MXL Studio 1 USB
Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices. MXL’s Studio 1, USB .008 and USB .009 microphones are prime examples of good solutions for any broadcaster or podcaster in the market for an affordable microphone that performs well and delivers consistently.
Now, I identified all three microphones as broadcast microphones and while they do make great broadcast microphones, they do have qualities that serve well in other vocal and instrumental applications. All three USB microphones are bus-powered cardioid condenser microphones that are easily USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible with both your PC and Mac. There are no special drivers, phantom power, or installation software needed. Just plug and capture.
Studio 1 USB
Marshall’s MXL Studio 1 USB microphone is a versatile tool perfect for musicians, vocalists, voice-over recordings and podcast work. It’s a 16-bit / 44.1kHz and 48kHz professional microphone with a built-in 1/8-inch headphone jack for low latency monitoring. The Studio 1 offers a relatively wide frequency range of 40Hz to 20kHz, making it a good choice for most any vocal or instrumental application. Also, its flat frequency response ensures that the sound it captures is the sound that will be reproduced on your recording.
One of the things I tend to like about MXL’s USB microphones is the warmth and depth of the sound you get from them. I tested the Studio 1 USB on a simple Compaq laptop – no bells and whistles, no fancy software. My laptop recognized the microphone immediately and I was able hear myself immediately with very little latency using a pair of cheap cans. I used Audacity to conduct a test recording of myself reading a magazine using this microphone and the program captured my voice nicely. The microphone’s desk stand minimized handling noises and at about a distance of 5 inches from the microphone, the recording came out nice and clear with very little to edit or re-record (I did hear one plosive that probably would’ve been non-existent if I had used a pop filter). Definitely worth a look!