Marantz MPM Series: 3 Cost-Effective Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones


Looking for a cost-effective large diaphragm condenser microphone? Seeking a mic that provides a tight cardioid pattern to minimize bleed in live settings and can handle some SPL, to boot? If so, the Marantz MPM series has you covered. Each one in the line can handle sound pressure levels of 136 dB or more while simultaneously providing a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Also, each of these microphones includes a windscreen, a shockmount, a tripod stand, and an XLR cable. Just plug one into your interface, put it up in front of your sound source, and you’re ready to start recording.

With its 18mm aluminum-plated diaphragm, the 1000 is on the smaller side, thereby providing a transient response suitable for the fastest players and the speediest speakers (should you need to utilize the microphone in hip hop or podcasting scenarios).  On the other hand, the 2000 and 3000 models—with their 34mm gold-plated diaphragms—bring the kind of sensitivity more commonly associated with gold-plated large diaphragm microphones, rendering them tailor made for picking up the nuances in sultry vocals, sweetly arpeggiated acoustic guitars, and the like. Whichever your preference, these microphones can provide a beneficial, yet economical addition to your mic locker.