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MXL 990 doesn't work

Hi! The MXL 990 doesn't work on my analogue preamp with a jack plug (see picture below). Am I missing something here? Do I need another cable/customized preamp or something?!? You probably realize by now: I am a prize example n00b.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/hatsef/mini-mxl_990_and_cable.jpg

Thanks for any help :-)

PS - I am not using the Audio Buddy, just the mic and a "normal" mic cable.

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    My MXL 990 Condenser Mic fell over due to a wobbly stand and now there is a buzzing that is always there Its loud and never changes tone Can I fix it Should I fix it or should I just get a new one

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Your other preamp does not have phantom power to supply power to the microphone. All condensor mics like this need phantom power. The Audio Buddy provides phantom power, which is why it was shipped with those condensor mics

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If you can't work this out you should get out of the audio game

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Does an MXL 990 microphone only work with an inbox?


By "inbox" do you mean a transformer that powers it?
Condenser mics need 48 volts (phantom power) to run, so you normally switch the phantom power button on for the channel you have the condensor mic. plugged into.

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No sound from mxl 990 condenser mic


From the Micropower PS400 product description it states:

"routes the microphone signal to a mixer or a microphone preamplifier."

• these is just a phantom power supply.


One reason your former setup is OK , is that

tascam m-50 is a mixer preamplifier.

• phantom power supply is just a part of the mic preamp of the mixer

to power up your mxl 990 condenser mic


• What you may need is something like these:

X2u XLR to USB Signal Adapter

Sep 29, 2012 | MXL 990 Professional Microphone

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I am trying to record with my mxl 990 micrphone onto my laptop but when i try to record no sound is heard


Hi,
you can't just plug and play with these high end mics. You require a +48v phantom power source from something such as a mixer. Then plug the mic into the mixer and the mixer into the LINE IN on the PC

Jan 07, 2011 | MXL 990s Professional Microphone

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Is the 990 an externally polarized capsule or electret?


The MXL 990 is an externally polarized condenser microphone. You will nee to provide 48v Phantom power to use it. Alternatively there is a USB version, the MXL 990 USB which gets it['s power from the USB port.

Dec 31, 2010 | MXL 990 Professional Microphone

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Would you please help me? My MXL 990 doesn't work when i plug it in the M-audio USB interface. The led doesn't light. I use XLR cable. Please help. Thanks a lot!


Make sure the Phantom Power on the Audio buddy is on. If that fails, get in touch with MXL and they will troubleshoot it with you.

Oct 30, 2010 | M-Audio MXL 990/991 Recording Mic Duo and...

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I got a cable to hook my MXL 990 condenser microphone to my computer and i get no sound. it wont record!!!!!!!!! its a 1/4 male to #-pin XLR female cable


Professional condensor type mikes require a phantom power source to work. That will be a balanced (read XLR) connection from source to preamp and the preamp must be capable of supplying the power. These units cannot be used in an unbalanced circuit (like 1/4" or computer mini-pin). Your best bet for the setup would be to get an external power supply box that can also convert the signal from balanced to unbalanced. That would be what the mike plugs into and then that plugs into the computer. You're probably looking at about 50-100 for even a cheap one that will work well. Companies like Sweetwater and B&H should be able to steer you toward a decent basic unit. If you happen to have a mixer (which is why you bought the good mike) then it may have phantom power for some of its mike inputs.

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Can't operate my MXL 990


If it is an MXL 990 Condenser that comes in the grey case with a shockmount and a black hard mount I can solve your problem. (If it is USB I know nothing about that unit).

This MXL 990 microphone MUST have 48v phantom power in order to operate. If you aren't familiar with the term phantom power read the first link:

Phantom power - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_power
MXL User Guide - http://www.mxlmics.com/support/guides.html

If yours is one of the older MXL 990's it should have an XLR connector on the bottom -
XLR Defined - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XLR_connector

Your mixer (I am guessing its a Peavey, Tascam, Mackie) or something entry level like that may or may not have phantom power. I am guessing not. But if it does, it will have a switch that says 48v phantom power and most likely a green or red LED next to it to show you when its on. This mic will NOT work without phantom power.

Best suggestion: Verify that your mic is the MXL 990 Condenser, if it is it needs 48v phantom power. Check your mixer and see if it has 48v phantom power. The only computer soundcard that I know of that is used by a lot of folks is the M-Audio Delta 1010LT. It has XLR inputs but NO phantom power on it.

There's your answer.
Ray

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M-audio buddy feedback from mlx 990 condenser mike


Hey I Have These Mics They Work Awesome. But Yes Feedback Is A Problem You Need To Move Away From The Speakers Way Away. Try Lowering Your Highs Or Invest In A Feedback Eliminator They Are Like 89 Bucks But Obviously That Would Almost Cost As Much As The Mic Set. Anyways Feedback Is Made When A Microphone Can Hear Itself Maybe Try Headphone?

Jan 05, 2009 | M-Audio MXL 990/991 Recording Mic Duo and...

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Problems with my MXL 990


Sounds like the frame of the microphone itself has become ungrounded. You could try VERY
carefully disassemble the mic and check for a bad ground or a bad wire connecting to the mic
body.

Sep 11, 2008 | M-Audio MXL 990/991 Recording Mic Duo and...

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Problems with my MXL 990 (radio)


g'day mate.
The problem you have will relate to the big antennas in your area. Most radio stations pump more than 100,000 watts these days. So it really comes down to the shielding and what's called Radio Frequency Interference rejection of your microphones to keep this out. I would STRONGLY urge you to take the mics back and get a refund,or change them over for something else. They are VERY cheap, there is no real solution to your problem, except for better design... means spend more mullah. If you are looking for a decent low cost condenser mic, I recommend an AKG Perception. I have used AKG for years, and this mic is a great sounding low cost unit.

Hope this helps you. Nothing can be done to improve what you have, they are a cheapo item. Good Luck

regards
robotek

Sep 11, 2008 | MXL 990s Professional Microphone

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