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CardioidMXL Gold 35

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The MXL Gold 35 is a large-diaphragm FET condenser designed for producer and arranger Benjamin Wright.

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Benjamin Wright’s list of credits is truly monumental, including the Temptations, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquoi, Quincy Jones, and a host of other recording greats. Benjamin wanted something unique for his studio. We had been experimenting with the 35mm diaphragm for some time, refining it and designing the electronics to best suit this unique addition to our line. The result, the Gold 35.

The mic was intended to be a unique, one-off piece, but when requests from Mr. Wright’s clients began coming in, MXL decided to produce a limited run of 100 microphones. The product was officially launched at the Winter NAMM show, January 2009.

The mic is based on a 35mm O.D. K67 capsule, similar to what can be found in the CAD GXL-3000. In the sample we tested, it was polarized at +68VDC, and direct coupled to the 2SK170 JFET. High-impedance leads were soldered directly to the PCB.

Gold 35 circuitThe circuit design is transformerless, and comprised primarily of surface-mount components, with several integrated circuit chips. The circuit appears to be identical to circuit in the MXL 890.

The mic has a fixed cardioid pickup pattern.

The mic body is plated with gold.

The MXL Gold 35 includes a shockmount, a padded wooden box, a windscreen, and a 3-year warranty.

The MXL Gold 35 is also known as: Gold35.

The mic was released in 2009.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Gold 35 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (26 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 28.5mm
Capsule diameter: 35mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
150 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 136 dB
Self-noise: 14.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
771g (27.20oz) 235mm (9.25'') 57mm (2.24'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 ± 4v

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