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MXL 990

Condenser Microphone

The MXL 990 remains one of the industry's most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound quality in both digital and analog recordings. This revolutionary condenser microphone continues to astound artists with its silky, high end and tight, solid low and midrange reproduction.

  • FET preamp with balanced output
  • Provides silky sweet high end and retains tight, solid low and midrange reproduction
  • Vintage body style with champagne finish
  • Includes custom shockmount, mic stand adapter & carrying case

The Project Studio Standard

The MXL 990 has become a standard in audio. From being your first microphone to coming in to save the day when no other mics are available, the 990 has served as a reliable tool in numerous audio-centric situations. The MXL 990 is can be paired with the MXL SMP-1 (seen in photo) for easy mounting and performance with its built-in pop-filter.

Description

The MXL 990 is one of the industry''s most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound quality in both digital and analog recordings. This revolutionary condenser microphone continues to astound artists with its silky, high end and tight, solid low and mid-range reproduction. This microphone is the perfect addition to any home, project or professional studio.

Features & details

Features

  • Perfect addition to any home or project studio
  • FET preamp with beautifully balanced sound
  • Provides silky sweet high end and retains tight, solid low and midrange reproduction
  • Vintage body style with champagne finish
  • Includes custom shockmount, mic stand adapter & carrying case
  • Works for music, streaming, podcasting and more

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Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
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Q: I want to use this mic for an instrument, would it work OK?

A: Actually 3/4" is not large - and it''s the same sensor that''s in the 991 stick mic.
It i…

Xgenei | 3 years ago

Q: Which one of these allow me to connect to a computer via usb? The midnight blue or the cha…

A: You need a audio interface and xlr cable for this microphone

@Lilkennyfisher | 2 years ago

Q: Is it normal for this mic to have exposed wiring? I mean the bottom cap in the mic to come…

A: It is very easy to open by hand, especially since the included custom mic clip nut engages…

Robert Monk | 3 months ago

Q: Will a samson mk-10 mic stand hold this microphone? if not, can someone tell me where to g…

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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
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Jauntí
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
11 Years of Usage and It Still Works!
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
I''ve purchased this microphone ten years ago, going on eleven years. I''ve used this through thick and thin. Incredible microphone to begin with when I first began my career in audio production. Quality is not bad at all but only how the recording is edited and mixed.... See more
I''ve purchased this microphone ten years ago, going on eleven years. I''ve used this through thick and thin. Incredible microphone to begin with when I first began my career in audio production. Quality is not bad at all but only how the recording is edited and mixed.

I''ve been recording from my college days when I turned my closet into a vocal booth. I didn''t soundproof it but it was quite "soundproof" without the panels, foam and/or curtains. All I used was my clothes. It was enough and the quality was fine.

Ten years and 11 months later, I am still using it and I have no problem. I highly recommend this microphone for beginners. Go for it. It''s a great mic at a reasonable price, it changed my life in the music/film industry!
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Deep, rich, vocal tones. A podcaster''s dream.
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018
As a podcaster, I could immediately tell the difference between the MXL 990 and my previous condenser mic. This one has such rich tones! It is sensitive, however, and the pop filter I bought with it really isn''t filtering out my plosives. I have it pointed DOWN to reduce... See more
As a podcaster, I could immediately tell the difference between the MXL 990 and my previous condenser mic. This one has such rich tones! It is sensitive, however, and the pop filter I bought with it really isn''t filtering out my plosives. I have it pointed DOWN to reduce room noise and it works perfectly. I have it plugged into an audio interface before it goes into my laptop. Highly recommended, great mic for the price!
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Jon Andrews
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
This mic will blow your socks off!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
I work in radio and told my boss I spent 65$ on this 5 years ago. He couldn’t believe the quality! It’s an amazing mic...I have dropped it hit the wall with it and it still works like new! It’s 5 years old! I do voiceovers every day with it.
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Kevin
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great sound on a budget
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2018
If youre deciding between this and the AT-2020..get this, the response is amazing and rivals the AT-2020 and is good enough in the proper environment for voiceover work Pros - Cheap, inexpensive, not terribly heavy, Sounds like a 200 dollar mic Cons -... See more
If youre deciding between this and the AT-2020..get this, the response is amazing and rivals the AT-2020 and is good enough in the proper environment for voiceover work

Pros - Cheap, inexpensive, not terribly heavy, Sounds like a 200 dollar mic

Cons - Cheap components that dont look like they will last longer than a few years, but MXL sells more expensive mics if you want a better sound
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Mr. Fingerz
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
An Excellent addition to my Recording Studio mic collection.
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
This little Monster packs a Big punch. It''s the affordable version to the Neumann TLM-102. This MXL 990 mic has a great, "Warm" tube amped sound on its recording. I used to Record countless Albums with my AKG Precision 120, but now, as of 2019, this is the Mic... See more
This little Monster packs a Big punch. It''s the affordable version to the Neumann TLM-102.

This MXL 990 mic has a great, "Warm" tube amped sound on its recording. I used to Record countless Albums with my AKG Precision 120, but now, as of 2019, this is the Mic I''ve been recording my Sessions with, and Highly recommend it for any Professional Recording Studio, that just wants to add an additional Mic that clients may be familiar with.

-Felix Fingerz of Fingerz & Co.
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RichSad
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Nice warm sound but high noise floor
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2020
I like this mic and for the money it meets my expectations. If putting in a mix with guitars and drums and other loud instruments the noise will be insignificant most likely. But for vocal tracking in a solo context, such as a podcast, the noise floor is pretty high. But... See more
I like this mic and for the money it meets my expectations. If putting in a mix with guitars and drums and other loud instruments the noise will be insignificant most likely. But for vocal tracking in a solo context, such as a podcast, the noise floor is pretty high. But this is a good mic to have in your toolbox when you need the sensitivity of a condenser mic with a cardioid pattern. Remember you need +48v Phantom Power. I use mine with an Art Tube MP StudioV3 tube preamp and that warms it even further. I did go and buy an Audio Technica higher end large condenser with half the noise rating for the solo vocal work.
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Zebra Hoedown Throwdown
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very good build quality
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2018
You don''t get to beat the quality of the mic at this price point, I used a similar model 15 years ago for music recording, I use this now for doing podcasts.Very good build quality, just does not care about beer spit, cigarette smoke, wind, nothing, but like any mic if you... See more
You don''t get to beat the quality of the mic at this price point, I used a similar model 15 years ago for music recording, I use this now for doing podcasts.Very good build quality, just does not care about beer spit, cigarette smoke, wind, nothing, but like any mic if you bang it around it will die. you NEED a pop screen for this mic but just, go spend another 7 dollars and get one if youre an S Hisser or a P Popper, but I will always stand behind this. If I replace it, I will probably be spending 700+ dollars.
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Kevin C
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
It''s more than you might think.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
This is sold as the lower end of the MXL line, but it''s much better than you''d expect. I have two other MXLs and a number of SM58s and just needed something for decent podcasts. This turned out to be a mic I wouldn''t hesitate to use on stage! It IS crisp, so know... See more
This is sold as the lower end of the MXL line, but it''s much better than you''d expect. I have two other MXLs and a number of SM58s and just needed something for decent podcasts. This turned out to be a mic I wouldn''t hesitate to use on stage!
It IS crisp, so know that going in, more so than a Shure SM58 and the sound field isn''t quite as defined (wider) but it''s a hot condenser and performs all the way through both guitar and vocal ranges effortlessly. Great diaphragm, you really hear real world what is going into it. The only negative was the pick up from the sides, even a little directly behind. But knowing that lets you arrange around it. It''s not perfect, but it''s closer than most people will ever need.
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Eimaj
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Fantastic Sound
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 2, 2015
The MXL 990 is a large diaphragm condenser mic that requires 48V Phantom Power and some method of connecting this to the PC via a mic preamp/audio interface. I use and would recommend for those just starting out on a budget the Behringer Xenyx 302 USB audio interface. This...See more
The MXL 990 is a large diaphragm condenser mic that requires 48V Phantom Power and some method of connecting this to the PC via a mic preamp/audio interface. I use and would recommend for those just starting out on a budget the Behringer Xenyx 302 USB audio interface. This mic is superb given the price point and I personally use this for podcasting and voiceovers. Please note that this is a very sensitive mic and has a natural, full, warm and clear sound with very little self noise (background hiss on recordings). The quality and sensitivity of this mic mean that it may not be suitable for very noisy environments with a lot of background noise, a dynamic mic might be more appropriate OR consider doing some acoustic treatment if your serious about sound quality. Condenser mics such as this one are also extremely sensitive to plosives, this is distortion that occurs when a blast of air is created particularly when making hard “p” and “d” sounds. Therefore I would highly recommend you get a pop shield to go with this mic otherwise you might have to experiment with mic placement. This mic also comes with a shock mount, essential if you intend to use this on a desk. A shock mount prevents sounds from being transferred into the mic if you accidently bump the mic stand and it stops/ significantly PC vibrations being passed through from your desk into recordings. One of the most common problems that I have noticed is that people complain that after recording using these mics that they only hear sound in one ear. This is a problem usually with software and not the microphone or hardware used to feed the sound into the computer. I find this problem arises when the software that you are recording your sound into such as Audacity or Adobe Audition is expecting a different type of input. i.e a stereo input and not a mono input. Stereo means that there are separate audio “streams” for left and right speakers. Mono means that the one single audio “stream” is played exactly the same through both the left and right speakers. Most mics output in mono or a single audio “stream” and therefore the input that your software should be expecting should also be mono. If it is expecting stereo then it will pipe the output the first channel it feels like I’ve usually found it’s the left. So check your software. Anyway back to the mic overall great mic for people starting out in podcasting and voiceovers great quality and great price considering that it also comes with a shock mount which otherwise you might have to buy separately. Highly recommended, just don’t forget that you will need an audio interface that supports 48V phantom power, and an XLR mic cable to connect your microphone to the interface.
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Steve J
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Superb sound. My recordings sound so professional now.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2020
Really great sound from these. I was using a Sennheiser condenser mic for recording vocals at home but found the volume changed dramatically even if I moved a tiny bit during performance. This mic is super sensitive and won''t pick up on tiny discrepancies like a condenser....See more
Really great sound from these. I was using a Sennheiser condenser mic for recording vocals at home but found the volume changed dramatically even if I moved a tiny bit during performance. This mic is super sensitive and won''t pick up on tiny discrepancies like a condenser. Be sure you have absolute silence or this mic will pick up anything and everything in the background. The use of a pop filter should be the norm if you record at home anyway but you''ll definitely need one with this. A vocal booth of some sort would be ideal too. Getting this mic, complete with the cradle and carry case too is brilliant value. My only gripe, being a newbie to using this kind of mic, is that it didn''t have any kind of instruction to explain how it all fits together with the adaptor, mic stand etc. I know it isn''t rocket science but it would have saved me time and the possibility I may have connected something wrongly and damaged it. Otherwise this would be a full 5 star review as the product itself is superb.
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Tom
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Wow...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 15, 2018
This is the bottom of high end mics, an ideal upgrade of such mics as the Neewer 800 and great for recording processional sounding vocals. The sound quality is incredibly clear and crisp, I can even hear myself swallow. It lacks the smoothness and warmth of an Audio...See more
This is the bottom of high end mics, an ideal upgrade of such mics as the Neewer 800 and great for recording processional sounding vocals. The sound quality is incredibly clear and crisp, I can even hear myself swallow. It lacks the smoothness and warmth of an Audio Technica or anything more expensive, but it''s a great budget mic with professional sounding quality nonetheless.
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B WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great mic for the money, bad Amazon service.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2021
Although this product is great, I was disappointed to see that the packaging had already been opened previously and the internal sealed bags had already been ripped open, suggesting to me that it was a return and not a completely new product. Amazon should not be allowed to...See more
Although this product is great, I was disappointed to see that the packaging had already been opened previously and the internal sealed bags had already been ripped open, suggesting to me that it was a return and not a completely new product. Amazon should not be allowed to sell returns as new products. However - this is a great mic and actually gives my Neumann TLM103 a run for it’s money. If it’s good enough for Sylvia Massy, it’s good enough for me!
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JG
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good Microphone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2012
This is a great sounding mic, tried it on TC Helicon Voiceworks on vocals and it sounded great. I am not a sound engineer, I am a musician and sound quality is of paramount importance and I would recommend it. I will be trying it next on the drums overheads and I expect it...See more
This is a great sounding mic, tried it on TC Helicon Voiceworks on vocals and it sounded great. I am not a sound engineer, I am a musician and sound quality is of paramount importance and I would recommend it. I will be trying it next on the drums overheads and I expect it to perform just as well. It looks quite well made and it comes in a case with a handy shock mount and a mic holder. If you need to use it for vocals, do not forget to use a "pop shield" with it to protect it from excess moisture and it is a condenser mic so it needs "phantom power" - most decent desks have it, the TC Helicon has it and if not, those are available as an "add on" if required. Again, it is a nice mic and just for the record - so far I used it with Zoom R16 recorder. I hope this helps a little - do try it.
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MXL 990

Condenser Microphone

The MXL 990 remains one of the industry's most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound quality in both digital and analog recordings. This revolutionary condenser microphone continues to astound artists with its silky, high end and tight, solid low and midrange reproduction.

  • FET preamp with balanced output
  • Provides silky sweet high end and retains tight, solid low and midrange reproduction
  • Vintage body style with champagne finish
  • Includes custom shockmount, mic stand adapter & carrying case

The Project Studio Standard

The MXL 990 has become a standard in audio. From being your first microphone to coming in to save the day when no other mics are available, the 990 has served as a reliable tool in numerous audio-centric situations. The MXL 990 is can be paired with the MXL SMP-1 (seen in photo) for easy mounting and performance with its built-in pop-filter.

Description

The MXL 990 is one of the industry''s most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound quality in both digital and analog recordings. This revolutionary condenser microphone continues to astound artists with its silky, high end and tight, solid low and mid-range reproduction. This microphone is the perfect addition to any home, project or professional studio.

Features & details

Features

  • Perfect addition to any home or project studio
  • FET preamp with beautifully balanced sound
  • Provides silky sweet high end and retains tight, solid low and midrange reproduction
  • Vintage body style with champagne finish
  • Includes custom shockmount, mic stand adapter & carrying case
  • Works for music, streaming, podcasting and more

Product information

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
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Q: I want to use this mic for an instrument, would it work OK?

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It i…

Xgenei | 3 years ago

Q: Which one of these allow me to connect to a computer via usb? The midnight blue or the cha…

A: You need a audio interface and xlr cable for this microphone

@Lilkennyfisher | 2 years ago

Q: Is it normal for this mic to have exposed wiring? I mean the bottom cap in the mic to come…

A: It is very easy to open by hand, especially since the included custom mic clip nut engages…

Robert Monk | 3 months ago

Q: Will a samson mk-10 mic stand hold this microphone? if not, can someone tell me where to g…

A: The microphone comes with a shock mount and mic clip that will both fit any standard micro…

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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
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Jauntí
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
11 Years of Usage and It Still Works!
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
I''ve purchased this microphone ten years ago, going on eleven years. I''ve used this through thick and thin. Incredible microphone to begin with when I first began my career in audio production. Quality is not bad at all but only how the recording is edited and mixed.... See more
I''ve purchased this microphone ten years ago, going on eleven years. I''ve used this through thick and thin. Incredible microphone to begin with when I first began my career in audio production. Quality is not bad at all but only how the recording is edited and mixed.

I''ve been recording from my college days when I turned my closet into a vocal booth. I didn''t soundproof it but it was quite "soundproof" without the panels, foam and/or curtains. All I used was my clothes. It was enough and the quality was fine.

Ten years and 11 months later, I am still using it and I have no problem. I highly recommend this microphone for beginners. Go for it. It''s a great mic at a reasonable price, it changed my life in the music/film industry!
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Deep, rich, vocal tones. A podcaster''s dream.
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018
As a podcaster, I could immediately tell the difference between the MXL 990 and my previous condenser mic. This one has such rich tones! It is sensitive, however, and the pop filter I bought with it really isn''t filtering out my plosives. I have it pointed DOWN to reduce... See more
As a podcaster, I could immediately tell the difference between the MXL 990 and my previous condenser mic. This one has such rich tones! It is sensitive, however, and the pop filter I bought with it really isn''t filtering out my plosives. I have it pointed DOWN to reduce room noise and it works perfectly. I have it plugged into an audio interface before it goes into my laptop. Highly recommended, great mic for the price!
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Jon Andrews
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
This mic will blow your socks off!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
I work in radio and told my boss I spent 65$ on this 5 years ago. He couldn’t believe the quality! It’s an amazing mic...I have dropped it hit the wall with it and it still works like new! It’s 5 years old! I do voiceovers every day with it.
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Kevin
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great sound on a budget
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2018
If youre deciding between this and the AT-2020..get this, the response is amazing and rivals the AT-2020 and is good enough in the proper environment for voiceover work Pros - Cheap, inexpensive, not terribly heavy, Sounds like a 200 dollar mic Cons -... See more
If youre deciding between this and the AT-2020..get this, the response is amazing and rivals the AT-2020 and is good enough in the proper environment for voiceover work

Pros - Cheap, inexpensive, not terribly heavy, Sounds like a 200 dollar mic

Cons - Cheap components that dont look like they will last longer than a few years, but MXL sells more expensive mics if you want a better sound
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Mr. Fingerz
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
An Excellent addition to my Recording Studio mic collection.
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
This little Monster packs a Big punch. It''s the affordable version to the Neumann TLM-102. This MXL 990 mic has a great, "Warm" tube amped sound on its recording. I used to Record countless Albums with my AKG Precision 120, but now, as of 2019, this is the Mic... See more
This little Monster packs a Big punch. It''s the affordable version to the Neumann TLM-102.

This MXL 990 mic has a great, "Warm" tube amped sound on its recording. I used to Record countless Albums with my AKG Precision 120, but now, as of 2019, this is the Mic I''ve been recording my Sessions with, and Highly recommend it for any Professional Recording Studio, that just wants to add an additional Mic that clients may be familiar with.

-Felix Fingerz of Fingerz & Co.
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RichSad
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Nice warm sound but high noise floor
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2020
I like this mic and for the money it meets my expectations. If putting in a mix with guitars and drums and other loud instruments the noise will be insignificant most likely. But for vocal tracking in a solo context, such as a podcast, the noise floor is pretty high. But... See more
I like this mic and for the money it meets my expectations. If putting in a mix with guitars and drums and other loud instruments the noise will be insignificant most likely. But for vocal tracking in a solo context, such as a podcast, the noise floor is pretty high. But this is a good mic to have in your toolbox when you need the sensitivity of a condenser mic with a cardioid pattern. Remember you need +48v Phantom Power. I use mine with an Art Tube MP StudioV3 tube preamp and that warms it even further. I did go and buy an Audio Technica higher end large condenser with half the noise rating for the solo vocal work.
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Zebra Hoedown Throwdown
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very good build quality
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2018
You don''t get to beat the quality of the mic at this price point, I used a similar model 15 years ago for music recording, I use this now for doing podcasts.Very good build quality, just does not care about beer spit, cigarette smoke, wind, nothing, but like any mic if you... See more
You don''t get to beat the quality of the mic at this price point, I used a similar model 15 years ago for music recording, I use this now for doing podcasts.Very good build quality, just does not care about beer spit, cigarette smoke, wind, nothing, but like any mic if you bang it around it will die. you NEED a pop screen for this mic but just, go spend another 7 dollars and get one if youre an S Hisser or a P Popper, but I will always stand behind this. If I replace it, I will probably be spending 700+ dollars.
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Kevin C
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
It''s more than you might think.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
This is sold as the lower end of the MXL line, but it''s much better than you''d expect. I have two other MXLs and a number of SM58s and just needed something for decent podcasts. This turned out to be a mic I wouldn''t hesitate to use on stage! It IS crisp, so know... See more
This is sold as the lower end of the MXL line, but it''s much better than you''d expect. I have two other MXLs and a number of SM58s and just needed something for decent podcasts. This turned out to be a mic I wouldn''t hesitate to use on stage!
It IS crisp, so know that going in, more so than a Shure SM58 and the sound field isn''t quite as defined (wider) but it''s a hot condenser and performs all the way through both guitar and vocal ranges effortlessly. Great diaphragm, you really hear real world what is going into it. The only negative was the pick up from the sides, even a little directly behind. But knowing that lets you arrange around it. It''s not perfect, but it''s closer than most people will ever need.
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Eimaj
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Fantastic Sound
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 2, 2015
The MXL 990 is a large diaphragm condenser mic that requires 48V Phantom Power and some method of connecting this to the PC via a mic preamp/audio interface. I use and would recommend for those just starting out on a budget the Behringer Xenyx 302 USB audio interface. This...See more
The MXL 990 is a large diaphragm condenser mic that requires 48V Phantom Power and some method of connecting this to the PC via a mic preamp/audio interface. I use and would recommend for those just starting out on a budget the Behringer Xenyx 302 USB audio interface. This mic is superb given the price point and I personally use this for podcasting and voiceovers. Please note that this is a very sensitive mic and has a natural, full, warm and clear sound with very little self noise (background hiss on recordings). The quality and sensitivity of this mic mean that it may not be suitable for very noisy environments with a lot of background noise, a dynamic mic might be more appropriate OR consider doing some acoustic treatment if your serious about sound quality. Condenser mics such as this one are also extremely sensitive to plosives, this is distortion that occurs when a blast of air is created particularly when making hard “p” and “d” sounds. Therefore I would highly recommend you get a pop shield to go with this mic otherwise you might have to experiment with mic placement. This mic also comes with a shock mount, essential if you intend to use this on a desk. A shock mount prevents sounds from being transferred into the mic if you accidently bump the mic stand and it stops/ significantly PC vibrations being passed through from your desk into recordings. One of the most common problems that I have noticed is that people complain that after recording using these mics that they only hear sound in one ear. This is a problem usually with software and not the microphone or hardware used to feed the sound into the computer. I find this problem arises when the software that you are recording your sound into such as Audacity or Adobe Audition is expecting a different type of input. i.e a stereo input and not a mono input. Stereo means that there are separate audio “streams” for left and right speakers. Mono means that the one single audio “stream” is played exactly the same through both the left and right speakers. Most mics output in mono or a single audio “stream” and therefore the input that your software should be expecting should also be mono. If it is expecting stereo then it will pipe the output the first channel it feels like I’ve usually found it’s the left. So check your software. Anyway back to the mic overall great mic for people starting out in podcasting and voiceovers great quality and great price considering that it also comes with a shock mount which otherwise you might have to buy separately. Highly recommended, just don’t forget that you will need an audio interface that supports 48V phantom power, and an XLR mic cable to connect your microphone to the interface.
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Steve J
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Superb sound. My recordings sound so professional now.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2020
Really great sound from these. I was using a Sennheiser condenser mic for recording vocals at home but found the volume changed dramatically even if I moved a tiny bit during performance. This mic is super sensitive and won''t pick up on tiny discrepancies like a condenser....See more
Really great sound from these. I was using a Sennheiser condenser mic for recording vocals at home but found the volume changed dramatically even if I moved a tiny bit during performance. This mic is super sensitive and won''t pick up on tiny discrepancies like a condenser. Be sure you have absolute silence or this mic will pick up anything and everything in the background. The use of a pop filter should be the norm if you record at home anyway but you''ll definitely need one with this. A vocal booth of some sort would be ideal too. Getting this mic, complete with the cradle and carry case too is brilliant value. My only gripe, being a newbie to using this kind of mic, is that it didn''t have any kind of instruction to explain how it all fits together with the adaptor, mic stand etc. I know it isn''t rocket science but it would have saved me time and the possibility I may have connected something wrongly and damaged it. Otherwise this would be a full 5 star review as the product itself is superb.
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Tom
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Wow...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 15, 2018
This is the bottom of high end mics, an ideal upgrade of such mics as the Neewer 800 and great for recording processional sounding vocals. The sound quality is incredibly clear and crisp, I can even hear myself swallow. It lacks the smoothness and warmth of an Audio...See more
This is the bottom of high end mics, an ideal upgrade of such mics as the Neewer 800 and great for recording processional sounding vocals. The sound quality is incredibly clear and crisp, I can even hear myself swallow. It lacks the smoothness and warmth of an Audio Technica or anything more expensive, but it''s a great budget mic with professional sounding quality nonetheless.
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B WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great mic for the money, bad Amazon service.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2021
Although this product is great, I was disappointed to see that the packaging had already been opened previously and the internal sealed bags had already been ripped open, suggesting to me that it was a return and not a completely new product. Amazon should not be allowed to...See more
Although this product is great, I was disappointed to see that the packaging had already been opened previously and the internal sealed bags had already been ripped open, suggesting to me that it was a return and not a completely new product. Amazon should not be allowed to sell returns as new products. However - this is a great mic and actually gives my Neumann TLM103 a run for it’s money. If it’s good enough for Sylvia Massy, it’s good enough for me!
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JG
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good Microphone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2012
This is a great sounding mic, tried it on TC Helicon Voiceworks on vocals and it sounded great. I am not a sound engineer, I am a musician and sound quality is of paramount importance and I would recommend it. I will be trying it next on the drums overheads and I expect it...See more
This is a great sounding mic, tried it on TC Helicon Voiceworks on vocals and it sounded great. I am not a sound engineer, I am a musician and sound quality is of paramount importance and I would recommend it. I will be trying it next on the drums overheads and I expect it to perform just as well. It looks quite well made and it comes in a case with a handy shock mount and a mic holder. If you need to use it for vocals, do not forget to use a "pop shield" with it to protect it from excess moisture and it is a condenser mic so it needs "phantom power" - most decent desks have it, the TC Helicon has it and if not, those are available as an "add on" if required. Again, it is a nice mic and just for the record - so far I used it with Zoom R16 recorder. I hope this helps a little - do try it.
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