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Incorporating a Figure 8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the R144 ribbon mic offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings. It's an excellent microphone for broadcast a... Read More

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Incorporating a Figure 8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the R144 ribbon mic offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings. It's an excellent microphone for broadcast applications and also performs brilliantly on strings, horns, acoustic guitars, and other acoustic instruments. The MXL R-144 offers high SPL capability, outstanding side rejection and precise directivity.

Features
  • Figure 8 polar pattern for outstanding side rejection and precise directivity
  • High SPL capability
  • Delivers an unbelievably natural sound and stunning realism for vocal and instrument recordings
  • Distinctive body design with purple and chrome metal finish
  • Includes R144 ribbon microphone, shockmount, carrying case, cleaning cloth, manual, & application guide
  • Wired with Mogami cable
  • Recommended for:
  • Vocals
  • Electric guitar
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Brass horns
Specifications
  • Type: Ribbon Velocity Microphone
    Ribbon Element: 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon
    Ribbon Length: 47mm/1.85 in.
    Frequency Range: 20Hz -17kHz
    Polar Pattern: Figure 8
    Sensitivity: -56 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa)
    Impedance: 250 ohms
    Rated Load Impedance: >1500 Ohms
    Max SPL for 0.1% THD: >130 dB @1 kHz
    Size: 47mm x 171mm/1.85 in. x 6.75 in.
    Weight: 400g/0.85 lbs
    Metal Finish: Purple and chrome
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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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MXLR144 Ribbon Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT

amazing for the price. perfect for starting to record AMAZING vocals, or eval micing amps, or acoustic guitars, or percussion, what ever you need, this mic is unbelievable.

amazing for the price. perfect for starting to record AMAZING vocals, or eval micing amps, or acoustic guitars, or percussion, what ever you need, this mic is unbelievable.

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Disappointed with this ribbon mic.

I was looking for a new mic to add a new flavor to my arsenal. I've had good experiences with MXL in the past, and I've wanted a ribbon mic for quite some time...Read complete review

I was looking for a new mic to add a new flavor to my arsenal. I've had good experiences with MXL in the past, and I've wanted a ribbon mic for quite some time now to use on vocals and guitar cabs. I wasn't expecting Royer quality or anything when dropping $100 on the R144 -- but I was still disappointed. The R144 sounded incredibly muddy regardless what I was recording. I tried it on vocals, acoustic guitar, my fender deluxe -- I just couldn't get anything usable. At first I thought it was because of the figure 8 polar pattern, but even guarding the rear of the mic I couldn't get a remotely clean sound. Next, I thought my interface or my outboard pre's maybe weren't driving it hard enough, so I bought a Cloudlifter for some extra boost, but even with the cloudlifter the R144 just sounded terrible. Bottom line: if you're looking for a budget microphone, you'd be better off with one of MXL's other offerings, like the 990 condenser. If you're looking for a mic with some color -- save a couple more bucks and pick up a tube condenser.

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5.0

Great sounding microphone!

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from Plano, TX

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

The sound is great, well above my expectations. Some people have mentioned that they didn't think it had enough gain but I had no problem at all with the gain when connected to a Crate Limo amp. It actually is louder with much lower feedback then my other microphones. The sound it reproduced was clean, balanced, crisp, clear and very natural sounding. Highly recommended!!

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2.0

Disappointed with this ribbon mic.

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from Cincinnati, OH

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

I was looking for a new mic to add a new flavor to my arsenal. I've had good experiences with MXL in the past, and I've wanted a ribbon mic for quite some time now to use on vocals and guitar cabs. I wasn't expecting Royer quality or anything when dropping $100 on the R144 -- but I was still disappointed. The R144 sounded incredibly muddy regardless what I was recording. I tried it on vocals, acoustic guitar, my fender deluxe -- I just couldn't get anything usable. At first I thought it was because of the figure 8 polar pattern, but even guarding the rear of the mic I couldn't get a remotely clean sound. Next, I thought my interface or my outboard pre's maybe weren't driving it hard enough, so I bought a Cloudlifter for some extra boost, but even with the cloudlifter the R144 just sounded terrible. Bottom line: if you're looking for a budget microphone, you'd be better off with one of MXL's other offerings, like the 990 condenser. If you're looking for a mic with some color -- save a couple more bucks and pick up a tube condenser.

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5.0

Love it - the SM58 of Ribbon Mics

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from Choctaw, OK

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

This mic just exactly what I wanted it to do ? 1. For singing with a voice that is not windy and powerful - in a small room through a large PA system; 2. Recording the same type voice. Here?s some things you may want to think about. The instruction say to use a pop filter to keep breath moisture off the ribbon inside. If you blow on a ribbon mic, or drop it, you can damage the ribbon. My personal observation is that the mic doesn?t like effects and sounds its best 100% clean. It?s very sensitive. Once I reached its loudest setting without feedback, I set it in the middle of the room. 6 inches back it picked up voice & acoustic guitar well, even clearer (voice only) at 3 inches. I used it with a cheap Ballari MP 105 tube mic preamp. The highest settings I could obtain was only one or one and a half marks on the gain and level knobs. Low settings on the master and channel on the Carvin 800W PA system too. Guitar Center said these are very popular and they are real workhorses ? excellent quality for a 100 dollar mic! It?s like the SM58 of the ribbon mic world.

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5.0

You have got to get one...

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from Charlotte, NC

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

Never used a ribbon before but I wanted to try to capture the natural sound of a singer that came intot the studio and boy did this mic do it. I compared it to my other mics which are not ribbon mics and the sound sounds more natural with the ribbon. You best believe that when ever singers are coming into the studio the ribbon mic will be used.

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5.0

Can Be Great When Used Right

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from Flint, MI

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

I got this mic because it was inexpensive, well-reviewed, and I always wanted to try a Ribbon. It's a really cool mic to start out with and with the proper use and support it can be even better. Accessories are pretty nice, too. On it's own, its output is low so you really have to drive your gain. But, used in conjunction with a Cloud CL-1 mic activator, which was designed for use with ribbons, gain is no longer an issue and clarity is greatly improved. Position of your voice or instrument is also crucial, so experiment to find the best spot before committing anything to "tape." For example, while the mic sounds kind of muddy in the mids when aimed at the soundhole of my ukulele, it sounds incredibly open and clear - more so than mics costing thousands more (seriously) - when I aimed it at around the twelfth fret. You can hear the difference. The strings come alive! Also, since it picks up from the front and the back side, you should try it facing both before committing to tape. For my purpose, the back seemed clearer than the front, but your mileage may vary. Don't give up, though, because once you find the right setup, the R144 performs beautifully! It is going to be my "go to" mic for recording ukulele from now on, even though I have a choice to use mics in the studio again literally costing not hundreds but thousands more! But agaion, check its positioning because it matters to the sound. But overall, this is one of the best values in mics out there and at this price it's a no-brainer. If you're thinking of using a ribbon, this is a great place to start!

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4.0

Good choice if you dont want to spend too much money

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from Santiago, Chile

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

For the value of R144 can not expect the sound of the R121. Anyway, it's a amazing microphone that gives very good results in guitar amp recording, and drums as room microphone. A good choice if you do not want to spend too much money.

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2.0

Do buy another mic

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from Lewes DE

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

Spring to buy a slightly more expensive mic. This isn't a great mic and not exactly pleased w/ribbon mics because of this purchase.

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5.0

Sexy and Sounds great!!

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from Fairfield Ohio

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

I did a lot of research before buying a studio mic due to my low budget. I needed something that could record an acoustic EP well and sound clear. this mic does that perfectly. I know that for more money the quality will get better up to a certain point. But for the money this mic is GREAT and the sound needs little mastering, if you want to sound natural that is, it's obviously your choice on if you want too sound like T-Pain or not lol. But I would suggest this mic. Plus it looks amazing next too any other equipment.

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5.0

Better than expected

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from San Francisco CA

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

When I bought this microphone I was kind of skeptical because I really didn't know much of MXL microphones. But when I received it I was impressed. Its not the best ribbon microphone in the world but for a low budget home studio or for beginners its great. The vocals are really clean and smooth, I have it through a Samson C Valve with Electro Harmonix 12AX7 Gold Pin Tube and it sound great. I have recorded acoustic guitars and it sounds great too.

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4.0

great mic

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from Newport News, VA

Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

I was debating on getting this mic for a while but finally decided to try it out. I'm glad I did because it produces a big clear sound as long as it's plugged into a decent preamp. Alone, it's a big basey but if you have a preamp that has a filter it will cut out the baseiness. I have it plugged into a personus bluetube and gain turned up to about 50 and then it will give a full loud signal with a medium/low singing voice. It might even be better than a lot of condenser mics that cost more. It's great for people who sing higher pitched who don't want so much of the highs recorded as a condenser mic would do. There's surely better ribbon mics out there but I don't have any desire to get another one not being a professional singer anway and this does the job well.

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