My MXL R40 and R80 will be my character ribbon mics, for drum room and amps and whatnot, along with possibly a Cascade Fathead BE down the line. The MXL shockmount grips the mic using a rubber‑lined spring sleeve, opened via a couple of wire levers. It can be positioned virtually anywhere in a studio to record a wide range of instruments, including percussion. 6th July 2015 #142. Not much new...same ribbon, same transformer but new body. By … The MXL R80 excels on the stage and in the studio. Maybe someday I'll get a Royer. I just saw that Musician's Friend has an MXL R80 currently at $80. MXL microphones can be used on stage live in concert or in a garage, home studio or rehearsal space. Rex 2. In the mean time these 205s really tickle my fancy. The MXL MXL 860 Ribbon Studio Side Adress Ribbon Microphone is compact and versatile, making it ideal for many recording applications. Here's a peek inside the newly introduced MXL R80 ribbon microphone. I finally got around to removing the inner screen from the head basket and spent some more time honing my re-ribboning skills. It has a high SPL capacity, making it suitable for guitar cabinets and horns. MXL mics are produced by the same company that markets Mogami cables, so it's no surprise that they recommend using the mic with a good quality XLR cable — and ideally one of theirs! First look at the MXL R80. Also the ribbon and transformer are mounted on a PC board making it a lot easier to replace the xformer with a better quality one. The suspension elements are the usual nylon‑covered elastic bands. A figure-8 pat-tern will pick up sounds from the front and back sides of the microphone with equal sensitivity while maintaining a large amount of rejection 90° off access. The MXL Team General Characteristics The MXL R80 Ribbon microphone uses an aluminum ribbon transducer which by nature is a bidirectional (figure-8) pickup pattern. Can't find much info on it - seems to be another MF only like the R40. Quote: Originally Posted by rexhunt. Sir Chris. The MXL R40 is a solidly built, elegant-looking ribbon mic that features passive circuitry to keep the signal as pure as possible. MXL professional video products for broadcast, multimedia, video, film, and news professionals worldwide. The distinctive MXL 860 Ribbon has a durable cast metal body that makes it an excellent utility mic. A figure-8 pattern will pick up sounds from the front and back sides of the microphone with equal sensitivity while maintaining a large amount of rejection 90 off access. eBay sellers are saying it's 20-20,000Hz but according to MXL...it's 20~17,000 on this one too. By employing just two main components-ribbon motor and transformer-the R40 maintains the classic, smooth sound that makes ribbon mics a top choice for recording rich-sounding vocals. The figure 8 polar pattern lets sound roll in from both sides of the mic to create a full sound. Share Quote. MXL has built modern ribbon elements into the R80 microphone. Lives for gear . MXL conference microphones are also perfect for any meeting room or web chat service that places voice calls over the internet (VoIP). There is something about the way they capture the top end that is just beautiful to me. The front of the microphone is indicated by the MXL logo where the audio signal is in-phase while the back side has an inverted phase. Anybody know any more? The MXL R80 excels on the stage and in the studio.