MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Review
The MXL 770 prides itself as the condenser microphone that’s worth the price/performance ratio. Because of this, we thought of trying it out ourselves.
Details & Specs
- High-quality FET pre-amp for its low-frequency response and high-end clarity;
- Low noise and dynamic range by its transformer-less balanced output
- 10db pad for a wide sound source variety; 10db attenuation switch and bass frequency roll-off switch
- Multipurpose small-diaphragm condenser, black metal construction, and finish
- Cardioid polar pattern with a frequency response of 30Hz – 20kHz
- Low-frequency roll-off for reduced, unwanted rumble
- Power requirements: 48V phantom power (+/ 4V)
- Retailed at $74.97; 1 pound
The MXL 770 is said to be one of the most sought-out condenser mics for all sorts of users. According to reviews we’ve come across, it’s quite the well-loved option for recording artists, producers, voice actors, and content creators. Considering that we’ve reviewed impressive condensers before, we thought this one would be worth the try.
The MXL 770, first, is advertised as a multipurpose condenser microphone. We’re thinking a variety of audio needs should – of course – be met, so we focused directly on its performance. It’s a simple plug-and-play mic, and without any firmware setup of any kind, we found the audio reproduction to be crisp and clear. It’s not exactly the mic that can grant you sudden studio favors – it delivers exactly what you play or produce.
We also found out how it needs a Phantom Power supply, which basically is the most convenient power source for condenser mics. Because some units have phantom power built into them, we thought this lacking technical feature was a miss. This, however, can easily be redeemed if you have a Zoom H4N audio recorder lying around, or other digital connectors you might be familiar with.
The 770 has a lot of clarity for its high ends, which is great for adding warmth and richness to deeper tones. With high tones, however, this may tend to add a bit of air-ness, which can give you a little trouble with the equalizer. In any case, this isn’t too big a problem, since a windscreen or pop filter can easily reduce the unwanted effect.
For podcasts, game-streamers, interviews, and basic recording, we think this mic puts in its best value. The shock mount it comes with is a great convenience as it allows you to anchor it on any stand you want. For starters, it’s a very decent and uncompromising option – one we found to be simple and fairly priced.
It should be important to note that this mic doesn’t come with anything fancy. That means it doesn’t have software; just the basics you need to set it up with your computer or recorder. Simplicity may often be overlooked as a good feature because many users want to get the job done easy and quick. Yet the great thing about plug-and-play mics is that you can pair them with other accessories – something that fancier equipment may not naturally allow.
Is it for you?
Whether you’re playing stringed, percussion, or piano, the MXL 770 is a tool we recommend you explore your sound or content with. Compared to other condenser mics we know, it’s also great value at the most affordable price!