff, and this one is WAY beyond and above anything else I've tried. I'm recording myself playing tenor sax and getting a good sax recording is no easy thing but this mic makes it possible. Nice full sound. A bit on the bassy side but that can be cut out a bit with EQ. I EQ this mic flat across and take just a little off the lower frequencies. NICE full sound, rich tone, WAY less of the "I'm playing in a barrel" sound like every other mic I've tried. I LOVE this mic!!!!!!!! I'm no expert but I know what sounds right and what doesn't and this mic records it right!
Nice, strurdy feel, shock mount is solid and easy to adjust.
10++++++++++++++

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rich, warm sound

By Jimmy J

from Way Up North

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Pros

  • Warm Tone

Cons

  • Fragile

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

I purchased this as a "stupid Deal of the Day", just because I always wanted to try a ribbon microphone. Really, I wasn't expecting much for the price, as ribbon mics are usually very expensive. The item arrived in a white cardboard box instead of a hard plastic case, but the foam insert holds the mic and the included shock mount securely, and provides an adequate level of protection. The shock mount threads onto your mic stand, and functions as intended without problems. My microphone arrived with a dented grille, but it was easily put back to shape with the rounded plastic end of a large screwdriver. I have read where many inexpensive Chinese ribbon mics have stretched ribbons. I took mine apart (it unscrews in the middle) to have a look. I am not a mic technician, but the ribbon appeared to be properly installed and tensioned. It also passed the test of plugging it in and flipping it to a horizontal position to listen for a metallic click or slap. Ribbon mics are by nature rather fragile and are easily damaged by rough treatment or dropping. I wouldn't recommend using it for a hammer to drive nails while building a stage at Woodstock (as was reportedly done with a Shure SM58 dynamic mic, which I used for a sound comparison). The SM58 is my mainstay vocal mic for practice at home. I was amazed at the difference in tone with the ribbon mic! It is not as loud, but it has a deep richness and warm quality which is just not there with the dynamic mic. I really like this mic. I don't imagine it would be a good choice for a live barroom performance, and you have to treat it gently, as the ribbon is easily damaged. This mic should be used with a pop filter (not included). But if you want to try a ribbon mic to see what it will do for your tone and sound quality, this mic is a good place to start.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for The BUCK!

By Collin Miley

from east Texas

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

Just to have on the shelf...you should have this mic. I have always used LDC and the SM57 to record guitar. But last night I hooked em up next to this ribbon in a large room, with some sound panels around. The LDC always has seemd kinda grainy to me, and the SM57 has a TON of mids....but the ribbon, EQ wise....nearly flat! It had no spikes in the spectrum, and PLENTY of bottom end........not flubby either. This mic is very smooth and very flat. I probably am just over exaggerating its performance because its my first ribbon but WOW you gotta get a ribbon!
Just hooked it up last night and WOW! My guitar has NEVER sounded so good. It is a little bassy, but paired with an SM57, its perfect! It really sounds clear, and has a unique texture.

The main feature's are that it'll take an spl poundin' up to 130 db and its a figure 8 pattern, which is nice if you need front and back isolation with it picking up on the sides..It does however pick up the sound of whatever room it's in.
You really can't expect alot at this price, but it seems pretty rugged and the shock mount is built pretty well.
Incredible value, as a beginner mic it will add another variable to your equation. Its the cheapest, yet most significant mic I now own.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great mic for guitars!

By Johannvhm

from Bogotá, Colombia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Good Mid Response
  • Supports Hi Spl
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Needs A Preamp
  • Weak Shockmount

Best Uses

  • Brass instruments
  • Electric Guitar Recording
  • Hi Spl Sources
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

It's such a great mic for the price. I used it in a pro studio, for recording guitars. I recorded with two tube amps. I used this mic with a Marshall, and an SM57 for the other amp. Then, I conected both mics to a Focusrite tube preamp. Great sound, particularly, in all the mid, and hi-mid range. Didn't have to make an aggresive hi-pass in the mix. Looks like, it's the right mic for electric guitars, particularly, rock guitars.

Also, a friend of mine used it for recording a sax solo, using the same Focusrite preamp. He was pleased with the result!

I also used it for recording some metalcore screams and harsh vocals. Outstanding!

If you have a good, hi-gain and low noise preamp, this may be a good add for your arsenal.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent Ribbon Mic at a good price

By Jason

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Includes Shockmount
  • Rich Vocal Reproduction

Cons

  • Lame Packaging

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

As a home-studio based recording artist, I look for good values and decent quality stuff. It doesn't have to hold up to the rigors of the road, and it doesn't have to have the highest specifications available. I mainly need it to properly record sounds and do it well.
This microphone has performed well in my limited use so far - I have used it to make quick demo recordings to test it out. I recorded an acoustic guitar, scratch vocal and electric guitar with it (carefully!). First off, if you've never used a ribbon mic, prepare to hear your voice in a new way! Vocal reproduction is buttery smooth, very rich sounding. This would be excellent for spoken word performances or audio books. For acoustic guitar, it performed equally well. The mid and bottom ranges are accentuated with this mic, which provided the warmth and lack of ambient noise I desired. This mic does a great job of rejecting off-axis noise. It is very sensitive to vibration, so be sure not to handle the mic stand while performing. Additionally, I mic'd a guitar cab with it (at low volume) and found the mic recorded it equally well. For vocal or acoustic guitar you would be well advised to get a preamp for this mic, as it's output is relatively low, but clear and warm.
The packaging is pretty generic looking but well padded, but would have been much better if it was a case instead of a padded cardboard box (but the price IS good).

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Bubget Ribbon Mic

By ALAIN HERNANDEZ

from Miami Florida

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

Great choice for recording Vocals
The MXL R40 Solidly built and elegant-looking ribbon mic
on the Short time we had it we have record Vocals, Violins, Acoustic Guitars
on the Short time we had it we have record Vocals, Violins, Acoustic Guitars.Great for blending the sounds with an SM58...

Check it the Sound On the Latest Nakedown Album Wicked song Flight Over Me coming up on January
Great addition to our Studio Arsenal

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Quality, Low Price

By John Punt

from Idaho

Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone that has the money to spend. It is just great.
The Figure 8 pattern is a nice touch if you know what you're doing and really have the need for it. It can pick up the sound of the room, but if you don't have great control over the mic's gain, it can pick up the footsteps of your observers.
It is simply one of the finest mics I have worked with. With a pop filter (to keep the ribbon safe and give a higher quality sound from the vocalist) and a windscreen and low gain, you will realize an amazing quality from this microphone. After singing into it, I realized that it picked up the wetting of my lips to sing and the smack of my lips as I went to breathe. The reproduction of sound is simply perfect. It sounded professional and identical to my actual voice-- no distortion, no incidents on any frequency, it just sounded right.
It is hard to beat the price on almost any microphone. But for a Ribbon? And a studio-quality one at that? Brand new? You simply cannot beat this great of a RIBBON microphone for the price. Excellent value.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A nice mic.

By lmichaelfraley

from Farmington, ME

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent For Speech
  • Sweet Price
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Speech Recordings

    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    I bought this mic only because I have been curious about ribbon mics, and this one showed up as the stupid deal of the day. I have only used it for one project where I had to record speech for a powerpoint presentation. It seemed to do a very good job with this application. I do not regret buying it.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    NICHE MICROPHONE

    By 4jazz

    from detroit

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    Tested on a harmony G-xt.
    Sounds good.the figure 8 pattern limits its uses.It sounds really good on louder traditional style singing.I wouldn't use this mic for subtle nuances,It works best at higher db that includes instruments.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    me

    By nedgina

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    Does exactly what it is supposed to do
    I'm new to the world of pro sound/recording, so I did not know the difference between a ribbon mic and a condenser mic. I have several condenser mics that work well and I thought this would be the same thing without the requirement for phantom power. I was wrong, this has a very weak output and must use a pre-amp. once the level is boosted by the preamp, this thing sounds great. It is a studio piece of equipment, not so much for live performance, probably everbody knew that but me.
    appears well made and rugged, but the manual cautions about delicate handling
    excellent price

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ver good mike.

    By E. Pellicer

    from N. Miami Beach FL

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    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    Since I received it I had used it 3 times already and works perfect. The sound is extremely good and I have not notice any distortion, even when I used my voice , about ten inches away from it. Very good microphone for the price.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Fine bargain -- rocks on guitar amps

    By The Sportswriter

    from Ontario, Canada

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    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    I wanted to try a ribbon mic, and I figured for the price, what the heck. This Mic is essentially the same as the MXL R144 but is an OEM item for Musician's Friend. It has the same ribbon, transformer and housing. I honestly think the only difference is you don't get the plastic case - which you might want as these things are del-i-cate.

    The output of this mic is VERY low. It's okay for loud things like guitar cabs but for soft vocals and acoustic guitars you are going to need a quiet, high-gain preamp. Your best bet is the Triton Fethead or something similar. Stay away from the cheap ART pre-amps - they are nice enough on condensers but too noisy at the gain required for this mic.

    I tried this on vocals, acoustic guitar and a guitar amp.

    Vocals -- very nice, warm. smooth, vintage vibe. An awesome voiceover mic. Very 'present'. Needs EQ to cut the bass and add some top but it certainly has a sound of its own. It's not going to cut through the mix like a cheap condenser. Would be great for a lounge style or intimate singer + guitar.

    Acoustic guitar -- very boomy on the bottom end, around 100 Hz. Needs a big EQ cut. I think it could work well combined with a small diaphragm condenser to bring out the wood. Worth experimenting with.

    Guitar Cab -- I stuck this randomly in front of a Blackheart BH15, took no care about the placement, plugged in my Jazzmaster, and hit a chord.

    Folks, I nearly fell off my chair. This thing sounds amazing. None of the shrillness of a '57 or condenser. Just smooth, shiny tone full of OOMPH.

    Conclusion -- it's a no-brainer purchase for electric guitar. I bet it works well on bass too.
    It's a ribbon mic. No high pass filter or preamp or anything. They're very simple.
    Very solidly made. Mine has a very slightly saggy ribbon, which is common on these Chinese ribbon mics. I may retension it eventually but right now it's working fine.

    I did a small mod, which was to remove the housing and take off the extra screens on the ribbon assembly, which apparently adds a bit of top end. I'm not totally convinced it makes a difference and the screens are an extra safety factor against damage from wind/breath so I may put them back.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    MXL Strikes Again!

    By Gear Junkie

    from Central, NJ

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    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    I have always wanted a ribbon mike for my home studio and always looked at ribbons like a luxury mike to have. I have used them in professional studios and liked the warm smooth tones that they delivered and so when I started to look at ribbon mikes, I got ribbon shock as some of them are pricey and the lower priced ones weren't very good. So I didn't look at ribbon mikes for awhile.I have several MXL condenser mikes and think they are solid, good performers and a really good value, so when MXL came out with a ribbon mike at $100 and then they offered the rebate through the end of the month and with some of those Musician's Friend's online coupons it brought the cost of the mike down to a point of why the hell not!!. Simply put, this is a good quality ribbon mike, with limited features, but a really good entry level mike for home studios and pro-studios that want another ribbon mike. The casing is solid and comes with a shock mount. My own little pet peeve is that it was packed well for storage, but not in the plastic cases other MXL mikes come in, which are a nice feature. The MXL ribbon picks up a warm even tone that is good for vocals and acoustic guitar, I wouldn't really use it for bass or drums as I think that all ribbons tend to be fragile and I'm sure that it applies with the MXL ribbon, but since I am real careful with my mikes and don't plan on using it to hammer in any nails, I don't think I'll ever test how durable it is. All in all a very good entry level ribbon mike or a good studio back-up at a price that is more than fair.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Smooth and warm. Great price.

    By Rick H.

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

      This mic has a very warm sound with a bit of roll off in the upper mids. Very nice on vocals. Just add a little upper EQ and this mic comes alive. As with any ribbon mic it is fragile so don't drop or abuse it and you must (must!!) remember to turn off your mixer, pre-amp, interface or recorders phantom power before plugging it in or the party's over. Phantom power will destroy the ribbon (guaranteed) and a warrenty will not cover it. I put an actual sticker on mine to remind me. For the money this is a beautiful clear mic with a nice lower mid claity that is so nice on my voice and isn't muddy like some of my other mics that cost 5-6 times more than this mic. I'm giving it five stars based on the "bang-for-your-buck" factor. If you have a home studio and need a nice smooth vocal mic this may be it. I don't recommend it for screaming or really loud vocals as this mic is subtle and that's what makes it really nice. I will say that the output level is definately lower than any other mic I own and depending on your set up you may need an external pre-amp but it is worth getting one for this mic. Any decent tube pre-amp will work great so for just a little more cash you will have a really versitale pro sounding vocal mic.

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