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MXL R44 Ribbon Microphone

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Incorporating a Figure-8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the R44 offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings and is...Click To Read More About This Product

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A versatile ribbon mic that delivers unbelievably natural sound and stunning realism to vocal and instrument recordings.

Incorporating a Figure-8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the R44 offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings and is an excellent microphone for broadcast applications. The R44 also performs brilliantly on acoustic instruments, strings, and horns and offers high SPL capability, outstanding side rejection and precise directivity.

Recording Tip:
When placing a ribbon mic in front of a high-SPL source, such as a guitar cabinet, always angle the mic slightly so that the air pushed by the speaker is not hitting the ribbon all at once. This will prolong the life of the ribbon element and eliminate distortion. Also, it's a good idea to work a few inches back from the speaker.

  • Figure 8 polar pattern for outstanding side rejection and precise directivity
  • High SPL capability
  • Delivers natural sound and realism to vocal and instrument recordings
  • Distinctive body design with purple and chrome metal finish
  • Includes R44 ribbon microphone, shockmount, carrying case, cleaning cloth, manual & application guide
  • Type: Ribbon Velocity Microphone
  • Ribbon Element: 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon
  • Ribbon Length: 47mm
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz -17kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Figure 8
  • Sensitivity: -56 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa)
  • Impedance: 250 ohms
  • Rated Load Impedance: >1500 Ohms
  • Max SPL for 0.1% THD: >130 dB @1 kHz
  • Size: 47mm x 171mm/1.85 in. x 6.75 in.
  • Weight: 400g/0.85 lbs
  • Metal Finish: Purple and chrome

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lets face it !!!!!forget name and stuff this thing just impresses evryone i know !!

By steeve thomas

from Quebec

ok dont take my words for it .....go buy one at this price and .....i promise you'll come 4 another one before dawn
figure 8 pattern ribbon microphone ...straight forward...(you dont need features ...a good preamp is a must )
built like a ribbon mic should
put 20 here


Classic Sound Made Affordable

By Vintageblue

from Waukegan

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While MXL's R44 ribbon mic doesn't fill out the shoes of it's legendary namesake, it does an amazing job in it's own right.I've only had this mic less than two weeks and have put it through paces on acoustic guitar and female lead vocals. It shines in both settings; not harsh, noisy or sibilant. A very "real" sound that was warm but not "woody" like some other ribbon mics I've tried.But by far my favourite application for the R44 is as a room mic for drums or piano. Beautiful. An excellent reproduction of the highs,mids, and lows from 10ft out in front of the kit. It ships with a case, cloth, shockmount, and extra bands. At this price, and even if it was more, it'd still be a great value.


A great little mic for $99

By Musecat

from NYC

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I have an extensive mic collection and have been recording professionally for many years. I wasn't expecting anything great but was pleasantly surprised by this mic. I used it on female vocals and it was brilliant. Ran it through a Toft mic pre and it was smooth as silk............rich, warm bottom end and clear, articulated highs. I have other more expensive ribbon mics and lots of condensers, but this mic held its own. For the price, you can't go wrong............it's a no brainer.

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Look out for the resonant headbasket

By Michael Joly-Ise1l

from Springfield, MA

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The most noticable "feature" to be found in this newest entry in the low-cost ribbon mic arena is headbasket resonance. The R44 has a very noticable 400 Hz headbasket resonance or "ring tone". I was able to reduce the headbasket mechanical resonance by about 16dB by installing an isolation / diffusor but it still is a pronounced. The problem with a mechanical resonance like this is it can be heard under the right conditions. If the source material contains a lot of deep LF information it can set the headbasket to ringing - but not have enough midrange content to mask the 400 Hz resonance. So it might be wise not to use this mic on bass or drum apps. Oh, the ribbon was a little on the slack side, but not falling out of the gap slack. My take away? Its still pretty hard to beat the value found in the Nady RSM-5 with its small size, low mechanical resonance headbasket and "short ribbon / long path motor".


Pretty good for the money.

By Mr. Man-o__Bu

from St. Louis, MO

Overall, a very good microphone, considering any ribbon mic that is worth a crap is way more expensive. Very well on the low end. Very good for my trombone. I would say that it is well worth the value. It is a very good starter mic just to fill out a whole set of mics. Most people have dynamics and condenser mics so it is usually good to have one mic that works well on the low end.

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