MXL Announces 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone
MXL Microphones has announced the MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone. With electronics based upon the MXL 990, the new MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone features two gold diaphragm capsules in an X/Y stereo configuration and delivers a big, rich sound with excellent spatial imaging. Unlike most condenser microphones, however, the MXL 990 USB is a Universal Serial Bus instrument that connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps.
Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, this exceptionally easy-to-use microphone even includes gain adjustment settings via the built-in three position attenuation switch. As a plug and play device for both Windows and Macintosh, it requires no special drivers whatsoever. Simply connect the microphone’s USB cable to a computer’s USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. As a stereo microphone, the MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone is ideal for location recording. The microphone is optimized for capturing a wide range of musical performances and delivers broad spatial imaging, thanks to its 90-degree X/Y stereo pick-up pattern. The MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone also has a maximum SPL rating of 137 dB.
The MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone has an extremely smooth, natural sound quality. The microphone features twin gold sputtered capsules (20 mm each) and this pressure-gradient stereo condenser microphone features a 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency response. This microphone also provides a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad with settings for Hi (0 dB), Medium (-5 dB), and Lo (-10 dB), making it easy to configure the microphone to virtually any sound source. The digital section of the microphone features a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with sampling rates of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Protecting the instrument’s capsule is a heavy-duty wire mesh grill with an integrated pop filter, and behind the wire mesh, there is an LED activity light to aid users in properly orienting the microphone toward the sound source.
The MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone costs $199.95 and will be available this fall. It ships with a travel case, a mic stand adapter, a shock mount, a 10-foot USB cable, an ownerâ€™s manual, and an applications guide. More information on the MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone.