MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, is now shipping the MXL.008 USB ($199) cardioid condenser microphone. The MXL.008 is a plug-and-play device that connects directly to a Macintosh or PC's standard USB port, requiring no special drivers, and supports USB 1.1 and USB 2. Its stated frequency response is 20 to 20k Hz.
The MXL.008 features a 35mm capsule with a heavy-duty wire mesh grille and an integrated pop filter, as well as a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad with settings for Hi (0 dB), Medium (-5 dB) and Lo (-10 dB). The mic's digital section features a 16-bit delta sigma A/D converter with sampling rates of 44.1 and 48 kHz.
The MXL.008 ships with a travel case, a desktop microphone stand, a 10-foot USB cable, windscreen, an owner’s manual and an applications guide.
For more information, visit www.mxlmics.com.