MXL 990XL ModsWe have two modification options for the MXL 990 XL. 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 90-95% 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. And it can be replaced by soldering just two wires. For the MXL 990XL, we recommend the RK-47. This capsule makes a wonderful all-purpose microphones, with great detail in the mids, and a neutral to dark top end -- a welcome contrast to most over-bright condensers.
#2: 990B Circuit Replacement Kit
Our premier mod kit for the MXL 990 and 990XL replaces the entire circuit board with a high-quality, made-in-the-USA, dual-layer board with our full suite of audio enhancements and a Cardioid/Omni switch -- making your MXL 990XL into a multipattern microphone with exceptionally low noise and high resolution.
This kit fits the 990XL whose circuit board looks like the one pictured at right.
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Another benefit of this circuit replacement is that it enables you to use the RK-12 or RK-87 capsules. Both are more brightly voiced than the RK-47. The RK-12 could be used with the stock 990XL circuit, but might be a bit too bright on some sources. This is a matter of personal preference; some users tell us the RK-12 on a flat-response circuit is the best acoustic guitar mic they've ever heard.
The RK-87 should only be used with high-frequency attenuation in the circuit. The 990B circuit kit provides this; parts and instructions are included.
Needless to say, the RK-47 works well with the new circuit upgrade too.