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All things Revelation

Tube mics are the gold standard when it comes to capturing those warm, rich vocals that all we know and love. As a foundational audio solution, the natural compression that tube mics provide is second to none and desired by musicians around the world. At MXL, we’re obsessed with capturing the most pristine sound possible, and the dedication that we put into our REVELATION offerings represents our commitment to supporting artists, so that they can create great music.

Setting the Standard for Tube Mics

The original REVELATION tube microphone was a massive hit right off the bat. They say when something isn’t broken, don’t fix it–so instead, we enhanced it. Utilizing the latest design and manufacturing technologies, we welcomed the REVELATION II tube microphone to the MXL family in April 2020. As the successor to the renowned REVELATION tube microphone, the REVELATION II offers musicians the remarkable clarity and versatility of the classic MXL REVELATION but is more accessible to musicians on a budget.

Offering the classic tube mic sound, the REVELATION II is an ideal solution for capturing lush vocals and instrumentals for a variety of genres. Although geared towards studio use, the REVELATION II is a versatile and flexible solution that is great for both home and studio recordings, and its simple set up makes it a perfect solution for recording while on the road.

Any Polar Pattern for the Job

Adding to the mic’s versatility, the REVELATION II’s polar pattern selection is virtually limitless, controllable by a variable pattern control knob. Barry Rudolph, contributing editor at MIX Magazine and writer for Music Connection Magazine, recently put the REV II through its paces by testing out its different polar patten options. “I put the REVELATION II to work recording lead vocals at my studio while playing around with its various polar patterns,” he says. “If I am looking for more room tone in a lead vocal sound, or I am recording backing vocals, I like the omnidirectional option. On the other hand, the mic’s figure-eight polar pattern offers proximity effects, so you get a big fat sound on multiple singers as if you have a REV II for each artist. For my lead vocal track, I went with cardioid, and I love the big sound of this mic. I heard all the nuance and tone of my singer with clean highs and tight lows. And better than ever, the REVELATION II costs less than the original REVELATION, which I first tested out in 2010. I know I can always count on MXL’s REVELATION offerings for a rich, warm sound.”

Recording at Home

When Hunter Wolfe, guitarist and vocalist of Born Crooked, was forced to switch gears at the beginning of the pandemic, he knew he could turn to MXL to support him transition to recording from home. “We have a number of new songs that were slated to be recorded in-studio, but instead, we are recording them from our homes and MXL has been a part of this process every step of the way,” he says. “When I first received the REV II, I plugged it straight into my DAW and tracked without any EQ, COMP or pre/post processing to see what the mic sounded like on its own. This was the first time that I ever truly liked the sound I was hearing from my vocal track without having to add processing. The mic is rich, full-bodied with a clarity that I haven’t found in any other mic.”

For Carlos Henriquez, Bassist for Jazz at Lincoln Center, MXL was able to provide support as he recorded from home for the first time.  “When we first began working from home, I had nothing to offer in terms of recording gear other than my iPhone and laptop,” he says. “As soon as the REVELATION II arrived at my house, I was immediately impressed. From the presentation of the package, to the mic case, I could tell this was going to be a solid mic. With the REV II, the audio files I was capturing in my project studio went up twofold in terms of clarity and quality.”

Singer/Songwriter Joshua P. Fields also jumped on the MXL bandwagon when seeking a high-quality microphone solution to deploy at home. For Fields, recording tracks with the REVELATION II is his first hands-on experience with a tube mic and he says he can definitely hear the difference in his mixes. “Working with the REVELATION II tube mic has been incredible,” he says. “It offers me more versatility when mixing and enhances the detail of my tracks, which allows me to get the exact sound I desire.”

Expanding the REVELATION Family

Following the  success of both our classic REVELATION and REVELATION II mics, we knew we couldn’t stop there. We recently set out to create a mic that has the same intimacy and warmth of a tube mic but is built around a FET circuit with a smaller footprint—leading to the birth of the newest REVELATION family member, the REVELATION MINI FET. While everyone loves a beautiful, elegant-sounding tube mic, sometimes artists require a smaller, more durable solution. With these needs in mind, we put a great deal of energy into the design of the new REVELATION MINI FET in order to preserve the classic REVELATION sound while increasing the mic’s flexibility.

The REVELATION MINI FET offers great sound, versatility, outstanding value and is a rock-solid solution (even in high SPL situations) with focused representation on numerous sound sources,” says Audio Engineer and TapeOp magazine reviewer Dylan Ray. “Don’t look at the price and think ‘budget.’ This mic is a little workhorse that will be useful in several recording applications. If you’re building your mic locker, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of MXL’s REV MINI FET.”

Today more than ever, it is crucial for artists to have access to budget-friendly solutions that will not compromise on audio quality—and that’s exactly what they can expect with our REVELATION mics. By keeping our ear to the ground and placing our customers’ needs above all, we look forward to seeing how we can expand the REVELATION family even further.

Revamping Home Recording With MXL

Devoted singer/songwriter Joshua P. Fields developed his passion for music at a young age. When he decided to turn his love of music into a professional career, Fields selected MXL Microphones affordable, high-quality microphone solutions for his home studio set up. Honing in on his signature vocal style, Fields was immediately drawn to the clarity and warmth of MXL mics. Over the years, Fields has grown alongside the brand, acquiring its latest and greatest studio microphone offerings and building a complete mic locker of MXL gear.

“When I first began my recording journey, I purchased the MXL 440 Studio Condenser Mic and, shortly thereafter, graduated to the 990,” explains Fields. “Last year, I acquired the REVELATION II Tube Microphone. I still turn to my 990, but the step up to the REVELATION II is astronomical; just when I think MXL can’t possibly get any better, they prove me wrong!”

For Fields, recording tracks with the REVELATION II is his first hands-on experience with a tube mic. Comparing the MXL 990 to the REVELATION II, Fields says he can definitely hear the difference in his mixes. “Working with the REVELATION II tube mic has been incredible. It offers me more versatility when mixing and enhances the detail of my tracks, which allows me to get the exact sound I desire. With the 990, it’s still very crisp and clean, but you’re losing the classic, more detailed tube mic sound that everyone loves.”

Most recently, Fields acquired the brand’s new REVELATION MINI FET microphone and has been loving the big sound that comes out of this compact mic. “Comparing the sound quality of the REVELATION II to the REVELATION MINI, I’m blown away by the fact that I can barely hear a difference using the smaller, FET-based mic,” he adds. “The REV MINI  sounds just as great as its larger predecessor. It’s impressive what these tiny mics can do digitally, without an analog tube. I have a stereo pair and I’ve been recording acoustic guitar and vocals, and the warmth of the tones is awesome. These mics sound really huge for what they are.”

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Fields has upped his social media game, hosting a great deal of content using his arsenal of MXL mics to capture pristine audio. “Transitioning from physical performances to virtual platforms has been an interesting yet educational experience,” he says. “Playing live is always preferred―you can’t beat the electricity and buzz of a live audience in a small venue or bar. This pandemic has really pushed me to expand my social media presence and production value while also paying more attention to how my music is delivered, not just how it sounds. MXL has played a massive role in my journey of enhancing the audio quality of my music, and I look forward to continuing to rely on the brand for years to come.”

Follow Joshua P. Fields on Instagram and Spotify to keep up with his latest work as he continues to create awesome tracks with MXL mics.

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10 Tips to Take Your Podcast to the Next Level

Leveling Up Your Podcast

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing mediums to enter the realm of media entertainment. According to Inside Radio, since 2015, the number of monthly podcast listeners has more than doubled, increasing 123%. If you’re new to the world of podcasting or looking to improve the quality of your productions, look no further. At MXL, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that will have your audience thinking you’re a podcast pro!

1. Identify Your Goals
Determine the purpose of your podcast. What do you want the focus to be? What messages are you trying to convey? Perhaps your aim is to inspire, maybe it’s to educate, or maybe you’re just looking to spark a conversation with a community that shares your passion. It’s absolutely crucial to pinpoint who your target audience is in order to align the messaging with your goals. Whatever your objective is, remember to always come back to the purpose behind your show.

2. Choose A Format
Is your podcast going to be strictly an audio recording, or will there be a video component as well? Also, before you launch the podcast, it’s crucial to determine which platform to host your show on. Some top options are SimpleCast, Podbean, BuzzSprout, SoundCloud and Blubrry .

3. Sound Quality
We might be a bit biased, but nothing ruins a podcast quite like a muffled voice, coughing, your dog barking, or a noisy lawn mower that happens to pass by at the most inconvenient times (or is that just us?). We won’t crowd this post with microphone details (although we’d love nothing more), but check out our recent blog post on setting up a home recording studio to make sure you have the best mics and interface for the job. If you’re looking to enhance the audio-quality of your podcast, the MXL BCD-1 is a great choice. As an end-address dynamic microphone with warm, rich tones, the BCD-1 is designed to capture crystal-clear audio and is sure to take your podcast to the next level.

4. Editing
Good editing is key to making your podcast flow and keeping listeners engaged. By editing and cutting your podcast, you can increase how engaging the content is by removing unwanted noises and pauses (“Ums,” “Uhs” and moments of awkward silence), while also removing any unnecessary tangents you may have gotten caught up in. You want your content to flow while being concise and to the point, so it’s crucial to minimize the amount of fluff present in the recording. Some of our favorite editing tools include Pro Tools, Hindenberg, Audacity and Adobe Audition.

5. Planning
You might not want to wing it this time. It’s not necessary to script out every word, as this can be boring and lead to lost engagement. Instead, try listing out the main points you want to cover, and the order you’d like to speak about certain topics. If there are multiple people on your podcast, figure out who is going to say what. This will help to keep you focused in the moment and communicate more efficiently. Some of our favorite tools for content planning include Evernote, One Note, Google Docs or just old school pen and paper.

6. Guests
Featuring guests on your podcast is a great way to bring in another person’s perspective on a topic. Whether you bring them on to give their expert opinion or you’re going for more of a conversational vibe, guest speakers will help further drive your message. However, if you don’t prep your guests, they can potentially derail your podcast from its focus. Whether your guest is with you in person or virtually, it’s important to make sure the kinks are worked out prior to the recording or live stream. It’s helpful to get to know your guest and chat about key discussion points prior to the podcast, as well as familiarizing yourself with the technology involved in the production. This may include video conferencing platforms, microphones, headphones and more. The more comfortable a guest is, the better they’ll perform.

7. Branding
Your podcast is a business, and as for all businesses, branding is an essential element. It’s important to know what fits your podcast and to determine what is on-brand and what isn’t. If you have a show about food and you bring on a political guest, make sure you’re able to merge the two conversations—don’t leave your listeners trying to connect topics and relevance to your brand. Also, remember to make sure all of the content you post follows a consistent aesthetic. We typically turn to tools like Canva or Adobe Spark for this.

8. Digital Presence
To promote your podcast consistently, take the extra time to work on a logo and website, as well as increasing your social media presence across various platforms. When posting to social media, try linking back to your website as well as linking back to specific episodes. Not only will this increase your audience’s engagement on your social channels, but it also helps to bring additional eyes and ears to your show.

9. Scheduling
Timing is everything. Whether you’re planning a production schedule or your promotional content for social media, determine a schedule and stick to it. Decide how frequently you want to post to your social channels as well as how frequently you want to launch a new episode, and make sure to stay consistent. If you chose weekly podcasts, it might be best to stick to the same day—this will help your audience remember when to tune in, as opposed to a sporadic schedule.

10. Have Some Fun
Last but not least, enjoy yourself. If you’re not having fun with your podcast, then what’s the point? Choose topics that excite and interest you. If you’re not passionate about the conversations you’re having, the audience will pick up on this and disengage. To peak your audiences’ interest and keep them coming back for more content, be relatable, tell a joke (or two) and have fun with it.

Amwell Enhances Audio Capabilities on its Telemedicine Carts With MXL’s AC-404

Amwell – C250 Telemedicine Cart

The telemedicine industry, and the product manufacturers that support virtual patient care, is experiencing a massive surge in demand amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Amwell, a leading telehealth solutions provider, rose to the challenge by continuing to equip clinicians and patients with the tools needed to continue conducting quality care visits, virtually. As the company searched for an enhanced microphone solution for its C250 Telemedicine Cart, it turned to MXL Microphones’ AC-404 USB-Powered Microphone, which offers pristine audio clarity. For this OEM application, a customized casing mount allows the AC-404 microphone to easily affix to Amwell’s C250 Carepoint via a magnetic connection, simplifying the setup process for users.

Replacing the microphones that previously sat on Amwell’s C250, MXL’s AC-404 is now the company’s primary microphone option for this cart. As a compact solution, the AC-404 meets Amwell’s requirement of integrating a microphone that seamlessly fits within the cart’s worksurface while still providing best-in-class audio performance in challenging acoustic environments. In addition to its small size, Amwell also chose MXL’s AC-404 for its sleek design, which aligns with the overall aesthetic of the C250 Telemedicine Cart.

C250 Telemedicine Cart

Supporting the Nation’s Top Docs

“The value of telehealth has never been clearer than it is today,” says Merrill Roller, Senior Product Manager, Connected Devices, Amwell. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of providers at the nation’s top hospital and health systems depend on telehealth carts to safely meet with patients and ensure that everyone in need of care could access it. Our C250 cart is unique in that it allows hospitals to connect to the Amwell provider network as well as to their own providers, offering access to thousands of specialists on demand. This has been especially critical during the pandemic, as it means that hospitals in geographies with higher patient traffic could leverage additional providers when needed to support the demand.”

Amwell’s C250 cart has consistently been one of the company’s most-loved and well-utilized Carepoints since it was first released. By adding the MXL AC-404 worksurface microphone as a standard accessory, and as telehealth continues to prove its value in the hospital setting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Amwell expects more organizations to turn to its C250 cart to gain access to thousands of virtual care providers across a wide variety of use cases.

The Value in Dependable Solutions

“Feedback from clients has been very strong,” adds Roller. “One client mentioned that the AC-404 with the C250 Carepoint performed better than any other audio solution they have used—even in their CT room, which proves to be a very challenging audio environment. When lives are at stake, the last thing you want to worry about is the reliability of technology, and thankfully, MXL’s AC-404 microphone has provided our clients with dependable audio capabilities, allowing clinicians to accurately assess and listen to patients in order to provide the best care and experience possible.”

MXL Greetings From California – Available Now!

MXL Microphones Pays Homage To Classic West Coast Styles

Greetings From California

The limited-edition Greetings From California Microphone Series Features Restyled Versions of MXL’s top-selling Condenser Microphones: the MXL 770, MXL 990 and MXL Tempo USB microphone.

For a limited time, alternate versions of the MXL 770 will be offered in Sky Blue and Vintage White, the MXL 990 in Coral and Surf Green, and the MXL Tempo, a USB-powered condenser microphone, in Surf Green.

“The new Greetings From California series microphones are a classic west coast take on MXL’s top-selling microphones,” states Trevor Fedele, Director of Sales at MXL Microphones. “We drew from California beach and surf culture to reimagine these microphones as if they accompanied musicians and artists on a trek down the historic Highway 1.”

MXL Tempo Surf Lifestyle Image 1

The new Greetings From California microphone series will debut in the MXL booth at the upcoming NAMM 2020 Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, Jan. 16-19, exhibiting at Booth #14302.

Contact your local MXL Dealer for more info.  Dealer Locator

Three Types of Mics You Need To Know

Microphones, whether you know it or not, are essentially transducers, meaning they convert one form of energy into another. Microphones take acoustical energy and convert it into electrical, but the way this process happens changes depending on which type of microphone you’re using. Here’s a closer look at the three main kinds of microphones, and how they convert live sound into electrical signals:

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MXL Microphones at Empire Sound Studio

Renowned Texas Recording Studio Utilizes MXL Microphones for World Class Recordings

Empire Sound Studio, located near Dallas, Texas, has recorded some of the biggest acts in music in nearly every musical genre — and one of their favorite mic brands to use in the studio is MXL. MXL Microphones got a chance to talk to Alex Gerst, engineer and founder of Empire Sound Studio, about how the studio got its start and why MXL Mics have remained mainstays in the mic locker throughout the years.

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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.

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