Anaheim, CA (January 25, 2006)–M-Audio announced the Sputnik large-diaphragm studio tube condenser microphone at the Winter NAMM show. Based on classic vacuum tube design principles and manufactured in modern facilities to exacting standards, this multi-pattern, large diaphragm studio condenser is designed to deliver the classic sound normally associated with rare and expensive vintage mics.
The Sputnik mic is designed around a military grade 6025M tube that utilizes a diminutive, dual triode design that allows for high-voltage operation with less heat dispersion than other designs. This means, in part, that users can easily hang this mic upside down or orient it upright without having to worry about overheating the capsule. Moreover, hand-selection of the tube ensures the tightest specs plus exceptional consistency and reliability.
Sputnik’s combination of military-grade vacuum tube, ultra-sensitive 3-micron evaporated gold Mylar diaphragm, solid brass construction, and selectable cardioid, omni and figure-8 polar patterns makes it ideal for a wide variety of voices, instruments, and applications. When tweaking the Sputnik mic’s capsule, M-Audio’s design team worked closely with top L.A. recording engineers to distill the best characteristics of classic vacuum tube designs. In final side-by-side listening tests, these professionals put Sputnik up against some of the world’s finest vintage mics costing many times more. Many reportedly observed that Sputnik exhibited the coveted low and low-mid qualities of the Neumann U47 and the upper-mids and highs of the AKG C12, making it ideal for faithfully recording a wide range of sources including both male and female vocals.
Sputnik’s space-age “lollipop” design minimizes diffraction from the body, resulting in superior off-axis response. The body itself is durable solid brass with a polished nickel finish. Frequency response is 20Hz-20kHz (±1.5 dB); sensitivity is 30mV/Pa (-30.5dBV) and the max. SPL at 0.5 percent THD is 132dB (142dB with the 10dB pad). It also features a low-frequency roll-off and multiple pick-up patterns (cardioid, omni, figure-8).
Sputnik includes a professional shockmount, dedicated power supply, 7-pin mic cable, grounded IEC power supply and a custom briefcase.
M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc.,