MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, is pleased to announce that the MXL.007 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone is now shipping. Designed with ease-of-use as a high priority, the new MXL.007features two gold diaphragm capsules with an X/Y pick-up pattern and delivers a big, rich sound with excellent spatial imaging. Unlike most condenser microphones, however, the MXL.007 is a USB (Universal Serial Bus) instrument that connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps. Now, anyone requiring high quality, professional sound on their computer can record music or dialog by simply connecting to a standard USB port. Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, this exceptionally easy-to-use microphone even includes gain adjustment settings via the built-in three position attenuation switch.
Working with the new MXL.007 USB couldn't be easier. As a plug and play device for both Windows and Macintosh, it requires no special drivers whatsoever. Simply connect the microphone's USB cable to a computer's USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. As a stereo microphone, the MXL.007 USB is ideal for location recording. The microphone is optimized for capturing a wide range of musical performances—both vocal and instrumental—and delivers stunning realism with broad spatial imaging, thanks to its 90-degree X/Y stereo pick-up pattern. The MXL.007 USB also has a maximum SPL (Sound Pressure Level) rating of 137 dB—making it an excellent choice for capturing loud instruments such as trumpet, saxophone, or electric guitar. With the new MXL.007 USB, capturing live performances can easily be accomplished with the microphone and a stand, a notebook computer, plus a pair of headphones—simplicity re-defined.
Unlike electrets or dynamic microphones typically used for computer work, the MXL.007 USB has an extremely smooth, natural sound that is characteristic of what one would expect to hear from a professional recording product. The MXL.007 USB features twin gold capsules (22 mm each) and this pressure-gradient stereo condenser microphone features a 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency response. This exceptional microphone also provides 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 of the microphone features a 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D converter with sampling rates of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Protecting the instrument's capsule is a heavy-duty wire mesh grill with an integrated pop filter, and behind the wire mesh, there is an LED activity light to aid users in properly orienting the microphone toward the sound source.
The new MXL.007 USB ships with a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable, a windscreen, an owner's manual, and an applications guide.
Wayne Freeman, MXL's Director of Sales and Marketing, reflected on the company's new offering, “For capturing live performances, this new offering is ideal, as its polar pattern enables the microphone to deliver a broad spatial stereo image. The ability to actually hear the placement of performers throughout the stereo field is, unquestionably, one of this microphone's most significant attributes.”
The MXL.007 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone carries an MSRP of $229.95 and is available now.