MXL USB.007 Condenser Review
Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices. MXL’s USB.006 mono USB and USB.007 stereo USB microphones are prime examples of good solutions for any broadcaster or podcaster in the market for an affordable pair of USB microphones that perform well and deliver consistently.
Marshall’s MXL USB.006 and MXL USB.007 USB microphones are bus-powered using just your PC or Mac and each microphone is packaged with its own stand, holder, a foam windscreen and cloth travel case. They come pre-packaged with some MXL V88 shipments but can be purchased individually at many online retailers for around $120.
The MXL USB.007 is a full-sized cardioid condenser microphone with two 22mm capsules for stereo capture. It has a flat frequency response for a more honest reflection of the sound source and its stereo capabilities enable it to be used in more versatile applications than its mono counterpart. Like the USB.006, the MXL USB.007 is a plug and play USB microphone so there were no worries about hooking it up to a mixer or enabling any phantom power sources. Plug right into a USB port on your PC or Mac and your OS should recognize the media device. The USB.007 is designed for broadcast use as well as for vocals, acoustic instruments and micing other instruments as well. And it’s capable of being used in both studio and live applications.
The MXL USB.007 is USB 1.0 and 2.0 compatible. It has a pretty wide frequency response range of 20Hz to 20kHz as well and features a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad making it a good choice for most any sound source. The MXL USB.007 offers 44.1kHz (CD quality) and 48kHz (DVD quality) sample rates. The microphone has a red LED light inside the grill to indicate USB power and a 3-position (low, med, high) input attenuator. The MXL USB.007 can be purchased for under $120.
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