Classic sound and look of the past meets today’s new age of USB technology.

El Segundo, CA (May 3, 2011) – MXL Microphones, part of the Pro Audio Division of Marshall Electronics, announces the addition of the UR-1 USB Ribbon Microphone to their existing line of USB microphones. The UR-1 microphone (patent pending) takes the classic, mellow sound of a ribbon microphone and integrates it with today’s USB technology. This new mic uses modern electrical circuitry to match the input requirements of analog–to-digital converters and USB output with low noise and high dynamic range.



MXL continues to take XLR microphone manufacturing into the new digital space. As digital audio recording grows, there is a demand for a variety of sounds. Performers are looking for a retro sound, and the UR-1 meets this demand. “MXL is a well-known and respected microphone manufacturer and we are the first in the industry to combine today’s recording technology with classic microphone design,” states Perry Goldstein, sales & marketing manager at MXL. “The classic sound of a ribbon microphone is ageless and it will certainly give today’s artists a new dimension to their recordings.”

The UR-1 is housed in an stunning all-metal body with a double-shielded grill. The body was elegantly designed with the same vintage look and feel found in microphones used during the golden age of terrestrial radio and broadcast television. This same design can be associated with legendary crooners and talk show hosts of yesteryear. The big ribbon sound found in the UR-1 makes it a perfect solution for recording singing, voice-over, and podcasting. A volume control and headphone jack on the unit allow for real-time monitoring without any latency.

The MXL UR-1 will be priced at $499.95 and will be available in June 2011. It will be on display at this year’s Summer NAMM convention in Nashville, TN, July 21-23.

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Beginner

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