MXL 770 Mods
We have two modification options for the MXL 770. Are you looking for a simple upgrade, or a full rebuild? We have what you need.
#1: Capsule Replacement
If you've never upgraded a mic before, you might wish to start with something very simple. The mic's capsule gives you 90% of the sound of the microphone. In the case of most inexpensive condensers, the capsule is a $5-$10 part that, frankly, does not sound very good. Our line of premium replacement capsules will re-voice your mic, giving you a much smoother and more musically useful sound. In the case of the 990, a new large-diaphragm capsule will lower the mic's self-noise too. And it can be replaced by soldering just two wires. For the MXL 990, we recommend the RK-47. THis K47 style capsule makes a wonderful all-purpose microphone, with great midrange detail and a neutral, never sibilant top.
#2: 770 Circuit Replacement Kit
Our "TL3" circuit kit for the MXL 770 replaces the entire stock circuit board with our next-generation implementation of the Schoeps transformerless design. The kit replaces the 770's HPF switch with a 3-way pattern switch, giving you Cardioid, Omni, and Fig-8 patterns. The 10dB pad switch is retained too.
The circuit kit is not recommended if you plan to keep the stock capsule. However, the circuit kit performs extraordinarily well with our RK-12, RK-87, and RK-47 large-diaphragm capsules, giving you the performance of a $1000-$3000 microphone at a tiny fraction of the price.
Read more about our TL3 circuit kit for the MXL 770.
#3: Custom Headbasket
We now stock custom, handmade headbaskets for the MXL 770. These 2-layer mesh grilles provide both a cosmetic and sonic upgrade. Click for more information on Neumann-style grilles for the MXL 770.