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MXL MCA SP1 Large Studio Condenser Microphone

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MXL MCA SP-1 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

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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4.4 / 5.0
39 Reviews
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very good sound
Pros: Durable,Great Sound Quality,Simple Use

I'm using lots of standard mics like sennheiser 421, SM7/57/58, AKG 460, KM84, KM83, SE 5000, Fatheads, Beyer M160, EV 408/308/ RE 55, TS-1/2 etc. So I should know enough to mean what I say when I say this is a great mic. The cardiod pattern is very tight. Very smooth mid range. So far it's great on acoustic guitars, vocals and amps.

Some say the mount is flimsy, but I have had no problems.
August 17, 2009
over 6 years ago
Best Value of all studio condenser mikes
Pros: Great Sound Quality

I have used this microphone for recording live performances, and in my home recording studio. I find it every bit as accurate and noise-free (shock mounted, of course) as similar microphones costing hundreds of dollars.
December 13, 2009
over 5 years ago
Knowledge is Power!
Pros: Simple Use,Quiet,Durable,Lightweight

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.
February 17, 2009
best "cheap" mic i've found
Pros: Great Sound Quality

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.
March 8, 2012
begginers mic? NO this is a PRO MIC !
Pros: Easy To Use,Great Sound Quality

perfect for home studio recording, affordable prize with best quality sound.
September 17, 2012
over 3 years ago
Great Clarity
Pros: Great Sound Quality,Easy To Use,Long Lasting,Durable

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.
August 11, 2014
1 year ago
Pros: Incredible Value
Cons: Mic clip

I bought a pair on recommendation from TapeOp reviews and was I suprized! I ordered two more and another dozen for two friends who are ultra gear snobs. We ab'd them with several high end Neumanns and Akg mics, and they more than held their own. These mics are also very easy to upgrade the electronic components in, which makes them even more incredible at their price. AAA+
November 27, 2008
Pros: Durable,Easy To Use,Great Sound Quality

recording drums, guitar amps...loud of course !
March 20, 2015
8 months ago
Pros: Easy To Use,Great Sound Quality

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!
May 27, 2013
over 2 years ago
A Hidden Gem!
Pros: Great Sound,Great Audio Quality,Inexpensive
Cons: No frills

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!
September 12, 2007
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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?
FullyJoey on Jan 26, 2011
BEST ANSWER: this will sound a lot better with a nice sound card but yes it willl work with the stock soud card
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.
null on Mar 5, 2012
BEST ANSWER: 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
whats cables do i need for this mac to connect to phantom power for mic in and mic out
Ozzy on Jan 7, 2010
BEST ANSWER: The MXL SP-1 requires XLR cable with female end and a phantom power supply (commonly found on most studio mixers).
Will this plug into a karaoke ??
Stefanieee on Jan 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The MXL SP1 does use a standard XLR connection, meaning you technically could hook into a karaoke system if it were to have 48v phantom power, however this microphone is meant for studio use and is not meant to be used live, especially if held in hand rather than on a stand in a shockmount. I would recommend a standard handheld dynamic microphone for that application instead.

Do these mics have pcb boards or smt? Is there a picture of the inside of the microphone we could see? Thanks!
What? on Nov 15, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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!
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..
Ben on Jan 6, 2013
BEST ANSWER: You would need an USB Audio Interface with a mic input and XLR cable.
What all do i need to hook this up to a computer?
Trey on Dec 20, 2012
BEST ANSWER: 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.
What Type of cables does this mic need
Yung Face on Aug 25, 2012
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
DMulls on Mar 27, 2012
BEST ANSWER: No cable. You will have to purchase it.
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.
Sam on Mar 11, 2012
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Will this mic work with the Lexicon Alpha Desktop USB Audio Interface?
null on Sep 16, 2011
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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 ?
LA on Jul 2, 2011
BEST ANSWER: 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!
Would this mic connect directly to a Zoom H4N as it comes, or does it need additional components to make it work?
null on Aug 29, 2010
BEST ANSWER: The MXL MCA SP-1 Studio Condenser Microphone With Clip connects to all XLR connections. The SP1 needs Phanton Power to wok.
how would i use this if im running garageband on my mac, would this mic work for this
null on Aug 10, 2010
BEST ANSWER: If you wanted to use this MXL mic, you would need an interface or a mixer going from mic to mixer to Mac. With this you will be able to connect to you mac.
what all does this mic come with
null on Jul 8, 2010
BEST ANSWER: The Microphone, clip, and a microphone bag to protect it.
Does a usb cord come with the mic or do i need to buy a additional cord?
Rico on Jun 24, 2010
BEST ANSWER: Does not come with a USB cord.
Is this product or any other product sold in a store near me?
Rico on Jun 21, 2010
BEST ANSWER: We would need to know where you live.
would this mic be able to connect to my roland mv8800
jukeboxx on Jun 16, 2010
BEST ANSWER: The MXL MCA SP-1 Studio Condenser Microphone With Clip needs to be used with phantom power.
Do I need anything to connect this to a windows pc?
null on May 23, 2010
BEST ANSWER: You would need to use an audio interface in order to hook this mic up straight into the computer.
how much for shipping and handling
null on Feb 10, 2010
BEST ANSWER: We need to have an address to give you a quote. Otherwise this ships free on orders of $299 or more.
Are there shock mounts that you sell for this mic? If not, can you recommend one? Will the Nady SSPF-4 Pop Filter With Built-In Shock Mount (Item # 69586) work for this mic?
Mr. Dynamite on Jan 19, 2010
BEST ANSWER: Yes the SSPF-4 would work perfect for you.
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