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MXL 604 Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Mic up an acoustic guitar with the versatile MXL 604's cardioid capsule, or swap in the included omnidirectional capsule to use as an ambient room mic. (13) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Using transformerless FET circuitry and a 20mm gold diaphragm capsule design, The 604 delivers the dynamic range required in the most demanding instrument miking applications. It features; -10 dB switchable attenuation; selectable low-frequency roll-off; and an interchangeable omnidirectional capsule, making the the 604 perfect for acoustic guitar, ambient and overhead drum miking. The 604 exhibits low-noise characteristics with a wide dynamic range.

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Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 20 mm diaphragm

Frequency range: 30Hz-20kHz

Polar pattern: cardioid

Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa

Impedance: 150W

S/N ratio: 77dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)

Equivalent noise level: 17dB (A weighted IEC 268-4)

Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 137dB

Power requirements: phantom power 48V +/- 4V

Size: 22mm x 133mm

Weight: 0.3lb

Metal finish: silver
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-800-6608
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "I like. This mike."
Sound: As was mentioned, a good sound for acoustic guitar. I just bought a second one for stereo recording. I would comment it sounds "flat and even" as opposed to punchy or boomy, some mics add their own character and this doesn't seem to. That makes it excellent for rhythm guitar and general, background use. Also, some other mics I tried can get overloaded from a hot level, this doesn't seem to rattle or break up too much. Good clean sound, no noise. I like this mic. Feature: has db switch Ease of Use: simple Quality: seems well made Value: some other small condensers are cheaper, but this still doesn't break the bank. Manufacturer Support: n/a The Wow Factor: nice looking grill. Overall: again, just the thing for acoustic guitar.
Style of Music: jazz, folk, classical
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "MXL 604 compares well to SM81 for acoustic guitar"
Sound: For acoustic guitar, I love the sound of this mic. It is very close to the SM81 in my side-by-side shootout, using the recorder's faders to go back and forth between mics on lots of different sounding guitar pieces. The mids and highs are bright (but not too bright) and well defined, very much like the SM81. It has a little color (very slight), sounding a little warmer and less sterile, compared to the SM81. The SM81 picks up a more of the nuance secondary tones from my guitar, most of which I like but there are a couple which I would rather not pick up, and the 604 does not pick up those bad ones (nice!). There is a hint less bass in the 604 compared to the SM81, but they're pretty close. The 604 is definitely a lot hotter mike than the SM81 - about twice at hot. I compared specs and the 604's 10 mV/Pa sensitivity spec bears that out (compared to only 5.6 mV/Pa for the SM81). I had a third mic in the shootout (Studio Projects B3) which did not even compare to the SM81 or MXL 604. It has a shrill high end by comparison and the midrange was weak. Its differences to the other two underscored for me how close the SM81 and the MXL 604 are in sound. Biggest differences between MXL 604 and SM81 are 1) the much higher sensitivity in the 604 and 2) the slightly warmer tone (color) of the 604 (not quite as transparent as the SM81). Feature: Great sound, bass rolloff, 10 db pad, omni capsule - all for $100 - you cannot beat that. It came with a mic clip, not a shockmount, and that will cost you $35 elsewhere so beware of that. The MXL 41-603 shockmount fits the 604 nicely and is very high quality - better than any other shockmounts I have. Ease of Use: Simple handy switches for rolloff and pad on the mic, and the capsules interchange easily. Very simple and straightforward labels for the switches. Quality: Not near as heavy as my SM81 (136 g compared to 230 g for the SM81). It is actually the lightest of my mic collection now but appears well made. Value: Great value for a great sound. A low cost "replacement" for an SM81 when you need to mic an acoustic instrument and your SM81 is not available. Manufacturer Support: Have not used it. The Wow Factor: Very attractive mic. The grill on the capsules is almost transparent though, and it looks a little odd. But, oh the sound... Overall: Very, very nice - I wish it came with a shockmount though, but that would push up the cost.
Style of Music: old time, bluegrass flatpick, fingerpick folk
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