The MXL 990 remains one of the industry's most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound qualit...
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Ballad of Paka: Logic Pro for DAW. Guitars were recorded with a MXL 890 through a Focusrite 2i2. My friend recorded drum samples for me to use - not sure what his set up was for those. Vocals were through the MXL and Focusrite as well. As for VST I used some sort of 8bit wave generator for most of the synths plus a thermin plugin for Toothless. Organs were just through the built-in Logic organs. Bass I usually just direct input through the Focusrite. Pollen King: Logic Pro for Daw. This time Guitars were recorded up close with an SM57, with the MXL 890 picking up room noise (both recorded simultaneously through the Focusrite 2i2.). Drums were recorded live this time with my friend's 8-input firepod. I think I mic'd everything with SM57s and used the MXL 890 and whatever condenser mic he had picking up room noise. Viola on Copper/Gold was recorded with the MXL890 and then re-recorded via my monitors to a tape recorder I bought at Goodwill. I then mixed the two together. VST I think I only used a Mellotron sampler I found online and whatever the built in electric piano for Logic is called. Bass was recorded direct input from the Focusrite again. Vocals through the MXL 890. Equipment (outside of aforementioned mics): Gibson SG for guitar (Maybe a Strat on some of Pollen King), Vox Solid State amp, Fender Jazz Bass, Basic Starter Bell Kit. Outside of the drums (don't know the make on those) I think that might be it. Happy to answer more questions if you've got them.more
The MXL 990 remains one of the industry's most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound quality in both digital and analog recordings. This revolutionary condenser microphone continues to astound artists with its silky, high end and tight, solid low and midrange reproduction.
It is pretty solid built and you can get very nice results from it. Good performance for a fair price. The built is actually so good, that there are modifications for it. You can order online a kit with better electronics and a better diaphragm. In the end it will cost you some time and around 300-400 USD but it is claimed that it comes into the quality range of some very high priced neumann mics. Even without the modifications it is reasonable good.
In my life, I have been through hundreds or microphones. In my punk days in the 90s, we couldn't afford anything, so we would essentially use what we could get our hands on. As I was starting to take music seriously, I invested in some intro basic recording mics, like the MXLs. When I thought I had grown out of these models (and had a little bit more money to spend on gear) I bought more Shure mics and some Blue mics for vocals. But, I always got a better tone out of the MXLs! So, for my new recordings of my personal music, I have gone back to the good 'ol MXL 990. For my vocal range, I LOVE this mic. Sadly, my higher-end mics are now collecting dust in the closet. I call these guys "'ol trusty" for a reason.
Honestly, this is just a sweet condenser mic. The highs are crisp, the lows are rumbling, and the mids aren't too extreme. It has great overall response and sounds good. Not much else to say.
Bought this mic from pawnshop and it works just haven't had a chance to fully record with it as of setup on my Akai Renaissance through the Alto mixer hooked up.