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MXL Company Profile

MXL is a leading manufacturer of professional audio products for the music recording, broadcast, post production, and live sound markets. MXL Microphones offer the best variety of condenser / ribbon / dynamic microphone solutions for Studio, USB, Podcast, Video Conferencing, and Field Recording. MXL Mics deliver high quality sound on par with far more expensive mics. MXL designs and engineers recording tools, signal processors and music accessories for consumers, musicians, hobbyists and audio professionals.

Quick Facts
  • Marshall Electronics was founded in 1980.
  • Owned and operated by Leonard Marshall.
  • Headquartered in El Segundo, CA.
  • MXL brand of professional and broadcast recording microphones debuted in 1998.
  • Marshall holds the patent for the warm-to-bright switch found exclusively on select MXL mics.
  • MXL live, USB, and studio microphones are internally wired with Mogami cables.
  • MXL produces more than 50 microphones for the music recording, broadcast, post production, and live sound markets.
  • MXL microphones are available on five continents with distributors in 39 countries and counting.


MXL is the pro audio division of Marshall Electronics, a privately owned company specializing in industrial and consumer electronics. Marshall Electronics was founded in 1980 by Leonard Marshall, who owns and operates the company today. Leonard's keen interest in microphones was the driving force behind the creation of MXL Microphones.

Marshall was an electrical engineer in the early 1980s when he was introduced to audio and video cables made by a company in Japan called Mogami. The audio cable was developed by Mogami's chief scientist and a Japanese university to show how material structure can improve sound. Marshall brought samples back to the U.S. and studios began testing the new cables. The clean, transparent sound gradually became the industry standard in professional recording studios. In 1985, Marshall began manufacturing cable assemblies with Mogami cables and high quality connectors. Today, Marshall Electronics is the sole Mogami distributor in the northern hemisphere.

With his cable company established and growing, Marshall turned his attention to cameras and specialty lenses. Marshall was first to market with flat screen LCD monitor rack systems for television studios in 1995. Then in 1998, the first MXL microphone was launched.

The idea behind MXL was conceived in the 1980s when engineers started experimenting with the idea that a large condenser microphone could be designed and manufactured at an affordable price and even exceed the sound quality of much pricier microphones. Years of research and development led to the launch of the MXL 2001 microphone introduced in 1998, followed by the MXL 2003 microphone in 1999.

From the beginning, MXL's goal was to employ better technology yet keep costs significantly lower than other microphones. In fact, MXL developed and patented the innovative warm to bright switch found only in the MXL Genesis II, V67i Tube, V67i, and 603 Pair. Taking advantage of Mogami's sound capabilities, MXL's microphones are internally wired with Mogami cable.

In addition to their successful studio microphones, MXL introduced complete line of USB mics for professional and broadcast use in 2005. More recently, MXL has developed field recording microphones to complement the camera-top monitors produced by Marshall's Broadcast division.

The MXL line has grown to include more than 50 microphones, including the popular 900 series and the eye-catching Genesis. MXL has defined itself as the best value in microphones by combining award-winning performance with affordability.

Today, Marshall Electronics is the preferred supplier to the professional audio community. In addition to MXL, Marshall Electronics divisions manufacture and distribute TAJIMI precision connectors (including Fiber Optics) and Mogami cables.

MXL's headquarters, R&D center, and production operations are located within the Marshall Electronics facility near the Los Angeles International Airport in El Segundo, California. MXL operates manufacturing facilities in the US, China, Japan, Korea and Russia, along with an additional R&D Center in Portland, Oregon.

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