MXL 2006 Mods

MXL 2006 microphoneThe MXL 2006 seems to be everything that people love and hate about low-cost condensers. On the one hand, it's inexpensive, decently built, and delivers a clean sound. On the other hand, it combines a linear circuit with a peaky and sometimes harsh-sounding capsule.

You can fix it.

We have two modification options for the MXL 2006. The easiest and most effective mod is to change the capsule. If time, experience, and budget allow, we recommend replacing the circuit, which allows for a wider variety of capsules to be used. See our options below.

#1: Capsule Replacement

RK-47 capsule

The MXL 2006 capsule is a 32mm K67 type; while not necessarily terrible, it tends to have a peaky response that is not well-suited to the mic's circuit. Replacing this with our RK-47 will give you microphone a much more full, warm, and balanced sound.

If you choose to install our circuit replacement kit, too, you could opt for a more brightly voiced capsule like our RK-12 or RK-87, to achieve alternative sonic colors.

#2: MP-V57 Circuit Replacement Kit

The MXL 2006 will easily accommodate our premium transformerless PCB kit, the MP-V57. This is a full circuit replacement, using uncompromising audiophile parts. It provides an internal switch that can be configured at build time as either a Cardioid/Omni pattern switch (assuming you've replaced the stock capsule with one of our dual-diaphragm models), or as a -10dB pad.

The circuit also provides the option of building corrective high-frequency EQ into the circuit, to make even the stock capsule sound more balanced and less sibilant. That said, we find our replacement capsules to offer superior sensitivity and self-noise performance, and smoother response overall.

Click for more info on the MP-V57 PCB kit.