MXL 603s Condenser Microphone
The Marshall MXL 603s is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone well-regarded for use in typical Small Diaphragm Cardioid microphone applications such as capturing acoustic instruments and percussion. The 603s works well on the high end, making it a great choice for overhead micing. It performs well – picking up an instrument’s natural acoustics and providing a full, solid bottom and a wonderfully open top end sound. The MXL 603s can be purchased in pairs for stereo recording for around $80.
Designed with professional working musicians in mind, the MXL 603s is an attractive, small-bodied pencil microphone with a satin silver finish and a detachable cardioid capsule. Based on the Schoeps CM4 design, the 603s features transformerless circuitry and uses a 2SK170BL FET. Like other microphones in Marshall’s MXL series, the internal wiring of the 603s uses Mogami cables and boasts a gold-sputtered, 6-micron gold diaphragm.
The intent in designing the MXL 603s was to replicate the sound of Neumann’s KM-84 unit. So while Neumann uses a crossed-slit backplate capsule design, the MXL uses circular grooves and achieves a similar effect. The 603s ships with just a cardioid capsule but it is compatible with the omnidirectional capsule that comes with the 604 model. Mounted to the 603s, the cardioid capsule is said to be a bit less sensitive (10 mV/Pa) than when used on the 604 (15 mV/Pa).
The MXL 603s can be purchased for under $100 a pair, and ships with a carry case and two shock mounts. Marshall’s MXL 603s is a great performer with a bit of versatility and for the price, it’s worth having in your microphone locker.
-By John Redick
Marshall MXL 603s Microphone Shockmount
Make sure to check out my review of the MXL 604 condenser microphone as well!
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