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MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone  

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Overview
  • 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
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    $159.95
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      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!

       

      R144 Ribbon Microphone Specifications:

      • 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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      • 5 Stars

         

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      80%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      • Good audio (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

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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

            About Me Experienced

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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.

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              (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

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              (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.

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              (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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