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  • Low cost, high quality
  • No active electronics to color sound
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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

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

       

      R40 Ribbon Microphone Specifications:

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

      (based on 47 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (24)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      96%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (17)
      • Easy to use (11)
      • Versatile (9)
      • Durable (5)

      Cons

      • Not durable (3)

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (18)
      • Amateur recording (13)
      • Professional recording (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (15), Professional musician (11)

      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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      5.0

      Great for guitar and brass

      By Guitar jammer dude 500

      from New York City

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

      For what I'm using it for this is a great microphone. price point unbeatable,I have used Mike's that cost thousands and with only a little better performance.This microphone is a very good value. Used it for trombone saxophone and electric guitar with great success. Frequency response is excellent sound very natural and full with very little noise. For the price performance and quality of this ribbon microphone it cannot be beat. If you like to record music and enjoy good quality sound at a great price you should get yourself one of these excellent microphones.

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      5.0

      At these prices, yes, please ...

      By Doc

      from Key West

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

          Use these on vocal and run them through a tube mic pre and you get a big warm, natural sound. Record acoustic guitars with a pair of these at the bridge and the 12th fret -- set em and go ... sounds awesome! Also excellent room mics for all sorts of applications.

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          5.0

          Great Mic for the price

          By Xbell

          from Napa CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Solid

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

          This is a great mic when you need a bright recording. I add it to a large diaphram for vocals, use it alone for strings,acoustic gtr, adds a sharp element which is great when mixing. Great for the toolbox. I bought two.

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          3.0

          R40 Ribbon Microphone works LOL

          By Foocare

          from Saint Paul Minnesota

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Not Sure Yet

          Cons

          • Took Forever To Get It

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

          After a couple months I finally got my microphone, took for ever to get it. I haven't had a chance to really check it out but it works when I got it.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for the money

          By Papa D

          from Eugene, OR

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Economical

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

            Been wanting to check out ribbon mics for a while and the sale price and decent reviews made this a must-check-out. Bought it with sax in mind, but since I'm not a sax player had to record voice & (acoustic) guitar first, to give it a run through. Decent sound but I like my large diaphragm condenser better. When I did get the chance to try it on sax (tenor) and clarinet I heard the benefits of a ribbon over condenser. Warm and full sounding. Yes, it does need a lot of gain, but any decent preamp will give you that.
            A good deal for the money and glad to have it in my mic locker, though now, I'm curious about what a higher end ribbon mic would sound like in comparison.

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            5.0

            Great addition to the studio

            By MRICH

            from Lafayette HIll, PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Quiet
            • Warm

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

            Works great as a close mic for acoustic guitar. It does need a preamp to boost the level a bit. I position it directly in front of the bridge area of my classical guitar and it gets a balanced warm sound.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Rich, warm sound

            By Jimmyjuju

            from Way up north

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Got Warm Sound?

            By IndyGuitar

            from Indianapolis

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great looking
            • Smooth Sound
            • Warm sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

              Have not used extensively but tested it on a mic stand w/popscreen as soon as it arrived b/c I'd heard that Ribbon Mics are easily bruised. Instantly became aware of the warm, smooth tone that ribbon mics are known for. Also not as "hot" as condenser mic so better suited to performing should you choose to do so. Of course same great MXL packaging and looks as my MXL 990. Also great support -- I emailed MXL once with an FAQ and got an answer from a real person within hours.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              OK if you don't have another ribbon mic

              By Rosenbarger

              from Columbus, Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Cheap
              • Ribbony
              • Smooth

              Cons

              • Very Quiet

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

              The mic is an inexpensive ribbon. It's exactly what I assumed it would be. Smooth, warm, and extra quiet. I bought it to have a ribbon for guitar cabs and it does the trick. But to use this on acoustic instruments alone is very difficult.

              I would absolutely advise buying an inline mic-pre as well for this as it's nearly usless on quite sounds.

              I'm happy with the purchase, but know many people would be unpleasently surprised with it output.

              Other than that, it's exactly what you'd expect from a ribbon mic. It's a great counter to a brighter mic with out being overly boomy. Just be careful with it. even moderatly high SPLs can be rough on this mic.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              If it's in stock, Just buy one (or two)

              By Puff

              from Philly, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bang For The Buck
              • Smooth Highs
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Acoustic Guitars
                • Brass
                • Percussion
                • Roomspatial Miking
                • Strings
                • Vocals

                Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                I bought this almost on a whim "Stupid Deal" special. The only thing stupid is not getting one before. I just started using it as a filler/add-on to my mic collection and I can honestly say, since it has arrived not one single day has passed that I haven't used this on something. Not one day. I haven't seen this mentioned before but one use these really excel is as a drum room mic(s) the ribbon really smooths out the high end harshness, and takes well to EQ.

                If you have the same experience I have, you'll try on everything an end up using it a few times on every project. Most likely I will be buying a few more to mod and play around with further, but I will keep this one as it is still use this as it came as well.

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