MXL’S V6 Silicon Valve Microphone Now Shipping

MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, is pleased to announce that its V6 Silicon Valve solid-state microphone is now shipping. Made in America, the V6 is a large diaphragm, pressure-gradient condenser microphone that provides the warmth and clarity of sound previously available only with vintage tube microphones.

Internally wired with Mogami cable and designed primarily as a tool for capturing musical instruments, the V6 Silicon Valve is the result of greater than three years of painstaking effort by engineers at Marshall Electronics’ HDTV Labs in El Segundo, CA to create the warmth and transparent clarity characteristic of the best tube microphones. The unique design of the V6 employ’s solid-state FET amplifier techniques and carefully selected components to simulate what tubes do naturally. The result is a sweet, silky sound that, until now, was achievable only by vacuum tubes—and reviewers are finding plenty to rave about.

EQ magazine’s Mitch Gallagher characterized the V6 as, “a big sounding mic, with plenty of open top-end, good dynamic response, low noise, and a warm tone…[that] performs like a microphone that costs way more money.” Similarly, Paul Vnuk wrote in Recording magazine, “The V6 captured the guitar with a tone so full and natural that no eq was needed during tracking or mixdown.”

Both developed and manufactured at Marshall’s headquarters in Southern California, the V6 employs a large diaphragm (25mm/1-inch) with transformer-balanced output. As a solid-state microphone, the V6 requires no external power supply, nor does it take valuable time to warm up—as is common with tube microphones. The V6’s body is a hi-tech titanium silver with a gold plated grill. The microphone ships in a lushly lined, cherry wood box.

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