MXL introduces the MXL.006, a USB large diaphragm condenser microphone 04/09/06
MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, have announced the introduction of the MXL.006 USB / Cardioid Condenser Microphone. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the new MXL.006 features a large gold diaphragm that MXL tell us delivers a big, rich sound characteristic of studio and broadcast microphones. Unlike most studio condenser microphones, however, the MXL.006 is a USB (Universal Serial Bus) instrument that connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps. The idea is that anyone requiring high quality, professional sound on their computer can record music or dialog by simply connecting to a standard USB port. Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, the 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, the new MXL.006 requires no special drivers whatsoever. You simply connect the microphoneâ€™s USB cable to a computerâ€™s USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. In addition to recording instruments or voice for home recording applications, MXL claim that the 006 is the perfect microphone for podcasting or adding dialog to presentations and other multimedia projects and is also capable of opening new possibilities for radio and news broadcasters and for location recording.
MXL say that, unlike electrets or dynamic microphones typically used for computer work, the MXL.006 has an extremely smooth, natural sound typical of what one would hear on a professionally produced CD or radio show. The analog section of the new MXL.006 microphone features a 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency response, a large gold diaphragm, pressure-gradient condenser capsule, and 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 features a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Protecting the instrumentâ€™s capsule is a heavy-duty wire mesh grill with an integrated pop filter.
The new MXL.006 features a red LED behind the protective grill to inform the user that the microphone is active and correctly oriented toward the user. To complete the package, the mic ships with a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable, windscreen, an ownerâ€™s manual, and an applications guide.
Wayne Freeman, MXLâ€™s Director of Sales and Marketing, had this to tell us, â€œThe new MXL.006 USB / Cardioid Condenser Microphone makes interfacing with a computer an effortless process. Now, amateurs and professionals alike have a great sounding, plug and play solution to a wide variety of recording applications.â€� Pricing and Availability:
The MXL.006 USB / Cardioid Condenser Microphone carries an MSRP of $149.95 and is expected to ship in the 3rd quarter of 2006.