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MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone with Shockmount

4.2
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€228,00
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Description

  • Classic ribbon sound with a rich smooth midrange
  • Figure-8 polar pattern that naturally captures instruments and room sound
  • High SPL capability-ideal for horns and electric guitars
  • Compact design that makes mic placement easy
  • Great mic to broaden the tonal palette of your sound

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Customer Reviews

Sweet Sound I have 8 condenser and 2 dynamic mics in my locker, and this mic sounds sweeter than all of them. It's my favorite so far. Vocals really shine. I just can't imagine an expensive mic sounding 10 or 20 times better than this. 5Worth 10 times it s price! Received my mic today. Boxed very well in perfect condition (in spite of some who have claimed ribbons are very fragile).Sent to MXL-Received my ribbon mic today. What an awesome sounding mic. It brings out the strong bass in my voice and adds a silkiness overall.Makes me sound like a million bucks! And in broadcasting, that s very important.The sound is large, spacious and sounds classy and expensive. What do I mean by that? You know quality (expensiveness) when you hear it, irrespective the price point.Thank you for making me sound great!Gerry SorensenWAAYradio.com 5MXL RIBBON MICROPHONE ROCKS! I bought this microphone, it was not a review item or gift.This ribbon mic is one of the best bargains available if you have the right set-up to use with it. On it's own you might find the microphone sounding low in output level and dull in the higher frequencies, but plug it in to a good preamp like an API 312, then into a good equalizer like the Warm Audio WA-EQP, then into a good compressor like the UA 1176 and finally into your DAW or other input.....are you still with me? This microphone provides an amazing sound that you can work with and shape into a truly stunning final output with a little signal processing.I own over 50 microphones, many are vintage AKG classics. I've also built my own LDC microphones using high quality components, many of my custom microphones started as MXL 2001; with mods they easily compete with or exceed Mojave microphone performance for less than 50% of the M.A.P. price.I own a Royer R-121 ribbon microphone, it's pretty much the industry standard for ribbon instrument microphones. I often use this microphone with a Grace m-801 preamplifier set in the ribbon mode, this feeds an equalizer and compressor into an Apogee audio converter. I'm mic'ing four different Marshall 4x12 cabinets filled with Celestion speakers, driven with Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier amplifiers or vintage Marshall 100-watt clones. The speaker cabinets are contained in two different isolation rooms at the rear of our studio, this gives us an excellent perspective on the raw sound of these microphones in the control room.The new MXL R144 ribbon microphone is unmodified at this point, this is my first encounter with this particular low priced MXL model.I've recorded some male vocals with it and I've had it mounted up next to a 4x12 and I can say it has that smooth natural response, similar to the Royer R-121 in ribbon sounding character. Both of these microphones sound much better with EQ and compression.I've never cared for the R-121 for vocals, but with EQ and compression I like the MXL R144 as a very natural sounding vocal mic with big bass when used close up, smooth is the keyword to describe the sound. You can hit these ribbon microphones with a lot of high frequency boost and they never sound piercing.The R-121 has a slightly brighter sound from the rear when used closeup to the source, I have not really heard a similar effect from the MXL R144 but with the WA-EQP equalizer the R-144 sounds incredible, you can contour the overall frequency response to be whatever you want and it never sounds harsh, strident or piercing like all the cheap Chinese large diaphragm condenser microphones do. It is this characteristic of ribbon mics in general, that they take lots of high frequency boost really well, which makes them so popular for recording, their frequency response is smooth and un-hyped, very different from a bright dynamic microphone like an SM-57.I wanted to test this microphone out before ordering a second one to modify and customize. I need one factory stock piece to compare my modified creations to. I'm enjoying it un-modded right now, it sounds great!If I was going to complain about anything it would be the shock mount, the handles you squeeze to open the shock mount stick out a little too far and could interfere with achieving an optimum position when used up-close. On the bright side, it includes a nice shock mount, it's not the best but it's effective and it's included in the $88 Prime delivered price! A nice plastic carrying case is also included, it is foamed lined and die-cut to hold the microphone and shock mount. I prefer this small case to another brief-case size carrying case taking up space in my warehouse area.I've had my Royer R-121 since 2007, never had to have the ribbon replaced, I've taken care of it. For the price I paid back then I could buy 11 of these MXL and still take my beautiful GF out to dinner at a nice place. If I'd had one of these MXL in the first place I probably would not have bought the Royer, I'd much rather put any $$ saved into more signal processing like the WA-EQP and my latest find, the WA76. These are stunningly good sounding pieces of audio equipment.For less than $100 I don't think you can beat this MXL R-144 for a ribbon microphone. Good music to all!UPDATE: I still like this mic after a year of use. I hate describing tone with words but I'd say this mike has a bit of gravely-distortion when used close up, it's not a bad thing. I would not describe this microphone as high-fidelity, it's got gnarlyness and personality. When I venture outside the usual suspects this MXL ribbon is always a fun stop along the way. It's still a bargain. I still haven't gotten around to modding it either. I've got the Royer when I need a hi-fi ribbon, I kind of like the MXL being crude and a little nasty, it's fun tool in our rock recording studio. 5TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF MIKING A TRICONE Ever try miking a Tricone? I have 2 ribbon mikes for the tri .This one and the R1 ACTIVE MK III based on a demo I heard. The R144 is a good bang for the buck.. To my ears and monitor, sounds like a creamy condenser mike with some articulation.. very responsive to eq adjustments as is the MKIII. Its important to reiterate that I have only recorded a tricone. These mikes are on the LOW end of the price range and think there a great buy.. If I was to send one mike back, it would be a rough decision. I like to record "flat: (no eq) but the r144 needs a little help in the upper frequencies, with that increase it s a good sound.. conversely, the MKIII requires the opposite .. Its fairly bright and sensitive.. how sensitive.. my studio is in one side of the house from a water pump for well water.. it actually picked up the pump sound which I could just barely hear, I don't like using a pad so like any dedicated musician I turned off the pump and have no water from time to time. I like this mike.. for the bux its a good buy just remember you may need to eq it.. no big deal but I think you'll need a pre-amp. Soon when I come to a conclusion I will review the MKIII and how recording both together works out. The MXL RIBBON MIKE.. better then the usual entry mikes..... 4Nice fast attack and good (but inconsistent) build. Check for damage though. So far, so good. It s really nice on my vocals where I m either singing in a higher range or singing quickly. It also sounds great on my acoustic guitar with silk and steel strings. A word of caution: buy these new (probably good advice for all ribbon mics). I bought one on ebay that said it was in good condition, but was busted. They can break and people probably aren t as familiar with ribbons as other mics, so they don t know what to look for. You can do a light breathing test on each side of the mic and there should be no rattling; if there is rattling, it s broken. I didn t think I d like the color of the Heritage Edition, but it looks much better in person than in the Amazon pictures. The case and shockmount make it a good bundle, so spring for the HE or you ll have to deal with buying a separate shockmount and case that may or may not fit each other, etc. Also FYI, you can register your mic on the MXL website for 2 years of warranty protection.Update: Ordered a second one and it arrived with a rattling ribbon..lol. Returns are easy but check your ribbons!Update II: Just uploaded a video showing what to listen for in a healthy v. damaged ribbon mic. Breathe lightly on each side like you're fogging up a mirror and if you hear crunching/knocking/rattling, the ribbon is damaged, stretched, or out of alignment. Even the manual for these mics says to test the ribbon right away because they're fragile and can damage in shipping! Let me know if this video is helpful or not! These are great sounding mics if you get one that's not damaged.Update III: The replacement for the broken mic was also broken and looked like it had been a previous return, so I'm taking off a star for inconsisent build quality. Still, if you have the time to retension these, they can sound good; but if time is of the essence for your project, I would look elsewhere for something that's going to be reliable out of the box.P.S: When I mention "light breathing" like you're fogging up a mirror, it's just that: a super light and gentle breath, not a hard and forceful blow. It doesn't take much to test for a bad ribbon and a hard stream of air could cause damage. So be careful! These ribbons are crazy fragile. Light and gentle: hah...hah...hah; not: FFFFF!-FFFFF!-FFFFF!. 4excellent low end capture i needed a ribbon mic to properly capture the low end and lite reverb coming from my amp. i use 2 mics per cabinet and two dynamic mics just didnt cut it.. so i rolled the dice and did a little homework and decided to go with the R144 and i am so happy that i did.. i achieved my goal.. i can only image how good an expensive ribbon mic will sound.. excellent tight low end.. needs a bit of a boost from the pre amp.. i keep the level a tad lower than the 57 to feed it from the bottom up and oh boy am i happy with the sound im capturing... good work MXL on this one 5Nicest smoothest sounding mics for Voice regardless of price The assignment was recording audio for 6 hours of Christmas programming featuring 42 choirs and various sized musical groups from area schools. In 3 weeks before Christmas then get it edited in time for December 25th. Bought 2 of these because I had owned a couple of other similar MXL mics for 2 years and they were great for sports audience NAT sound. First day recorded 4 channel audio using these mics and 2 - Tascam mics that were similar. Next day ordered 2 more. Love them. For choirs and school band performances they sounded great, natural and really captured that large group sound. They also looked sharp in any shot they got them in. And for the money. Can't be beat. Highly recommend. 5Five Stars Clearly records all of my mistakes! 5MXL R144: Incredible bang for the buck. Sound is subjective, so you may disagree BUT.... This is the best sounding mic I have used that costs under $100. It's got an incredibly natural, vintage sound that does wonders for my terrible singing voice and acoustic guitars. I have mics 10x as expensive as this one, yet I still find myself reaching for it quite often.I am not confident in the build quality. So I'm particularly careful with these mics (I own two). Knowing they are ribbons and rather cheap is somewhat unnerving. Knowing I can replace one for $88 is a plus though. It's because of the quality that I gave the mic 4 stars, not 5.One other downside to this mic (and most ribbons) is you need lots of gain to get it up to the level that most mics operate at. While my SM57 is at 3-4 gain-wise, the R144 is up around 9. Also, do yourself a big favor and get a pop filter with it.This is not an AKG, Neumann, Rode, insert brand name here, so if you don't expect it to be you won't be disappointed. MXL makes some very charming mics for not a lot of money. Just don't expect Rolls Royce performance when you paid for a Kia! 4Good to Great Good build quality, attractive design, great storage case, incredible value. Be aware that the mic pre is so very key to *great* sound. Not only do you need considerable gain from your pre, the pre will also color the sound of this mic and whether that is favorable or not depends on your pre. I've used this mic with a very high dollar pre but get a much better result with my Focusrite USB powered pre. Money is not the determinant - the design of the pre is. Love the old school technology and have found this to be the "right" mic more than once. Amazon makes it easy to return if you're not happy. Cheers. 4
MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone with Shockmount

MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone with Shockmount

4.2
Error You can't add more than 500 quantity.
Regular price
€228,00
Sale price
€228,00
Regular price
€376,00
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Save 39% (€148,00)