The MXL 770 is a great entry level mic. It’s strong suits include being really good for recording rap vocals (it has a natural low end sound), a crisp high end, and it’s also very versatile! It can handle a variety of applications from rapping, to pod-casting, to recording instrumentation as well as female vocals.
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Picks up a wide range of frequencies.
Sturdy, good build quality.
Great for rap vocals (has that natural low-end sound).
It’s a very versatile mic at a great value. It does particularly well with rap and female vocals. It’s crisp and clear, and picks up a wide range of frequencies. It is sort of a best of both worlds scenario. Be aware that it can sound a bit bright and raw. Shock-mount needs to be upgraded.
This is a really popular mic, and for good reason. Standing about a foot tall on your desk, it’s got a great sound, is really solid, reliable, and most importantly it’s convenient. I know many of you don’t really want to bother with the whole XLR setup. You just want to be able to plug and play. If that sounds like you, then this may be a great option..
Sound quality is exceptional
Solid build (made of metal) and a great mic stand that comes with it.
Convenient, just plug and play.
Recognized by all windows platforms.
Has a mute button with simple knobs and design.
Good USB cable provided.
Versatile. You can record almost anything in any type of circumstance!
So many people rave about it’s sound quality, build, convenience, and versatility. Complaints include size (a bit large), and you can’t include a standard pop filter unless you Jerry rig it. People were also saying it’s hyper sensitive, but recording in the right environment greatly helps.
This is one of the best options you can go with if you’re looking to record with Skype, doing any pod-casting, you-tube videos, video conferencing and any thing similar. I wouldn’t recommend it much for vocals, although it can be done. If you’re serious about that, I would advise using the XLR setup, which leads me right into the question..
USB or XLR? Which to Choose?
When starting out, it may be tempting to go with the USB option. I can definitely see why. It’s convenient, there are no extra necessities you have to worry about, and there are some pretty great models out there that deliver a more than adequate sound! If you’re doing voice over type stuff, USB is a great option.
The downside is cost. You’re in essence sacrificing price for convenience. The trade off when you buy an XLR mic is that yeah, it’s a lot more affordable, but you’ll have to spend that extra dough on essentials like an audio interface, XLR cables, etc. What is XLR?
If you’re recording vocals and/or instruments, an XLR mic and a good audio interface is the way to go, especially if you’re serious about it. I own the Scarlett 2i2 (mentioned above) and it’s a beast of a unit, hands down. It’s also nice to be able to upgrade your mic further down the road!
Both mics are pretty versatile. I have read reviews claiming the Blue Yeti does well with vocals and instruments, while others claim that you shouldn’t buy it for solely that purpose.
Both mics are very solid, durable, and reliable.
The MXL 770 is an XLR condenser mic, while the Blue Yeti is a USB condenser. XLR runs off of 48v phantom power. USB plugs right into your laptop or desktop.
Generally speaking, XLR mics will be lower in cost due to the fact that you can’t just buy one and immediately use it. Other accessories like XLR cables, audio interfaces, and the like must come into play.
The Blue Yeti uses a custom windscreen that is meant to act as a pop filter of sorts. The 770 by contrast can be modified with a traditional pop filter. I have read people saying that they Jerry rigged a pop filter for the Yeti. It’s up to you which method you choose though!
The 770 needs 48v phantom power to operate, the Yeti is simply plug and play USB.
The 770 is very versatile, but does it’s best recording vocals of all kinds. By contrast, the Blue Yeti is at it’s best recording things such as pod-casts, you-tube videos, conference calls, Skype, video animation sound/voice overs, etc.
The Blue Yeti comes equipped with a stand that apparently leaves a big footprint on your desk area. It’s about a foot tall. The 770 by contrast uses your standard mic stand outfit.
It really comes down to application when deciding which of these best suits your needs.
If you need a mic more suited to vocals (female in particular), rap vocals, and instrument recording, the 770 is the way to go. Just be aware that some extra accessories are required.
The Blue Yeti does amazing with voice over and pod-casting type stuff, so if you will be using it primarily just to speak, it is the best option here. It’s the all in one solution power packed with everything you need to get started recording. To me and many others, it’s the best USB microphone on the market. If you’re looking for some more in depth information about it, check out my:
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