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Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Marshall MXL V67G Microphone

MXL Microphones

The Bottom Line

The gap in quality between low and high priced microphones keeps getting smaller, thanks especially to low-cost, high-quality manufacturing facilities in China. While the reputation of Chinese-made, low-cost microphones has been less than stellar in recent years, the new exports are setting the bar very high for import mics!

Marshall Electronics' MXL V67G is a prime example: surprisingly high-quality sound, remarkable value, and high aesthetic value combine to make a nearly ideal cheap microphone.

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Pros

  • Wide, Flat Frequency Response
  • Superb Vocal & Acoustic Instrument Reproduction
  • Incredible Value

Cons

  • Included Accessories of Low Quality
  • Matched Pairs Not Available

Description

  • High-quality large diaphragm condenser microphone; priced at $99.
  • 1" gold-sputtered diaphragm, fixed cardioid pattern.
  • 30hz to 20kHz frequency response.
  • 130db maximum SPL.
  • Included accessories: plastic mount, carry case; shock mount available separately.

Guide Review - Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Picking out a microphone when working in my favorite tracking room is easy: I usually go for the Neumann TLM103 or U89. Unfortunately, I don't always have the luxury of using the highest-quality stuff, especially if I'm working with an artist with a smaller budget, using my personal tracking room. I've used my share of dirt-cheap microphones, and usually they've disappointed me in one way or another -- from "it's passable" to "I wouldn't use this microphone to prop open the door" and everything in between.

The MXL V67G is a bargain-priced microphone -- you'll find it most outlets for $99, sometimes less. For a home recording studio looking for a really good quality vocal microphone, this is the best $99 you'll spend. A warm yet detailed, robust, natural sound that's reminiscent of mics many times the price. Visually, it's stunning, too -- although I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees the (unintentional, I'm sure, wink wink) uncanny resemblance to the legendary (and expensive) AKG C-12.

With a smooth, wide frequency response from 30hz to 20kHz, vocals stand out (especially alto/tenor male voices and all female voices). There's a little boxiness in the low-mids, but some EQ (and high-quality compression) seems to negate this well. In my testing, I paired this microphone with a Grace Design preamp, but any high-quality preamp with little to no mid-low range coloring should work best.

On acoustic guitar, the V67G sounded great (especially with a little subtractive low-end EQ). It also fared equally well as a drum room mic. A matched pair isn't available for purchase, but should be; I'd easily use this for live recording and drum overhead micing as well as stereo acoustic guitar.

At $99, the V67G is a phenomenal value. It even comes in a stereo version, perfect for most applications -- but remember, one mic can't do everything, and no matter what, a source that doesn't sound good naturally won't be able to be reproduced no matter how nice the mics are.
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