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MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface

You Pay: $39.99
Product Highlights
  • Mobile Recording
  • Podcasting
  • Phantom Power

the USB Mic Mate from MXL is a pocket-sized microphone preamp that features a 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (44.1 and 48.0kHz) while also providing 48V phantom power to condenser microphones directly from a computer's USB port.

The preamp/USB interface is no-hassle solution for mobile recording, podcasting and garage bands.

USB microphone preamp
Supplies 48V phantom power for use with condenser microphones
Plug and record with any software - no special drivers required
Fully balanced, low-noise analog front end
Three-stage analog gain control
Heavy-duty diecast metal construction
Number of Channels Single
Inputs 1 x XLR
Output 1 x USB
Phantom Power 48V
Multi Function Analog-to-digital converter - 16-bit @ 44.1 and 48kHz
Gain Range Low-medium-high (switchable)
Maximum Output Level Not applicable
Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
Noise Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions (WxDxH) 5.75 x 0.85(OD)" (146 x 22mm)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Specialties No special drivers required
MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MXLUSB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (6)
    • Easy to set up (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Easy to setup (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for a temporary home studio

      Used this with a condenser mic to set up a quick home studio. It works as expected and the audio signal was not adversely affected in any way that I could tell. On a...Read complete review

      Used this with a condenser mic to set up a quick home studio. It works as expected and the audio signal was not adversely affected in any way that I could tell. On a windows laptop, it worked for us the instant it was plugged in. I appreciate the simplicity!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Very noisy and useless to me

      I gave it two stars because in a pinch you could use it, but mine is very noisy.

      I tried it with two different mics on two different PCs using two...Read complete review

      I gave it two stars because in a pinch you could use it, but mine is very noisy.

      I tried it with two different mics on two different PCs using two different sets of cables. Cannot get rid of the very high noise floor.

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      5.0

      Caution: Needs cable

      By Tat

      from Ardmore

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

      Works great, but comes without a USB cable.

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      5.0

      Works well

      By Clueless

      from Seattle

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events

        Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

        Plug 'n play convenience. Not professional but great value for money.

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        2.0

        Very noisy and useless to me

        By Steve

        from Maryland

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

        I gave it two stars because in a pinch you could use it, but mine is very noisy.

        I tried it with two different mics on two different PCs using two different sets of cables. Cannot get rid of the very high noise floor.

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        5.0

        Very nice and convenient

        By Photo George

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

          I use it with my laptop under 64-bit Windows 7. Almost plug-n-play, did not encounter any problems. With my AT2035 mic, the sound quality is very, very good. I could not hear any noise mentioned by some previous reviewers. Extremely compact and light weight. Actually you can easily put it in your pocket. Hence great for out-door and travel activities. As others mentioned, buyers have to prepare USB and XLR cables by themselves. If you don't have an XLR, you'd better order one from internet 'cause they are much cheaper than [*].With its low price, I think it perfect for someone like me who just started recording and look for some reliable, easy-to-use, convenient, and no-noise converters at reasonable price.

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          5.0

          Excellent Value

          By Video Producer

          from New Haven, Connecticut

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

              For mobile usb mic recording to my laptop, this device can't be beat!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
              • Similar:
              • Samson C01UCW USB Condenser Microphone

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              5.0

              Works as described.

              By HTuttle

              from Putnam Valley, NY

              About Me Tech Savvy

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • DJ / Mixing

                Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

                Works fine. Hi-Med-Lo switch is very handy to match different setups. Even works on our old mac boxes.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                A Must Have Audio Interface

                By SixFootSeven

                from Chicago, IL.

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home or Road

                  Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

                  Small, reliable and a must have device whether you're on the road or in the studio. It just plain works.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Exactly what I needed!

                  By jimvo

                  from miami

                  About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Energy Efficient
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Systems

                    Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

                    Plug it and there you go!
                    One piece, three different volume settings and a well
                    fit metal design.
                    Just be sure to open your software when connected not after.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good Solution

                    By Dave

                    from Port Clinton, OH

                    About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • DJ / Mixing

                      Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

                      Recently I upgraded computers and my old mic preamp is not supported by Windows 7. The USB Mic Mate solved the problem at a reasonable cost. It was truly plug-and-play. Audio quality is excellent with my microphone. The small size of this device gave me back a large chunck of desk space taken up by my old preamp.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great for a temporary home studio

                      By Greg

                      from New York

                      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portable studio
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

                        Used this with a condenser mic to set up a quick home studio. It works as expected and the audio signal was not adversely affected in any way that I could tell. On a windows laptop, it worked for us the instant it was plugged in. I appreciate the simplicity!

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        clean & easy!

                        By [@]

                        from Knoxville, TN

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clean Sound
                        • Easy Setup

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

                            I record professional voice overs, and needed an easy way to deliver phantom power to my mic while traveling. The Mic Mate not only delivers the power, but also offers a clean preamp as well.It's small size is perfect for traveling, and once I configured my software to recognize it as a USB connection, it was plug-and-play.On top of all of that, it's [$]

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                            (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Works great BUT for condenser mics only

                            By Casey Ess

                            from Oaks, PA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface:

                                Buyer ... be(a)ware. I made the mistake of overlooking the fact that this is for use with CONDENSER MICS ONLY. I have a dynamic mic that I wanted to use to go into my laptop computer without using a preamp. Wrong! I am still using a preamp BUT I AM able to use the USB capability therefore bypassing the sound card of the computer (which was not giving me the quality I needed). It's working great now ... but, again, only by going through a preamp.

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