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The MXL Genesis exhibits the clarity and warmth typically associated with tube mics. This large-diaphragm cardioid condenser features a 1.2-inch diameter capsule with a 6-micron, gold-sputtered diaphragm and a hand selected Mullard 12AT7 tube - known for its clean, rich tone and a silky high end. The microphone operates with 48 volt phantom power. Genesis will be supplied with a power supply, heavy-duty shock mount, and Mogami microphone and tube cables housed in a high quality flight case.


- Unmistakable glossy red body and gold grill
- Hand-selected Mullard 12AT7 tube
- -10 dB pad
- 150 Hz, 6 dB/octave roll-off switch
- Comes with custom metal mesh pop filter, shock mount, power supply 15 ft. 7-pin Mogami(r) cable, 15 ft. XLR Mogami microphone cable and cleaning cloth
- 3-year warranty/90-days tube

"When MXL asked me try their flagship "Genesis" microphone, I didn't hesitate in taking up their offer. I have used numerous MXL mics over the years, and have always had excellent results. Initially, I tried the Genesis as a room mic on a grand piano, and the results were just amazing. From the full bottom end to sparkling highs, it gave me the natural sound I wanted, with next to no EQ required. With female vocals it was simply stunning. There is something about the warmth and intimacy of this microphone that I have previously only been able to capture with microphones costing much more. What truly surprised me though, was when I tried it on the outside of a kick drum where I previously used my FET 47. The FET 47 is enjoying a long vacation in my Mic Locker. The guys at MXL seem to be continually raising the bar for quality in affordable mics. With great products and amazing customer service, MXL are always high on my list of preferred equipment when I need to get the job done."

- Anthony "Rocky" Gallo
Chief Engineer - "The Cutting Room" NYC
(John Legend, Carly Simon, John McLaughlin)

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- Tube Type: Mullard 12AT7 or equivalent
- Diaphragm: 6 micron gold-sputtered
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Output Impedance: 200 ohms
- Pre-Attenuation Switch: 0 dB, -10 dB
- High Pass Filter: 6 dB/octave @ 150 Hz
- Equivalent noise: 18db (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
- S/N Ratio: 78dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
- Max SPL for .5% THD: 130 dB/140 dB (0dB, -10 dB pad)
- Power Requirements: Dedicated power supply
- Size: 59mm x 240mm
- Weight: 1.55 lbs. Dimensions and Weight in Packaging Base Item Shipping Weight: 10 lbs Shipping Dimensions: 15 x 12 x 6 in

If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-800-6608

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Musical production question: recording vocals

by heinsonlive

I have a phantom powered condenser microphone and I want to know how to get it to work and connect to a computer sound card. I have a notebook computer and think I need to get some type of external sound card- basically something better than the factory card I have now. If I won't be able connect it to a sound card, what do I need to get it to record directly to my editing software, Adobe Audition 3.0, with very high quality? Trying to get a truly professional sound for a song I've written.
Here is the mic:

AKG C1000

by Seacrest

Also I've got a AudioTechnica battery powered condenser thats pretty good for overhead mic or acoustic.
Battery powered mics are electret condensers. Phantom powered mics are usually regular diaphram condenser. Its a slightly different mic.
Some electret condensers are very good, but these usually also run on phantom power too and I find they sound better with actual phantom power. The AKG C1000 is sort of an industry standard for certain applications and its battery powered.

Popular Q&A

Why is my condenser tube microphone power supply humming?

I bought an Apex 460 condenser tube microphone in Canada and I took it with me when I moved to the UK. It worked great in Canada, a nice little mic really, but when I plugged it with a power converter in the UK the power supply very loudly hums and even vibrates. It seems like it's going to blow up! What could be causing this? Is it the power difference from Canada to the UK (I'm using what I thought was a high quality converter)? Did it break on the plane ride over (it was transported in a padded suitcase)? Has anyone even ever heard of this happening before?

most likely your converter, get a power conditioner for recording gear.

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