El Segundo, CA (May 3, 2011)–MXL Microphones has announced its UR-1, which it claims is the first USB ribbon microphone.
Shipping in June and set to be on display at Summer NAMM, the UR-1 microphone uses modern electrical circuitry to match the input requirements of analog-to-digital converters and USB output with claimed low-noise and high dynamic range.
“MXL is a well-known and respected microphone manufacturer and we are the first in the industry to combine today’s recording technology with classic microphone design,” states Perry Goldstein, Sales & Marketing manager at MXL. “The classic sound of a ribbon microphone is ageless and it will certainly give today’s artists a new dimension to their recordings.”
The UR-1 is housed in an all-metal body with a double-shielded grill. The body was designed with the same vintage look and feel found in microphones used during the golden age of terrestrial radio and broadcast television. The big ribbon sound found in the UR-1 makes it suitable for recording singing, voiceover, and podcasting. A volume control and headphone jack on the unit allow for real-time monitoring without latency.
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