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MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone  

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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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OVERVIEW

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!

SPECIFICATIONS

R40 Ribbon Microphone

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

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (24)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Durable (6)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (25)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (12)

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

Smooth and warm. Great price.

By Rick Holly

from New Jersey

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

    This mic has a very warm sound with a bit of roll off in the upper mids. Very nice on vocals. Just add a little upper EQ and this mic comes alive. As with any ribbon mic it is fragile so don't drop or abuse it and you must (must!!) remember to turn off your mixer, pre-amp, interface or recorders phantom power before plugging it in or the party's over. Phantom power will destroy the ribbon (guaranteed) and a warrenty will not cover it. I put an actual sticker on mine to remind me. For the money this is a beautiful clear mic with a nice lower mid claity that is so nice on my voice and isn't muddy like some of my other mics that cost 5-6 times more than this mic. I'm giving it five stars based on the "bang-for-your-buck" factor. If you have a home studio and need a nice smooth vocal mic this may be it. I don't recommend it for screaming or really loud vocals as this mic is subtle and that's what makes it really nice. I will say that the output level is definately lower than any other mic I own and depending on your set up you may need an external pre-amp but it is worth getting one for this mic. Any decent tube pre-amp will work great so for just a little more cash you will have a really versitale pro sounding vocal mic.

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    5.0

    Nice mic for the price

    By Payola

    from Memphis

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    Pros

    • Mellow Response

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

        This is my first ribbon mic in the 40+ years I've been recording. It's another example of quality equipment now being available to the masses. This mic gives my baritone voice a smooth, mellow characteristic. With just a touch of presence EQ, this rivals my best condenser.

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        5.0

        Great quality and sound

        By Chilly Rain

        from San Diego

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          Cons

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              Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

              Delivered quickly and ready to plug in. Very excited to have made this purchase. I use it as a vocal mic for my living room while playing piano. Works great.

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              4.0

              Good DIY platform

              By STEL

              from Fargo ND

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Low price

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                I now have two of these, with upgraded transformers (cinemags), and retensioned ribbons. While not matched, they are close. Using them as overheads and on guitar amps as a second mic. These mics are easy to work with and sound great after a little love. Pretty good out of the box even, especially for the price.

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                4.0

                My first Ribbon - Tested against Dynamic

                By vm-Oh

                from North Bend, OH

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                  I have about 12 dynamics and 5 condenses in my home studio. So I tested against what I believe to be my better dynamic and condenser mics. I have a tripod mic mount that allows me to hang 3 mics at once on a stand. All mics were plugged directly into a Korg D32XD 32 track digital recorder set at flat response and mics were behind a 'pop' screen. I sang and play the guitar (ouch!). The line up was this Ribbon, a 'Blue' powered condenser and a AKG (which over time as offered the best for my limited voice). For MY voice the ribbon was clear and smooth and very close to my favorite voice mic the AKG. I believe the ribbon is just a hair less on the higher areas, but a touch of EQ snapped it right in. Foe the $$ the ribbon appears to be a useful additions, I have read about how fragile they can be, so I doubt I would ever use it outside my studio.

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                  4.0

                  Good Mic For The Price

                  By Samuel Curcio

                  from Woodbridge New Jersey.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Gives Vocals A Warmth
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                    This mic surprised me! I'm using a Focusrite Sapphire pro 40 Interface and had had plenty of Input signal. The mic gives vocals a warmth and works nice on recording an acoustic guitar.

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                    4.0

                    nice

                    By napman

                    from wheeler, or

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Full Tonal Range

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                      full sound, wide tonal range

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                      5.0

                      awesome ribbon mic

                      By tireiron

                      from auburn, ny

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                        i run a small botique recording studio. i like ribbon microphones, they tend to be fragile. i was setting up for a session with my grandson as my helper (he's a 22yo expert, just ask him) he plugged the brand new R-40 directly into my 48V phantom powered mixer. i freaked out. took it off the mixer and plugged it into a tube pre-amp. the mic was fine. tested it on vocals against a favorite, large diameter condenser. this mic is absolutely wonderful. it responds very well to changes in bias and drive. can be sweet or edgy.

                        nice!

                        for the price... buy it!

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                        4.0

                        Not for the feint of heart

                        By Rex

                        from Bloomington, IN

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                        • Breaks Easily

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                        First of all, the microphone was virtually unusable out of the box but I was half expecting that. Talk about ribbon sag!! I bought this partially to experiment with - I have used and maintained RCA 77DXs and 44BXs in the past and did an emergency re-ribbon on an Altec birdcage and wanted to get back into the ribbon world. After re-tensioning the R40 ribbon, the mic came alive. I will be doing some of that experimenting after vacation but in the meantime, the mic worked quite well on my voice - which needs all the help it can get. If you don't want to experiment and be prepared to work at it, this mic is not for you. It's not an RCA but when it's on sale, it's a great buy.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome microphone for guitar cabinet

                        By David G

                        from Jupiter

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                        • Fragile

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone:

                        Incredible reproduction of guitar cabinet. Perfect because input is low. I upgraded the transformer to a Lindhal 2912 which made it gain even more clarity. Replacing the transformer is expensive and tricky so proceed with caution. Ribbon mikes are very sensitive so store them standing up. Like many other comments my ribbon was sagging. Losened two screws and very carefuly removed the sag without giving tension with magnetic free tweezers. This microphone reproduces the guitar combo amp sound better than my e906 which wsa designed for this. The e609 is more for live applications where durability is needed. The R40 sounds two times better.

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