16-bit Delta Sigma A/D Converter with THD+N - 0.01%
Ideal for broadcasting, narration, field recording, podcasting and more
No special drivers of software required
Comes with carrying case, desktop microphone stand/adapter and 10 feet USB cable
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The MXL USB.006 Cardioid Condenser Microphone has an extremely smooth, natural sound typical of what you'd hear on a professionally produced CD or radio show. Completely plug and play, the MXL USB.006 doesn't skimp on quality with a gold-sputtered diaphragm and 20Hz-20kHz frequency response. It even has a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad that makes it easy to configure this mic to just about any sound source. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Guaranteed against defects in material & workmanship for 1 year from date of purchase.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am pretty much blown away by this microphone. I'm recording voiceovers for on-screen tutorials for a software manufacturer, and I bought this to address some issues that were pointed out by the software company...namely a "hum" and sound quality issues.
I scrambled to find a microphone, and found a Blue Microphones Yeti from the Apple Store because I was in a hurry and needed to record something quickly. I paid $149 for the Yeti, got it home, and tried it out. I was extremely disappointed in the quality...it was picking up a hum somewhere, and my voiceover sounded like I was talking in a tunnel. (Also found, of course, that the same microphone was $99 on Amazon!)
So I did a little research later that night, and found a CNET article where a guy reviewed several brands, including the Marshall. He had recorded the same voiceover using five different microphones, and I had it narrowed down to the Marshall and another one. Since I needed it quickly, I...
On paper, this is a neat mic -- it truly does have a high-quality condenser element that records vocals with a rich, warm sound and works seamlessly via USB (though it should really call itself something more descriptive than "USB Audio Codec" to the connected computer). But as other reviewers have said, the MXL 006 USB has a problem with "self-noise," an ineradicable background noise, and combined with a few other design and packaging problems this made it a poor choice for me.
The noise problems are actually several different sub-problems. First, the mic is very "hot" and hypersensitive, a design better suited to a studio environment than home use -- it takes a lot of work to quiet the mic down in a room that isn't acoustically deadened to studio standards. The dinky included tripod stand provides nearly no acoustic isolation, and picks up huge amounts of desk noise and hum from nearby electronics; the mic itself is not well isolated against handling noise or...
I don't have much experience with microphones, but this one captures good sound detail - amazingly so. Initially I was getting distortion on my recordings even on the lowest setting, till I realized my microphone volume in the windows sound panel was at 100%. Cranking this down to 25-50% fixed it. As I said, incredibly sensitive - never ran into that issue with my previous headset mic.
It also captures more voice bass than real life, so you'll need to do some EQ in a program like Audacity to get proper sound. After a white noise removal and EQ you get a nice pristine recording. It's an affordable option for anyone who is interested in podcasting or any sort of amateur voice work.
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