Initially discontinued in the U.S., the microphones have been brought back by Sanken.

New York, NY (October 18, 2018)—At AES, Sanken Chromatic Microphones has revived its CU-31 and CU-32 compact condenser recording microphones. Initially discontinued in the U.S., Sanken has brought back the mics as part of the Sanken Chromatic series.

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Relatively similar, the CU-31 features an on-axis pickup pattern while the CU-32 has a perpendicular side-firing pattern, but both feature Sanken's original Push-Pull type capsule design. In addition to their maximum SPL of 148 dB at 1% THD, the mics reportedly offer a frequency response from 20 Hz to 18,000 Hz.

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Less than 5 inches in length, the CU-31 and CU-32 are small, lightweight microphones intended for use recording acoustic guitar, brass and woodwinds, chorus vocals, drums, strings, and sound effects. The mics each house a light, corrosion-free, one-micron titanium diaphragm.

Their MSRP is $995 each.

Sanken • https://www.sankenchromatic.com