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MXL USB.009 - Large Diaphragm 24-Bit 96kHz Studio USB Microphone

B&H # MXUSB009 Mfr # USB 009
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You Pay: $281.05
Product Highlights
  • USB Connection to Computers
  • 24-Bit 96kHz Resolution
  • Headphone Monitoring Output
  • Headphone and Mic Gain Controls

The MXL USB.009 Large Diaphragm USB Studio Microphone is a professional, large diaphragm condenser microphone with a USB output for direct connection to Mac and Windows based computers. Professional and project recording artists and engineers will enjoy the convenience of USB integration without sacrificing professional microphone quality and sound.

The USB.009 is capable of 24-bit / 96kHz resolution for superb recording results with professional software titles. A 1/8" (3.5mm) mini output headphone jack provides latency free audio monitoring and independent level control.

A microphone input gain control is also featured for added convenience and control. The kit includes the USB.009 microphone, desktop stand, stand adapter, 10' (3 m) USB cable, cleaning cloth and aluminum storage case.

USB Output
The MXL USB.009 features a USB output for direct connection to Mac and Windows based computers.
24-Bit, 96kHz Resolution
The USB.009 is capable of 24-bit / 96kHz resolution for superb recording results with professional software titles.
Heapdhone Output
A 1/8" (3.5mm) mini output headphone jack provides latency free audio monitoring and independent level control.
Mic Input Gain
A microphone input gain control is also featured for added convenience and control.
MXL USB.009 - Large Diaphragm 24-Bit 96kHz Studio USB Microphone
  • USB.009 USB Microphone
  • 10' (3 m) USB cable
  • Desktop Stand
  • Mic Stand Adapter
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    MXLUSB.009 - Large Diaphragm 24-Bit 96kHz Studio USB Microphone
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Great sound quality (3)
    • Quality microphone (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home computer (3)
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        • Quality oriented (3)

      Reviewed by 4 customers

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Possibly best quality USB microphone

      By Digitalchkn

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Quality Microphone

      Cons

      • Bit Overpriced

      Best Uses

      • Home Computer
      • Music and Movies

      Comments about MXL USB.009 - Large Diaphragm 24-Bit 96kHz Studio USB Microphone:

      This is possibly the highest audio quality USB microphone available. Overall very wide and smooth response that works well for both for vocals and acoustic instruments like guitar. USB operation is completely hassle free. I have not evaluated the quality of the headphone amplifier. Would have also liked to see a standard XLR output in addition to the USB.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic, High Quality Microphone

      By Rich

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Pros

      • Broadcast quality
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • No Background Noise
      • No Pop Hiss or Buzz
      • Quality Microphone

      Cons

      • High Gain Needed
      • Knobs Not Marked Well

      Best Uses

      • Home Computer
      • Music and Movies
      • Podcasts
      • Recording studio
      • Vocal Recordings

      Comments about MXL USB.009 - Large Diaphragm 24-Bit 96kHz Studio USB Microphone:

      The negative review below is inaccurate, and after using this microphone for over a year I felt the need to post my own review. The review below states that you cannot use your own mic stand – this is false. The microphone mount has an inner adapter which can easily be removed using a coin or screwdriver. When you remove the adapter, the mic can be mounted to any stand.

      He also states that mono recording is a negative aspect of the microphone. This is debatable, but the vast majority of professional microphones record in mono, and stereo or 5.1 surround sound is not applied until the mixing process. While I don't own the Blue Yeti, the mute button is a non-issue for me, and I see no need to record at 192 kHz. Blu-ray movies can only accept 48kHz, and Apple's GarageBand can only record at 44.1 kHz in 24 bit. The MXL can record at 24-bit, 96kHz which is high enough for any professional broadcast needs. The Blue Yeti had many negative reviews regarding compatibility, and while I can't comment on that, I have had no issues plugging my MXL into my MacBook Pro and recording with GarageBand – it is truly plug-and-play.

      I purchased my own stand, pop filter, shock mount, and studio foam to convert the walk-in closet into a very nice studio environment. The microphone's build quality is outstanding; it is rather large and heavy, and impressive to look at. The included hard case is also very nice, and I store the microphone in the case at all times when not in use to prevent moisture or dust from getting into the microphone.

      To say that the recording quality from this microphone is just 'OK' is very inaccurate. My guess is that the reviewer below had either the microphone or his software set up improperly. In GarageBand for example, you have to go into the recording settings and change them to "Best" to enable 24-bit. I went to film school where we used countless high-end microphones and recorded in studio environments. I also worked at a university which did recordings using a $1,000 XLR microphone and a large soundboard. I can say without a doubt that this microphone sounds better than any of the ones I previously used. USB microphones just make sense – going from analog XLR, through phantom power or a soundboard, and then converting to digital just involves too many steps where something can go wrong. We frequently had buzzing or hissing problems with our expensive XLR microphones, which is a problem I've never had with the MXL. I like the fact that USB mics use one cable and stay digital through the entire process.

      I've used this microphone for lots of voiceover contract work and have even used it for broadcast voiceovers on PBS. In every case I received compliments on the sound quality. I would highly recommend this microphone to anyone looking for great quality at a reasonable price.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Previous reviewer N.A.R. Inaccurate

      By me

      from New York, New York

      Pros

      • Carrying Case
      • Easy To Use
      • Stand Included

      Cons

      • Doesn't include popfilter
      • Non standard mic stand
      • No standard XLR output
      • Only converts 24bit-96khz
      • Pricey poor value

      Best Uses

      • Home Computer
      • Mobile recording

      Comments about MXL USB.009 - Large Diaphragm 24-Bit 96kHz Studio USB Microphone:

      First off, let me say that I own two of the three microphones mentioned in his review. Multiple Audio Technica AT2020s, AT4040s, and the MXL USB.009.

      I am also disclosing that the USB.009 was given to me for free, by a friend of mine as he upgraded to the Yeti Pro. I am using the MXL USB.009 for portable field recordings.

      As a quick review of the microphone, I can say it is an "OK" mic however if I was not given it for free I would have chosen to purchase a different microphone and a stand alone USB/Firewire audio interface. THE MXL IN MY OPINION IS WAY OVER PRICED. If however, you are just looking for an extremely decent mic from an awesome company with fantastic support try the Blue Yeti Pro. I own a number of their high end microphones (Woodpecker, and capsule mics) and they are fantastic. The Yeti Pro includes all the cables, stand (and has a threaded standard mic stand mount which the MXL does not), stereo XLR and USB converter output AND includes polarity and polar pattern seletions (cardiod, stereo, omni, bi-directional), has a MUTE button (when on USB), and can convert stereo audio at 24bit/192khz and which is manufactured in Latvia!

      Blue Yeti:
      Cheaper
      Stellar company support
      Manufactured in Latvia
      Includes stand
      Stereo
      Multiple polar patterns
      MUTE (when on USB)
      24bit/192khz converters
      Stereo XLR /w breakout cable (for use with your own interface or mixer)
      All cables included
      Standard threaded mic stand (you can use your own REAL stand)
      No fancy blue light

      In contrast MXL USB.009:
      More expensive
      Mediocre support
      More expensive
      Rebadged Chinese Microphone
      Carrying case
      USB Cable included
      Fancy blue light (but a fancy blue light doesn't make it sound better)
      Requires a pop filter (not included)
      Includes stand
      No mute button
      24bit/96khz
      Mono
      NO XLR (for use with your own mixer or interface)
      Non standard mic stand mount (so you can't use your own stand)

      To respond to the previous reviewer:

      I don't believe that the reviewer owns or has tested the other microphones as the AT2020 does NOT have a D/A converter in it and is NOT a USB microphone. It is a standard XLR condenser requiring phantom power.

      He also lists Zero Latency as a CON and states that 16bit over 24bit is hardly noticeable when recording vocals. (You might like to get a better monitoring setup). The Zero latency settings for monitoring while recording in fact, come in handy.

      He also compares to a Yeti Pro from Blue Mics, which he says does NOT convert as 24bit (which it indeed does) and states that it records at 16bit 48k. The Yeti's single channel D/A converter will convert up to 192k.

      He states that the AT2020 has a marked hiss for sibilants however these can be mitigated by properly aligning, using a pop filter, and using a standard de-esser.

      He mentions "digital zero" a number of times however as the A/D converter is INSIDE the microphone with no metering ON the unit there is no way to tell when you have reached a digital clip level other than to listen for it.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      96-kHz Is A Significant Quality Boost

      By N.A.R.

      from Southern California

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Pros

      • Added features
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Quality Microphone

      Cons

      • Zero Latency W Computer

      Best Uses

      • Network Broadcasts
      • Voice Over Work

      Comments about MXL USB.009 - Large Diaphragm 24-Bit 96kHz Studio USB Microphone:

      Mathematically the 24-bit audio versus 16-bit borders even on insignificant, for typical voice usage. This microphone is such an improvement quality-wise, over the AT2020 (16-bit 44kHz) and Yeti Standard (16-bit 48kHz), that it most likely is the 96kHz recording rate of the MXL 009.The Yeti Pro has double that, a 192kHz recording limit, which is highly intriguing. It also has the multiple recording settings that the Standard does, in contrast the .009 is strictly mono. The AT2020 after extensive tests has noticeably better recording quality than the Yeti Standard, so perhaps the focus pays off for a singular purpose, of acoustic instruments or voice.Far fewer digital processors are required to get the .009 recordings to "digital zero" during quiet parts, than either of the two mics mentioned. Of course its cost is more than both of the other two combined, so this might be considered a trade-off.The hardware knobs provided on the .009 are highly useful, as well as having a headphone jack. The three (3) on-mic knobs are Gain, Mix (of zero-latency playback vs. computer sounds), and headphone volume.One major setback, is the current inability to listen to both the zero-latency playback, directly from the mic, and the computer audio, mixed out of the hardware headphone-jack. The low-tech solution, is using ear-buds for the mic, and putting larger headphones from the computer on top of them, clumsy and silly. Currently using the latest version of the OS from the certain company, incompatibility and unfriendliness are only to be expected. In contrast the Yeti, even using the unfriendly OS, mixes the two perfectly well.The mic is tall, and has a fine brushed metal look. A pop-filter works fine, for the sake of space and movement, an MXL wind-filter was used instead, and works almost identically. The ones from [...], just are not tall enough. The standard desk stand and spider shock-mount, both fit perfectly well.The large metal traveling case could be useful some time in the future, and it is appreciated to have a form-fitting travel option, though certainly the cost is higher because of it.The USB input is at the bottom of the mic, the headphone input is along the front, and so the wire does get a bit tangled with the spider. Underneath, like the Yeti design, seems to be a better placement for the jack input.The AT2020 and Yeti both are fine for network chats and broadcasts, apparently they are indistinguishable from the .009 at that level (feedback from others). For CD-quality or better recordings, even the AT2020 has a marked hiss-sound for silibants. The 009 comes to the rescue, after months of fiddling with settings and post-editing.This, again, is probably due to the 96kHz. Mixing maintains superb quality as well, the current chain includes 1. noise-reduction, 2. a sweetening plug-in (quite flat settings), and then 3. a compressor. The result is a +/-6 db range of vocal recordings, with minimal background and the ever-appreciated "absolute digital zero" quiet zones.Finally, when it is plugged in and working, the mic gives off a pleasant blue LED color. This is a plug-and-play mic, only the computer audio settings need to be adjusted after plugging it in for the first time. There is/was no driver installation needed.This mic should have an option to plug in a USB drive or SD card directly into the mic, thus to not even require having a computer (power provided by the USB input) for initial storage. The resulting portability from this, would really raise the bar.Incidentally, the mic being used for this review, was purchased directly from this website.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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