MXL Microphones introduces the MXL.006 ($169.95), a cardioid condenser microphone that connects directly to a Mac or PC via USB and supports USB 1.1 and USB 2.
The MXL.006 features a large gold-diaphragm, pressure-gradient condenser capsule, a 20 to 20k Hz frequency response and a three-position, switchable attenuation pad with settings for high (0 dB), medium (-5 dB), and low (-10 dB). It also offers a 16-bit delta sigma A/D converter with sampling rates of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Protecting the instrument’s capsule is a heavy-duty wire mesh grille with an integrated pop filter.
A red LED behind the protective grille shows the user whether the microphone is active and correctly oriented toward the user. The MXL.006 ships with a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable, windscreen, owner’s manual and an applications guide.