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    The RK-47 capsule upgrade revoices the MXL 2010’s hyped high frequencies, replacing the sharp presence peak (+11dB @ 9kHz) with a much broader and flatter HF rise (+4dB @ 5kHz).

OmnidirectionalCardioidBidirectionalMXL 2010

Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The MXL 2010 is a three-pattern, large diaphragm FET condenser microphone with switchable pad and filter.

The capsules are MXL’s K67-style, dual-sided model, with a 32mm diameter backplate and twin 25mm diaphragms made of 6-micron Mylar.

A switch on the front of the microphone body provides access to three pickup patterns: Cardioid, Omni, Bidirectional.

Two switches on the rear of the body enable the high-pass filter and -10dB pad.

MXL 2010 PCBThe amplifier circuitry is Class “A” and is transformerless. In the sample mic we’ve seen, the circuit is built onto two through-hole PCBs. It has a single JFET stage, and electronically balanced output that is presumably derived from the Schoeps design.

PCB photo credit: David Miles Huber

Although the published frequency response graph for this mic is identical to the graph for the 2006, it is unlikely that both are accurate, given the significant differences in the circuits.

The MXL 2006 and 2010 together would make a well-matched pair of mics for Mid-Side stereo applications, in which the 2010 set to figure-of-8 would provide the “side” channel to the 2006’s “mid” channel.

The mic ships with an elastic shockmount (p/n MXL 56) and a foam windscreen.

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The mic was released in 2006.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
2010 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (15 mV/Pa; 30 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (15 mV/Pa; 30 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (15 mV/Pa; 30 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10 dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Capsule diameter: 32mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 130 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
526g (18.55oz) 190mm (7.48'') 50mm (1.97'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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