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Repair how can i fix the inside part of my mxl 990? it came loose some how. it's the part that picks up the sound itself. can i take the screem off so i can screw it back on so it's not loose?

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If you are good at doing such things yes, but the parts inside are very delicate and must be handled gently as not to damage them. If you are not comfortable doing it then I would suggest taking it to a local music store where similar items are sold to see if they can do it for you.

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SOURCE: 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

Posted on Sep 11, 2008

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SOURCE: 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

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Problems with my MXL 990 (radio)

Luis
I guarantee you the antennas are most likely the culprit. Your only solution is to have a tech check the unit, OR purchase an inline RF filter from Radio Shack. It is also possible that you have a capacitor or other component going bad, that is causing the unit to heterodyne and become a nice front end for a radio receiver.

You do have other microphones, and they do not do this. Averages says it is most likely the microphone has an issue or its design. I have one of these MXL 990s too, and my mic began motorboating a few months ago while I was trying to record with it. It may be a quality issue with these mics. They aren't complicated though, any component electronic tech should be able to check it out.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

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SOURCE: how do i hook up a mxl 990 microphone to my

Get an audio interface. usb or preferably firewire if your computer supports it. I'm assuming that you do not have the usb model. this mic requires phantom power to operate, so the audio interface should be capable of producing that. You should be able to get one from your local music store (guitar center)

Posted on Aug 10, 2010

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SOURCE: i got a cable to hook my MXL 990 condenser

hi
mousewalk20

what you may need is one like these:

X2u XLR to USB Signal Adapter

http://www.shure.com/americas/products/accessories/microphone-accessories/problem-solvers/x2u-xlr-to-usb-signal-adapter

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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.

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g'day mate.
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