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The MCA SP-1 Studio Mic is a true breakthrough in affordable microphone technology, giving you a true large-diaphragm condenser design at a cost that would have been absolutely insane just a few years ago.

The MCA SP-1 Studio Microhone combines the best in "Vintage" European design with todays modern production techniques used by studio recording professionals in the best recording studios from LA to London. Years of intense research went into designing this microphone studying the specifications of many of the top name brand studio microphones and working closely with many professional recording engineers, the end result is this truly indredible sounding value priced studio microphone.

Just check out these dynamite features:

  • Gold Sputtered Capsule For "Vintage Sound"
  • Wide Dynamic Range For Truly Detailed Recordings
  • Ultra Low Noise Producing A Full, Rich, Elegant, Sound
  • 30Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • Ideal For Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Piano or simply any recording application!

Pick one up today, you will be simply amazed in the high quality sound reproduction of this microphone

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MXL Marshall MicrophonesMXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound quality (19)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Simple use (11)
  • Durable (10)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional (19)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Productivity (5)
    • Presentations (3)
    • Production quality (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (14), Gearhead (12)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (20), Business (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Hidden Gem!

    Wow! After reading a review of this hidden treasure in a recent Tape Op magazine, I hunted it down and figured it would be worth the [$] price tag. Well, it is...Read complete review

    Wow! After reading a review of this hidden treasure in a recent Tape Op magazine, I hunted it down and figured it would be worth the [$] price tag. Well, it is worth the cost--but it's actually worth many times more. The SP-1 has become my new go-to mic for almost any application: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic, ukulele, percussion, bass, etc. I have about 6 or 7 mics, many of which I like a lot (including a ribbon and the MXL V67). I thought the SP-1 would be an average mic to break out every now and then, but I am completely blown away by the sound and its versatility. Most Chinese mics have a harsh top end which doesn't flatter my voice, but the SP-1 is somehow very smooth without having a dark, murky sound like some ribbons I've tried. I find I'm actually singing better, and every track sits very nicely in the mix. It is equally excellent mic'ing amps, reproducing low end, or capturing the tone of my Larrivee acoustic or ukulele (although it does help if you angle the mic off-axis to emphasize the treble a bit more).I can say this with all honestly--and I wouldn't say this about any other mic in my collection, even the ones that cost much more--I would be extremely happy if I paid $300 for this mic with the way it has performed so far. Kudos to Pro Sound for carrying this mic as it's getting harder to find. There's absolutely no excuse in the world not to pick up one or two of these diamonds on the rough right away!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Knowledge is Power!

    I just wanted to point out to "DaBestRapperAlive" 3 spots below me. That the mic not working with Sony Acid is not the mics fault. As a matter of fact, it...Read complete review

    I just wanted to point out to "DaBestRapperAlive" 3 spots below me. That the mic not working with Sony Acid is not the mics fault. As a matter of fact, it has nothing to do with the mic or the DAW. The mic has to be plugged into an interface that has phantom power for it to work. As do all mics of this type. So before you bash something, please understand how it works before you give it a bad review.

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    4.0

    Excellent economy Mic!

    By Plispen

    from San José Costa Rica

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

        MXL mics are excellent for home recording.
        When I started recording (10 year ago) my first microphones were MXL. Nice and warm sound for vocals.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Great Clarity

        By Phlatlyne

        from Washington, NC

        About Me Artist, Gearhead, Producer, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Productivity
          • Professional
          • Recording

          Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

          Using this product for recording purposes. The sound clarity is just amazing. Its a little heavy But don't judge this mic by the cover.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
           
          4.0

          Best bang for buck!!

          By NuSelf

          from P.G. County, Md.

          About Me Gearhead

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional

            Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

            Great for vocals. If your pre has a 10+ db pad, use it. Helps so you don't have to boost gain on mixer/interface.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            4.0

            for. the price you can't beat the sound.

            By Tom

            from Elton, Md. 21921

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                For price and overall quality of the microphone you can't beat it. I am using it for podcasting on my amateur radio station and it works great.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                4.0

                Good Microphone at deceptive low price

                By Charlie from Jersey

                from Northern New Jersey

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Needs Good Mixer

                Best Uses

                • Professional

                Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                This is a good microphone! The price makes you suspicious of the quality but it actually sounds pretty good. There is a youtoube video out there that demos the quality. You'll need a good mixer or compressor to really get the best out of it but you won't be disappointed.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Excellent!!

                By roger

                from Vermont

                About Me Gearhead

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                  I don't think you can beat this mic for the money. And you could easily spend a lot more and not get the results that this gives. Clean, present, and easy to place.
                  I almost don't want to compliment this too much, or others will grab them all, and the price will go up!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  4.0

                  Studio Mic For The Budget Minded Pro

                  By SOCAL_Sound_Designer

                  from Los Alamitos CA

                  About Me Independent Producer, Tech Savvy, Voice Actor

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional
                    • Vocal recording

                    Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                    The MXL SP1 is a solid under $100.00 Studio Condenser Microphone ideal for Voice Over Auditions, Demo Recordings, Pre Recorded Show Announcements, Vocal Performances or as a back up Studio Microphone.
                    To maximum benefits of sound reproduction quality; use the SP1 in a High Quality Home Studio or Professional Recording Studio environment.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                     
                    4.0

                    Best gift of 2012

                    By Split keys

                    from Mid-Hudson Valley, NY

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality
                    • Upgradable Affordable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional
                      • Studio recording

                      Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                      Gift for my son. He has his own commercial sound studio in NYC. He started raving about the mics right away. He is "modding" them with high end parts and very happy with the results.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                       
                      5.0

                      begginers mic? NO this is a PRO MIC !

                      By Video Magic Recording

                      from Bellflower, Ca.

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                          perfect for home studio recording, affordable prize with best quality sound.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                           
                          5.0

                          best "cheap" mic i've found

                          By -1/ +1

                          from Richmond, VA

                          About Me Gearhead

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional

                            Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                            i took a blind risk on this mic back in 2006, based on the rave review if got in an issue of TapeOp. since then, i used the pair that i ordered in many applications, my favorites being drum overheads and pseudo-stereo for vibes. without question, these mics are worth the price, particularly if you take advantage of pair discount. just got one in the mail (again) to replace one that got stolen-- yes, these mics are good enough to be stolen.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                             
                            4.0

                            Great Condensor

                            By Moreau Theatrical

                            from Burlington VT

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Long Lasting

                            Cons

                            • Mic case not included

                            Best Uses

                            • Chorus
                            • Professional

                            Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                            I own a small theatrical lighting and audion production company. I use these mics a lot for choirs and recording purposes. I have had 6 for 10 years with no problems yet. I have had to purchase more because they are in such high demand.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                             
                            5.0

                            great for the money

                            By mix master kevin

                            from los alamitos, cypress

                            About Me Gearhead

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Long Lasting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Recording

                              Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                              great for recording guitar amps and pianos

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                               
                              5.0

                              Budget Bombshell Beats Big Boys

                              By Radiojohn

                              from Near La Crosse, WI

                              About Me Gearhead

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Productivity
                                • Professional

                                Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                Having gone from radio station management with high-priced gear to working with cash-strapped nonprofit orgs, I am pleased to find this mic that I use with the "Blue Icicle" USB interface (also purchased here). Do a search about it and you find that some enthusiasts even pay hundreds of dollars to have this mic tweaked to perform very close to $2,000 models. Buy a couple, you won't regret It!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                 
                                5.0

                                MXL MCA SP-1 Microphone

                                By Amnon

                                from Raleigh, NC

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Priced Right
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • none

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Podcasting

                                Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                We use them in a podcast studio, set up with three of these.

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great mic for the money!

                                By Big C

                                from Portland, ME

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Light grade outer shell

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Budget Home Studio
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                Just the right mix of quality parts makes this mic a BEST BUY!

                                 
                                4.0

                                Happy with Purchase

                                By Sam

                                from Villa Park, IL

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • No cons at this point

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                I use this for recording acoustic instruments in my home studio.

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Seems like a great mic, but..

                                By Dave

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • Lightweight
                                • Simple Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                    Four stars because I think this really is a good microphone. I did not, however, end up using it during my recording session that I had planned recently. I heard so much good about this microphone, but I couldn't use it due to radio station interference.. I can't blame the microphone for this, however, it just seems like my location is bad because I live right by some radio towers and I'm pretty sure I'm picking up a very strong signal. I'll amend this review once I figure out a solution for this problem.

                                    I can't give the microphone five stars until I fully experience it, which I have yet to do.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Good Sounding Mic for the Price

                                    By Clarence

                                    from Cary, NC

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Simple Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                        This is a really good sounding mic for the price.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Bang for the Buck

                                        By mikey

                                        from Bridgewater, NJ

                                        About Me Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Great Sound Quality
                                        • Simple Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Den
                                          • Presentations
                                          • Productivity
                                          • Professional

                                          Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                          If you want quality....i recorded this last nite using the SP1 mic on vocal and guitar:[@]

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Price and Performance

                                          By Voice Guy

                                          from Portland, OR

                                          About Me Gearhead, Years in audio work

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Great Sound Quality
                                          • Performance
                                          • Price

                                          Cons

                                          • Sight low end loss

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Professional
                                          • Voice work

                                          Comments about MXL Marshall Microphones MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone:

                                          Can't beat the performance that this inexpensive mic can provide. Seriously a hot buy.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          • Q:

                                            Hello,

                                            Do these mics have pcb boards or smt? Is there a picture of the inside of the microphone we could see? Thanks!
                                            Asked on 11/15/2013 by What?

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              Since Marshall recently (this year) revamped the line to SMT circuitry, it is not possible to tell which we have in stock at this point. Unfortunately, we don't have a way to provide a look at the inside, since our items our sealed by the manufacturer. Sorry I couldn't be more help on this question, but please feel free to let us know if we can assist you in any other ways!

                                              Answered on 11/18/2013 by ns
                                          • Q:

                                            What kind of cord EXACTLY do I need to hook this up to my laptop. Since I saw in another question this does not come with any cords to hook it up to a CPU..
                                            Asked on 1/6/2013 by Anonymous

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              You would need an USB Audio Interface with a mic input and XLR cable.

                                              Answered on 1/8/2013 by DJ Ginormou5 from Santa Ana, CA
                                          • Q:

                                            What all do i need to hook this up to a computer?
                                            Asked on 12/20/2012 by Anonymous

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              Hello, without a USB option for this microphone you would need an USB Audio Interface with a mic input in order to connect it to your laptop or computer. Thank You.

                                              Answered on 12/27/2012 by Anonymous
                                          • Q:

                                            What Type of cables does this mic need
                                            Asked on 8/25/2012 by Yung Face from Central Islip, NY

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              This microphone uses a standard mic cable. XLR output. For the money this mic sounds awesome... I use one in my studio. If you have any further questions please feel free to give us a call at 800-945-9300. Thanks.

                                              Answered on 8/27/2012 by Garrett from Cypress, CA
                                          • Q:

                                            Does this mic come with a cable? If not I'm obviously assuming you have to buy a mic cable on your own to plug it into your audio interface, correct?
                                            Asked on 3/27/2012 by DMulls from Lynn, MA

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              No cable. You will have to purchase it.

                                              Answered on 3/28/2012 by DJ Menergy from Santa Ana, CA
                                          • Q:

                                            Can someone please help me? I have an MCA SP1 and an Edirol UA-5 USB audio interface. I need to know how to make it work with the interface. PLease help me! it has 48v phantom and everything, but the audio won't come thru.
                                            Asked on 3/11/2012 by Sam from Miami, FL

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              To get this to work, just make sure you run the phantom power, have the MCA SP1 going into the XLR/1/4 input, and have the sensitivity at 12 o'clock.

                                              Answered on 3/23/2012 by Anonymous
                                          • Q:

                                            So I just got this Condenser Mic and wanted to use it with my Roland VS-880. I got a Behringer Micopower PS400 for Phantom Power. I'm getting this annoying hum I can't explain. I unplugged it and plugged in a Shure 58 to check and see if it was the phantom power...but no hum with the Shure. Is it the Condenser? I'm using a headphone style adapter to plug into the Roland. Only other thing I can think of is the electrical in the building.
                                            Asked on 3/5/2012 by Anonymous

                                            2 answers

                                            • A:

                                              i used to own a VS-890 and the gain structure on that machine would cause unwanted noise. make sure that the trim is selected for line-level, since you are using an external phantom power supply. also, since the shure sm58 doesn't require phantom power, it shouldn't be your reference for verifying that the Behringer isn't supplying the hum.
                                              if the trim/ gain balance doesn't reduce the hum, i'd double-check the behringer micropower, as i have had more quality-control issues with their stuff than i have had with my old roland VS-890 or the MCA mics i've had. i used a Presonus tube preamp (the really cheap one) with this set up and had little noise, mostly ambient noise.

                                              Answered on 3/9/2012 by -1/ 1 from Richmond, VA
                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              It could be the electrical in the build like you mentioned. But since you tested it with a 58 which doesn't require phantom power you cannot rule out the PS400 just yet. What I suggest is unplug all you gear and plug each one back at a time to see at which point in your signal flow you actually do get the hum at. It really could be a bad audio cable too. try keeping all of your audio cables away from electrical cables as the electromagnetic inference may cause the hum as well. Let me know if you still have the problem 714-891-5914 ext 8132

                                              Answered on 4/19/2012 by Justin from Cypress, CA
                                          • Q:

                                            Will this mic work with the Lexicon Alpha Desktop USB Audio Interface?
                                            Asked on 9/16/2011 by Anonymous

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              The Mxl MCA SP-1 is a large diaphroagm condenser mic, you will need Phantom Power.
                                              The Lexican Alpha does not have Phantom Power. You will need the Lexicon Omega.

                                              Answered on 9/19/2011 by DJ Menergy from Cypress, CA
                                          • Q:

                                            I have this mic and i am thinking about purchasing the Lexicon LAMBDA Desktop USB Audio Interface (Item # 55042)
                                            should i get that interface or is there a better choice for this mic ?
                                            Asked on 7/2/2011 by La from Lynchburg,Va

                                            1 answer

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              The Lexicon will work fine with that mic. The sound of mic pre's is very subjective to the user so it is best to have a good understanding of your application and recording needs. If you have any further questions feel free to give us a call!

                                              Answered on 7/6/2011 by Jesse from Cypress,CA
                                          • Q:

                                            I want to plug this microphone into my Windows Vista PC, I simply have a regular sound card, nothing fancy. Can this microphone plug into my computer just via USB or through my sound card or do I need to upgrade my current hardware in order to use this product?
                                            Asked on 1/26/2011 by FullyJoey from Australia

                                            3 answers

                                            • Staff Reviewer

                                              A:

                                              this will sound a lot better with a nice sound card but yes it willl work with the stock soud card

                                              Answered on 1/28/2011 by Anonymous
                                            • A:

                                              You will need a USB interface such as the Blue Icicle. That is what I use with mine. It will NOT plug into your PC directly.

                                              Answered on 3/24/2011 by radi0j0hn from La Crosse, WI
                                            • A:

                                              No, this will not plug directly into your computer. You will first need a Phantom Power Supply if you don't have a mixer). You also might want to invest in a 1/4" adapter (to convert the big plug into one that fits your mic jack). So basically you can spend $100 and be ready to record in no time :)

                                              Answered on 2/9/2012 by Teddy BlaQ from Kokomo, Indiana
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