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MXL USB.008 Mic Manual
Large Gold Diaphragm
USB Condenser Mic
It’s like having a great studio in a mic
Where Great Recordings Begin
CD Quality Demo Tracks are available for download at www.MXL-USB.com
Congratulations on your purchase of the MXL USB.008 which uses a large
32mm gold diaphragm capsule for added warmth. MXL microphones are the
result of world-class engineering and manufacturing capabilities. They are
designed to provide you with outstanding performance and exceptional value.
While we encourage you to review this entire manual, there are a few key points
about handling this microphone that we want you to familiarize yourself with
right from the start.
The MXL USB mics are a professional quality, cardioid condenser studio microphone designed specifically for recording. Unlike microphones designed for live
performance or lesser dynamic model microphones, this instrument requires
careful handling. Hence, you should observe the following…
ALWAYS…handle the microphone carefully, avoiding sudden shocks such as dropping or bumping the microphone into other objects.
ALWAYS…maintain a distance of approximately 4 – 6 inches when speaking or singing into the microphone. You are encouraged to use a pop filter for added protection of the sensitive capsule and to shield the instrument from saliva and sudden bursts of air.
NEVER… tap the microphone to check if it’s working. The RED LED behind the microphone’s protective grill will tell you it’s on and that the correct side is facing you.
NEVER… blow into the microphone to check if it’s working. The RED LED behind the microphone’s protective grill will tell you it’s on and that the correct side is facing you.
By following these few basic handling procedures, you can expect a long and
trouble-free relationship with your new microphone. Again, thank you for your
purchase of this outstanding MXL microphone.
A Little Background Information
MXL condenser microphones use what is known as a cardioid pickup pattern,
which is more sensitive to sound waves arriving at the front of the microphone
as opposed to those arriving from the sides or rear. Unlike other MXL models,
this microphone benefits from being a USB (Universal Serial Bus) device—
meaning this is a plug and play microphone that will interface with Windows
and Macintosh computers without the need for any special drivers. As a USB
device, it carries the added benefit of not requiring an external microphone preamp, as is the case with most cardioid condenser microphones.
We’ve already mentioned the importance of proper handling, but should you
find yourself recording an outdoor performance, you would be well advised to
use a windscreen as protection for your microphone.
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Unpack Your Microphone
Begin by examining the contents of your MXL USB kit.
You should have the following components:
• Protective vinyl travel case
• One MXL USB.008 microphone
• A 10-foot USB 2.0 high speed cable
• A windscreen
• A desktop microphone stand plus the mounting ring
• Owners manual
• Microphone applications guide
Getting Familiar With Your Microphone
In addition to speaking or singing into the side of the microphone with the RED
LED facing you, you should also understand the use of the three-position attenuation switch on the microphone’s back side.
Figure #1
What’s an attenuation switch?
An attenuation switch reduces the signal strength
in an electronic device. As the microphone converts acoustical energy (your voice) into electrical
energy (the signal that feeds your computer), it is
possible that a loud, “boomy” voice, or a vocalist
who is really “belting out those notes” may exceed
normal recording levels. In this case, you will want
to reduce the signal strength by using the microphone’s attenuation switch.
The attenuation switch (see Figure #1) on the back side of the USB mic provides
three positions: High, Medium, and Low - identified as: Hi, Med, Lo. Normally,
you’ll want to keep the microphone’s attenuation switch in the Hi position. If,
however, you need to “back off” the signal to compensate for a loud voice, simply move the switch to the desired setting. You may also need to move further
away from the microphone which will also reduce the level.
PLEASE NOTE: Recording is a creative process, so there are no hard and fast
rules. Experimentation is the key to best results.
Using the Supplied Desktop Microphone Stand
1. After opening the stand’s tripod leg system and placing it on the table or desk,
loosen the angle adjuster and orient the large portion of the microphone holder
so that it faces upward, or horizontal.
2. Place the base of the microphone into the microphone holder with one hand
while holding it upright with your other hand.
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3. While holding the microphone upright and firmly in one hand, secure the
microphone to the desktop stand by screwing the black mounting ring into the
microphone’s base. The microphone should now sit securely in the desktop stand.
4. At this point, attach the end of the USB cable that matches the microphone’s
connector. The other end of the cable will connect to your computer’s USB port.
4. Select File - Properties. It should look like Figure #3.
Connecting the Microphone to Your Computer (Windows)
The MXL USB.008 microphone will operate with both USB 2.0 (high speed
USB) and USB 1.1 data buses. We recommend you connect your microphone
directly to the computer’s USB port as opposed to using a USB hub. USB hubs
have been known to interfere with the performance of various USB devices.
PLEASE NOTE: Audio and video recording can be very taxing to a computer’s
resources. For this reason, you should close any and all running applications that
are non essential.
Please take the following steps to get connected:
1. If open, close your audio recording application. You will open it after the
microphone is connected and operational.
2. Connect the remaining end of the USB cable to the computer’s USB port.
Windows will display the New Hardware Found dialog message and your
system may make a sound if your computer uses Window’s system sounds.
3. Allow Windows time to identify the device.
4. In approximately one minute, Windows should display a dialog message stating
that Your New Hardware is Installed and Ready for Use. After this first connection, Windows will require just a few moments to identify the microphone.
Congratulations! You are ready to begin recording.
Testing Your Setup
To test your setup, we’ll use Window’s Sound Recorder. Sound Recorder can be
found by navigating the following…
1. Press or click Start.
2. Place your mouse cursor over All Programs, then Accessories, followed by
Entertainment.
3. Click Sound Recorder to launch the application. It should look like Figure #2.
Figure #3
5. Click the Convert Now… button. It should look like Figure #4.
Figure #2
Figure #4
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6. In the Attributes drop down Window, select 44.100 kHz, 16-Bit, Mono as
shown in Figure #5.
PLEASE NOTE: Each new recording made with this basic sound recording
utility will require you to re-select the 44.1 kHz sample rate. Sound Recorder
defaults to the 8 kHz Mono setting, which produces unwanted noise.
You are now ready to use the recording application of your choice.
PLEASE NOTE: Professional recording applications typically default to the
highest sample rate allowed by your computer’s sound card/audio chip. Usually,
this is 44.1 kHz, which is the same sample rate used for conventional CDs.
Figure #5
7. Click OK, then Click OK to close the Properties for Sound Window.
8. You are now ready to record!
9. With your mouse, click the RED record button to start recording.
Speak (or sing) into your microphone (with the microphone’s RED LED facing you).
10. Click the BLACK, rectangular button to end recording.
11. Press the ◄◄ button to reset to the beginning of the recording.
12. Press the ► button to start playback.
If You Don’t Hear Anything…
If you followed the directions and have been unable to record a sound, please
check Window’s Audio Properties dialog window, shown in Figure #6, and ensure that Sound recording is set to USB Audio CODEC and Sound playback
is set for your computer’s sound card/audio chip. If you are uncertain of this
setting, consult your computer’s owner’s manual.
To access the Audio Properties dialog window from within Sound Recorder:
1. Click Edit, then Audio Properties
Connecting the Microphone to Your MAC
As is the case with a Windows PC, the MXL USB.008 microphone will operate
with both USB 2.0 (high speed USB) and USB 1.1 data buses. All current Macs
operate with USB 2.0. We recommend you connect your microphone directly to
the computer’s USB port as opposed to using a USB hub. USB hubs have been
known to interfere with the performance of various USB devices.
PLEASE NOTE: Audio and video recording can be very taxing to a computer’s
resources. For this reason, you should close any and all running applications that
are non essential.
Please take the following steps to get connected:
1. Make certain that any audio applications are closed.
2. Connect the remaining end of the USB cable to the computer’s USB port.
3. To set the USB microphone as the default audio input for audio, click on the
Apple icon in the upper left hand of the screen and select System Preferences as
shown in Figure #7 below.
Figure #7
Figure #6
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4. Next, click on the Sound icon in the Hardware group as shown in Figure #8 below.
7. By watching the movements of the Input level meter in this window, you can
now see that the MXL USB microphone is working as you speak into it. This
setting will be saved as the default input whenever the microphone is plugged in.
Setting the MXL USB mic to record in Garage Band
1. Open Garage Band. This application will be found in either the Dock Bar or by
opening the Apple Finder, clicking on Applications and/or opening Garage Band.
2. Garage Band opens with the default project “My Song”. Refer to Garage
Band’s user manual to change the default project.
3. “My Song” opens with one software instrument track. To record through the
USB microphone, click on Track on the top of the window bar and select New
Track as shown in Figure #10 below.
Figure #8
5. After opening the Sound dialog screen, there will be three tabs at the top of
the window, select the Input tab by clicking on it.
6. Then select the USB Audio Codec as the device for sound input as shown in
Figure #9 below.
Figure #10
4. Select the tab in the window that opens that says Real Instrument.
Then select the source you will be recording through the microphone, such as
vocals or guitar, as shown in Figure #11 (See next page).
Figure #9
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7. Then select the Audio/MIDI icon in the top row. From the drop down menu
under Audio Input, select the USB Audio Codec as shown in Figure #13 below.
Figure #11
5. Click OK
6. To select an audio input source for Garage Band, click on Garage Band from
the top menu bar and select Preferences as shown in Figure #12 below.
Figure #13
8. You will then be asked if you really want to change the driver. Select Yes.
The computer will then say it is initializing the audio driver. Wait until this is
done, then close the window.
9. At this point, you should see the meter move when you speak into the microphone. You can now click on the Record button and record your vocal or dialog
using your microphone.
PLEASE NOTE: As long as the microphone is plugged in when Garage Band is
started, the audio input source settings in Garage Band will be saved until you
change them again, even if you close the program or start a new project.
For More Information
For additional information about your MXL USB microphone, how to contact
technical support, as well as information on other products manufactured by
MXL, please visit us online at www.mxl-usb.com.
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http://www.mxl-usb.com
Warranty
Marshall microphones are guaranteed against defects in material and workmanship for one year
from date of purchase. Should you encounter any problem with this unit, promptly contact the
company you purchased it from for assistance. The original dated sales receipt will be necessary
for any warranty claim. Do not send any unit directly to us without prior authorization from our
service department! Warranty coverage is limited to repair or replacement (at our option) of the
microphone, and does not cover incidental damages due to use of this unit, nor damage caused by
accidental misuse of this product.
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