The latest mic in the Mojave
Audio lineup, the MA-301fet, is
a multi-pattern version of the
company’s large-diaphragm, solid-state
MA-201fet condenser microphone.
The MA-301fet ($895) weighs 1
pound and measures 7 5/8-inches long
by 2-inches in diameter. As with most
of the other mics in the Mojave family,
the MA-301fet has a sexy black finish
with a head basket shape reminiscent
of a classic Neumann U-87. The
large diaphragm, FET (Field Effect
Transistor) preamp, condenser microphone
features a 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±3
dB frequency response and employs a
hand-selected double-diaphragm, gold-sputtered,
3-micron, 1-inch diameter
capsule, Jensen audio transformer, military-
grade FET and custom-designed
|Mojave Audio MA-301fet Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
The MA-301fet’s polar patterns are
omni, cardioid and figure-eight. The
bass roll-off provides -6 dB per octave
attenuation with a 100 Hz corner frequency.
The mic has a 550 ohm output
impedance, an 80 dB (A-weighted) signal
to noise ratio, 14 dB self noise and
can handle SPL levels up to 124 dB.
With the MA-301fet and its included
shock-mount packed into a foam lined,
10-inch by 9-inch by 4.5-inch carry
case, it weighs 4 pounds and will easily
hold up to the rigors of every day use.
The MA-301fet is easily adaptable
to virtually any recording application.
The mic does a wonderful job of capturing
vocals. I found the mic’s bass
roll-off to work well with vocals, sucking
out the low-frequency muddiness
without eating into the body of the vocal
sound. Acoustic guitars record brilliantly
with the MA-301fet.
While I found the mic’s forte to be
vocals and acoustic guitars, the MA-
301fet works well in nearly any situation.
I tracked drums using one MA-
301fet on the snare and one on the kick.
The snare sounded fantastic: a big warm
body and just the right amount of crack
without the need for any additional EQ.
The only downside is the mic’s
size, making snare placement a
I also utilized the MA-301fet
as a kick-out mic, placed about
six inches in front of the center of the
kick drum (along with an AKG D112
positioned just inside the hole in the
front of the drum) and the sound was
massive. I’m a long-time user of Mojave
MA-300s on toms and I found the
MA-301fet to perform equally well.
In several tracking instances, I used
the mics through the Manley Langevin
Dual Vocal Combo to capture drum
overheads and had wonderful results.
I used them to record congas, bongos,
shaker and tambourine with excellent
recordings in every instance.
Piano records wonderfully through
the MA-301fet, sounding full, rich,
smooth and present. It also worked well
for recording violin, viola and cello.
If there’s a perfect new LDC, this is
it, as it can easily replace a Neumann
U-47fet or U-87, and its price tag is