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continuously variable pattern selectionMXL Revelation

Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

The MXL Revelation is a new tube microphone for 2010, intended to build on the success of the Genesis.

Both are large-diaphragm tube condensers utilizing hand-picked vacuum tubes. But unlike the Genesis, the Revelation is a multipattern mic. A dial on the power supply provides continuously-variable pickup pattern selection, enabling the user to select any degree of variation from Omni to Figure-of-8 (with no switching noise).

MXL Revelation CapsuleThe mic’s capsule is a K67-type, with dual diaphragms made of 6-micron Mylar, center-terminated.

The tube power supply also provides a switchable high-pass filter (-12dB/octave @ 125Hz), -10dB pad, and a 180° phase-flip switch.

The Revelation’s tube is a Russian-made Electro-Harmonix EF86 pentode. This differs from the Mullard 12AT7 tube found in the Genesis and Genesis II.

The mic’s headbasket uses a single-layer mesh. The press release notes that the mic has a “tuned grill cavity” to “reduce standing waves and harmonic distortion.”

MXL RevelationThe Revelation will ship with its power supply, a 15-foot Mogami power cable, a 15-foot Mogami XLR cable, elastic shockmount, and a cleaning cloth, all of which fit into the included aluminum flight case.

Read more about the Revelation, and hear audio samples in our MXL Revelation - First Listen review.

To be clear, the Revelation is not a multipattern version of the Genesis. The capsules are similar, perhaps identical, but the tubes and amplifier circuits are very different.

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The mic was released in 2010.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Revelation Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (10 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -12dB/octave @ 125Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
140 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 138 dB
Self-noise: 18.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
907g (31.99oz) 190mm (7.48'') 64mm (2.52'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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