One common theme that I’ve come across with these entry level mics is that they all deliver a sound that rivals that of more expensive mics. I’ve lost count of how many reviewers compared the 770 side by side with a Nuemann (or something in a similar price range), and found little to no noticeable difference in sound.
An outstanding mic for the money.
Picks up a wide range of frequencies.
Sturdy, good build quality.
Great for rap vocals (has that natural low-end sound)
Good for people with high voices.
Crisp and clear, picks up the highs well.
The shock mount that comes with it isn’t amazing.
It is a bit bright.
Has some feedback issues at times.
It’s very “raw” sounding.
Check out the vocal/rap test!
Female 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. 😀
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.
By and large, this should be your go-to mic if you’re looking to record rap vocals. Hands down. If you’re a rapper just starting out, this is the mic for you. If you’ve been rapping awhile and need a mic, this is it.
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!
Recording/Sequencing program that may use MIDI data. What is MIDI?
Mic Stand, Pop filter, and Shock-mount (optional).
If you’re really cheap like me, you could simply put a blanket over your head and record that way! I saw a guy on you-tube do a video of this and the difference was immense. For as ridiculous and funny as he looked, the sound was markedly improved.
This video is not only hilarious and makes me laugh, but it illustrates the exact point I’m trying to make: You need to be isolated from ALL outside noise, as best as you can.
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.
At it’s price, this mic performs like that of a much more expensive piece, and definitely is too good for it’s price range. For rap vocals? Absolutely. Versatile? Yes indeed. Affordable? You bet. If you’re looking for a solid solution to most of your recording needs, look no further.
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