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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 ...Read More

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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!

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R40 Ribbon Microphone

  • Frequency range: 20Hz-17kHz
    Polar pattern: Figure 8
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MXLR40 Ribbon Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (40)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Versatile (19)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

  • Not durable (11)
  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (42)
  • Amateur recording (31)
  • Professional recording (29)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (35), Professional musician (20), Novice (4)

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

MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone

By Ed

from Burlington CT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    For anyone who wants a good ribbon mic at a great price, here it is. My only recommendation would be to remove the basket and take out the additional layer of windscreen protection so you get a more transparent sound. I am installing an Edcor transformer in place of the original for more gain. This apparently improves the overall performance. Out of the box I would recommend a cloudlifter or any good mic pre to assist you in capturing a great sound. I am a convert to inexpensive ribbon microphones. Overall the sound quality to my ears is very natural, and these mics are very adaptive to guitar cabs etc. I think they make my guitar cab sound better than a condenser. Of course, you must mess with placement and find a sweet spot. Thereafter it is aural bliss. Sorry to all of you who have wasted moneyon expensive ribbon mics when these do quite well. After all these were the go-to mics of yesteryear. Have fun and experiment you never know what you will hear.

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    5.0

    A decent budget ribbon mic.

    By marty

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    I'm enjoying this mic quite a bit. I got it I a Stupid Deal day, so what I've got invested in the thing, I'm very pleased with the results it produces. I was lucky enough to get one that had no ribbon sag problems, so I'm sure this would be a very different review of that wasn't the case. So far I've used this mic as a "kick out," placed in front of a kick drum resonant head, about 18" off the floor and it was fantastic. The information it gave me in the 20-40Hz range made my kick drum sound huge. It helped reinforce the low end of the kit overall in this position. I've also used this mic positioned about 24" off the floor and 25 feet from snare center at the end of the hallway in my house, using it as a room mic to get some space in my drum recordings. It also did an amazing job in this scenario. The image of the kit it provided allowed for me to really helped me get a massive sound out of my modest living room recording setup. Not a single complaint about this mic...it's a blast. I've recently acquired a Fethead and look forward to doing some vocal work with it, and I think I'll give it a shot as a mini overhead mic soon, too. Very versatile and it produces very useable results.

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    5.0

    A great introduction to the world of ribbon mics

    By drsamurai

    from Bradenton, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

      Very transparent sound. Doesn't sound like an high end (read expensive) mic, but I would highly recommend grabbing one at least when the next SDOTD rolls around with this model or any ribbon model if you're curious about what they sound like. For the price there are definite uses for a ribbon mic, especially minimum mic recording of an acoustic drum kit. I've used it on drums and piano so far and I really like the results

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      5.0

      Exactly what I expected.

      By Aaron

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

      Great sounding ribbon mic for the price. Not too heavy - compact. Nice looking mic. Like all ribbon mics, it's a bit fragile and needs to be treated with care (not a 57 or 58 you can drop a million times with no problem) - but take care of it and it will serve you well.

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      5.0

      Can't beat this for the price.

      By Phil

      from Delaware

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

        Very sensative warm sounding mic. Reproduces what you hear accurately.

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        4.0

        better than what i expcted

        By redman

        from iowa

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

          i got this mic as a SDOTD just after Christmas. tried it out on acoustic guitar, and vocals into a tascam dp-32sd multitrack recorder without setting up a preamp. the mic is lower in output but it was enough to test this mic. i thought it performed well with both sources separated and combined, if you know how to use a ribbon mic. i expected alot less and was surprised how well this mic preformed in this limited test. at this price point under 60 clams it's a keeper.

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          3.0

          Good For Price I Paid

          By Modern Day Machiavelli

          from Mississippi

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

          I had always wanted a Ribbon Mic to add to my home studio and when I saw this one on the "Stupid Deal of The Day" and decided I couldn't pass it up for price with free shipping. The mic comes with the mic and shock mount. It is a very nice mic for a beginner who is trying to add to their collection, and I will use it from time to time. I considered it a very good deal for SDOTD but I'm not sure how much more it would be worth. It seems a little dull for my standards. I would recommend this mic but only when it is the SDOTD.

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          5.0

          It is great

          By Darxis

          from Boston

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

          I really have liked all MXL mics that I own. Very good

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          4.0

          Good microphone for the money!

          By mdbear

          from New York, NY

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

            Great served super fast shipping.

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            5.0

            You can't go wrong when it is on sale!

            By Midiman

            from Fishers, IN

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

              When this mic is on sale you just can't lose....

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