The V63m is a good all around option for someone just starting out. It’s got a nice sound for a variety of studio applications such as vocals, instruments, pod-casting, and voice over work in general. There are a lot of folks out there saying you could put this up next to a much more expensive microphone and not hear a difference. It also is said to be a great option for a range of different instruments, because of the clarity.
Great clarity. Responsive and crisp, with nice lows.
Very Durable. A reviewer on Musicians friend said he dropped it from a pretty decent height and it survived admirably 😛
Versatile. Great for vocals and instruments.
Great for pod-casts, as the mic takes an ordinary voice and sort of makes it way more masculine and bold.
Vocal applications may need a bit of EQ’ing to get the desired result.
This is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone. It is very sensitive to sound, so a treated room is ideal. If you’re wondering what a “treated” entails, you can pretty much just Jerry-rig your own and it will be adequate. Check out my article on Acoustic Sound Treatment!
To ensure the best possible recording, set up your space in a quiet area if possible, away from ambient noise, fans, high traffic areas, windows, etc. Use a small space such as a closet, and line the walls with Acoustic Studio Foam, or even an old comforter. Anything that will block outside noise from coming in. If you’re really on a budget, you could even drape a comforter over your melon and record underneath it. It sound ridiculous, but it actually works!
Great results at an affordable price. Be for-warned though, this may not be the mic for you long term. It is great to start out with, but I did see some complaints a long the way: Here are some, and they are all different incidents from different people:
Muffled recording after a year and a half.
After a couple months, one user had to crank up the gain on his interface to get it loud enough.
The MXL V63M is a pretty decent mic, but if I was in the market for a mic in this price range or below, I wouldn’t buy it. It’s not really worth the price. It just seems a little bit too unreliable for the long term, and I can’t get over some of the complaints I read. Add to that the fact that I can’t find a decent video review for it, and it becomes somewhat of a risky buy.
So instead I’m going to recommend the Audio Technica AT2035! It’s an all around fabulous mic and excels in a variety of different studio applications, and gets pretty rave reviews around the net.
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