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LIMITED EDITION MJE "990 AIR" Cardioid Microphone
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LIMITED EDITION MJE "990 AIR" Cardioid Microphone
LIMITED EDITION MJE "990 AIR" Cardioid Microphone
$519.00
LIMITED EDITION MJE "990 AIR" Cardioid Microphone $519.00

  • Very low noise (10 dBa post mod), MJE Premium Electronics transformerless circuit
  • 6 micron, edge-terminated (AKG style) capsule for extended, airy, top end
  • New cylindrical, single layer headbasket
  • "MJ" sticker and "Michael Joly Engineering" branding
  • Shock mount and plastic storage case




    MJE 990 AIR with single-layer headbasket & 6 micron diaphragm edge terminated AKG style capsule


    I created the MJE 990 AIR in response to client requests for an AKG C 414 EB style mic –– a mic with a more extended top end response (compared to the mid-focused, “Neumann-esque” K47 sound I'm known for).

    The MJE 990 AIR uses a brass retaining ring, AKG-inspired, edge terminated capsule instead of my usual MJE-K47 center-terminated capsule. The result is a flatter midrange and a more extended and “airy” top end response (compared to the MJE-K47 sound). The MJE 990 AIR provides the classic top end “sheen” the C 414 EB is known for, so it's a great choice when you want to bring out the breathiness in female vocals, the shimmer of cymbals or the sparkle of a steel string acoustic guitar.

    In a tip of the hat to the classic AKG C12, I chose to use a custom made, single layer, cylindrical breadbasket. This headbasket style provides a clear and open sound with just a touch of the HF character imparted by a cylindrical basket.

    The stock MXL FET / transformless topology has been upgraded with my field proven (over 14,000 orders shipped) MJE Premium Electronics modification to provide lower self noise, improve bass response and make the top end smoother.

    Remember, this is a very limited edition offering made to satisfy folks looking for an AKG C 414 EB style mic. NOTE: the MJE 990 AIR is a cardioid only mic.

    Oh, and no, I do not have audio samples of this mic. If you like the AKG C 414 EB, you'll like this mic. Trust me.

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