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MXL AC 404 Microphone

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  • MXL AC-404 USB Powered Boundary Microphone
  • Turn any location into a conference room
  • Delivers outstanding sound even in noisy environments
  • Ideal for conference calls and for use with Skype etc
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Technical Details
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions18 x 12.5 x 5 cm
Item model numberMXLAC404
  
Additional Information
ASINB001TGTDFM
Best Sellers Rank 854 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight907 g
Date First Available27 Oct 2010
  
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Technical InformationConnectivity Technology: Plug-inSound Mode: MonoMinimum Frequency Response: 40 HzMaximum Frequency Response: 16 kHzMicrophoneMicrophone Technology: CondenserMicrophone Type: DesktopInterfaces/PortsHost Interface: USBPhysical CharacteristicsColor: BlackMaterial: MetalMiscellaneousRecycled: NoAssembly Required: NoGreen Compliant: No

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nic on 24 May 2014
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I bought this for two purposes. One is to record presentations given to people in a room / given over a conference phone and to capture the sound in high quality and clearly. It does this perfectly, it is very sensitive and captures a very natural sound. Being a boundary mike it lessens the effect of room echo and picks up clearly over a range of 3-5 metres away from the speaker. The next best thing to a speaker wearing a radio mike. The second purpose is for me to record one to one consultations, so I can give the person a recording of the session. Again it performs brilliantly.

So some criticism of it. Firstly it only shows as a USB audio codec, so you need to select that for recording. By default the level is very low, and you need to open the recording controls to increase the recording level from it. Default is about 1/10th, but I find that 1/4 level is much better, for speech, some clipping (over level) will not affect the end result at all.

Like any microphone it has a proximity effect for bass ranges, and speaking close to it, it picks up a full range very clearly and with high fidelity. However it has no windscreen, and I have a tendency to 'pop' microphones, so any close vocal miking (which in all honesty is not what this is designed for) does require a pop filter.

Another issue is that the capsule isolation could be better. On a surface it will pick up sounds through that surface, but it is easily solved with a small piece of foam rubber. I use a piece the same size as the base and only 3 mm thick, and it works very well with the unit sat on it.

All in all I have given 5 stars as it does exactly what it says it does. I own and use a lot of microphones (mostly studio types) and this ranks very highly, and the drawbacks I mentioned are easily addressed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev Mark on 1 Feb 2013
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I needed a microphone for recording meetings and presentations where a roving microphone is not practicable. Using Audacity on a Windows 7 laptop I have been able to record meetings in a school hall, including presenters and questioners without any PA and produce a perfectly audible mp3 file.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco on 12 Feb 2014
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The microphone is very good at picking up whispers and minute sounds at large distances. Ideal for meeting rooms or for capturing audience answers (small-medium crowd).

The voice sounds more tinny than with high grade personal microphones.
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By MikeSW2 on 15 April 2014
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We picked the microphone to be able to pick up voices from around the table on a Google Hangout without having to shout. It works pretty well.
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If you are a regular user of conference calls, Skype, Webex etc. via your laptop or PC you will know the frustration when some participants are too far from the built-in mike and therefore inaudible. Also, many laptops have poor recording quality and the mike can be in strange places, such as in the keyboard (like on my Toshiba). In that case all that the participants can hear is the hammering of keys, or else your wrist is resting over the mike hole and no-one can hear you.

This portable USB mike solves these problems. Sensitive to the whole room, it can be placed in the centre of the table, away from keyboards, to pick up all participants clearly. Surprisingly good sound quality, even from people further away.

The device also serves as a logical speaker device, but beware - you have to plug in a separate speaker using a 3mm jack plug. Otherwise your application selects the external speaker automatically, but nothing can be heard! (Alternatively you can select internal speakers in the relevant application, but you need to know to do this.)

The MXL AC404 is quite heavy, so not a pocket device, but it's excellent performance is well worth it.
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i use this for webcasting teaching sessions and its better than anything else i have tried by a good margin- although i havent tried anything over £200. it doesnt really pick up voices over 10 feet away if there is any slight background noise but what do you expect for the money?
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