The MXL R144 is an affordable ribbon microphone that provides the unique sound of ribbon microphone recordings from the jazz-age. While not suitable for all recordings, the R144’s warmth and smooth top-end provides a new sound character to diversify your microphone collection.
Ribbon microphones are most known for their warm sound character. While they lack the detail of a condenser, ribbons usually have a smooth high-end that is desirable for certain vocal or instrumental recordings. The MXL R144 has all the hallmarks of a ribbon microphone, featuring a warm and smooth sound that is unique to a microphone of its kind.
The R144 suffers from a lacking low-end response. It’s also missing the high-end airiness that is popular for most vocal recording these days. That being said, the microphone provides a unique ribbon sound that provides an alternative to the condenser microphone.
The smooth top end cuts out the harshness that can be present in certain instruments when captured with other types of microphones. The R144 is great for getting a warm recording of guitars and guitar amplifiers, drum overheads, vocals, and bowed string instruments.