Montreal, Canada (August 28, 2006)–Recently, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation in Montreal went through an extensive series of tests in search of a new standard on-air broadcast microphone for both the French and English language radio stations. The Gefell M930 compact cardioid mic was selected.
According to CBC Montreal Radio operations manager, Gaston Robitaille: “We recently redesigned many of our studios to create a ’round table’ format whereby often times, as many as six microphones are on at a given time. As such, we needed to find a mic that could transfer the natural characteristic of an individual’s voice while providing sufficient pattern control to eliminate bleed from one commentator’s voice going into adjacent mics, a problem we were experiencing with our old Neumann U87s.
“Early on, we tested the Gefell M930s and were impressed by the compact size and natural tone. It had that ‘Neumann sound’ yet also seem to be very uncolored. Before deciding, we ended up testing over 30 other microphones, going full circle and coming back to the Gefells. The pattern control, compact size and their ability to handle huge transients without distortion made them a natural. We now have over 25 mics in action and are planning to get at least as many more in a near future.”
The Gefell M930 is a 48V powered compact cardioid condenser with a full 1-in. diaphragm that features a DC to DC optical power bridge that provides 80 volts to the capsule while reducing self noise to a mere 7dBA. The compact size coupled with the triangulated pedestal eliminates body refractions and comb filtering to produce a more stable and controlled polar pattern. The large full 1-in. capsule provides greater sensitivity over small capsules, an advantage when trying to capture more detail and personality from a voice.
Radial Engineering Ltd.