MXL DX-2 TEC Award

MXL’s DX-2 Nominated for NAMM Show TEC Award

The Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards were created over 33 years ago to celebrate the individuals, companies, and technical innovations that help contribute to the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media, that we all know and love. The TEC Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry, and the awards will be presented this year during the annual NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 28th, 2018.

MXL DX-2 Dual Capsule Variable Dynamic Microphone

“MXL is really excited to be nominated in such a prominent category [Best Recording Microphone] and included among a prestigious list of competitors, for what we feel is a truly extraordinary microphone — the DX-2.” – Steve Curto, MXL national sales manager.

Voting for the TEC Awards is cast by prominent professional audio and music industry organizations, journalists, and websites, including the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, along with select NAMM members, the NAMM TEC community, the Game Audio Network Guild,, Pro Sound News, and many more. Voting will be done online through early January 2018.

“The DX-2 is truly a one-of-a-kind microphone, with nothing else like it on the market. It’s the first microphone ever to be designed specifically for electric guitar and bass amplifiers and speaker cabinets.” – Scott Krueckeberg, MXL international sales manager

For many musicians, miking guitar amps and bass amps has always been a bit of an afterthought, especially when playing live. But now, the DX-2 gives these musicians a powerful new tool that lets them fine tune their electric sound through the microphone itself. Blending between the DX-2’s two internal capsules, every guitarist and bassists can now dial in to get their ideal sound.

MXL DX-2 capsule closeup

Two Capsule Design For Fine Tuning Your Sound

The DX-2 uses one large capsule in a super cardioid polar pattern to capture warmth and fullness, while a second, smaller capsule with a wider cardioid polar pattern offers superb mid-range and high end detail. You can adjust the dial on the DX-2 to blend between these two capsules to get the exact sound you’re looking for.

No Mic Stand Needed

Another unique feature about the DX-2 is its flat, front-side design allowing it to rest right up against the amplifier’s speaker cabinet. This frees up one more mic stand as well, because the DX-2 can simply be suspended from the top of the amplifier or speaker cabinet and hang down over the speaker, resting on the front.

You can take a listen to how the different DX-2 capsules sound in the video below. Watch and listen to how the tone changes as the dial is panned from one capsule to the other.

MXL would like to thank the TEC Awards for this nomination, and we’ll see you at the NAMM Show, Jan. 25-28, 2018, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Check out some of these recent reviews of the DX-2:

SoundOnSound – MXL DX-2: Dual-diaphragm Dynamic Microphone

Premier Guitar – Quick Hit: MXL DX-2

Recording Magazine looks at the MXL DX-2 and the Placid Audio Resonators

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