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Before we get into the MXL V250 condenser microphone review, grab a snack, sit back, and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
- Ratings/Best Price
- Build Quality
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need
- Conclusion & Consensus
- Pros & Cons
- Amazon: 4.2/5 (Over 13 reviews) | Check eBay!
- Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (Over 115 reviews)
- Guitar Center: 5/5 (limited reviews)
- Type: Small diaphragm FET condenser. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm.
- Pattern: Cardioid. What is a cardioid capsule?
- Connector: XLR. What is XLR?
This thing is pretty sweet, and one guy on amazon even compared it side by side to the $700 Nuemann TLM 102. He found no noticeable difference, other than a stronger proximity effect. This basically means it gets a bit more bass heavy the closer you are. I’ve also heard a few people saying it’s better overall than the MXL 990.
It’s a really versatile condenser mic with a great sound, but don’t expect to be amazed with it’s weight. It’s a bit on the lighter side, but people are saying that it’s still sturdy despite this shortcoming.
What is the difference between a Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic?
At just under a Benjamin, this thing comes in at a great value! It’s really versatile and delivers more of a clear, professional sound. A lot of people upon receiving the mic and using it, decided to purchase another because they were so happy with the results.
The sound quality coming out of this beast is pretty nice. Watching the review myself, I noticed that it really has a presence about it, and seems to deliver a big bold sound. A lot of people are saying it gives you more of a professional grade studio quality sound. I also liked the fact that it still remained detailed and articulate despite being as loud as it was.
Check out the video review of the MXL V250 condenser microphone!
The build quality is durable, but the mic feels light. Reviewers have mentioned that they wouldn’t feel comfortable dropping it.
If you want to check out a mic that I have personally dropped many times, check out the Samson CO1! It feels more like a dumbbell than a microphone 😀
Who this mic benefits?
Endorsed for all of the following:
- Acoustics, Pianos, Tambourines.
- Overhead drums, cymbals, hats, etc.
What you will need?
- This mic requires 48v phantom power via your audio interface or something similar. What does an audio interface do?
- You should have some sort of knowledge on recording programs because you will need to know how to use one to lay down a track. Audacity is a great free option that is really easy to use and works great!
- All condensers benefit greatly with a pop filter, shock mount, and mic stand. Don’t pass these up!
I’ve read reviewers compare it to a Nuemann, as well as the Audio Technica AT4040 and come to the conclusion that it’s just as good if not better. Overall it’s a really affordable and versatile mic with a great sound. Just don’t expect to be blown away with it’s weight. It’s a bit on the fragile side.
Some Final Thoughts on your studio space
When you’re setting up your booth or mic space, keep in mind a few things:
- Try to work in an enclosed area, or build something to cut off unwanted noise
- Use Acoustic Studio Foam on the walls where your mic is placed, or in the contraption that you build.
- If you can’t do any of this, simply drape a comforter over your head and record underneath it. This really goofy and ridiculous method illustrates the point that the mic performs and responds 100x better in an enclosed space. (Check out the video below illustrating the point!!)
- Turn off any fans, AC, the door, and any ambient noise that will seep into your recording. Also pray that the dog next door doesn’t start barking, or your neighbor starts mowing his lawn 🙂
Really the bottom line is that you want to be blocking out as much outside noise as possible…
Check out my post on Acoustic Room Treatment!
Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you enjoyed my MXL V250 condenser microphone review!
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All the best and God Bless,