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MXL is showing off their new Desktop Recording Kit, a very promising condenser microphone designed for home and mobile recording. The mic itself is self-powered, removing the need for a pre-amp or external supply, and connects directly to any XLR input, or right into a laptop or PC via an XLR to 3.5mm miniJack connector. Although it comes with lots of little touches, like a folding desk stand and a battery, the real promise lies in the price—just a touch under $150. I'm looking forward to the reviews on this one.

MXL Recording Kit brings pro audio features to home users [BIOS]