MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone

Expand your home studio's microphone collection with a figure-8-pattern ribbon. The MXLR144 comes with a custom shock mount, carrying case, and more.

Add that ribbon-mic flavor to your home studio for an affordable price with the MXL R144 ribbon microphone. Thanks to its high SPL capability, Figure-8 polar pattern, and rich midrange and rolled-off top end, the R144 can precisely capture guitars, strings, horns, vocals, and more. And your R144 comes with a shock mount, carrying case, and cleaning cloth.

Choose a Ribbon for a Warm, Old-School Vibe

The MXL R144 is what it is because of a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, which makes recordings sound warm in the mid frequencies and smooth across the entire audio spectrum. Known for their awesome midrange and a rolled-off top end, ribbon microphones like the R144 add tons of warmth and character to recordings.

Outstanding Side Rejection

Its Figure-8 polar pattern rejects sounds from the sides of the mic, picking up only sounds from the front and rear. It's a no-brainer for capturing vocalists, acoustic instruments, electric guitars, strings, and other instruments, with clarity and realism.


- Ribbon microphone
- Figure-8 polar pattern picks up sounds from the front and rear, rejects it from the sides
- 20 Hz to 17 kHz frequency range
- High SPL handling (max. SPL for 0.1% THD: >130 dB @1 kHz) -- ideal for horns and electric guitars
- 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon
- Sensitivity: -56 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa)
- Use it to create realistic, natural-sounding recordings of vocals and instruments
- Sleek, solid, compact design with chrome metal finish
- read more Includes shock mount, carrying case, cleaning cloth, manual, and application guide
- Backed by MXL Microphones warranty

Set up MXL's R144 ribbon mic just so, alongside your favorite preamp, and you'll have just want you need to record everything that comes your way.
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- Type: Ribbon Velocity Microphone
- Ribbon Element: 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon
- Ribbon Length: 47mm
- Frequency Range: 20Hz -17kHz
- Polar Pattern: Figure 8
- Sensitivity: -56 dB (0 dB=1V/Pa)
- Impedance: 250 ohms
- Rated Load Impedance: >1500 Ohms
- Max SPL for 0.1% THD: >130 dB @1 kHz
- Size: 47mm x 171mm/1.85" x 6.75"
- Weight: 400g/0.85 lbs
- Metal Finish: Purple and chrome
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MXL R144

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-800-6608

MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone

Incorporating a Figure 8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the R144 offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings and is an excellent microphone for broadcast applications. The R144 also performs brilliantly on acoustic instruments, strings, and horns and offers high SPL capability, outstanding side rejection and precise directivity.


- Figure-8 polar pattern for outstanding side rejection and precise directivity
- High SPL capability
- Delivers unbelievably natural sound and stunning realism to vocal and instrument recordings
- Distinctive body design with purple and chrome metal finish
- Includes R144 ribbon microphone, shock mount, carrying case, cleaning cloth, manual & application guide

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (12 ratings)
Submitted January 25, 2011 by a customer from
"Great mic if you know how to use it!"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Great mic overall. It looks great, records exactly what you put into it, and has a very flattering effect on vocals in my opinion. It feels solid in my hands and has yet to fail me when called up for any task.
This is my first ribbon mic, but I have been recording long enough to tell that this is a very honest mic. Although it requires a certain control over your dynamics when recording singing, because it is very sensitive. The sound is "realler than real"
The mic body itself seems quite solid. It also included a foam fitted carrying case, a decent shock mount (with extra band) and a cleaning cloth
Ease of Use
It's a ribbon mic. Make sure you have a low noise preamp with a lot of headroom. Never let this mic anywhere near phantom power, because it will kill the ribbon element. Other than that, just make sure you use a pop filter to protect it from explosive air bursts.
This seems to be very well made, especially for the low price tag
Great mic for the money, provided you can accommodate a figure 8 pattern mic which requires a decent preamp, and must be handled with care because ribbon strips are delicate
Manufacturer Support
Haven't needed any support, so I suppose that's a good thing haha
The Wow Factor
This is one classy lady. She is very easy on the eyes, but you have to set everything up just right to get the "magic" hahaha I plan on buying another to enable certain stereo schemes and drum overhead micing.
Musical Background:
Active Musician and Recording Engineer
Musical Style:
Acoustic rock to Death Metal and everything in between
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