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MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone
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A versatile vintage-sounding mic with clarity and tons of character.

The MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern is a condenser microphone designed around a Class-A discrete FET mic amp specially chosen to match its large diaphragm capsule. The capsule itself has been sized and tuned to provide a silky and airy top end with a full, warm midrange reminiscent of vintage microphones. Hand selected internal components create a sound that enhances both vocal and instrument performances.

Using the polar patterns
To take advantage of the versatility of the MXL 4000's polar patterns, here are some miking tricks of the pros.

Figure-8 mics pick up sound equally well from front and rear. So, if you're looking for a rich vocal sound with the added ambience of room tone to add depth and spaciousness, use the figure-8 pattern and have your vocalist sing into one side while the other picks up the reflections of the room. Only do this if you have a good-sounding room. You can also use the figure-8 pattern for isolation from other instruments. For example, if you're miking drums and want to give the hi-hat it's own track, position the MXL 4000 so that the side of the figure-8, where rejection is greatest, is pointing towards the snare while the front or rear of the mix faces the hat. Do the same if you're recording a singer-guitarist who's playing an acoustic while singing. You need two figure-8 mics for this one. Position the vocal mic so that the side is facing the guitar, and the guitar mic so that the side of the figure-8 points towards the singer's mouth. Now both singer and guitar are isolated. Again, make sure you do this in a room that sounds good, because the back side of the mic will be picking up the room.

In many cases, the least used, but best-sounding of all the polar patterns. Omni has very little off-axis coloration, which means that sounds entering the sides of the mic sound just as good as sounds entering the front. If you have a great-sounding room, by all means, try omni before anything else. Omni gives your recordings the impression of being in the room with the sound. It also works very well as the "mid" mic in Mid-Side stereo recording.

This is the most used pattern. It's basically point and shoot, but keep in mind that you can use it's rear-rejection to your advantage, or by turning the mic slightly away from the source, you can use it's off-axis response to tame sharp transients. Aside from straight-ahead recording, most people us the cardioid pattern is the "mid" mic in Mid-Side stereo recording.

Requires phantom power.

MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Warm-sounding, low-noise, classic recording studio mic sound
    Large, 6-micron gold-sputtered capsule
    Steel head and woven-brass mesh grill
    Heavy duty metallic blue finished enclosure
    Vintage transformerless design
    Attractive mahogany colored storage case
    Specially designed MXL 60 shock mount included
    Custom foam windscreen
    Made with Mogami cable

MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Preamp: Class-A FET
    Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Figure-eight
    Frequency Response: 20-20kHz
    Equivalent Noise: 20dB SPL
    Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa
    Maximum SPL: 130dB
    Typical Load Impedance: >500 ohms
    Output Source Impedance: 200 ohms
    Power: Phantom Power

MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone

3 year parts and labor warranty. (MXL990 and MXL991 have a 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty)

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  • Great product

    As reviewed by Kerwin E. on 7/5/2009

    This is a really good product. Im usually not a big MXL fan but i did my research on the product and saw it was wired by Mogami. The finish on it is nice. Its close to the Sterling Audio ST77, with it airy sound, the capsule provides a silky and airy top end with a full, warm mid-range reminiscent of vintage mic. I would say that its a good product at a good price.

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  • Not all That!

    As reviewed by Cliff on 11/21/2009

    Bought this mic looking for a good multi-pattern mic. the mic looks great! but the sound is a little harsh especially on the top end. And it distorts considerably when faced with high SPL vocals or if you're recoding Rhythm Acoustic guitar. The Figure of Eight position gave the best sound on Vocals, but it just wasn't smooth enough for my taste. I sent it back and am still looking for my next Mic.

    9 of 20 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great value for a good mic

    As reviewed by Chris on 6/6/2010

    This mic is nice, especially for the price. I managed to buy one with a free MXL 603s. This is my go-to vocal mic when I am recording myself singing and playing acoustic guitar and I have been very satisfied with the results. The sound is nice and crisp and does not distort my vocals or the guitar. The guitar sounds especially good when recording in stereo with my 603s and the 4000. I've also used the mic in the omni setting to record the environment while playing guitar which has produced some nice results as well. Overall, this is a great mic on its own, but is even better when used with another in stereo

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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