Since I’ve been writing about microphones this week and mentioned that you can use USB microphones to eliminate the need of an external audio interface or mic preamp, this press release that arrived today might be of interest.
MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, is pleased to announce the new MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone. With electronics based upon the MXL 990—the world’s best selling studio condenser microphone—the new MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone features two gold diaphragm capsules in an X/Y stereo configuration and delivers a big, rich sound with excellent spatial imaging. Unlike most condenser microphones, however, the MXL 990 USB is a Universal Serial Bus instrument that connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps. Now, anyone requiring high quality, professional sound on their computer can record music or dialog by simply connecting to a standard USB port. Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, this exceptionally easy-to-use microphone even includes gain adjustment settings via the built-in three position attenuation switch.
Working with the new MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone couldn’t be easier. As a plug and play device for both Windows and Macintosh, it requires no special drivers whatsoever. Simply connect the microphone’s USB cable to a computer’s USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. As a stereo microphone, the MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone is ideal for location recording. The microphone is optimized for capturing a wide range of musical performances—both vocal and instrumental—and delivers stunning realism with broad spatial imaging, thanks to its 90-degree X/Y stereo pick-up pattern. The MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone also has a maximum SPL (Sound Pressure Level) rating of 137 dB—making it an excellent choice for capturing loud instruments such as trumpet, saxophone, or electric guitar.
The new MXL 990 USB Stereo Condenser Microphone ships with a travel case, a mic stand adapter, a shock mount, a 10-foot USB cable, an owner’s manual, and an applications guide.
I have no idea how good this microphone is for podcasting, and how could I? It isn’t released yet. It’s scheduled to ship third quarter of 2007 and carries an MSRP of $199.95.