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MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone  

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The MXL 960 Tube Condenser Mic will keep you productive reliably and affordably. Professional-quality, large-diaphragm 1" capsule, tube condenser microphone has an extremely wide dynamic range and a c... Click To Read More About This Product

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The MXL 960 Tube Condenser Mic will keep you productive reliably and affordably. Professional-quality, large-diaphragm 1" capsule, tube condenser microphone has an extremely wide dynamic range and a crisp, airy sonic character. Well suited to either analog or digital recording. 20Hz-20kHz. Cardioid pattern. 135dB max SPL. Equivalent noise: 13dB, A-weighted.
Requires phantom power.

Features Audio
  • Analog or digital:Analog
  • Frequency response:20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL:135 dB
  • Connectivity:XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Tube Condenser
  • Polar pattern:Cadioid
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications:Studio
  • Diaphragm size:Large
  • Switches:No
  • Phantom power required:No
  • Size and weight
  • Width:2.28"
  • Height:8.66"
  • Weight:1.75 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:Yes
  • Clip:No
  • Shockmount:Yes
  • Power supply:Yes
  • Cable:Yes
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3 year parts and labor warranty. (MXL990 and MXL991 have a 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty)


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MXL960 Tube Condenser Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hidden Master piece!!

There are no words to describe the amazing satisfaction that this mic brings in performance, I had the opportunity to use this mic in several opportunities, as a Music Producer in the music industry...Read complete review

There are no words to describe the amazing satisfaction that this mic brings in performance, I had the opportunity to use this mic in several opportunities, as a Music Producer in the music industry you have to have the right tools to provide and have, succes not only for your self but for the Artist that you are working with, this mic has done that for me. I had use countles all kinds of brands over the years and this mic is if not the best probably is in the top 3, not only it has a unbelieveble! sound (very nice mids, lows to die for, crisp highs & last but most definitelly not least the amazing warm feel of a tube. Don't look any further if you are looking to have award winning vocals this is the mic you are looking for! Thanks Marshall!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Changed my mind-Wouldn't buy it again!

This is my 2ND REVIEW on this Mic! Tube-Swapping is easy. Tone is fairly good when placed Off-Axis from any sound source. Not even a year old and it starts having Static Noises...Read complete review

This is my 2ND REVIEW on this Mic! Tube-Swapping is easy. Tone is fairly good when placed Off-Axis from any sound source. Not even a year old and it starts having Static Noises and Low Rumbling Sounds for NO REASON. If not for the noises, I'd say "Sure, buy a few".

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4.0

Great sound but where's the shock mount?

By No nickname

from Roanoke VA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

    I use if for recording. Definite improvement in sound over my previous large diaphragm condensor (Nady SCM 900, which is a decent mike for the money). Nice sparkling highs, clear lows. I was suprised there was no shock mount included. Maybe it does not matter, as the instructions tell you to use it in "inverted position" i.e. upside down. I have it hanging upside down from its hard mount, with the mic stand on a foam pad. There is not a lot of signal out of the power supply/preamp, but if I set the trim on my recorder almost all the way up, I get a usable signal. I like it so far.

     
    5.0

    Great product...I order a second one ...

    By say no more

    from Argentina

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

      great product...Excellent...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Changed my mind-Wouldn't buy it again!

      By Stringmusiciantom

      from Tupelo, MS

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Tube Tone
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Not Long-lasting
      • Static Noises
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

      This is my 2ND REVIEW on this Mic! Tube-Swapping is easy. Tone is fairly good when placed Off-Axis from any sound source. Not even a year old and it starts having Static Noises and Low Rumbling Sounds for NO REASON. If not for the noises, I'd say "Sure, buy a few".

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Love these for drums

      By Midnight Circus

      from Buford Ga

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Drum overheads
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

        I bought 2 of these .. retubed them with some NOS RCA 12at7's and put them to work as Drum Overheads. They gave my drums an open and airy feel with great off axis rejection .. The Cymbals are crisp and Creamy .. Just right ... When Recording I love Large Diaphragm Tube Condensers as drum overheads .. these are inexpensive and really do the job great ..

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for Drum Overheads when you Retube

        By Midnight Circus

        from Buford Ga

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Inexpensive Tube Mic

        Cons

        • You have to Retube them

        Best Uses

        • Drum overheads
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

        I Love these Mics .. I have a huge collection of mics in my studio but I find that I go to these for Drum Overheads .. All you need to do is retube them with some NOS tubes and you have a really great mic for drums! One of the best kept secrets.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Versatile, Great Sounding Tube Mic!

        By Thomas & Janet

        from Tupelo, MS

        Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

        If you like that good old "Tube Warmth" sound in your recordings, then I suggest this package!

        I run mine through the Art-2 Tube Preamp into a Yamaha MD4s (yes, Mini Disc in 2011!) with great results.
        A db cut Switch would have been nice, but still, changing out the Internal Tube can deliver different sounds.
        Whether you need to mic Drums, Acoustic guitar, Vocals, etc., this thing really captures detail. It has a slight boost around the 10Khz region, which gives your tracks some sparkle. If you don't need those highs, then a simple reposition of the mic can usually clear that up. A very quiet mic. Experiment, and you'll be amazed!
        My Wife and I are grateful for such a package as this. It's truly an amazing value to us!

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for the money!

        By GOATMASTER

        from CT.

        Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

        I own several high end microphones. In my opinion even the most inexpensive "knock-off" has a place in my collection...simply because my belief has always been that there are no rules for recording. Sound quality is relative to the listener and I set this up next to 5 of my "prized possessions" that well exceeded the $5k range....simply because it's the only way to honestly reveal it's "weaknesses". While it certainly didn't have the detail of the AKG C-12 or the NEUMANN M149..It yielded a clarity an character of it's own. Might be good for "odd" applications..like the rear micing of a 2-12 combo...(VOX AC-30/FENDER TWIN) which is fine by me. I would have no problem using it for vocals, too. It depends on the singer and the source as usual. Some of my favorite albums are terrible recordings. As for the internal construction...it looks like an electronics course kit. The wire gauges are like angel hair....thin circuit boards...and all of the other "cost-cutting "goodies to expect. Also.. changing the tube isn't a very user friendly experience to say the least. Overall...for the money...it is quiet...it is clear...and it is a great value for $199(when I bought it) If it craps out in 3 years...just buy another!-Hope this helps-

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great recording, but what about a shock mount?

        By DaFoe

        from Bellevue, KY

        Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

        I love using it. Great warmth, amazing pickup, and I love using it for my vocal projects. Only problem is, I couldn't find a shockmount to fit it! So i bought the MXL USM-001 and fitted it with some rubber placements. still, the mic is worth the money.

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hidden Master piece!!

        By JayB.

        from OC California

        Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

        There are no words to describe the amazing satisfaction that this mic brings in performance, I had the opportunity to use this mic in several opportunities, as a Music Producer in the music industry you have to have the right tools to provide and have, succes not only for your self but for the Artist that you are working with, this mic has done that for me. I had use countles all kinds of brands over the years and this mic is if not the best probably is in the top 3, not only it has a unbelieveble! sound (very nice mids, lows to die for, crisp highs & last but most definitelly not least the amazing warm feel of a tube. Don't look any further if you are looking to have award winning vocals this is the mic you are looking for! Thanks Marshall!!!

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The M X L 960 Miracle

        By Roger Paul

        from Georgia

        Comments about MXL 960 Tube Condenser Microphone:

        This mike is a true Miracle,At $200 bucks.I just purchased a second one.The Secret of a good Tube mike is this.Moisture is the Arch enemy of condensor mikes.The diaghprahm easily picks up moisture and the mike gets noisy as hell. The tube acts like a "little Heater" and keeps the mike nice and dry. I have a trebly voice but when i record with the 960 my voice sounds full, and not so harsh. Further, the power supply gives me more signal to my V S 2480 24 track.Thankyou M X L for a great product!!!

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