MXL 910 Mic Mod
The MXL 910 mic is a low cost microphone which makes an excellent donor body. The internal frame is well built, the body cylinder is a decent weight and the headbasket is made with a nice dual-gauge mesh screen. The stock MXL 910 can be transformed into a high quality vocal or instrument microphone. Read more about our Mic Mods here.
The MXL 910 uses a small 24mm Capsule (despite looking like an LDC). These capsules tend to be harsh, sibilant and lacking of richness in the low end. The circuit is a simple Schoeps style board built with low cost surface mount components. The result is the typical ‘china mic’ tone which is sibilant, harsh and thin. Our mod/rebuild will resolve these issues.
Custom Mic Options
Like all of our mic mods, we can rebuild your MXL 910 as a Transformerless or Transformer-Coupled type. What’s the difference? Our Transformerless jaSb (just another Schoeps board) circuit is a very pristine accurate circuit with great transient response and relatively little extra color. Our Transformer-Coupled BFM circuit is based on the classic Neumann KM84 circuit adapted for a Large Diaphragm Capsule. We typically use a high quality CineMag Transformer but there are other options as well. In general, the BFM gives us an extra bit of transformer color or mojo. There is some extra fatness in the lows and low-mids due to the harmonic distortion of the transformer as well as a subtle bit of dynamic compression on transients.
Both configurations offer an optional internal pattern switch which lets you switch between Cardioid and Omni. You must open the body to access this switch. Without the switch, the mic is fixed Cardioid.
For capsules, we can use a Center Terminated k47 style or an Edge Terminated CK12 style. What’s the difference? The K47 gives us a harmonically rich mid-forward classic tone that you think of coming from the great Neumann microphones. Our k47 capsule is a high quality approximation of the Neumann Capsule. Never sibilant or harsh but with a wonderful clean top-end. The CK12 is the AKG-ish flavor and has a more hi fi extended silky top end. The CK 12 works great in both of our circuitry variations, but are more commonly used with Transformer Builds as the extended top end tends to balance out the beefy lows and low-mids of the transformer.
Choose your rebuild and options below or contact us for more information!