Different mics have their own characteristics to make them suitable for particular recording tasks so any mic that could exhibit two distinct characters would be especially versatile. MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics have been thinking along those lines and have announced the introduction of the V67i Dual Capsule Microphone. Designed to provide recording engineers with a versatile instrument capable of addressing a wide range of studio applications, MXL claim that the new V67i is like having two mics in one, with the front side having a warm, lush sound, and the microphoneâ€™s back side simulating some of the brighter sounding vintage capsules characteristic of early 60s tube mics.
Incorporating dual, large 1-inch gold sputtered capsules, the V67iâ€™s front capsule is the same 6-micron capsule used in MXLâ€™s popular V67g cardiod condenser microphone, while the back capsule employs a proprietary material that simulates some of the bright sounding vintage capsules of early 60s-era tube microphones. A red LED on both sides of the microphone (behind the grille) indicates which side is currently active and is particularly useful in low light conditions. A Warm/Bright switch resides on the microphoneâ€™s front.
Like its V67g sibling, the new V67i has a gold grill and a dark green body. Unlike the V67g, however, the V67i features an improved solid state preamp with balanced transformer output to complement the instrumentâ€™s new and innovative design. As a solid-state microphone, the V67i requires no external power supply, nor does it take valuable time to warm upâ€”as is common with tube microphones.
On the microphoneâ€™s back side, there resides a â€“6 dB attenuation switch that enables the microphone to better handle high sound pressure levels, along with a low frequency roll-off switch to compensate for proximity effect or to eliminate wind noise during outdoor recording.
Wayne Freeman, MXLâ€™s Director of Sales and Marketing, commented on the companyâ€™s newest microphone â€œAs a line extension to our highly successful MXL V67g, the new MXL V67i leverages the latest microphone engineering technologies, and with its dual capsule design, is an incredibly versatile instrument capable of being used in a wide range of recording scenarios. We are extremely excited about this new offering.â€�
The MXL V67i has a MSRP of $199 and is available now.