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MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone 

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The MXL V900 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that is as comfortable to use and as effective on stage as it is in the studio. The heavy duty...Click To Read More About This Product

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The MXL V900 cuts through the mix to enhance any live or studio vocal performance.

The MXL V900 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that is as comfortable to use and as effective on stage as it is in the studio. The heavy duty custom grille assembly has been carefully tuned to optimize the MXL V900 microphone's premium condenser element. Internally shock mounted, the MXL V900 mic has a unique stand mounting design that isolates vibration and reduces handling noise. The MXL V900 microphone has a classic, vintage look that will complement your performance and stage presence. The MXL V900 is a Class A microphone designed to exhibit a wide dynamic range and a low noise floor. The MXL V900 is also a perfect microphone for digital recording.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital:Analog
  • Frequency response:20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL:145 dB
  • Connectivity:XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Condenser
  • Polar pattern:Cardioid
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications:Studio
  • Diaphragm size:Large
  • Switches:No
  • Phantom power required:Yes (48V)
  • Size and weight
  • Width:3.25"
  • Height:6.75"
  • Weight:2.3 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:Yes
  • Clip:No
  • Shockmount:No
SPECIFICATIONS

V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone

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MXLV900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for Radio Theater

I purchased this microphone for radio theater production rehearsals. My primary purpose was to limit the use of my fragile vintage ribbon mics to just the stage presentations. Upon using the MXL V900,...Read complete review

I purchased this microphone for radio theater production rehearsals. My primary purpose was to limit the use of my fragile vintage ribbon mics to just the stage presentations. Upon using the MXL V900, I was amazed at the performance and quality of this microphone. I did some side by side comparisons with my Audio Technica 4050, Rode NT1, and Studio Projects C1 microphones. I did the same with my Ribbon mics, RCA 77D, Altec 671 and RCA SK50. Every mic has it's own character so none are clones, but The V900 ranks with the best of them. It is now one of my favorites. It looks great on stage too. If you do any period presentations, I highly recommend this mic. I believe if this mic were made in the US or Germany 50 years ago, It would be a coveted classic today. At the price, You can't go wrong. It may yet become that classic.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks aren't everything

I took a chance on this mic when I saw how many 5 star reviews there were. My loss but it wasn't an expensive gamble.Yes, for the price you get a lot: A...Read complete review

I took a chance on this mic when I saw how many 5 star reviews there were. My loss but it wasn't an expensive gamble.Yes, for the price you get a lot: A cool looking mic, a nice cable and a sturdy case. But what's a mic for? Looks or sound? I tested the mic on three 6-string guitars, various vocals, light percussion and acoustic bass.It's just not smooth. The high end yields a distortion that is easy to hear and bothersome so don't use this mic to record female vocals or male vocals in the Sting range. It did, however, sound much better in the lower mid range. Bass was dim and lacked any depth no matter how I placed the mic.It does look cool but the solid brace conducts sound right through it; even floor vibrations from outside the booth could be heard like a heart beat.For those on a budget, and looking for a starter mic to get down some ideas... it's a nice package. For those looking for smooth pro-quality sound, you can spend a little more on an Audio Technica AT series mic and be in a completely different world. For just a bit more money (IE: AT 2035) you'll hear a big difference.

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5.0

We have purchased 4 of these on 2 separate transactions

By Southern tradition

from Missouri

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

    Very nostalgic looking. Reminds you of mikes from the 40s and 50s. Great audience reactions.

     
    5.0

    Cool Vintage Vibe

    By Rock Star Daddy

    from Id

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

    I like the vintage vibe and sound quality

     
    4.0

    THIS MIC IS......

    By Jim

    from Palm Bay

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

      Needed a "warmer" tone for The Music Authority on line music show. Was using a Yeti Blue Pro...great quality but not "warm" enough. Heard great things about the products of MXL and had to find out for myself! Compact, yet rugged...light weight but great full sound quality with the "warmth" I'd been searching for...still working on volume balance on my show, but the quality comes through.

       
      5.0

      Love this Mic!!!

      By OpenHeartHarmony

      from Ga.

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

        Been singing Gospel music for 35 years and had a lot of different mics over those years. This mic has been very reliable and our group has been well pleased with it. 4 of us sing and have 2 acoustic guitars and banjo and this mic picks the singing and music up very well. Only thing is that on hardwood surfaces it picks up all the noise. But it can be solved by simply putting a piece of carpet under your mic stand.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big, Clear and FAT Sound!!

        By BravoRock DJ John

        from Wernersville, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Great looking
        • Heavy duty
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy
        • Transmits Stand Noise

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Show Mic With Clear Sound

        Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

        This Mic is visually stunning when you open the case; it's big, and it stands large and center like the old classic RCA-44 "Radio Mic" from the 30s and 40s. It's just fantastic to look at! Plus, this thing is rugged and heavy and has a very forward sound for vocals. It probably would not be a great live performance mic unless it's part of the (visual) prop setup, because, as a large capsule condenser, it's very sensitive, especially to feedback, and it picks up low frequency noise from the stand. A typical mic preamp with lo-cut filter is effective at controlling stand thumps. Other than that, this is a gorgeous microphone with very good sound quality, especially for vocals. It would be great for live broadcasting remotes with classic flavor. Sure, it's a niche mic, but still a great sound performer!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        In my humble opinion...

        By Heltup

        from Las Vegas

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Price
        • Great Proximity Effect
        • Great Voice Broadcast

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

        I am not a seasoned professional recording artist. I have a home studio and have had some experience with lower end microphones.
        In my opinion, I really liked this mic. Still, I do not have experience with high priced models. Really, should they be compared side by side?

         
        4.0

        Boomy but very useful

        By Steplander

        from New York

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

        I bought this for fun because of its looks as I am sure many will.
        I was surprised by the big sound.
        The low and mid range is very hot. The high end is not silky like mics costing a tiny bit more, but this coloring of the sound works well for rock vocals or recording a guitar through an amp.
        For ballads and soft tunes I would use another mic.
        Beware of the boom. This package doesn't come with a shock absorbing mount, If you fix this mic to a stand using the included mount, floor vibration transmits into the mic. (Ba-Boom)
        I placed my stand on foam to reduce this noise during recording. That did the trick.
        I did not detect any system noise or hum created by the mic. It's pretty clean but appears to have a wide view.
        Bottom line: it's a fun mic and looks great.

         
        3.0

        Not a bad mic, a little noisey

        By Richard B

        from Pacifica, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

          I've owned this mic for a couple of years now. It's pretty okay. If you're on a budget and need a large-diaphragm condenser mic in a pinch, this one will do. The frequency response is pretty flat, which makes it fairly versatile. I've used it on vocals, Acoustic guitar (as a body mic,) cajon, among others. The transient response is what you'd expect with a condenser, and the internal shock mount does help eliminate some handling noise. That said, it is a bit noisey. I'm currently running a Focusrite Liquid 56 (with a Motu 8pre daisychained via ADAT.) The preamps are amazingly quiet. I can crank them almost all the way up with my Shure KSM44 and only hear the room, whereas with the MXL V900 you start to hear the hiss at a much lower level of gain. So, if you've got something loud to record that would benefit from a large-diaphragm condenser, or are just looking for a decent entry-level vocal mic for cheap, I would recommend this mic. If you're electrically inclined and looking for a little more clarity/versatility I would recommend spending fifty bucks more to purchase the A550 multipattern from Aurycle. A small mod to the capsule will make that thing sound absolutely identical to a Neumann m147.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Podcaster

          By Velcro

          from Arkansas

          Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

          I love this mic! The flat response is perfect for my voice which tends to crack on the high end (my voice not the mic) I also use a MXL 990 but it tends to get a little muddy on the bottom end and picks up way to much noise from behind. The V900 is very directional and has a pinpoint sweet spot. This helped a lot with my background noise. So if you move around a lot this is not for you. The only complaint I have is it is heavy and I had to modify my boom desk arm to stay in one place

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gimmicky, but does the job.

          By Alexander

          from Philadelphia, PA

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          Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

          I use this precisely for what it's billed to do well, and it does it well. I use it for light recording and stage use. This mic splits the difference fairly well. It gives my voice the shimmer I always look for - that vintage crisp tone. Pair it with a tube preamp and you're in business. The package is a little gimmicky: large carrying case with paper-thin keys, cable, polishing cloth...the marketing is a little heavy-handed. The mic itself is also kind of ENORMOUS. So the looks miss the mark - not exactly a sleek and sexy piece as the marketing intended. It's sort of bulky and fat. The sound is good and the unit is versatile enough to handle stage and studio. That's what I got it for, and that's what it does.

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