updated 05:25 pm EDT, Wed July 23, 2008
MXL Studio USB microphone
MXL has introduced the new MXL Studio 1 portable USB condenser microphone for the home recording market. According to the company, the new USB microphone has been designed to use the best of both analog and digital technology to deliver low-noise, studio-quality audio in a portable package, enabling it be to used for music training, field recording and professional spoken word recordings. Unlike similar products that requite mixers, preamps or other expensive studio gear, the MXL Studio 1 has been designed to be completely "Plug & Play" for both PC or Mac users. The microphone can simply be plugged into a laptop or desktop computer through a standard USB port, then have its preferences adjusted and the microphone will then be ready to begin recoding studio-quality audio.
The Studio 1 also features an integrated headphone jack that provides zero latency monitoring and clear audio playback not found in similar priced USB microphones. The zero latency feature provides a more accurate recording when doing voiceovers and internet recordings such as podcasts, interviews or personalized radio.
The Studio 1 microphone retails for $130 and is shipping now.