El Segundo, CA (October 19, 2006)–MXL Microphones’ MXL.006 USB/Cardioid Condenser Microphone is now shipping. The new MXL.006 features a large gold diaphragm that reportedly delivers a big sound characteristic of studio and broadcast microphones and, as a USB instrument, the mic connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps. Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, this microphone even includes gain adjustment settings via the built-in three position attenuation switch.
MXL.006 USB/Cardioid Condenser Microphone As a plug and play device for both Windows and Macintosh, the MXL.006 requires no special drivers whatsoever. Simply connect the microphone’s USB cable to a computer’s USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. In addition to recording instruments or voice for home recording applications, the new MXL.006 is a suitable microphone for podcasting or adding dialog to presentations and other multimedia projects. It is also a solution for radio and news broadcasters and for location recording.
Unlike electrets or dynamic microphones typically used for computer work, the MXL.006 reportedly has a smooth, natural sound typical of what one would hear on a professionally produced CD or radio show. The analog section of the new MXL.006 microphone features a 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency response, a large gold diaphragm, pressure-gradient condenser capsule, and a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad with settings for Hi (0 dB), Medium (-5 dB), and Lo (-10 dB), making it easy to configure the microphone to virtually any sound source. 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 grill with an integrated pop filter.
To make recording a trouble-free process, the new MXL.006 features a red LED behind the protective grill. This LED informs the user that the microphone is active and correctly oriented toward the user. The new MXL.006 also ships with a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable, windscreen, an owner’s manual, and an applications guide.
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 USB/Cardioid Condenser Microphone carries an MSRP of $169.95 and is available now.