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MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone

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The MXL V900 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that is as comfortable to use and as effective on stage as it is in the studio. The heavy duty...Click To Read More About This Product

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The MXL V900 cuts through the mix to enhance any live or studio vocal performance.

The MXL V900 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that is as comfortable to use and as effective on stage as it is in the studio. The heavy duty custom grille assembly has been carefully tuned to optimize the MXL V900 microphone's premium condenser element. Internally shock mounted, the MXL V900 mic has a unique stand mounting design that isolates vibration and reduces handling noise. The MXL V900 microphone has a classic, vintage look that will complement your performance and stage presence. The MXL V900 is a Class A microphone designed to exhibit a wide dynamic range and a low noise floor. The MXL V900 is also a perfect microphone for digital recording.

FEATURES
Audio
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 145 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted
  • Applications: Studio
  • Diaphragm size: Large
  • Switches: No
  • Phantom power required: Yes (48V)
Size and weight
  • Width: 3.25"
  • Height: 6.75"
  • Weight: 2.3 lb.
Included accessories
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: No
  • Shockmount: No
  • Power supply: No
SPECIFICATIONS
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MXLV900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for Radio Theater

I purchased this microphone for radio theater production rehearsals. My primary purpose was to limit the use of my fragile vintage ribbon mics to just the stage presentations. Upon using the MXL V900,...Read complete review

I purchased this microphone for radio theater production rehearsals. My primary purpose was to limit the use of my fragile vintage ribbon mics to just the stage presentations. Upon using the MXL V900, I was amazed at the performance and quality of this microphone. I did some side by side comparisons with my Audio Technica 4050, Rode NT1, and Studio Projects C1 microphones. I did the same with my Ribbon mics, RCA 77D, Altec 671 and RCA SK50. Every mic has it's own character so none are clones, but The V900 ranks with the best of them. It is now one of my favorites. It looks great on stage too. If you do any period presentations, I highly recommend this mic. I believe if this mic were made in the US or Germany 50 years ago, It would be a coveted classic today. At the price, You can't go wrong. It may yet become that classic.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks aren't everything

I took a chance on this mic when I saw how many 5 star reviews there were. My loss but it wasn't an expensive gamble.Yes, for the price you get a lot: A...Read complete review

I took a chance on this mic when I saw how many 5 star reviews there were. My loss but it wasn't an expensive gamble.Yes, for the price you get a lot: A cool looking mic, a nice cable and a sturdy case. But what's a mic for? Looks or sound? I tested the mic on three 6-string guitars, various vocals, light percussion and acoustic bass.It's just not smooth. The high end yields a distortion that is easy to hear and bothersome so don't use this mic to record female vocals or male vocals in the Sting range. It did, however, sound much better in the lower mid range. Bass was dim and lacked any depth no matter how I placed the mic.It does look cool but the solid brace conducts sound right through it; even floor vibrations from outside the booth could be heard like a heart beat.For those on a budget, and looking for a starter mic to get down some ideas... it's a nice package. For those looking for smooth pro-quality sound, you can spend a little more on an Audio Technica AT series mic and be in a completely different world. For just a bit more money (IE: AT 2035) you'll hear a big difference.

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Looks aren't everything

By Steplander

from New York

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Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

I took a chance on this mic when I saw how many 5 star reviews there were. My loss but it wasn't an expensive gamble.Yes, for the price you get a lot: A cool looking mic, a nice cable and a sturdy case. But what's a mic for? Looks or sound? I tested the mic on three 6-string guitars, various vocals, light percussion and acoustic bass.It's just not smooth. The high end yields a distortion that is easy to hear and bothersome so don't use this mic to record female vocals or male vocals in the Sting range. It did, however, sound much better in the lower mid range. Bass was dim and lacked any depth no matter how I placed the mic.It does look cool but the solid brace conducts sound right through it; even floor vibrations from outside the booth could be heard like a heart beat.For those on a budget, and looking for a starter mic to get down some ideas... it's a nice package. For those looking for smooth pro-quality sound, you can spend a little more on an Audio Technica AT series mic and be in a completely different world. For just a bit more money (IE: AT 2035) you'll hear a big difference.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Radio Theater

By Rick H

from Kenosha WI

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Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

I purchased this microphone for radio theater production rehearsals. My primary purpose was to limit the use of my fragile vintage ribbon mics to just the stage presentations. Upon using the MXL V900, I was amazed at the performance and quality of this microphone. I did some side by side comparisons with my Audio Technica 4050, Rode NT1, and Studio Projects C1 microphones. I did the same with my Ribbon mics, RCA 77D, Altec 671 and RCA SK50. Every mic has it's own character so none are clones, but The V900 ranks with the best of them. It is now one of my favorites. It looks great on stage too. If you do any period presentations, I highly recommend this mic. I believe if this mic were made in the US or Germany 50 years ago, It would be a coveted classic today. At the price, You can't go wrong. It may yet become that classic.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Looks...Great Quality!

By Barry-qcDTZ

from Mississippi

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Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

Very comparable to my SM58 and SM58 Beta. Much better studio quality sound than the 58's. You must be a little more cautious of feedback during live performance than with the 58's. However, works quite well with duo or trio group at lower stage volumns. Quality construction...and looks cool!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gimmicky, but does the job.

By Alexander

from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

I use this precisely for what it's billed to do well, and it does it well. I use it for light recording and stage use. This mic splits the difference fairly well. It gives my voice the shimmer I always look for - that vintage crisp tone. Pair it with a tube preamp and you're in business. The package is a little gimmicky: large carrying case with paper-thin keys, cable, polishing cloth...the marketing is a little heavy-handed. The mic itself is also kind of ENORMOUS. So the looks miss the mark - not exactly a sleek and sexy piece as the marketing intended. It's sort of bulky and fat. The sound is good and the unit is versatile enough to handle stage and studio. That's what I got it for, and that's what it does.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value, Appearance & Sound!

By John Somers, Somers Dream Orchestra

from New Jersey

Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

Bought this microphone for a vintage 1940's style radio show we're performing with my 18 piece orchestra. Initially I was attracted to this microphone for it's vintage appearance but pleasantly surprised at the sound quality! It's low's to high's are all there and especially love the "timber" it adds to your voice! I'd like to describe it as a "rich full" sound that any broadcasting voice would expect to hear!The travel case and microphone cable are an added bonus but the best part is the price! It would be difficult to beat this price for the quality!I highly recommend this microphone!

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Podcaster

By Velcro

from Arkansas

Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

I love this mic! The flat response is perfect for my voice which tends to crack on the high end (my voice not the mic) I also use a MXL 990 but it tends to get a little muddy on the bottom end and picks up way to much noise from behind. The V900 is very directional and has a pinpoint sweet spot. This helped a lot with my background noise. So if you move around a lot this is not for you. The only complaint I have is it is heavy and I had to modify my boom desk arm to stay in one place

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Overhead Mic for Drums

By DaRangers

from Cincinnati, Ohio

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Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

I recently played at a local festival where the sound crew ran the MXL V900 as an overhead mic for the drums along with a kick mic. The sound was really quite remarkable. Cymbals and hi-hats were crisp; the snare and rack toms were well defined with clear voices. I now own this mic. The V900's beefy construction seems well-suited for gigging and life on the stage. And, mine always seems to garner favorable reviews from other drummers and soundtechs. It's an exception mic for an exceptional value!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big, Clear and FAT Sound!!

By BravoRock DJ John

from Wernersville, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Great looking
  • Heavy duty
  • Rugged

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy
  • Transmits Stand Noise

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Show Mic With Clear Sound

Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

This Mic is visually stunning when you open the case; it's big, and it stands large and center like the old classic RCA-44 "Radio Mic" from the 30s and 40s. It's just fantastic to look at! Plus, this thing is rugged and heavy and has a very forward sound for vocals. It probably would not be a great live performance mic unless it's part of the (visual) prop setup, because, as a large capsule condenser, it's very sensitive, especially to feedback, and it picks up low frequency noise from the stand. A typical mic preamp with lo-cut filter is effective at controlling stand thumps. Other than that, this is a gorgeous microphone with very good sound quality, especially for vocals. It would be great for live broadcasting remotes with classic flavor. Sure, it's a niche mic, but still a great sound performer!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great instrument Mic!

By Rhythmjunkie

from St. Louis, MO

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Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

I've been using two of these in live settings / on stage for Saxophone and acoustic Upright Bass (right above the f-hole) and they are killer! Also good for recording all instruments, including drums, the only thing I don't like it on is vocals (it's kinda thin) but on everything else it has that warm sound like a ribbon mic.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value in this package

By Shredder-si47M

from Texas

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Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

I like to play acoustic style harmonica at certian times. This mic allows me to get the hand articulation and voice playing this way. I can get 10 inches back from it and it still picks up every tone in a rich smooth fashion keeping a good volume with out feed back. Placement on stage needs to be taken into account so don't play in front of the drums or a monitor thats right behind you. I can't use it in a small practice room with a lot of other instruments blasting away but on satge it works for me or in a studio setting it really shines. For the price of the package you can't go wrong, carry case, XLR cable and pop filter.

 
5.0

Great Looking Microphone

By Rock

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Looks Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

    Hey, I have not had the chance to use this microphone the MXL V900. I wanted a microphone with a retro look, since I have not use the MXL V900 to date, so I can not judge it on it's sound qualities. I can say I wanted to use the MXL V900 in live performances. I can take the into the studio in a week or two and give an accurate review at that time.

     
    5.0

    An excellent microphone if you find it suits your voice!

    By tpw66

    from Akron,NY

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

      I purchased this when it was on sale items is very sturdy, very well-built. It seems to have more of a flat response with respect to the tone.
      Really not too much queuing needed if you find that it sounds great with your voice you may just want to roll off a little at the bottom end below 80 Hz.

       
      5.0

      We have purchased 4 of these on 2 separate transactions

      By Southern tradition

      from Missouri

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

        Very nostalgic looking. Reminds you of mikes from the 40s and 50s. Great audience reactions.

         
        5.0

        Cool Vintage Vibe

        By Rock Star Daddy

        from Id

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

        I like the vintage vibe and sound quality

         
        4.0

        THIS MIC IS......

        By Jim

        from Palm Bay

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

          Needed a "warmer" tone for The Music Authority on line music show. Was using a Yeti Blue Pro...great quality but not "warm" enough. Heard great things about the products of MXL and had to find out for myself! Compact, yet rugged...light weight but great full sound quality with the "warmth" I'd been searching for...still working on volume balance on my show, but the quality comes through.

           
          5.0

          Love this Mic!!!

          By OpenHeartHarmony

          from Ga.

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

            Been singing Gospel music for 35 years and had a lot of different mics over those years. This mic has been very reliable and our group has been well pleased with it. 4 of us sing and have 2 acoustic guitars and banjo and this mic picks the singing and music up very well. Only thing is that on hardwood surfaces it picks up all the noise. But it can be solved by simply putting a piece of carpet under your mic stand.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            In my humble opinion...

            By Heltup

            from Las Vegas

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Price
            • Great Proximity Effect
            • Great Voice Broadcast

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

            I am not a seasoned professional recording artist. I have a home studio and have had some experience with lower end microphones.
            In my opinion, I really liked this mic. Still, I do not have experience with high priced models. Really, should they be compared side by side?

             
            4.0

            Boomy but very useful

            By Steplander

            from New York

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

            I bought this for fun because of its looks as I am sure many will.
            I was surprised by the big sound.
            The low and mid range is very hot. The high end is not silky like mics costing a tiny bit more, but this coloring of the sound works well for rock vocals or recording a guitar through an amp.
            For ballads and soft tunes I would use another mic.
            Beware of the boom. This package doesn't come with a shock absorbing mount, If you fix this mic to a stand using the included mount, floor vibration transmits into the mic. (Ba-Boom)
            I placed my stand on foam to reduce this noise during recording. That did the trick.
            I did not detect any system noise or hum created by the mic. It's pretty clean but appears to have a wide view.
            Bottom line: it's a fun mic and looks great.

             
            3.0

            Not a bad mic, a little noisey

            By Richard B

            from Pacifica, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about MXL V900 Stage and Studio Condenser Microphone:

              I've owned this mic for a couple of years now. It's pretty okay. If you're on a budget and need a large-diaphragm condenser mic in a pinch, this one will do. The frequency response is pretty flat, which makes it fairly versatile. I've used it on vocals, Acoustic guitar (as a body mic,) cajon, among others. The transient response is what you'd expect with a condenser, and the internal shock mount does help eliminate some handling noise. That said, it is a bit noisey. I'm currently running a Focusrite Liquid 56 (with a Motu 8pre daisychained via ADAT.) The preamps are amazingly quiet. I can crank them almost all the way up with my Shure KSM44 and only hear the room, whereas with the MXL V900 you start to hear the hiss at a much lower level of gain. So, if you've got something loud to record that would benefit from a large-diaphragm condenser, or are just looking for a decent entry-level vocal mic for cheap, I would recommend this mic. If you're electrically inclined and looking for a little more clarity/versatility I would recommend spending fifty bucks more to purchase the A550 multipattern from Aurycle. A small mod to the capsule will make that thing sound absolutely identical to a Neumann m147.

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