El Segundo, CA (August 10, 2005)–MXL microphones has announced that its Desktop Recording Kit (DRK)–a professional cardioid condenser microphone, complete with a desktop microphone stand, microphone clip, XLR cable, XLR to Mini-Plug adapter cable, 3.5mm Mini-Plug to 1/4-inch adapter, and power source–is now compatible with Macintosh personal computers.
By adding MXL’s new iBooster Signal Compatibility Interface, which raises the low level output signals of cardioid condenser microphones and electric guitars to the line operating level of Mac computers, the DRK makes it easy to record vocal and other musical performances, as well as adding dialog to presentations or creating podcasts.
The MXL microphone included in the Desktop Recording Kit is, according to the company, the first professional microphone designed for the computer user. Unlike budget electret-type microphones commonly marketed for computer audio, or dynamic microphones (common to sound reinforcement applications), the cardioid condenser is the studio standard the world over. The DRK microphone has a wide frequency range (30 Hz – 20 kHz), making it well suited for a broad spectrum of audio and music applications, and its cardioid pickup pattern, which is more sensitive to sound waves arriving at the front of the microphone as opposed to those arriving from the sides or rear, make this microphone an exceptional recording tool, with true studio quality.
The MXL Desktop Recording Kit includes all the necessary accessories to ensure seamless integration into a wide assortment of recording environments. With its XLR cable, the DRK microphone will connect to professional microphone preamplifiers, mixing consoles, or computer audio interfaces. The included XLR to Mini-Plug adapter cable enables easy connection to computer sound cards or other consumer audio equipment that utilize 3.5mm Mini-Plugs. The microphone is completely self-powered, so there is no need for costly preamplifiers or external power supplies.
With a suggested retail price of $149.95, the MXL Desktop Recording Kit can be found online, at leading computer resellers, and at independent music retail establishments. The new iBooster Signal Compatibility Interface for Macintosh carries a suggested retail price of $29.95. By specifying DRK/Mac, retailers can conveniently order the Desktop Recording Kit and the iBooster together.