MXL Genesis Tube Condenser Microphone
The Versatile MXL Genesis Provides the Results you are Looking For.
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.
MXL Genesis Features
When MXL asked me try their new 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.
- Unmistakable glossy red body and gold grill
- Hand-selected Mullard 12AT7 tube
- -10 dB pad and 150Hz, 6 dB/octave roll-off switch
- Genesis Condenser Includes
- Custom pop filter
- Power supply
- 15ft 7-pin Mogami cable
- 15ft XLR Mogami microphone cable
- Cleaning cloth
- 3-year warranty (Tube, 90-days)
Anthony Rocky Gallo
Chief Engineer -- The Cutting Room NYC
(John Legend, Carly Simon, John McLaughlin)
The Genesis comes with a custom shockmount specifically designed to handle its large size. Shockmounts de-couple the microphone from the mic stand and the environment. The shockmount will minimize floor noise as well as any noise induced by people handling the microphone stand. Shockmounts should be considered standard equipment
for all recording applications.
The Genesis features switches for both bass roll-off, and a -10dB pad. The bass roll-off is set to 6dB per octave at 150 Hz. This can reduce proximity effect if required. Proximity effect is the change of frequency response as the recorded source is brought closer to the microphone. With vocals, this usually manifests itself as an increase in low frequency content as one gets closer to the microphone. The -10dB pad effectively reduces possible overloading of the microphones internal circuitry at high SPLs.
The Genesis comes with a custom 24k gold-plated pop filter which should be used anytime the microphone is being used to record vocals. The pop filter not only eliminates plosives (those popping Ps
), it helps collect condensation from one’s breath and protects and protects the microphone’s capsule from moisture in the process. Condensation on the microphone’s capsule will cause the microphone to short circuit - resulting in the microphone cutting in and out of operation. Should this occur, you can leave the microphone uncovered, out in the open for approximately two weeks to thoroughly dry. This will likely rectify the problem. Afterward, you should always use a pop filter.