MXL’s Mini FET mic is as versatile as it is affordable.
Back in September 2010, we reviewed the original MXL Revelation valve microphone, and more recently, in July 2021 we checked out the Revelation MkII version. Now those mics are joined by an affordable solid‑state sibling: the Revelation Mini FET.
This new mic uses a 32mm capsule with a centre‑terminated, six‑micron‑thick, gold‑sputtered Mylar diaphragm. Its preamp circuit is, we’re informed, designed to “provide a classic sound with modern flexibility” and low noise, though oddly no noise figure is included in the spec sheet. Unlike the tube models, which have switchable polar patterns, the Mini FET has a fixed cardioid pattern. Unscrewing the base and removing the body sleeve reveals a double‑sided circuit board populated mainly with surface‑mount parts.
Supplied in a small camera‑style case with an elastic‑cradle shockmount included, the mic’s styling has a lot in common with its tube counterparts, specifically its general shape and its deep blue finish with bright, black‑chrome trimmings. The overall size of the mic is more compact, though, at 59 x 158mm, and it weighs a reassuring 454g. I found the mic to be a secure fit in the shockmount, and spare elastic hoops are provided, which is thoughtful.
The mic features a three‑way pad switch, offering 0, ‑10 and...