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How do they stack up? The Shure SM81-LC Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone vs the MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

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First, let's have a look at the Shure SM81-LC Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone.

The second product we will be examining in this comparison is the MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount. In general, the MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount is really good for recording any instrument. But when we get down to specifics, it is one of the best microphones out there for recording acoustic guitars.It comes in with a shock mount to get rid of unwanted noise.


HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Shure SM81-LC Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
KEY FEATURES
+ Comes with flat frequency response for accurate sound.
+ Has a cardioid polar pattern so only focuses on the source.
+ Rugged steel construction for increased durability.

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
 The Shure SM81-LC Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone may not be the best with vocals but as far as instrument recording is concerned, it's a complete package.


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