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So yeah, comin’ at you today with a super cool post on your favorite subject.. MICROPHONES! Specifically, the mxl v67g vs. the mxl 770!
Before we get started though, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
A beast of a mic, some people are saying that this performs just as well as a Nuemann U87, which is a bold statement considering that microphone is pretty high end. People are shocked when they receive a mic that excels so well at such an affordable price point. This is one of those cases. It does far better than it’s price would indicate, and does extremely well with instrument recordings in particular.
Keep in mind that this is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic, meaning it picks up sound from one direction (the front). What is a Cardioid capsule?
Transparent, warm, and clear, and neutral duplication of sound.
Good for voice over, vocals, and acoustic instruments.
Hefty and solid.
Great for instrument recordings, as it picks up a wide variety of pitch.
Unique and clean sound.
Natural and transparent.
Worth way more than the price tag.
May pick up some sound behind the mic.
Mic holder and plastic ring that come with it feel cheap, one reviewer noted that he may have to upgrade to a real shock mount in the future.
A little bright at the top end.
A couple of reviewers noted that theirs fell apart/stopped working properly after a year or 2.
Check out the video review!
Who this mic benefits?
It does great with instruments as mentioned earlier. It’s ability to record instruments (acoustic specifically) is probably it’s greatest strength. It also works extremely well as an all purpose mic.
If you want to record quickly without EQ, this mics raw output sounds fantastic!
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!
Mic Stand, Pop filter, and Shock-mount (optional).
A great mic in just about every instance, and sounds incredible especially for the price! I couldn’t believe that type of sound came from a mic in this price range after watching the video. May be a little bright at the top end, and some reviewers said theirs broke down after extended use (1-2 years). Overall it’s quite a steal at it’s price point.
Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 22 mm. diaphragm Frequency Range: 30Hz-20kHz Polar Pattern: Cardioid. What is a cardioid capsule? Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa Impedance: 200 Ohms S/N Ratio: 80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted) Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB (A weighted IEC 268-4) Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 134dB High Pass Filter: 6dB/octave, 150HZ Attenuator Switch: 0/-10dB Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V +/-4V Size: 60mm x 154mm Weight: 420g Metal Finish:Black/Gold
The MXL 770 is also cardioid condenser mic that functions via phantom power and XLR cable. What is XLR? It is known for being a very versatile mic. It can handle vocal applications ranging from female, all the way down to rap. It also does well with instruments and can be used as a voice over tool.
I would say it’s main draw is in hip hop and rap, as well as female vocals. It has a natural low end sound, and the majority of people on amazon cannot recommend it enough. It’s been compared with mics that are way out of it’s price range, and there are musicians out there that swear there’s little to no difference. Like the V67G, it’s somewhat odd that this mic performs as well as it does given it’s cheaper price.
Nice warmth and fullness to your voice.
Clean and clear. The highs are nice and crisp, lows tight and punchy.
Versatility is a big selling point
has a -10db switch and low pass filter to block out noise, if you don’t feel like EQ’ing.
Comes with a high quality case and shock-mount.
Natural low end, as well as a natural overall signature.
Solid construction, very durable (like ox).
Price to performance is through the roof.
Can be a bit raw sounding. May need a bit of EQ, which is pretty standard.
There may be an issue with humming, but can be remedied. The grill/shield on the mic is might not make electrical contact with the microphone housing and could cause RF/ground noise (60Hz hum/buzz) to be introduced into your recordings. The solution is to gently twist the grill of the mic, while gently holding the base. This will fix the problem!
Check out the female vocal test!
Check out the rap 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.
What you will need?
It’s an XLR condenser mic, so you will need all of the same components as with the V67G.
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.
both mics are cardioid condenser, meaning they pick up sound from one direction (the front).
both mics benefit greatly from a somewhat “treated” room. They pick up a lot of different ambient noise, and are very sensitive to sound. You should at least invest in some materials like acoustic studio foam, or even some old comforters. It will really help in absorbing the sound. If possible, set up a booth in a really enclosed area, such as a closet, and then use either of the above mentioned materials on the walls to encase the sound. You will notice a marked improvement in sound quality, guaranteed.
both mics are versatile and do well recording different instruments as well as vocals.
Aesthetic. The 770 is black and gold, the V67g is turquoise and gold.
The v67g across the board got less gripes and more positive reviews. There seemed to be more nitpicking going on when reviewing the 770.
Application. The 770 is better suited for rap vocals, while the v67g has been praised for it’s impressive rendering of instrumentation.
If you’re more into hip-hop, go with the 770, as it has that natural low end.
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