MXL MCA SP1 Studio Condenser Microphone

MXL MCA SP1 Studio Condenser Microphone

MXL MCA SP1 Studio Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Metal Body
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • High SPL Capability
  • 48V Phantom Power

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MXL MCA-SP1 overview

  • 1Description

The MCA SP1 Studio Condenser Microphone from MXL is designed for use in both professional and project studios. The microphone features a robust metal body for lasting durability and a cardioid pickup pattern to reject off-axis noise and prevent feedback. There is a wide frequency response and a high SPL capability to deliver clear, natural results with no distortion, even when picking up loud sound sources. The microphone uses a standard XLR connector and 48V of phantom power for wide compatibility with home and professional studio components.

Metal body for strength and durability
Mic capsule has a cardioid pickup pattern to reject off-axis noise and prevent feedback
Wide frequency response and high SPL capability deliver clear, natural results with no distortion when picking up loud sound sources
Uses 48V of phantom power over a standard XLR connection for wide compatibility with home and professional studio components
UPC: 801813073768
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MXL MCA SP1 Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Mic Stand Clip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    MXL MCA-SP1 specs

    Analog Performancexbrtwbvv
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 30 Hz to 20 kHz
    Maximum SPL 135 dB SPL
    THD 0.5%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.5 x 5.7 x 2.3"

    MXL MCA-SP1 reviews

    MCA SP1 Studio Condenser Microphone is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great quality great price good mic I've been into recording since 1979 used a lot of microphones my favorite a sinnheiser but this mic preforms great on vocals ,especially bass vocals when EQed properly.Also does well on snare drums .high end is lacking some but overall for the money a great deal on a good product.
    Date published: 2011-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from That will do the job !!! Wow, I'm impressed by the sound quality for the price. Never expected to get something that good for under $. Packaging however was... bad. It was broken and is kind on the minimal side. Roughly, I understand that I was buying a mic not a package, but it left some marks on the mic that I was not so warm about. But nothing to change the sound.
    Date published: 2013-02-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For $, how could you go wrong? I put this mic up against a CAD M177 for a rough comparison. They both have a similar bump in the high end, which seems pretty common in budget condensers. The main difference I could see is that the CAD costs twice as much.Although it looks pretty rugged in photos, it does feel pretty light. A bonus for travel, but I wouldn't be too quick to bounce it around like it was an sm57/58.So while it's not the most transparent mic out there, it's hard to argue with a LDC for $. I'll probably buy a 2nd one and put them through the paces of the Glyn Johns' drum micing techinque.
    Date published: 2011-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect option for the beginner I have little to no experience with audio equipment, and i just wanted a decent microphone to experiment with. At this price this mic fits that bill, perfectly. It is possibly the greatest mic at this price point and if you are starting out it would be a great choice for vocals, guitar, percussion etc. It records all these reasonable well. The stand adapter it comes with is kind of useless on it own so keep in mind that you might have to look for something to hold it.
    Date published: 2012-02-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from MCA SP1 - Decent mic for a decent price. I've been into recording for the last 30 years or so and I've used everything from inexpensive dynamics to high end Neumann condensors. I purchased a pair of MCA SP1's based on a review I read on a web blog, which gave it high praise for such an inexpensive mic. I tested these mic's on several instruments including an acoustic guitar, electric guitar amp, acoustic bass, drums (as tom mic's). The mic's did a good job on each instrument and it didn't take me long to find good positions for each instrument. This mic does exhibit scooped frequencies in the mid range, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. For a mid-heavy acoustic, the SP1 naturally tames those frequencies, yielding a better overall sound than other mic's. Used as a pair of stereo drum overheads, I imagine the SP1's will fare well, picking up the lower end of the toms, the high end of the cymbals, but taming the mids of the snare drum. I doubt I'd be happy if the SP1's were my only mic's, but they will certainly see some use in my studio and I know which mic I'll be reaching for when dealing with mid-heavy sources. For the price, there's not much else on the market that can do what these mic's do, as well as they do it.
    Date published: 2012-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mic for the money Recording vocals, ADR. Pros: Picks up clear crisp sound. Cons: Non so far
    Date published: 2010-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MXL MCA SP1 Starting off as a young producer I needed a cheap but also not a cheaply made microphone. I found that the MCA SP1 can offer quality without having to dig into your wallet to purchase. I'm running two of these into my PreSonus AudioBox and the quality for me is great. Only thing I wish came with it would've been a shock mount, but you can easily fix this by going to the MXL website and looking at the shockmounts there. There are no real cons for me, I'm not too picky as of now, just starting off in recording what more could I ask.
    Date published: 2012-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best $ dollar condenser mic ever made! Well I didn't expect it to sound that great for only $ but when I plugged it in I couldn't believe how good it sounded! Sure it was plugged into a $800 dollar daking mic preamp and using a mogami cable which the cable by itself cost more than the mic but WOW! I ABed it to my AT4050 mic (a $500 dollar mic). The MCA SP1 did not have quite as much top end and has a bit of a peak around 250hz which needs fixing with EQ later but for $, I can't believe how similar it sounds to high end mics. If you know how to EQ and mix and are on a budget or just need more mics. This is great. Is is a small diaphram condenser even though it is in a large condenser case so it will work better for instruments like guitars, toms on drums and any source where you want a warm sound. You can get many better mics for vocals but for most other things this is great. You won't believe how good it sounds for $45 bucks! I bought 8 of them.
    Date published: 2011-08-01
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