Marshall MXL 770 Condenser Microphone
Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices. The MXL 770 is prime example of a great solution for any musician or artist in the market for an inexpensive performance microphone that delivers a fantastically smooth up-front high end and a full low end.
TheMarshall MXL 770 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone with a 20mm, 6-micron, gold-sputtered diaphragm, characteristic of Marshall’s MXL line of condensers. Wired internally with Mogami cable and featuring a high-quality transformerless FET circuitry, the MXL 770 is one of Marshall’s least expensive MXL models and can be purchased at many online retailers for right around $70.
Now, the MXL is marketed as a vocal microphone that’s suitable for digital and analog recording. That’s accurate. The MXL 770 is more of a project microphone. I would say its best use is in home studio recording applications. You may choose to use it in a live application, but it does have a tendency toward distorting loud sources, particularly at the high and low extremes of its range and depending on the venue in which it’s being used, the disturbance could be minimal or it could be rather disastrous. Visually, the microphone is quite appealing. The Marshall MXL 770 features a solid, black body with a black grill and gold writing. The back of the microphone has a -10dB attenuation switch pad and it’s packaged with a black shock mount and comes in a rugged, plastic protective carrying case. It’s certainly a great looking package. The MXL 770 also comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty so that in the event something happens to your microphone within the first year, you can rest assured you’ll be covered for parts and labor.
The microphone itself is 48V phantom powered and has a wide frequency range of 30Hz – 20kHz. The low self-noise level of 20dB makes the MXL 770 a good choice for amateur broadcasters, podcasters, singers, rappers and MCs who want something that will serve them well in rounding out the sonic edges of their voices. The Marshall MXL 770 has a very smooth and silky finish. It’s designed to pick up the nuances of the human voice while adding a sort of refined elegance to your vocal performance.
At $80 the Marshall MXL 770 is priced as a consumer microphone and while it performs well, but I would limit its use to project and demo recording.
-By John Redick
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