Microphone Mods, Upgrades & Rebuilds
I do full rebuilds of low cost LDC and SDC mics from MXL and others. LDCs can be Transformerless (TL) or Transformer Coupled (TC). SDCs are TC only. I also maintain a rotating stock of pre-modded mics which are ready to finish-to-order and ship. All pricing and option details for LDCs and SDCs are explained below. For specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Or you can go straight to the Store and see all of the offerings.
Upgrade Your Locker!
"High quality materials + good workmanship = high quality performance. It’s that simple. I love the concept of transforming these plebeian tools into something wonderful, and Bob has excellent taste. This MXL 2001 now has a C12 capsule and an AMI transformer and has become my current favorite for recording difficult-to-capture acoustic guitars, like rosewood…"
"I didn't get into music production so I could sound like everybody else, and that attitude has influenced how I have populated my mic cabinet. I could walk into any well stocked retail music store and grab all the mics everyone else has....but what fun is THAT? I'd much rather have Bob build or mod…"
"AKG C414, Rockscience 990: they sound so similar. 990 before vs after? Night and day difference. I recorded a before and after comparison and the the response was much more even and flat compared to before with a much better low frequency response. This mic was recording down past 20hz at flat response levels. It…"
"Killer microphone! I’ve owned and enjoyed quite a few handbuilt or modded mics (Michael Joly, Serrano Audio, plus other custom or modded mics with various Maiku, MicParts, Luke Audio, BeesNeez capsules) and thought I’d give this a try considering the great price. This mic has a wonderfully low noise floor and beautiful, soft detail on…"
Mass Produced vs Not
It’s amazing that MXL can build a 990 or 910 and give it a street price of under 100 bucks. While they do a pretty good job with the mechanical design, they must cut every corner on the electronics and capsule to make that price. For high-volume manufacturers, this means mass-produced surface-mount Tech (SMT) circuit boards. Most MXL boards are based on the Schoeps design (as is my jaSb board). Our board is hand-assembled with point-to-point capsule wiring. We use high quality components including low-noise resistors and film capacitors in the audio path. FET Bias is optimally set on each mic. This attention to detail is lost in mass-produced mics.