MXL R144

MXL R144

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R144, Ribbon Microphone from MXL.

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  • Manufacturer: MXL
  • Model: R144
  • Category: Ribbon Microphones
  • Added in our database on: 05/01/2011

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MXL R144 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 3 reviews )
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Mmz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a good mic for the metal distortion"

MXL R144


I used that on large distortion.
Tested on a drum and voice, but was too deaf rendering is not really top.
I will not repeat what has been said below because j thinks the same thing.

I find it very good for micro Hi gain distortion but a complementary Sm57/421/re20/e609.
In any case I would say it is better micro and replaces the other.
IT is very soft and gum up the defaults in the distortion spectrum c is really very practical.
After, even when it lacks a bit of clarity with respect to a royer 121 and down even when the spectrum is unclear.

If you want a very good micro ribbon for the distortion: the royer 121 is really great, if you have no budget MXL 144 is very good is lets get a big sound distortion but in the room and the amp he used can be difficult and beautiful medium lacking.

Note that I've always used with preamp that margin gain. if the breath coming fast.

cheyenne-toulouse's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Whaouuuu! the slap!"

MXL R144
Ribbon Microphone


To put some conditions in which I could test this mic I'm doing tests to catch his guitars (metal syle with large saturation, pressure and acoustic guitarists since these gentlemen are fond of heads lamp need a little push to make it sound!).
I started by testing confs "classic" based SM57 and other equivalents, but it did not sound for a penny ... The problem with big distos is that gets a lot of crackling disgusting at the top of the spectrum, and the microphones used are usually quite sensitive to this frequency band.
I tried also confs based condenser microphones + dynamqies, it was a little better, but I was left unsatisfied. Always dirty in the high end and draft in the bass.
Going through a few forums, I noticed that a lot of his techs utilisaint ribbon mics for decision guitars. So I decided to go.
Not having a big budget, after some research, I decided to order the MXL R144. FYI, it is sold by a well known German magazine, but I found it cheaper on a French site online ... for the fans.
Micro received three days ago, and first tests in the wake: the night and day compared to what I had been tested before!
At the same amp settings, the microphone gets the natural sound of the amp, while smoothing the top end. More crackling in the treble, very good dynamic in the bass. it sounds just!
The result is excellent raw, but it is also very easy to mix because the mic has a fairly flat response across the spectrum, so the opportunity to equalize at will!
I have not done extensive testing, but I'll do an update when this will happen. I plan to also use this microphone for vocals!
Anyway, for now, this mic does not disappoint me about the sound quality coming out, exceeding even my expectations when you consider its low price.
Be careful though:
- This mic has a figure 8, so if you do not have an area suitable for the miking, you may also take a lot of room ambience.
- It remains a sensitive microphone (like all the ribbons). Be careful not to apply phantom power, because that will burn out ...
- The output gain of the microphone is quite small sound sources without big sound pressure. provide a proper preamp.

fabrice.fargues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Amazing, amazing ..."

MXL R144
Ribbon mic, figure-8 directivity, delivered in small case with PVC suspension, a microfiber cloth ... Expected, according to MXL, for vocals, guitar amp, percussions, strings, brass ...


Too much money this year for Christmas, so I had a tight budget for a ribbon mic, this technology having always attracted but that goes with the directivity like me often put off ... Well, we try, after all, it costs the same as SM58 ...

First surprise, unpacking, look: it's serious, metal, some chrome, nice finish (for the price some would do well to take a leaf ... I cite one ...), weight "reasonable", that inspires confidence ...

A microphone stand, take the suspension comes with, and there surprises, no adapter to screw "the European" ... This is not the price it costs, but Mr MXL should think that these products are appreciated on this side of the Atlantic ... Cable, a good preamp (Fearn VT2), headphones (DT770 pro) and forward, we first carry a tune ... Next to price, excellent, rendering "ribbon" is there. Down at will is silky, warm, velvety with this many "vintage", I would like to AEA more expensive ... Surprising depth ... Up on the other hand, although it is quite natural, not the definition of high-end microphones, but remember that this is a mic ... € 100 The sound all his own dough, charming, very useful as a second microphone jack, near to the velvety look of a voice, a high-end condenser microphone a little further (station phase) which will pick up this definition and the "air" that he can not give. The marriage of these two technologies provides a crooner side to my voice very frightening to any remaining ...
On acoustic guitars, put aside easel, "watching" the rosette against angle, plus a little static for the next round "fiddle" is absolutely divine, it perfectly captures the extent of the Fund the guitar, it restores perfectly the warmth of wood, and as the static definition will lead us, we are left with a Cort that sounds like a Martin ... Surprising, even mesmerizing ...
One is a banjo that I enjoyed the most, the aggressive side that was often completely disappears, and the sound of the instrument is captured to perfection.
On electric guitar amps, my friends grateux is the one for you ... I no longer taken my guitar amp that with him ... It's colorful, certainly, but the side of some ultra aggressive amp at certain frequencies is erased, while the signature sound that is respected ... Special mention of anything crunch and saturation "hot" ... It sits down a little anyway ...
For other uses, I have not had a chance yet to try it, but I think a snare drum, it should not be devoid of interest ...

Overall, I tend to say that he can not do everything, far from it, but for guitar amps, it may become a benchmark given its price / quality ratio, especially for our friends' six-string players " wishing not to see their sound distorted by microphones certainly good, but more "delicate" to ring ... Given its sensitivity "light" (tape is "like a dynamic "...), live, it should work without problems, I think, I test it soon, I'll do an update ...
For voice, unless you look very sixties sound, it is very much a complement to another, to get the grain of the particular, is low-medium warm and captivating ...

An excellent microphone booster, because it can serve as a main microphone in a home studio (but it is an opinion that is only my opinion ...), surely the discovery of the year, a small price, a large trunk, and the guitars ... Hummmm

MXL is a trademark of micro rising, their microphones are not "revolutionary" technology, far from it, they even tend to retain the proven solutions, but their range is amazing in every way, with products in the price / quality ratio in some cases amazing, and I do not think the happy owners of Genesis, V69XM, V89, 35 Gold and especially the last revelation, I will say the opposite ....

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