MXL v250 Microphone Mod
The MXL v250 mic is a low cost microphone which makes a decent donor body. It is often found as the Stupid Deal of the Day on Musicians Friend for a very low cost. The body is made of thin metal and is very light weight. It is very similar to typical cheap BM800 style mics, however the headbasket is nicer than most. The stock v250 can be transformed into a high quality vocal or instrument microphone. Click here for more general info about our mic mods.
The v250 suffers from the typical shortcomings to most of MXL’s low cost mics. It uses a small diaphragm capsule (despite looking like an LDC). The circuit board is a bare bones Schoeps style board built with low cost surface mount components. These capsules have a thin, sibilant and harsh tone and the electronics do nothing to help that. Our rebuild resolves these issues.
Custom Mic Options
Like most of our mic mods, we can rebuild your v250 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.
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.
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