MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount | SOLID!

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Before we get into the MXL 990 Condenser microphone with shockmount, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Introduction
  4. Sound
  5. Build Quality
  6. Pros
  7. Cons
  8. What you will need?
  9. Who this mic benefits?
  10. Consensus/Conclusion
  11. Final Word

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone



  • Analog or digital: Analog.
  • Frequency response: 30Hz to 20KhZ.
  • Max SPL: 130 dB. What is SPL?
  • Connectivity: XLR. What is XLR?
  • Capsule: Condenser.
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid.
  • Type: Mounted.
  • Applications: Studio.
  • Diaphragm size: Large diaphragm. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm.
  • Switches: None.
  • Phantom power required: Yes (48V).
  • Width: 2.4″
  • Height: 5.11″
  • Weight: 1.2 lb.
  • Case: Carrying case.
  • Clip: Yes.
  • Shockmount: Yes.


This is the perfect intro XLR mic for the audio enthusiast/vocalist looking to get his feet wet. It comes with a shock-mount and is also a great option for a pod-caster looking to upgrade his set-up.

Check out the difference between an USB microphone and an XLR microphone!


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 pretty crystal clear sound.

I’m sure you saw that this fella was using the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. I can’t recommend it enough! What does an audio interface do?

Build Quality

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.


  • Clean Sound.
  • Great for acoustic instruments. Gives a nice warmth to your recordings
  • Perfect in controlled, stationary environments such as your home studio
  • Comes with plastic storage case.
  • Comes with 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.

Check out the video review!

Who this mic benefits?

  • Podcasters.
  • Musicians needing to record acoustic instruments, flutes, dulcimer, etc.
  • Vocalists.
  • You tubers and people who live stream.

What you will need?

  • Pop filter.
  • XLR cables.
  • Mic Stand.
  • Shockmount.
  • 48v phantom power via audio interface. Your audio interface.
  • Sequencing program like the free Audacity or user friendly Reaper (with 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 set ups. It’s at it’s 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 it’s best from a strictly speech standpoint.

Final Word

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. It’s build quality and sound is phenomenal for a starter mic.


Well that’s about it for today folks! Hope you enjoyed my MXL 990 condenser microphone with shockmount 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.

All the best and God Bless,





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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone






Build Quality







  • Versatile
  • Clean Sound
  • Solid and Durable
  • A great Value


  • A bit warm for close up vocals
  • not defined enough in mid-range
  • a bit harsh in the high end

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