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MXL v67g vs MXL 770 | THE DIFFERENCE YOU SAY?

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Quick Note: If you were looking for a comparison of the MXL 990 vs. 770, but saw this on the first page and clicked out of curiosity, don’t fret! Click right on over.. Were you looking for the MXL 990 vs. MXL V67G? Look no further! Otherwise you can stay for the mega awesome showdown below 🙂

So yeah, comin’ at you today with a super cool post on your favorite subject.. MICROPHONES! Specifically, the mxl v67g vs. the mxl 770!

mxl v67g vs. mxl 770

mxl v67g vs. mxl 770

Before we get started though, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

You’ve come to the right place!!

What I will bring you in this review

of each mic

  1. Ratings
  2. Summary
  3. Pros
  4. Cons
  5. Video Review
  6. Who this mic benefits?
  7. What you will need?
  8. Consensus/Conclusion
  9. Similarities & Differences
  10. Final Word

So without further ado, let’s get into it!

MXL V67G

Ratings/Price

MXL v67g

MXL v67g

  • Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 (Over 250 Reviews) | Check eBay for any deals!
  • Musicians Friend: 5/5 (limited reviews)
  • B&H Photovideo: 4.7/5 (Over 40 Reviews)

Specifications

  • Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 25mm diaphragm capsule. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm.
  • Frequency Range: 30Hz-20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Wide Cardioid
  • Impedance: 200 ohms
  • S/N Ratio: 74dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB(A weighted IEC 268-4)
  • Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 130dB
  • Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V +/-4V
  • Current Consumption: <3.0mA
  • Size: 47mm x 184mm
  • Weight: 1.3lb
  • Metal Finish: Gold/Teal

Summary

A beast of a mic, some people are saying that this performs just as well as a Nuemann U87, which is a bold statement considering that microphone is almost $4,000. People are shocked when they receive a mic that excels so well at such an affordable price point. This is one of those cases. It does far better than it’s price would indicate, and does extremely well with instrument recordings in particular.

Keep in mind that this is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic, meaning it picks up sound from one direction (the front). What is a Cardioid capsule?

Pros

  • Transparent, warm, and clear, and neutral duplication of sound.
  • Good for voice over, vocals, and acoustic instruments.
  • Hefty and solid.
  • Great for instrument recordings, as it picks up a wide variety of pitch.
  • Unique and clean sound.
  • Natural and transparent.
  • Worth way more than the price tag.

Cons

  • May pick up some sound behind the mic.
  • Mic holder and plastic ring that come with it feel cheap, one reviewer noted that he may have to upgrade to a real shock mount in the future.
  • A little bright at the top end.
  • A couple of reviewers noted that theirs fell apart/stopped working properly after a year or 2.

Check out the video review!

Who this mic benefits?

It does great with instruments as mentioned earlier. It’s ability to record instruments (acoustic specifically) is probably it’s greatest strength. It also works extremely well as an all purpose mic.

  • Vocals
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Acoustic guitars
  • Percussion

If you want to record quickly without EQ, this mics raw output sounds fantastic!

What you will need?

This thing picks up a lot of ambient noise, so make sure you set up your studio space as best you can before recording. Turn off any fans, air conditioners, and computers in nearby rooms to minimize distractions. Also pray that no one starts mowing the lawn, or taking a huge dump while you’re in the middle of screaming into this bad boy. 😀 Check out my post on Acoustic Sound Treatment for some helpful tips on setting up your studio space!

Make sure you have a sequencing program to record your vocals or else nothing will happen. Your CPU will register that a device is connected but nothing else! Audacity works great for starting out!

You will need:

  • 48v Phantom power via preamp or audio interface. Preamp vs. Interface. Find out more about Your audio interface!
  • XLR cables
  • Recording/Sequencing program
  • Mic Stand, Pop filter, and Shock-mount (optional).

Consensus/Conclusion

A great mic in just about every instance, and sounds incredible especially for the price! I couldn’t believe that type of sound came from a sub $100 mic after watching the video. May be a little bright at the top end, and some reviewers said theirs broke down after extended use (1-2 years). Overall it’s quite a steal at it’s price point.

Onto..


MXL 770

Ratings/Price

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 (Over 270 Reviews) | Check eBay!
B&H Photovideo: 4.5/5 (over 20 Reviews)

Specifications

Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 22 mm. diaphragm
Frequency Range: 30Hz-20kHz
Polar Pattern: Cardioid. What is a cardioid capsule?
Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa
Impedance: 200 Ohms
S/N Ratio: 80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB (A weighted IEC 268-4)
Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 134dB
High Pass Filter: 6dB/octave, 150HZ
Attenuator Switch: 0/-10dB
Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V +/-4V
Size: 60mm x 154mm
Weight: 420g
Metal Finish: Black/Gold

MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser microphone

MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser microphone

Summary

From their website:

The MXL 770 continues to amaze recording artists all over the world with its incredible price/performance ratio. Singers, especially rappers, love the 770 for its solid bass, as well as its upfront high-end. The MXL 770 even uses a high quality FET preamp with balanced output for a wide dynamic range. This is a perfect piece for seasoned pros or newbie musicians who want a quality condenser mic that won’t break the bank.

My own words

The MXL 770 is also cardioid condenser mic that functions via phantom power and XLR cable. What is XLR? It is known for being a very versatile mic. It can handle vocal applications ranging from female, all the way down to rap. It also does well with instruments and can be used as a voice over tool.

I would say it’s main draw is in hip hop and rap, as well as female vocals. It has a natural low end sound, and the majority of people on amazon cannot recommend it enough. It’s been compared with mics that are way out of it’s price range, and there are musicians out there that swear there’s little to no difference. Like the V67G, it’s somewhat odd that this mic performs as well as it does given it’s a sub $100 piece of equipment.

Pros

  • Nice warmth and fullness to your voice.
  • Clean and clear. The highs are nice and crisp, lows tight and punchy.
  • Versatility is a big selling point
  • has a -10db switch and low pass filter to block out noise, if you don’t feel like EQ’ing.
  • Comes with a high quality case and shock-mount.
  • Natural low end, as well as a natural overall signature.
  • Solid construction, very durable (like ox).
  • Price to performance is through the roof.

Cons

  • Can be a bit raw sounding. May need a bit of EQ, which is pretty standard.
  • There may be an issue with humming, but can be remedied. The grill/shield on the mic is might not make electrical contact with the microphone housing and could cause RF/ground noise (60Hz hum/buzz) to be introduced into your recordings. The solution is to gently twist the grill of the mic, while gently holding the base. This will fix the problem!

Check out the female vocal test!

Check out the rap vocal test!

Who this mic benefits?

  • RAPPERS first and foremost. Also does well with R&B. It’s natural low end sound greatly benefits that husky male voice, but can also make a higher pitched voice sound more manly. 😀
  • Female vocals
  • Instrument recording such as acoustic guitar, fiddle, and drums.
  • Pod-casting and voice over type applications.
  • It’s really an all purpose tool. The -10db switch, built in lo pass filter, and it’s versatility are deciding factors.

What you will need?

It’s an XLR condenser mic, so you will need all of the same components as with the V67G.

What is the difference between a USB microphone and a XLR microphone?

Consensus/Conclusion

Perhaps the greatest strength of the MXL 770 is it’s versatility. It is widely endorsed for rap vocals, female vocals, as well as voice over and instrument recording. It’s a jack of all trades piece that has a very natural sound signature overall. The low end is extremely warm and pleasant, and gives your voice a nice added emphasis.

Similarities

  • both mics require 48v phantom power
  • both mics are XLR
  • both mics are cardioid condenser, meaning they pick up sound from one direction (the front).
  • both mics benefit greatly from a somewhat “treated” room. They pick up a lot of different ambient noise, and are very sensitive to sound. You should at least invest in some materials like acoustic studio foam, or even some old comforters. It will really help in absorbing the sound. If possible, set up a booth in a really enclosed area, such as a closet, and then use either of the above mentioned materials on the walls to encase the sound. You will notice a marked improvement in sound quality, guaranteed.
  • both mics are versatile and do well recording different instruments as well as vocals

Differences

  • Price. The 770 is about $15 cheaper than the V67g
  • Aesthetic. The 770 is black and gold, the V67g is turquoise and gold
  • the v67g across the board got less gripes and more positive reviews. There seemed to be more nitpicking going on when reviewing the 770.
  • Application. The 770 is better suited for rap vocals, while the v67g has been praised for it’s impressive rendering of instrumentation.

Final Word

If you’re more into hip-hop, go with the 770, as it has that natural low end.

SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!!

If you’re into recording instruments & voice over, the v67g does really well in this regard.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REVIEWS ON AMAZON!!


Anywho, that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed my comparison review of the MXL v67g vs. the MXL 770.

What do you think about these mics? Which would you be more inclined to go with? Let me know!!

If you have any further specific questions, please leave them in the box below or Contact me!! I very much look forward to hearing from you!!

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12 Comments

  1. HI Stu,

    Fantastic information on how to build a home studio the correct way. I have been researching some home studio equipment for a few weeks and discovered your site. It’s gives the clean and clear perspectives on how to choose the best equipment for my budget. Bookmarking your site and will return to read more! Kudos!

    pj

    • PJ,

      Thanks a lot for stopping by! Definitely come back soon and browse my reviews/blog. I have done plenty of research, and have a lot of experience with this stuff..I really appreciate your feedback..

      -Stu

  2. Hi the mics look great but do you have any here that are more standard towards USB connection. I’ve upgraded on the Yeti about 4 times now and even though the ( analog ) mics are more expensive they really are not that much different from the Blue condenser ( well they actually produce more noise if anything ).
    What are your opinions on the both – analog & USB based?

    • If I were you I would just forget about the USB option. Honestly It’s fine in a pinch, but if you really want good sound quality I would go with a condenser mic. It will last you longer and is the preferred method of recording stuff. It gives you a lot of flexibility as well. You can record instruments, vocals, rap, drums, amps, etc. I don’t know much about the condenser you are referring to, but the MXL 770 is a great option! People get scared off when they hear “Phantom Power” but it’s really not that difficult to set up a microphone running into an audio interface. Check out the Scarlett 2i2.

      Also, if you are really determined to get a USB mic, the MXL 990 is a good option..

      I’ve had a Samson C01 for over 8 years, it’s rock solid, and it still works like a charm!!

      If you have any other questions let me know.. Thanks for stopping by!

      -Stu

  3. Dear Stu,

    Wow! My dad is such a huge fan of electronics, especially microphones, speakers, and sound systems. I will have to definitely show this neatly laid out website of yours. 🙂 Thanks for such a great Product Review. Where to buy it, Pros, and Cons too as well as brief description on its purpose and functions. 🙂

    Wishing you all the best with your online success above and beyond the horizon,

    ~Angel

    • Thanks for dropping by Angel! Please let him know! Is he in the market for anything in particular? If so let me know… I wish you the best as well..

      -Stu

  4. What up Stu! Cool review man. These mic’s look great for the price. Nice job of comparing the two. I like you pointed out that the 770 is good for low end vocals and rappin’. Good buying points and I like you point out the downfalls of these microphones clearly. Thank for the review dude!

    • Hey Titus!

      Thanks for dropping through! They really are. I mean how can you go wrong at such an affordable price, right? I’m thinking about picking one up just for craps and giggles!! Lol. NO really.. the MXL 770 looks so slick.. and by most accounts performs like a mic that’s way out of it’s price range..

      Anywho, hope to hear from you again soon!

      -Stu

  5. I have both of them. I also have the v69 Mogami, which sounds great on male vocals. I have never been able to compare them side by side with a u87 or an AT or any other ‘famous’ mic. The reviews are mixed, some say the v69 rivals a U87, other’s scoff at the idea. All I can say is .. the 770 is clear, crisp, and has a great rich low end. The v67 may be a bit thin at the high end on an acoustic guitar but overall it’s very clean. Essentially, the famous mic companies got China to build their mics for them very cheap, and made a lot of money in the process, but what they gave away was… the secrets to building great mics… now a chinese company can cut out 1 or 2 levels of middle man and sell what would be a $500 microphone for $100 and the chinese manufacturer still gets the $50 they want. So essentially, with these MXL, you are cutting out the middle man and getting quality microphones for less. The same thing has happened with guitars… try a CORT Les Paul copy… pretty damn similar for $300 instead of $3000. Given unlimited resources of course I would go with the brand names but… is it worth 10x money for a 1.5x quality increase?

    • Hey Tom!

      Ahh that makes so much more sense to me now. I have always wondered why these “budget” mics get such glowing reviews.. and I mean it’s rampant. I do quite a bit of research, for myself and others.. and it just baffles me every time. Thank you so much for stopping by and shedding some light on this.

      Can you speak to that same sort of concept in regards to AKG headphones? They used to be built and manufactured in Austria, but now they have outsourced to China. A lot of folks claim that the quality has suffered. Would you agree? (Assuming you have some knowledge on the subject). The K701’s and K702’s still get good reviews, but there have been numerous complaints on build quality and the like.

      Again, thanks for stopping by.. Your endorsement vouching for the 770 means a lot .I hope to hear from you again!

      -Stu

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