Some reviewers have pointed out that it’s a bit muddy, but a lot of those same people were using a specific interface (the art tube preamp) which has been known to contribute to said “muddiness”. Preamp vs. Interface. However, for the vast majority of people out there, this mic provides a pretty crystal clear sound.
A very durable piece, one reviewer mentioned that he thought it was more rugged than a lot of the M-Audio mics. It has a heavy aluminum construction with a nice aesthetic. It will be able to withstand some wear and tear/abuse.
Great for acoustic instruments. Gives a nice warmth to your recordings
Perfect in controlled, stationary environments such as your home studio
Comes with a plastic storage case.
Comes with a shock-mount.
Nice low end.
Slightly warm for close-up vocal work.
Not defined enough in the mid-range.
A bit harsh in the high end.
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Who this mic benefits?
Musicians needing to record acoustic instruments, flutes, dulcimer, etc.
Sequencing programs like the free Audacity or user-friendly Reaper (with a free trial).
Please again keep in mind that this is a condenser mic, and requires 48v phantom power and an XLR cable to operate. Find out the differences between a Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mics.
The MXL 990 is the perfect starter microphone if you desire to get your feet wet with audio interfaces and more professional setups. It’s at its best in a voice-over-type environment and will give your voice a nice warmth and full body. It also does well with vocals and some recording applications, but it’s at its best from a strict speech standpoint.
If you’re starting out and need versatility out of your purchase, then this may be the mic for you! It’s a really durable and solid piece of equipment that handles many different applications well, from pod-casting, to vocals, to live streaming, to recording different instruments. Its build quality and sound are phenomenal for a starter mic.
Well, that’s about it for today folks! Hope you enjoyed my MXL 990 condenser microphone with shock mount review!! If you all have any further specific questions or comments, please leave them down below or Contact me! I very much look forward to speaking with you.
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