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MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-14-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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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 Audio
  • Analog or digital:Analog
  • Frequency response:20Hz to 17kHz
  • Max SPL:130 dB
  • Connectivity:XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule:Ribbon
  • Polar pattern:Figure-8
  • Type:Mounted
  • Applications:Studio
  • Diaphragm size:Large
  • Switches:No
  • Phantom power required:No
  • Size and weight
  • Width:1.85"
  • Height:6.75"
  • Weight:0.85 lb.
  • Included accessories
  • Case:No
  • Clip:No
  • Shockmount:Yes
  • Power supply:No
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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 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Works fine

By Martin picker

from Denver

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

    This is a ribbon mic, figure 8 pattern. Good for small groups, especially when mixed with directional specifc mics and a good mixer. Works best when close mic'ed for solo recording. I use it just for voice and use a directional mic or electronic connection/pickup for guitars and other instruments

     
    5.0

    Great sounding microphone!

    By James

    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!!

     
    2.0

    Disappointed with this ribbon mic.

    By Colin Weaver

    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.

     
    4.0

    Ribbon Mike Experience

    By Grand talker

    from Tampa Bay Area

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

      Good natural voice recognition, had to filter out low end noise level which did not effect the singers voice. Lower level than normal mike levels but a good preamp allows a good recording. I will only use it for studio recordings would not chance using it outside because of possible wind damage to the ribbon. For the price it is a good buy.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it - the SM58 of Ribbon Mics

      By KENNETH ALSIP

      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      MXL R144 Ribbon Mic

      By John A

      from NY, Chicago

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None It Is What It Is

      Best Uses

      • Vocals Acoustic Gtr

      Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

      I purchased a MXL R144 from Musicians friend a while ago. It may not be in the category of the "best" Ribbon Microphone but it is in no way a poorly made product physically and the sound at worst is acceptable. I like it. It sounds good on vocals especially. I am sure it will perform well on guitar and strings. I am going to upgrade the transformer, which from what I read will take it to a new level. If the gentleman says it pops and makes noise He should probably return it as it sounds defective. These mics are a bit delicate, but they are a magnet aluminum ribbon and a transformer. The sound is generally low output and natural, not hyped. I cannot believe the price of this microphone I could not build one for even three times the price. Try another if yours does not sound right: It may have been damaged in shipping or defective. I am happy with mine. P.S. I am a bit meticulous about equipment see my review for Baby Taylor. John

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You have got to get one...

      By Dontavious Dixon

      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.

       
      4.0

      Nice addition to the Mic Locker

      By Gil-A-Monster Sound

      from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Ribbon sound

      Cons

      • Fragile

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone:

      It is passive,, low noise ribbon mic so it requires a good preamp to get the most out of this mic. I use a preamp with variable impedance and plate voltages which makes a big difference in the character.. Main use is acoustic guitar, sax and LP a well as the side mic for mid/side miking. As long as it is treated as a ribbon mic, it should last.

       
      5.0

      Can Be Great When Used Right

      By Michael Kassel

      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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good choice if you dont want to spend too much money

      By Cristian Rodriguez

      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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