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MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone

You Pay: $89.99
Product Highlights
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • High SPL Capability
  • Accessories Included

The R144 from MXL is a professional-quality ribbon microphone ideal for studio and broadcast use. The mic features a 1.8 micron aluminum ribbon with a Figure-8 pickup pattern, allowing it to capture sounds from either side of the mic body. The mic's high SPL capability makes it ideal for use as a vocal or instrumental mic. The mic comes complete with a shock mount, mic stand adapter, cleaning cloth, and a carrying case.

Aluminum Ribbon
The mic has a 1.8 micron aluminum ribbon that delivers a high level of realism to audio recordings
Figure-8 Pattern
The Figure-8 pickup pattern allows the mic to capture sounds on either side of the mic body
High SPL Capability
The R44's high SPL capability allows it to record loud sound sources without distortion
Distinctive Design
The metal body is robust enough to withstand professional use and has a distinctive purple and chrome finish.
Accessories Included
The mic comes complete with a shock mount, mic standard adapter, microfiber cleaning cloth, and a carrying case
Transducer Ribbon
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 20Hz - 17kHz
Sensitivity -56dB
EIN Not Specified by Manufacturer
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) > 130dB
Power Requirements None
Output Impedance 250 Ohms
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR Male
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 6.75 x 1.85" (171 x 47mm)
Weight 0.85 lbs (400g)
MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone
  • Shock Mount
  • Mic Stand Adapter
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    MXLR144 Studio Ribbon Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (8)
    • Great sound quality (7)
    • Durable (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (7)
      • Home studio (6)
      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Professional (5)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (9), Gearhead (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Incredible for the money

      I'm using it primarily for a drum overhead, but also for acoustic guitar. It has a really nice, sweet sound, and it seems well built (we'll see). I'm still experimenting, but...Read complete review

      I'm using it primarily for a drum overhead, but also for acoustic guitar. It has a really nice, sweet sound, and it seems well built (we'll see). I'm still experimenting, but already, I have been able to get really nice sounds. It has none of the harshness of condensers in the same price range. It does need a lot of gain, as people say, and the pickup pattern is going to take some figuring out. I'm also worried about the fragility inherent in the design, but I think it will be fine (not using it live). The included case and mount are nice too. I like it a lot.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      a warm mic

      a completely different sounding mic,not as bright as condensers,but takes more spl,requires a big pre amp boost, will get a matching one when i arrive in new york from australia in...Read complete review

      a completely different sounding mic,not as bright as condensers,but takes more spl,requires a big pre amp boost, will get a matching one when i arrive in new york from australia in october

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      5.0

      Amazing Bang for the Buck

      By Jim

      from Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

          Used on male vocal recordings with Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 at 3 o'clock, which was dead quiet at that gain setting. I cut the low-end a couple dB and raised the top the same amount, and it was warm, detailed and big. I read the Sound On Sound review by Paul White where he used the same EQ setting and found the R144 compared "very favorably" side-by-side with his Coles 4038. At 1/16 the price.

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          5.0

          affordable price and very good!!!

          By Darío

          from Sherman Oaks, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

            I use it in a home studio

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            5.0

            I WOULD RECOMEND IT

            By Jazzietony

            from Columbus, OH.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

              To all my associates;
              I am a jazz player and singer and I have a home studio for my recording projects. After a few years with large capsule condenser microphones, 3 to be exact, I have found the ribbon microphone to be the best for my type of vocal. For the price of the MXL 144 it has a great natural sound and the highs are not rough. Just a little EQ for your personal taste. I ordered a pre amp but found I did not need it for my recording system. I run it directly into my Tascam US-1641. Eventual I will update to the more expensive models.

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              5.0

              Very happy

              By Greg W

              from Ottawa, ON. Canada

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Inexpensive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                My studio has many mics but I didn't have a ribbon mic. Given the low price I wasn't expecting the quality of this mic. I used it to record the vocals for a grunge/punk band in studio that week. The mic has a transparent flat response and I didn't get the harsh ss's I often get from expensive condenser mics. I used the inexpensive Studio projects VTB1 preamp on a no tube setting, and was very impressed with the quietness and quality of the recording.

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                4.0

                What's Old is New Again

                By David Beneke

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Good price value

                Cons

                • Too dark for Voice Over

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Modding

                Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                Ribbon mics are coming back in vogue, after a good 40 year absence. I think the reason is, condensers can sound a bit harsh in the digital world, and a good ribbon will sound smooth and nuanced, not really harsh, as they don't have to cut through layers of analog tape and noise reduction.

                This mic is basically an experiment for me. I wanted to see what a modern ribbon sounded like, without paying over a grand. The R144 was highly reviewed, mostly for vocal recording and instrument micing. I was looking for a voice over mic. It sounds a bit too dark for that use, unless you use EQ.

                I also looked on forums for ways to improve the sound of this mic. I would not recommend this to be done, first it will void your warranty, secondly you may damage the mic.

                As I said, this was an experiment, so damaging the mic internals, which I did not, was not an issue. I also have engineering experience. By removing the inner mesh from the head basket and the ribbon itself, the mic became more transparent and open. Next I padded the internal tube with felt, which dampened some of the unwanted resonance's.

                Although, this mic did not have a slack ribbon, it is very sensitive, even before my mod, to table vibrations, any movement or tap on the cable or stand causes low frequency bumping noises, not apparent in any other mics I use. I will be upgrading the transformer and ribbon as well to this mic soon.

                For the price of a starter mic, if you want to try a ribbon, this one may be a winner, depending on what you use it for.

                  • Similar:
                  • Many Condenser and Dynamic Mics

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                  5.0

                  Affordable quality

                  By ggaines

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                    Made sturdy and shock mount is ver sturdy and enforces confidence in its safety. The range of sound it will receive is impressive so I advise for use in Isolation booth.

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                    5.0

                    Great cost\quality ratio!

                    By CB

                    from Millburn, NJ

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                      I use this for live recordings of trumpet, trumpet ensembles and brass groups. I`ve used it in both live halls and in my home studio. Ribbon is the way to go for horns (and vocals of course). Very warm and complimentary to trumpets and deals very well with high SPLs. I use it with a Zoom H4-N and an M-Audio Audio Buddy. A preamp for some added gain is def needed as well as a GOOD mic cable. Tilt the mic back (or forward depending on acoustic environment) about 30 degs or so at about 8 feet back and 8 feet up in a nice hall or church. You will NOT be disappointed. Ordering a second one soon.

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                      3.0

                      a warm mic

                      By darkie wilson

                      from melbourne australia

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                        a completely different sounding mic,not as bright as condensers,but takes more spl,requires a big pre amp boost, will get a matching one when i arrive in new york from australia in october

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                        4.0

                        Very natural reproduction

                        By rythmejunky

                        from Omaha, NE

                        About Me Obsessed with sound

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                        • Not suited for live use

                        Best Uses

                        • Broadcasting
                        • Recorded audio

                        Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                        This mic has a very natural sound to it. You don't get the proximity effect you do with a conventional dynamic mic. This works best in the studio because you can't get it very loud without feedback. As you face the mic your voice passes over the ribbons and exits the rear grill so there's no good way to isolate it from the monitor in front of you, hence, it is very omnidirectional. But for recording or broadcast use you get none of the off axis coloration and proximity effect so it sounds like the person using the mic is sitting across the table from you.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Good for the money

                        By john the sick

                        from Nashville TN

                        About Me Gearhead

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional

                          Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                          I always wanted a good ribbon mic but with the prices out there i didnt think i would ever have one. i bought this mic at the same time as the 551/550 combo. ihavent gotten away from the condenser mics much (love them) but the R144 does sound good it just requiers a good preamp the get good gain.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          MXL R144 big Ribbon sound

                          By The Missing Symphony

                          from Camano Island, WA USA

                          About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional

                            Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                            Being an orchestral music composer, sound is everything and when using mics I try to not eq anything but keep the natural instrument and the microphone natural. For under 100 bucks these mics deliver a great sound on toms, vocals and nylon string guitar. That is what i have recorded so far. With this ribbon mic you do need a thick pop filter since the aluminum element is very pop sensitive, but well worth having in the collection. For vocals this mic set up with a Neuman 87 made a great pair, a bit more sizzle on the 87 and warmth and bottom with a clear mid range for the R144. I have two of these mics and will buy a another pair to try out on timpani, electric guitar cabinets, and the grand piano.I would reccomend these mics to anyone who needs a sensitive mic without spending 4k on a ribbon.Michael Schumann Smith - Composer[@]

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Incredible for the money

                            By kj

                            from boise, id

                            About Me Active musician, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Great value
                            • Nice looking

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                I'm using it primarily for a drum overhead, but also for acoustic guitar. It has a really nice, sweet sound, and it seems well built (we'll see). I'm still experimenting, but already, I have been able to get really nice sounds. It has none of the harshness of condensers in the same price range. It does need a lot of gain, as people say, and the pickup pattern is going to take some figuring out. I'm also worried about the fragility inherent in the design, but I think it will be fine (not using it live). The included case and mount are nice too. I like it a lot.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Takes your breath away for quality!

                                By studio7grafik.com

                                from Brisbane, Queensland

                                About Me Gearhead

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Full frequency range
                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • High resolution
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long Lasting
                                • Low Power
                                • Simple Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Presentations
                                  • Productivity
                                  • Professional

                                  Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                  The frequency range of this mic will blow you away! Use with any mixer and does not need phantom power - XLR link. Audio is crisp and resolution is excellent. Can't find this quality at the price. Highly recommended. 10/10.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  A bang for the buck

                                  By El Dada

                                  from Miami, FL

                                  About Me Producer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Simple Use

                                  Cons

                                  • To soon to tell

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional

                                  Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                  Exactly what I was expecting. I bought it for a quite sibilant singer that I am working with at the moment. Probably there are better ribbon mics in the market but for the price, this thing is unbeatable.
                                  I am using it so far in vocals in tandem with a Neumann TLM-103. When mixing I tend to use more the MXL on the verses and more the TLM-103 on the choruses. The MXL adds a lot of bottom without sounding boxy.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  Excellent buy

                                  By Al the drummer

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Gearhead

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • A bargain for tough times
                                  • Great Sound Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional

                                    Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                    I have recorded jazz bass drum, trumpets and electric guitar so far with quite good results. No, it's not a Beyer or Royer but can't be beat for the bucks. The sound is quite natural to my ears and closely approximates the way we actually hear. It's my first experience with MXL.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    Nice Mic

                                    By Jim

                                    from NY

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                    • Long Lasting
                                    • Simple Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                        Good mic... I need to get a better mixer to use it through and I think it will sound wonderful. Sounds warm.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Old School Sound

                                        By Derick

                                        from Dallas, TX

                                        About Me Professional Musician

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Price
                                        • Warmth

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Podcasting

                                          Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                          I bought this microphone expecting to return it. What a surprise I got when I mounted and plugged into our digital board and it reproduced my voice in a warm, clean way.

                                          We bought two more and use 3 of them for podcasting. Our EQ'ing is minimal and the sound makes all the difference in the world.

                                          The shock mount is quality and the case is a nice bonus.

                                          I have not tried with an instrument nor used for musical applications.

                                          Enjoy!

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                                          5.0

                                          Top notch mic for studios on a budget

                                          By bassrep

                                          from Ellicott City MD

                                          About Me Professional Musician

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Affordable
                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home Studio
                                            • Performances
                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                            I use this mic in my home studio. I have tried other inexpensive ribbons before and they all sound very "cramped". Nice big open sound, warm low end, smooth on the high end. Can't beat the price and it comes WITH the shock mount.

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                                            4.0

                                            Smooth

                                            By Joe Nic

                                            from Ocean County, NJ

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Sound
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • Home Studio

                                              Comments about MXL R144 Studio Ribbon Microphone:

                                              Inexpensive and well crafted, smooth response, great value.

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