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MXL 990/991 Package

Discussion in 'Recording' started by XevKai, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. XevKai

    XevKai Guest

    Hey guys,

    I recently talked a guy at GC into throwing a pair of these mics in when I bought my Firepod today. Anyone use these mics? How do they respond, and sound on different instruments?

    I know they are pretty cheap normally so Im not expecting much, but im curious of what you all think of them.
  2. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    Hey Xev,

    I have the 990/991 package and while it's is very low on the quality pole, the mics are usable.

    However, never base you purchase of a product on the freebees that they'll give you. always do your homework and if possible try out the product before you purchase (preferably in your native environment).

    On the Firepod note...if you haven't already and checkout the Presonus website and makesure that it's compatable with your DAW. I know the Firepod has problems with the laptops with the Radeon 9000/9100 IGP video chipset.

    So, if you like the Firepod and fits your needs go for it. anything beyond that is candy.

    -Chris W
  3. XevKai

    XevKai Guest

    yeh I've been researching hte firepod for about a year now since I first read about it. It seems to be a pretty solid piece of equipment. The mics I didn't plan on getting...I just wanted the Firepod, but it never hurts to get free stuff.

    Thaks for the reply! :)
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    You got what you paid for.
  5. GCPA845

    GCPA845 Guest

    You should have had him rhrow in the MXL V67. MUCH better mic, and the same price. Yeah, it's only one mic, but it sounds sweet! At least for 100 bucks. Got one myself. I do a lot of acoustic guitars with it.
  6. XevKai

    XevKai Guest

    Moonbaby: Thanks, your insight on this is just utterly ground-breaking, you should consider doing reviews for magazines. You have to try and get paid for those awesome tech notes!

    GCP: I'll have to check that mic out. At this point im not in the position to shell out too much for a mic in a home demo studio. So Im always interested in other lower priced hold-me-overs. thanks!
  7. shredz

    shredz Active Member

    a 990 was my first condenser...WAAAAYYYY better than nothing...u need to know, some here feel if u dont spend a few grand on a mic u wasted ur money.
    remember , this is BUDGET gear.
  8. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    you still mostly get what you pay for. All budget items are not created equally though and some better value than others. The c1 SP mic and the rode NT1 for $200 are a great buy- I hear good things about the kel mics in this forum and the unconditional 30 days money back guarantee says a lot. Beh** gear is usually not that good though I used to have a headphone amp that did the job great for $100- I haven't heard many good things about the mxl mics though- some people are saying good things about the AT2020 for 99 bucs, so who knows- of course the shure 57's and 58's are proven winners at around 100 bucs. Bottom line, if it claims a lot for little $$$ is probably mostly hype and a waste of your money. Buy a 57, it will do the job better than those cheap mics for the same price and you will keep it a lot longer than you will the others.

    a note on the NT1- i've had one since '98 and I've used it a lot. It does not get much use these days though but its still a keeper as it comes out ocasionally when I need an extra decent mic. My 57's and 58's from the same period still get regular duty though- so there you go, not all budget gear is created equally and that's a fact!
  9. shredz

    shredz Active Member

    well hate to step on toes butttt...
    if u think a 57 sounds better than a 990 condenser ur deaf!
    just my 2 cents...
  10. XevKai

    XevKai Guest

    I have 4 SM58s and 2 SM57s and I do love them, and though I haven't messed around with the MXL much yet from just plugging it in and listenening to the room i thought it was pretty good. I could hear my keys players foot pedal sqeaking and keys clicking in the backgroudn (he was playing in headphones). So Im not going to complain.

    Though I know for a fact the more expensive name brand mics are better quality from my last trip the studio. But they were free, and hell if you're just starting out I think it's fine wo screw around with lower ends stuff cause if you're not serious about it it's better to be stuck with 100$ mic then a 4000$ mic that you probably damaged from inexperience.

    When I screw around with the mxl more I'll post some clips for those who care. But elitists can just piss off for all I care, everyones got to start somewhere.
  11. XevKai

    XevKai Guest

    I've been very interested in the AT2020 I've read a few reviews, It may be my next step, that or a Kel. I will however avoid Behringer at all costs. I am a musician first and foremost, and I know the downfalls for that company... The Rode I havent' heard much about, Im gonna go dig some info up on it.

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