MXL DRK Desktop Recording Microphone Kit

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Includes mic, stand, clip, mic cables, adapters, battery, and recording primer. Monitor, software, and keyboard not included.
The MXL DRK Desktop Recording Kit is a fully self contained, universal tool kit providing music recording capabilities for all home and studio audio recording formats. The DRK is perfect for recording vocals, instruments and for voice-over speech to liven home CD and DVD video recordings, location sound effects and field audio recordings.

MXL Self-Powered Microphone

Desktop Stand

Microphone Clip

XLR microphone cable

XLR to Mini-Plug Adapter Cable

3.5mm Mini-Plug to 1/4-inch adapter

9-Volt battery

Recording Primer

The MXL microphone included in the Desktop Recording Kit is the first truly professional microphone designed for the computer user. Unlike budget electret-type microphones commonly marketed for computer audio, or dynamic microphones (which are 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 read more 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. And with the included 3.5mm Mini-Plug to 1/4 in. adapter, the DRK microphone will interface perfectly with self-contained recording studios that commonly use the 1/4 inch phone plug standard. The microphone is completely self-powered, so there is no need for costly preamplifiers or external power supplies. Combined with a sturdy, compact desktop microphone stand and clip, the MXL Desktop Recording Kit is 'the right tool for the job' when it comes to computer audio. read less
Type: Cardioid condenser mic

Frequency Range: 30Hz-20kHz

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa

S/N Ratio: 80dB

Equivalent Noise: 18dB

Max SPL for: 134dBs

Computers without a Microphone input will require a Mic Preamp
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-800-6608
(19 ratings)
Submitted August 19, 2006 by a customer from
"Only good for begginers."
You get what you pay for.
I am a rap artist. I bought and tried out the DRK. It is good for a freestyle or a cheap five dollar CD, but it isn't good if you are trying to present yourself as a professional artist. Plus, after about four hours of use, the battery is too weak and there is a fizz in the background. I prefer phantom power. Overall it is a good microphone for begginers who are trying to make a demo in order to promote themselves for future professional albums.
It came with the cable accesories to plug it in directly to the computer system. The stand is very breakable.
Ease of Use
The sound isn't near as good as a more expensive microphone.
The wires come apart easy. I had to use a different cable, just like the stand.
It ain't worth the pay.
Manufacturer Support
It's not a great microphone.
The Wow Factor
It's a real smooth white color, but sometimes, it's what's on the inside that counts.
Musical Background:
Active Musician
Musical Style:
Hip Hop
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