Up Close: MXL Mics/MXL UCC

Where Great Recordings Begin: A leading manufacturer of professional audio products for music recording, broadcast, post-production and live sound markets, MXL Microphones, now in its fourth decade, stays committed to their branding slogan “Where Great Recordings Begin” with fresh new technologies. MXL Microphones offer the best variety of condenser / ribbon / dynamic microphone solutions for Studio, USB, Podcast, Video Conferencing, & Field Recording. MXL mics deliver high quality sound on par with far more expensive mics. According to Sales Director Trevor Fedele, the company’s pro audio side is less interested in tech specs and how many features can be packed in, and more into being fully invested in being solution oriented. “When we put out a product, our primary concern is what customers are we serving and what are their needs right now,” he says. “Ten years ago, MXL’s focus was driven by what our retails wanted and to have as many options as we could. We have really shifted to responding to the market needs and building upon what we do best. While staying agile, everything we do is rooted in the questions, “Does it sound good?’ and “Does it fulfill a need?”

Revelation II and the BCD-1: MXL continues to support its expansive line of products. Two to take note of are their latest product, the variable pattern tube mic Revelation II, and the MXL BCD-1, a live broadcast dynamic microphone that is a top selling solution for podcasters and streamers - and has been getting a lot of attention of late. The Revelation II is a studio microphone that delivers the warmth and intimacy of a classic tube microphone with a lush mid-range providing a unique color and sound to any microphone locker. A dual gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm and hand-selected EF86 pentode tube provide warmth and character giving the Revelation II an iconic sound. The Revelation II’s variable selection knob allows for limitless transitions between cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 polar patterns. The MXL BCD-1 is an end address dynamic microphone with warm, rich tones and a bright sound designed to make vocals stand out in any performance or recording. The built-in swivel mount allows for perfect positioning when combined with the optional MXL BCD-Stand. Its features include excellent side rejection and a tuned grill that eliminates internal reflections. It’s a top selling solution for podcasters and streamers too.

UCC Division and the MXL-AC404: In October 2019, MXL’s parent company Marshall Electronics announced a new division dedicated to the growing Unified Communications and Collaborations Industry to meet the demand for conferencing microphones. For obvious reasons, its products have been wildly popular with the shift to Zoom and other teleconferencing meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the UCC division’s key products is the MXL AC-404 USB-powered microphone, which is designed to capture crystal clear speech intelligibility for Houses of Worship, web conferencing, court reporting, and more with easy plug-and-play USB connectivity. Three microphone capsules in a surface-mount boundary design delivers an amazing 180-degree pickup pattern with a 25’ range making it ideal for podiums, conference rooms, courtrooms and connected classrooms. It has three capsules designed for broad 25’ audio pickup in an 180° arc with high voice intelligibility, and easy plug-and-play connectivity for use with Mac and PC computers. MXL continues to innovate and create in collaboration with some of the top conferencing companies, creating solutions to further enhance their capabilities—a key component to the development of this division.

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