Update July 2014: MXL has considerably increased their pricing for these mics. They are all still great options regardless.
Since our last post on the Best Home Recording Mic Under $100 I have been presented with a few more thoughts. In light of this, I have decided to follow up with some brief information about the best condenser mic under 100 dollars. If you haven't yet had the chance to read the previous post, now may be a great time to do so.
I have already highlighted what I believe to be the 3 best home recording mics for under $100. Those are the Shure SM58, SM57, and the MXL 990 by MXL. I've gotten some feedback specifically about MXL-990 and it's value of being the best condenser mic under 100 dollars.
What I'd like to point out in this post is that the 990 actually comes in several variations, all priced under $100. I've listed 3 of the condenser versions below and have included the manufacturers descriptions as well.
The MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shock Mount has a silky, sweet high end while retaining tight, solid low and midrange reproduction. The 3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm creates a professional sound suited for digital and analog recording.
Attractive vintage body style with champagne finish. 30Hz-20kHz frequency response. 130dB maximum SPL. Includes custom shock mount, mic stand adapter, and case. Requires phantom power.3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm.
Attractive vintage body style with champagne finish 30Hz-20kHz frequency response 130dB maximum SPL Sensitivity: 15MV/pa Equivalent noise: 20dB (A-weighted) Wired with Mogami cable.
The MXL 990s Condenser Microphone is based on the hugely popular MXL990, this model adds a -10dB pad and 150Hz low-cut switch.
The 990s is a true, phantom-powered, condenser microphone with a 6-micron, 20mm gold-sputtered diaphragm with high quality FET preamp and balanced output.20mm gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm.
FET preamp with balanced output-10dB Pad switch150Hz low-cut switch @ 6dB per octaveCardioid pattern30Hz - 20kHz frequency range130dB maximum SPL. Supplied with shockmount and mic stand adapter Comes in rugged carrying caseWired with Mogami cable.
MXL 990 USB powered microphone opens up a new era of high quality recording direct to your portable or desktop computer. No mixers, preamps, or special studio gear required. Just plug the MXL 990 mic into your computer, set your preferences, and enjoy instant professional quality recordings.
The MXL 990 USB has changed the way project studio recordings are being created. The 990 USB is a condenser microphone utilizing a 6 micron, 20mm gold-sputtered diaphragm, and has a high quality FET preamp. The MXL 990 USB mic uses the latest enhanced digital conversion techniques and is Mac and PC compatible.
Includes USB cable, tripod stand, case, and stand adapter. Note: Downloadable drivers for Windows XP and Mac OSX are available from MXL at www.mxlmics.com USB powered - connects directly to a computerWindows and Macintosh compatible20mm Gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm.
FET preamp with balanced output16-bit, 44.1kHz or 48kHzLegendary MXL sonic characteristicsIncludes USB cable and mic stand adapter, tripod stand, and caseMade with Mogami cable
My hope for Home Music Studio 1 is to provide you with valuable home recording tips that help you work within a budget.
For this reason, I have always been impressed the MXL 990 line of studio condenser mics. In my honest opinion the 990 is the best condenser mic under 100 dollars.
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