By ShadowAMD on 13th January 2013
Great Professional Mic
When I first received the mojave it were well packaged, came with a sturdy cradle which grips well and doesn't weigh enough to play havoc with less sturdy stands. The assembly is quick and painless, clipping and locking into place.
Over the last six months I have gotten to know this mic very well. It's characteristics are rather neutral which is a good thing as if you need a goto mic, general workhorses usually are the one's who get the most use time, if you are on a limited budget a neutral mic will work on many sources. If you don't have a decent pre-amp selection it's not to worry, this mic runs hot. Meaning that you can lower the gain and any artefacts or noise that you may encounter with low end pre-amps will dissipate.
In used the FET on a male vocal, the Mojave is thick and smooth in the top end. The quality of this microphone shines through as soon as you start recording, very articulate, decent low and mid range with smooth highs. Which for the price £450.00 / $700.00 in my experience is pretty much unheard of.
It's a slightly darker mic than many I have used, but it's not to a fault, the mic still cut's through well without having any ear piercing frequencies. Only one note, there is a proximity effect like most mic's if you get too close, a good vocal technique as with most condensers is required. It even sounds evil with screams and growls and seem's to ignore any high end harshness that appears with select types of vocal..
Also after testing the Mojave works excellently on guitar cabs and overheads, reducing harsh piercing frequencies whilst retaining a real hi-fi sound.
On construction, it feels weighty and looks solid. The only criticism is the wire mesh connection. I unfortunately did knock over the mic stand on a session and the wire mesh housing covering the diaphragm did break.
So in conclusion, the Mojave Fet is an excellent mic for the money and I wouldn't hesitate to class it as a professional studio microphone. At the price you really can't go wrong and I wouldn't hesitate to place it up against higher priced opponents.
By Dot. on 10th February 2013
Mojave MA201 fet is an amazing mic. It sounds great, with proper preamp it can be a killer for your studio. I used it only for vocals and acoustic guitar, can't say how it sounds on other sources. It's a little colored mic, It has nice smooth mids, and in my opinion great highs, no harshness to the mic at all. Great on both male and female.
On acoustic guitar it also adds some body, but it doesnt make it muddy.
I can easily say it's the best mic below 1000$ (if not then surely in top 3)
- Built quality
- Lack of HPF or PAD (even tho it doesn't concern me some people would find these options usable)