Mojave Audio MA-200 Large Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone (Discontinued)
Mojave Audio is a custom mic shop that was started by David Royer himself, meant to be his outlet for crafting premium microphones. To develop and produce the MA-200, Royer drew from over two decades of experience, resulting in a tube driven condenser microphone that sounds like a well-maintained vintage studio mic.
It features military grade JAN 5840 vacuum tubes that reduce high frequency shrills, resulting in a warmer sound that works great on acoustic guitars, vocals and other instruments.
Other premium elements include its 3-micron gold sputtered capsule, and the use of Jensen audio transformers, both of which work in conjunction with the vacuum tube to better recreate classic characteristics that many prefer. Note that the MA-200 has a cardioid pattern and it has no built-in pads or filters.
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 30Hz-18kHz
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- Max SPL: 120dB
- Power Requirements: +48V
The response to the Mojave Audio MA-200 is overwhelmingly positive, to the point that some even regretted not buying the mic earlier. Most users report hearing dramatic improvements in their recordings, especially on acoustic guitars and vocals, with many of them describing the sound to be better than anything they've tried.
Since tube mics tend to color the sound of acoustic guitars, it is not ideal for those who prioritize transparency.
Despite not being as ideally "neutral" as other microphones, the Mojave Audio MA-200 impresses on the track, a certain gloss or polish that makes acoustic guitars just sound magical. Even skeptics who wanted transparent mics found themselves impressed with the MA-200. It's a top tier Large Diaphraghm Condenser that flatters and enhances. Get it if you're the type to get it right in tracking with minimal processing.
Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores, however there are great alternatives in our guides to The Best Condenser Mics and The Best Microphones for Recording Acoustic Guitar.