MXL Microphones Excel in a Studio Environment

While working as a recording artist, I take on a variety of different types of projects, and run most of the sessions in my studio.
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While working as a recording artist, I take on a variety of different types of projects, and run most of the sessions in my studio. I’ve built up a microphone locker over the years, but my two go-to tools are made by MXL Microphones.

The first one I use from MXL is the CR89 condenser. I use it on acoustic guitar and vocals, and run it through an AMS Neve 1073LB preamp into my Avid Pro Tools HD rig. Veteran artist and vocalist Maxayn Lewis recently did several sessions here, and we recorded with the CR89. All we did was use iZotope’s RX 4 Denoiser plug-in to eliminate the barely audible bleed from the headphones, and after polishing in the mix phase and then mastering, the songs were ready for airplay.

The other microphone that gets quite a bit of use is the MXL BCC-1. I use this mic for voiceovers and for film dialogue. Like the CR89, the BCC-1 produces voiceovers without coloration on the front end. I run it directly through the LaChapell Audio583e or Neve 1073LB preamp, and it creates a warm and clean voiceover track, and using iZotope Denoiser, we can cut external noise. The voiceover comes through with a complementary balance of clarity, warmth and low end.

Ian Cohen is a songwriter, film composer and voiceover artist who can be found online at iancohenmusic.com.

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