A variable pattern tube condenser microphone
with custom body design to minimize resonance.
The extraordinary MXL Revelation studio microphone delivers the warmth and intimacy of a quality tube microphone with extended clarity and punch for balanced recording. The MXL Revelation mic's dual gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm and hand-selected EF86 pentode tube deliver warm, rich, and transparent sound, and polar pattern selection is virtually limitless thanks to the continuously variable knob. Record vocals, instruments, percussion, or use it as a room mic—the MXL Revelation can handle any recording task.
Bass Roll-off Switch
The Revelation power supply features a bass roll-off switch to help reduce proximity effect. Proximity effect is distortion that often occurs when a sound source is too close to the mic. Some microphone patterns boost bass as you get closer to the microphone; cardioid mics, for instance, tend to boost bass. The bass roll-off switch reduces the low frequencies for a more full range sound.
The Revelation also includes a phase switch that allows you to reverse the polarity of the microphone signal by 180 degrees. This can help minimize phase issues when recording with multiple microphones.
Variable Pattern Control Knob
The Revelation features a continuously variable pattern selector located on the Revelation power supply. This knob allows you to alter the polar pickup pattern of the microphone from omni-directional to figure 8, and everything in-between. This can be done with the microphone turned on without causing any damage to the unit; however, it is recommended that you mute your speakers when changing to a new pattern. To change the polar pattern, simply rotate the knob to customize the microphone's pickup pattern for your specific recording application. After rotating the knob to a new polar pattern, it will take a few seconds for the capsule to charge back up. During these few seconds, we recommend muting your speakers because you will hear static. Keep in mind that there is no single right way to finding the perfect sound. Experimentation with different patterns in different recording situations will be the key.
Ground Lift Switch
A ground loop is unwanted interference that can be created when multiple electronic devices improperly share a common ground. The Revelation includes a Ground Lift switch to help prevent such occurrences. If a ground loop is audible (usually a 50-60Hz humming noise), the ground lift switch on the front of the power supply should be set to the 'lift' position.
The Revelation can be used in very loud sonic environments without significant distortion. If you hear distortion from the microphone, engage the -10dB pad on the rear of the microphone to the -10dB position. You may also move the microphone farther away from the sound source.