The MXL USB.008, in addition to being a great announcer's mic, is also well suited for all types of music and live sound effects. It's an all-around high performance USB computer microphone. The mic uses a large 32mm condenser capsule that gives pristine audio quality not possible with electrets or dynamic mics. The MXL USB.008 opens up a new era of high-quality recording direct to a portable or desktop computer. No mixers, pre-amps or special studio gear required. Just plug into your computer, set your preferences, and enjoy instant, professional quality recordings. The MXL USB.008 is Mac® and PC compatible. It comes with a 10ft USB cable, table stand, and travel case.
|Type:||Pressure gradient condenser microphone|
|Diaphragm:||6 micron gold-sputtered|
|Frequency Response:||20Hz - 20kHz|
|Sampling Rate:||44.1kHz, 48kHz|
|Gain Control:||Three position switch|
|Power Requirements:||USB Powered|
|Size:||1.85in. x 7in. (47mm x 177mm)|
Great quality and well-made
This review is from: MXL MXLUSB008 Black USB Connector USB Condenser Microphone
Pros: USB interface, works out of the box with Linux (Debian Squeeze with JACK), the audio quality is amazing. It has this solid feel and I know this thing is gonna last awhile. The free loot that comes with it is pretty swell too; the desktop stand is solid and the included USB cable is plenty long and not-cheap feeling.
Cons: When I first plugged it in to my Win7 box, the OS changed my default speakers device to the microphone. I suspect this is Microsoft's problem, not MXL's, but in any case it took a whole ten seconds to switch back and it hasn't been a problem since.
Other Thoughts: You will need to purchase your own pop filter. Also, it's a condenser mic so care is advised. But you're here looking at a high-dollar mic rather than the cheap plastic ten dollar junk, so you know that already.
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