MXL Mic Combo

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Jack of all trades master of ___
Member Since: May 28, 2004

Musicians Friend has a MXL (2 condesnser) mic deal for $100. I am sure some of you either know about it or can find out. Just wondering if its worth it. I know you get what you pay for but is this something worth getting to add a second or third mic to my setup...I need a variety of mics but dont need anything cheap....

Thanks All..

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 16, 2004 10:58 am

Actually, there has been some very good things said about those mic recently, one of the better choices in their price range and even higher from what I have read and heard. It's obviously no Nuemann so don't expect one, but quite good for the money.

This is based on what I have heard and read, not personal experience.

Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Sep 16, 2004 05:49 pm

I use a MXL mic as my main mic and I haven't had any bad experience with it. It takes a bit of EQ to make it sound pleasing to my ears on vocals but it's not a bad mic for what I paid

Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
Since: Apr 11, 2004

Sep 16, 2004 08:03 pm

I've been using the same set for 12-string acoustic guitars, and mandolins, and I'm starting to take a shine to the 991, kinda warms-up the highs, it's seems . The 990 seems pretty 'rigid', for lack of a better word... have been getting good results using it on hand percussion, though . Both are extremely sensitive, more-so than my Oktava219, and way more than any dynamic I use . I'm starting to think the 'key' to these babies, lies in what you point them at .

Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Since: Jun 24, 2004

Sep 17, 2004 09:38 am

I agree with Loki. There's some serious EQ experimentation required. I was "fortunate" enough to try out two different sets, and there was a big difference between the two. The 990 I rejected was quite brittle and harsh. What I ended up with works very well, and has a smoother response. Be aware of inconsistencies in manufacture.

The 990 works great for my baritonesque voice (but the low end on the mic needs some tweaking), and acoustic bass guitar. The 991 is great for acoustic guitar and does have some real value for vocals. These mics are a good deal for the money, but rememeber that the 990 is NOT a large diaphragm condensor. It's got a rather small capsule, so don't expect - as dB noted - this mic to behave like a Neumann. I'd like to get another 991 for a stereo pair on guitars.

Jack of all trades master of ___
Since: May 28, 2004

Sep 17, 2004 12:20 pm

I have the Oktava MK-319 and I am not in the market for some big name mics just yet for reasons being I am not doing much work using mics and obviously the money factor for some of the high end ones...

But I am acting as a squirrel in gathering a variety of equipment for when things start to cookin...I just don't want anything that will be deemed useless.

Thanks all, you've been great!!

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