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MXL V69 Mogami Edition Studio Microphone with Case

The MXL V69 is a classic large-diaphragm tube mic characterized by its rich midrange, punchy forward character, and mix-ready vocals. The MXL V69 brings crispness and warmth to your professional or home studio. (46) Read 13 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Musicians, artists, and bloggers agree - the V69 (Mogami(R) Edition) is the standard of excellence for tube condenser microphones. Tested against mics costing barrels more, the V69 continues to impress with its rich midrange, punchy forward character, and mix-ready vocals. Providing a winning combination of both crispness and warmth, the V69 is a must-have tool for the professional and home studio environment.

The MXL V69 is a classic large-diaphragm tube microphone. This special package includes Mogami cables, a shock mount and more! The MXL V69's classic sound quality enhances vocals as well as instrument performances. The extremely low noise level, wide dynamic range and warm sonic characteristics make the V69 a perfect complement to all digital recording devices. Frequency range is 20Hz - 20kHz and equivalent noise is a low 12dB. Includes all the accessories -- power supply, Mogami cables, shock mount and windscreen - in a hard case.

Features:

- Internally wired and supplied with Mogami cable
- Vintage Tube Sound
- 25mm (1 in.) large-capsule condenser
- Complete microphone system with Mogami 7-pin and XLR Cable
- Vintage cosmetics
- 24 carat gold plated grill
- Durable brass enclosure
- Supplied with carrying case

"If you're looking for bargain-priced mic that performs like it costs a bunch more, give the V69 a very close look. You'll be thrilled at how little money you have to shell out, and you'll be even happier at how well it does it's job." -- Mitch Gallagher: Editor EQ Magazine/February 2003

"We tested the V69 against -- count' em -- 11 other popular condensers, ranging in price from $169 to $5,000.00 list".After a couple of hours of testing, both the engineer/producer and the singer picked the V69 over the other 11 mics. None of them had the same combination of classic tube warmth and top-end air of the 69." -- Fett: Technology Editor, Performing Songwriter January/February 2003

"When I set up the MXLV69 large-diaphragm tube mic on a crucial vocal track I was recording recently, I was really impressed with a winning combination of crispness and warmth - exactly what people love Tube mics for. It was a male vocal with a gutsy quality to it and the air on top at around 10K added some nice sheen to the track - all without having to resort to EQ. In fact, the 'N-brand' famous tube and the MXLV69 to me are extremely close in most aspects of performance. The price though--it is outrageously different!" -- Terry Brown: Producer, Rush , Dream Theater, Fates Warning, FM, Mullmuzzler and Bozzio, Levin, Stevens.

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- Type: Condenser, pressure gradient mic
- Capsule size: 25mm
- Tube: 12AT7
- Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Impedance: 200W
- S/N Ratio: 69dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
- Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB(A weighted IEC 268-4)
- Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 140dB
- Size: 55mm x 215mm
- Weight: 500g
- Metal Finish: Black/Gold

Package Includes:
- Micrphone
- Power Supply
- Mogami Cables
- Shock Mount
- Windscreen
- Hard Case
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-800-6608
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (46 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Cheap tube mic ripoff? Think again."
Sound: A warm and wonderful mic that picks up detail and treats vocals the way vocals should be treated. One of the best sounding mics in my studio it easily rivals the "N" brand that has a price tag 7 times higher. Feature: Thin on features, no pad or rolloff switches, it's not thin on sound and that's what counts. The 140db SPL makes them useful as overheads for drums, but they really shine on vocals and acoustic guitar. The response is so flat that you don't need a rolloff switch and for acoustic instruments and voice a pad isn't much use either. So I appreciate the money saved by not paying attention to features that have little value in this instance. Quality: Well built. The parts fit tightly but it also disassembles easily to allow you to get to the tube. Value: At this price, I bought two! So much more you can do with a pair and any other "quality" tube mic starts about double this price. I don't think there's a better value out there for a quality tube mic that shames ALL the competition under $1000 and holds its own with the "big boys" without pretending to be something more than it is. A truly GREAT mic! Manufacturer Support: No experience.
Style of Music: ALL
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Sound: The sound is natural and true to the human voice. I've found that it CAN be natural and true on acoustic guitar, but depending on the instrument, it can take a minute or two to find the "sweet spot" (which would have been much easier to do with a high pass switch). Don't forget that this is a tube mic. Let it warm up for a good 15-30 minutes before recording any tracks. Once that tube kicks in, it's like listening to warm silk...clean and smooth. Feature: Don't really need a PAD switch for this mic since its max SPL is 140db. Plenty of headroom. However, it sure would make things easier if there was an 80Hz high pass switch. Ease of Use: It's pretty much plug it in, let it warm up and away you go. The reason I gave it an eight is because the external power supply can be a little bit of a pain depending on your environment. Quality: First time I took this out of the box it had the eye-catching, classy, vintage look that (in my opinion) all microphones should have. However, the black casing scratches very easily and shows the true grey metal underneath. I've noticed that the gold grill has become a little wobbly (which is exactly what has happened to ALL previous MXL mics I've owned) over time. Despite those things, everything else seems to be pretty sturdy. Just be sure to treat this mic with a little extra TLC. Value: Still the best sounding mic for the money that I've heard. I just finished recording a project were we did a bit of a shoot-out between the V69ME, an AT4040, an AT4080, and an SM7B. The V69ME won hands down in clarity, presence, warmth and balance. Manufacturer Support: I haven't had to deal with them but some friends of mine have and have had some good and some bad experiences. Everything from, "Yes sir. We'll fix it right away!" to never getting a reply. The Wow Factor: Is this mic sexy? Why yes...yes it is. The black and gold combination give it a 'modern' vintage look. Everyone that sees and hears it automatically assume that it costs about 3x what it actually does. Shhh! I won't tell anyone if you don't. Overall: I expect to keep this mic in my collection for a LONG time. I'm sure I'll keep adding to the collection but for now, this mic has a special place in my studio as the "go-to" mic for vocals and acoustic instruments!
Style of Music: Rock
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