Incorporating a Figure-8 polar pattern and a 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon, the MXL R144 offers breathtaking sound for vocal and instrument recordings and is an excellent microphone for broadcast applications. The R144 also performs brilliantly on acoustic instruments, strings, and horns and offers high SPL capability, outstanding side rejection and precise directivity.
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I have both intentionally and accidentally used phantom power on my MXL R144, Nady RSM-5, and Stellar RM-7 ribbons. They perform the same with and without phantom present. You can overcome any (unfounded) latent worries by buying some FetHeads or Cloudlifter products to use inline with the ribbons.
If you're like me and you wanted to try a ribbon out, but didn't want to save up for a year to get a R121 or something like that, this is a great mic to start with.
Just like most ribbons, it's a bi-directional mic. It does have a lot of low mid coloration, and it doesn't have an extended top...
I bought this for the exact first point Mugz made, as an entry level ribbon to get a feel for using these mostly pricey mics, the R144 is brilliant.
I use it regularly on double bass and for some vocals. Admittedly it's very cheap, I think it punches above it's weight though.
For the price,...