The MXL 770 Microphone Review
The MXL 770 Specifications
|Size||59 mm x 158 mm|
|High Pass Filter||6 dB/octave, 150 Hz|
|Equivalent Noise Level||20 dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)|
|Output Impedance||150 ohm|
|Max SPL for 0.5% THD||134dB|
|Metal Finish||Black with black grill|
|Power Requirements||Phantom Power 48V ±4V|
|S/N Ratio||80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)|
|Type||Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 22 mm. diaphragm|
|Effective Output Level||-40Dbm|
|Built-in ON/OFF! Switch||Without ON/OFF! Switch|
|Connector(s)||XLR 3 Pin|
The MXL 770 Identifiers
- Brand MXL
- MPN MXL-770
- GTIN 0646791402045
- UPC 0801813086393
- Model 770
About this Product
The popular black MXL 770 is a high-quality multipurpose condenser mic that vocalists gravitate to for its solid low-frequency response and clear high end. Is the latest in affordable condenser microphone technology. To achieve this MXL uses a high-quality FET pre-amp and transformerless balanced output for a wide dynamic range and low noise. Features include a low-frequency roll-off to reduce unwanted rumbling and a 10db pad to facilitate a wide variety of sound sources. The MXL 770 comes with a shock mount to reduce mechanical vibrations and a rugged carrying case. The MXL 770 is a perfect combination of quality, flexibility, and value for both professional and home recording studios. Although the MXL 770 is a consumer-priced microphone, it delivers completely professional features and sonics. A true, phantom-powered, condenser microphone with a 6-micron, 20-mm. The gold-sputtered diaphragm, the MXL 770 delivers a silky up-front high-end and a solid low-frequency sound. The MXL 770 has a high-quality FET preamp and its output is balanced with a wide dynamic range. The MXL 770 is perfectly suited for digital and analog recording. Excellent for vocals, pianos, stringed instruments, and percussion. Warm sound and balanced bass response with extra clarity at the top end.
Pros and Cons
- Affordable price. It is difficult to find such a good mic at this price range that performs so well. Easy to use which makes it suitable for beginners.
- It works well with pianos, guitars, violins, and percussion.
- This mic is very versatile. The FET preamp that it comes with allows for a wide range dynamic.
- The switchable bass-cut and the -10 dB attenuator help in capturing different instruments very well.
- Very clear and crisp sound.
- The hard case comes with its high quality and protects the microphone thanks to the soft foam padding inside.
- The diaphragm is small and might not catch the whole frequency range of your instrument but it allows for less noise during recording. This is a plus for recording spaces that are not acoustically treated. It is also beneficial in situations where you are recording in close proximity with a speaker or singer.
- It comes with its own shock mount, which eliminates a lot of noise. Even many expensive condenser mics don’t come with their shock mounts. Condenser microphones can catch even the slightest of noises or sounds, the shock mounts are a requirement that gets rid of all of these sounds.The reasonable price doesn’t mean that it lacks when it comes to its looks. The design and quality are very pleasing. It has two versions, the midnight version, and the standard version. The midnight version is all black while the standard version has gold trim and lettering.
- Its dynamic range is wide but it favors high frequencies better. Depending on the source it can also sometimes produce scooped mid-range. If you want peak performances straight out of the box then you might want to look for some other mics. This mic is eq-able, it allows for tweaking of frequencies to your taste. You can erase those high-end frequencies if you don’t want them.
- It is very sensitive, so it can catch the hard Ts and Ps during recording. This issue can be solved with the pop filter. This mic doesn’t come with a pop filter though. But you can try a few mounting techniques from different angles, which may help.
The MXL 770 Microphone Review
In this article, we’ll be reviewing the MXL770 microphone. This is a cardioid pattern microphone, it is a condenser microphone. And what that mean? The cardioid pattern is kind of an orb in front of the microphone. So most of the sound is being picked up from the front and there’s not as much sound being picked up from the sides and the rear. You can see it on the diagram:
The fact that it is a condenser microphone means that there is an XLR cable connected to it and this is running into a mixer. So as a condenser microphone this needs a considerable amount of power. This has 48 volts of phantom power running into a mixer. So, if you get a microphone like this don’t think you can just pick up an XLR to the 3.5-millimeter adapter and just plug it right into something. No, you’re going to need 48 volts of phantom power. So, plug it into a preamp or a mixer. You can use the mixer you like or you already have at home. But that I am using with this microphone is a Behringer Xenyx Q802USB. Is this mixer required for this microphone? No, but I like it and I like the way it makes my microphone sound.
So, the MXL770 microphone has a frequency response of 30 Hertz to 20 kilohertz which is pretty reasonable. It’s a pretty quiet mic on top of that I think when I am being completely quiet we’re looking at around negative 40 negative 50 decibels. This microphone has a very wide diaphragm. So, just something to keep in mind, if you are being loud and being close to it you might get that you might want that nice proximity effect. When you get very close to the microphone so you get that nice and deep roaring boom just you don’t want to be too loud, too aggressive, especially with your closest and things of that nature.
Another thing about the MXL770 is that it has two switches one of them allowing you to turn on a high-pass filter and the high-pass filter. It allows more high tones to go through and it’s a buck some of the lower tones. Aside from any other goodies with this microphone, this one came with a very sturdy shock mount. It is all metal and it has these little rubberized fabric strings and loops that suspend it. and for the most part, it does a good job of dampening any rumbles on the desk.
Alright, so some things I enjoy about this microphone first is the sound profile. I don’t have the deepest voice in the world I would say I’m more of a natural tenor but at the same time my voice has kind of a sharpness to it a nasally quality and I think this microphone does a good job of maybe not masking those imperfections but doing a good job of making them less noticeable.
A good thing about this microphone is a price-to-performance ratio. In conclusion, I would say that this microphone is absolutely worth the money.