MXL BCD-1 Broadcast Microphone Specifications

TypeDynamic
Frequency Response40-15000Hz
Polar patternCardioid
Sensitivity-54 dB re 1 V/Pa
Impedance600 ohms
Size157.5mm x 50.8mm / 6.2 in. x 2.0 in
Weight1.25 lbs / 567g
Power SourceCorded Electric
Metal FinishBlack
ConnectivityWired
Sound ModeMono

Item Identifiers

  • Brand: MXL
  • Manufacturer: MXL Microphones
  • Model: MXL BCD-1
  • Warranty: See manufacturer website for details
  • SKU: I291290-N-22-B
  • MPN: BCD1
  • UPC: 0801813150322

Pros

  • Classic styling will be a big attraction for some.
  • Integral suspension mount.
  • Supplied with foam windshield.
  • Includes WS-002 windscreen.
  • Excellent side rejection.
  • Very creditable performance.
  • High-quality dynamic mic built for broadcast and voice-over productions.
  • Built-in isolation shock mount.

Cons

  • Nothing significant at this price 
  • Not everyone will like the borrowed styling.

MXL BCD-1 Review

In this article, we’ll be reviewing the MXL BCD-1. This is a dynamic XLR microphone and it is also considered a broadcast mic. So I’ve actually had this microphone for months now, and I’ve periodically plugged it in and used it actually quite often. For some reason, I’ve had a really hard time deciding if I like this microphone or not, I don’t know what it is. So after using it for the last while and flip-flopping on my initial opinion and then my second opinion, I decided how I feel about it officially and I’m ready to do the review of it. Let’s go ahead and start talking about some of the details of the MXL BCD-1.

First of all, let’s go ahead and talk about what comes in the box with this microphone. When you purchase the MXL BCD one it will come with the awesome MXL plastic hard case. I just absolutely love these. This microphone will come with some documentation and an MXL sticker which I’m always psyched about. It comes with a very thin windscreen and of course the MXL BCD-1 microphone. Now one thing about this microphone is that it does have a mounting system built right into it. So you do not need to use a microphone clip or anything like that you just very simply use this mount. When it comes to the accessories and build quality of this package I initially did think it was a very good deal. But as time went on I actually do have some complaints about it but positive things first I think that the plastic carrying case is fantastic you can never have too many of these hard plastic carrying slash storage cases they are awesome. 

Now when it comes down to the build of the windscreen figure, it is super thin I’ve always kind of worried about how much close it’s really cutting out. When it comes down to the build of the microphone itself I do not have a problem with it I think it’s built really well. It does not come with a 5/8 to 3/8 inch microphone stand adapter, so you will need your own one.

As far as the build quality this thing feels pretty dang amazing. It has an all-metal construction it has some really nice weight to it I really like the mounting system that’s already attached. It gives you a lot of versatility and how you’re going to place it and it’s just an all-around really great feeling. And on the bottom of the microphone that’s where you’re going to find the XLR port.

Let’s go ahead and nerd out get real specific with some specs. The MXL BCD one is an XLR dynamic microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. MXL recommends this microphone for broadcasting, podcasting, voiceover work, vlogging, recording vocals, and instruments. When looking at the frequency chart you can see that there is a boost in the lows and a boost in the highs and there’s a bit of a dip in the at least when you compare it to the base and high frequencies.

polar pattern
The frequency response of 40 Hertz to 15 kilohertz, a sensitivity of negative 54 decibels, and an impedance of 600 ohms.

Summary

So unfortunately I just wasn’t that impressed with this microphone. In terms of pros, it does have a really nice build quality but that’s really where it ends for me. And then in terms of cons, it does have a lower sensitivity because it is dynamic so you’ll have to drive your preamps pretty hard. The higher frequency seemed a bit harsh or peaky to me which I wasn’t a fan of. The microphone also sounded booming in the lows too low mids. And just the overall sound of the mic seemed artificial to me. So when it comes down to the use cases and the recommendations I just personally wouldn’t be caught using this thing. But if you do like the tone of this microphone that I’m not going to stop you from using it. Maybe this is the exact tone that you’ve been looking for and this is the perfect mic for you but for me, it’s just not going to cut.

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