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MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone  

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Incorporating a Figure 8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the R144 ribbon mic offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recor...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A studio workhorse that captures all the nuances.

Incorporating a Figure 8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the R144 ribbon mic offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings. It's an excellent microphone for broadcast applications and also performs brilliantly on strings, horns, acoustic guitars, and other acoustic instruments. The MXL R-144 offers high SPL capability, outstanding side rejection and precise directivity.

FEATURES
  • Figure 8 polar pattern for outstanding side rejection and precise directivity
  • High SPL capability
  • Delivers an unbelievably natural sound and stunning realism for vocal and instrument recordings
  • Distinctive body design with purple and chrome metal finish
  • Includes R144 ribbon microphone, shockmount, carrying case, cleaning cloth, manual, & application guide
  • Wired with Mogami cable
  • Recommended for:
  • Vocals
  • Electric guitar
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Brass horns

A great edition for any studio's mic arsenal!

SPECIFICATIONS

R144 Ribbon Microphone

  • Type: Ribbon Velocity Microphone
  • Ribbon Element: 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon
  • Ribbon Length: 47mm/1.85 in.
  • 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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MXLR144 Ribbon Microphone
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

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        • Experienced (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Unique Sound

      You MUST use a double pop filter with this thing. MXL should include one with this mic package. Nice tonal punch, sounds great even with average preamp. It does have a very sensitive...Read complete review

      You MUST use a double pop filter with this thing. MXL should include one with this mic package. Nice tonal punch, sounds great even with average preamp. It does have a very sensitive source range, making it somewhat difficult to control vocal levels, not something you would ever want to use in a live applicaiton for vocals, but for recording it is above average if you can maintain levels. Ribbon mics have a very distinct coloration that are perfect for backing vocals. Nice addition to my locker.

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      Be careful

      This is probably the worst ribbon microphone I have ever purchased. With the enticing price you are getting maybe poor quality mic. Poor sound quality, lots of pops, lots of cracks. I...Read complete review

      This is probably the worst ribbon microphone I have ever purchased. With the enticing price you are getting maybe poor quality mic. Poor sound quality, lots of pops, lots of cracks. I would personally never recommend this brand ever for any object that they sell. This mic never has done what I intended for it, It doesn't even do the most basic of recordings

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      4.0

      Ribbon Mike Experience

      By Grand talker

      from Tampa Bay Area

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

        Good natural voice recognition, had to filter out low end noise level which did not effect the singers voice. Lower level than normal mike levels but a good preamp allows a good recording. I will only use it for studio recordings would not chance using it outside because of possible wind damage to the ribbon. For the price it is a good buy.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        MXL R144 Ribbon Mic

        By John A

        from NY, Chicago

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Sound Price Upgradeable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None It Is What It Is

        Best Uses

        • Vocals Acoustic Gtr

        Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

        I purchased a MXL R144 from Musicians friend a while ago. It may not be in the category of the "best" Ribbon Microphone but it is in no way a poorly made product physically and the sound at worst is acceptable. I like it. It sounds good on vocals especially. I am sure it will perform well on guitar and strings. I am going to upgrade the transformer, which from what I read will take it to a new level. If the gentleman says it pops and makes noise He should probably return it as it sounds defective. These mics are a bit delicate, but they are a magnet aluminum ribbon and a transformer. The sound is generally low output and natural, not hyped. I cannot believe the price of this microphone I could not build one for even three times the price. Try another if yours does not sound right: It may have been damaged in shipping or defective. I am happy with mine. P.S. I am a bit meticulous about equipment see my review for Baby Taylor. John

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        4.0

        Nice addition to the Mic Locker

        By Gil-A-Monster Sound

        from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Ribbon sound

        Cons

        • Fragile

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

        It is passive,, low noise ribbon mic so it requires a good preamp to get the most out of this mic. I use a preamp with variable impedance and plate voltages which makes a big difference in the character.. Main use is acoustic guitar, sax and LP a well as the side mic for mid/side miking. As long as it is treated as a ribbon mic, it should last.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good mic

        By MZ8243296ismybass

        from Saratoga Springs, NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

          This microphone is good for the price, despite early issues. I purchased the mic to run straight in to a Yamaha tape cassette four track (MT-50). The mic does not require a preamp for medium volume applications in this setup. The rejection pattern helps with unwanted environmental noise. Vocals with this mic sound fair, but it shines on a fairly low volume guitar amp. Bass is somewhat boomy depending on placement.

          When I first got the mic it did not work, and I disassembled it in the hopes of fixing it. I made no changes, but after reassembling the mic functioned as intended.

          Suggesting it lasts a year or so I will likely re-buy, but at this point reliability can't be gauged.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Be careful

          By texasfutbol93

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Flat sound
          • Limited Functions
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • None

          Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

          This is probably the worst ribbon microphone I have ever purchased. With the enticing price you are getting maybe poor quality mic. Poor sound quality, lots of pops, lots of cracks. I would personally never recommend this brand ever for any object that they sell. This mic never has done what I intended for it, It doesn't even do the most basic of recordings

          Comment on this review

          (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Unique Sound

          By Rob Richards

          from 90210

          Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

          You MUST use a double pop filter with this thing. MXL should include one with this mic package. Nice tonal punch, sounds great even with average preamp. It does have a very sensitive source range, making it somewhat difficult to control vocal levels, not something you would ever want to use in a live applicaiton for vocals, but for recording it is above average if you can maintain levels. Ribbon mics have a very distinct coloration that are perfect for backing vocals. Nice addition to my locker.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not too bad

          By DanCollinsandaPiano

          from Chicago, IL

          Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

          I needed something to record sax with, and I probably shouldn't be writing this review seeing as I have yet to record sax with it... haha. Anyway, I HAVE used it on a high hat and inside a piano in collaboration with a stereo pair. Both applications sounds decent. Crank the gain up, as with most ribbons. One thing that did irk me a bit was that the case that it came in broke within 2 or 3 times opening/closing it... cheap. Whatever, not a terrible product but it isn't wowing me yet.

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          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this mic

          Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

          i got this mic a half a year ago and i can't put it down it has the best sound ever

          Comment on this review

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Addition to your collection

          By JDM

          from Washington DC

          Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

          This mic sounds absolutely perfect on saxophones. Nice warm sound, very vintage. It's not so great on vocals compared to some slightly more expensive models. But, it has a distinct sound that could be useful in your collection of mics.

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          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Everyman's ribbon

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

          For those wanting the ribbon sound on a limited budget. A fine mic for most any purpose, really comes through on vocals and voiceovers. Make it sound phenomenal by running it through a mic strip or at the least a good preamp. Great build quality and at this price you can put several in your mic locker.

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