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AlexJansen 02/07/2011

MXL Gold 35 : AlexJansen's user review

«  Clarity and precision »

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Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic With 35mm/1.37 in. capsule
Diaphragm: 6-micron Gold Sputtered
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sensitivity: 26 mV / Pa
Output Impedance: 150 ohms
Equivalent noise: 14 dBA (A-weighted IEC 651)
S / N Ratio: 81 dB (A-weighted Ref.1Pa)
Max SPL for .5% THD: 136 dB
Power Requirements: 48V Phantom Power (+ /-4V)
Current Consumption: 5.4mA
Size: 57mm x 235mm/2.24 in. x 9.25 in.
Weight: lbs 771g/1.7
Metal Finish: Gold plated
I bought this micro


early January 2011. I needed a quality microphone for recording some voices and acoustic instruments (possibly percussion). After hovering between models (Genesis, C214, lamp studio pro ...), I chose the Gold 35. It was a risky choice, of course, because the reviews and reviews of this mic are extremely rare! It's simple, I have found no French, and not for lack of trying!
So I started a little blindly with this microphone ... but so far it seems to me that was worth the risk of being caught.

Since I have recently, I could not test it on many different sources: only spoken voice, singing, clarinet, guitars and folk. (Small detail: I am getting a presonus digimax d8)

Each time, I had what I wanted: the most neutral sound, clear and accurate as possible. On speaking voice is terrible! all frequencies are there, it's ultra-defined and realistic scenes!
For vocals, it's great too. I recently recorded a singer, a decidedly rock: I asked the voice as it is in the mix, not even needed equalizer anything! just a de-esser with a very slight adjustment to reduce sibilants (but even without it could pass), a little reverb and it felt good nickel. Maybe a little lack of heat, but I intend to resolve it with the purchase of a good tube preamp for vocals.
Of the male voices, especially voices, we may regret the absence of a low-cut, but hey, it can be corrected to equal.
On the clarinet, it's just perfect! all here! This micro eat your clarinet and vomits in your preamp without missing any thing! The record is an incredible accuracy.

I just think this mic has been a special place in my life park, and for now, he's the star!
Unfortunately I still lack of benchmarks to make me an opinion as objective as possible. J'updaterai depending on the evolution of my Micro Park. (Soon a comparison with AT4041)

So I can only advise, especially for acoustic instruments where one seeks the most often made clear, precise and neutral as possible. Great for voice too, perhaps coupled with a good preamp tube (s) for certain applications.