MXL 990 USB powered condenser microphone | EASY!

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Before we get into the MXL 990 USB powered condenser microphone, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Best Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Consensus/Conclusion
  7. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

MXL 990 (USB)

Ratings/Best Price

  • Amazon: 3.8/5 (Over 15 reviews) | Check eBay!
  • Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (Over 25 reviews)
  • Guitar Center: 4.5/5 (limited reviews)


  • Analog or digital: Digital
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: Info not available
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid. What is a cardioid capsule?
  • Type: Mounted
  • Applications: Studio, mobile
  • Diaphragm size: Large
  • Switches: No
  • Phantom power required: No
  • Width: 2.36″
  • Height: 5.11″
  • Weight: 1 lb.
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: Yes
  • Shockmount: No


The MXL 990 USB is a simple plug and play USB mic, and doesn’t need 48v phantom power or XLR cables. What is XLR?

It includes a small stand, gain switch on the back, and has pretty decent clarity for the price.


  • Solid considering it’s USB.
  • Great for recording demos with Logic or Garage band.
  • Plug and play; doesn’t get any easier.
  • Good clarity for the price.
  • Includes small stand.
  • Extremely sensitive, picking up all subtle nuances in a persons voice.
  • Gain switch on back.
  • Comes in a nice case and includes a shock-mount.
  • Good for a beginner on a small budget.


  • If you want studio quality sound, you need to invest in studio quality equipment, and/or a real studio setting.
  • Humming sound audible at times.
  • Very sensitive, picking up nearly everything in it’s vicinity. Acoustic Sound Treatment never hurts!

One reviewer mentioned that if you’re a serious voice over actor, and need to use this with headphones it will not work that great because of latency. What is latency? A good remedy for that is to just use a true condenser with a preamp (audio interface).


This is a decent mic, but there are better options out there.

Final Word

I would go with the Blue Yeti if I was just starting out and needed a reliable, convenient, and feature packed microphone. Learn more about the Blue Yeti:

Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this MXL 990 USB powered condenser microphone review.

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  1. Man that is some intense stuff,okay so im a beginner would i start with this then?

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