El Segundo, CA (August 10, 2006)–MXL Microphones has introduced its MXL.006 USB/cardioid condenser microphone. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the MXL.006 features a large, gold diaphragm that reportedly delivers a big, rich sound characteristic of studio and broadcast microphones. It is a USB (Universal Serial Bus) instrument that connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps. Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, the mic includes gain adjustment settings via the built-in 3-position attenuation switch.
The MXL.006 USB/cardioid condenser microphoneAs a plug-and-play device for both Windows and Macintosh, the MXL.006 requires no special drivers whatsoever. In addition to recording instruments or voice for home recording applications, the new MXL.006 is great for podcasting or adding dialogue to presentations and other multimedia projects. It is also a solution capable of opening new possibilities for radio and news broadcasters and for location recording.
The analog section of the microphone features a 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency response, pressure-gradient condenser capsule, and a switchable attenuation pad with settings for Hi (0 dB), Medium (-5 dB), and Lo (-10 dB). The digital section features a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Protecting the instrument’s capsule is a heavy-duty, wire-mesh grille with an integrated pop filter.
Wayne Freeman, MXL’s director of sales and marketing, commented on the company’s new offering: “The new MXL.006 USB/cardioid condenser microphone makes interfacing with a computer an effortless process. Now, amateurs and professionals alike have a great-sounding, plug-and-play solution to a wide variety of recording applications.”
The MXL.006 mic carries an MSRP of $169.95 and is expected to ship in the 3rd quarter of 2006.