MXL 3000 Condenser Microphone (Discontinued)
MXL knows how to combine useful features with affordable production, resulting in good quality affordable microphones. The MXL 3000 is a great example, with its large 25mm gold-sputtered capsule that is designed for miking vocals and instruments alike. Working in conjunction with its built-in FET preamp and transformer coupled output, this mic is capable of replicating the warmth of old recording without the bloated price tag that others usually ask for.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 30 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 50 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 130 dB
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power
Commendations for its performance as a vocal mic are plenty, with many pointing to its warm tonality as its best trait. This warmer tone is especially useful when you want to tone down overly bright vocals and acoustic instruments. It also helps that that mic's exterior feels solid and is easy on the eyes.
There are a few who found that the mic alters the sound a bit too much for their taste, so this may not be the mic for you if you prioritize transparency.
Other than that, the MXL 3000 is a reasonable choice for home studios and for those who want a warm/classic sounding studio microphone, however there are much more highly rated options available which you can find in our guide to The Best Studio Mics For Vocals..