San Francisco, CA (October 27, 2021)—Japanese microphone manufacturer Sanken is introducing its new CU-55 cardioid microphone at AES.
The CU-55 houses a side-firing 16mm capsule with a resonant chamber like the top of the line Sanken CU-44x that has been tuned to create a cardioid pattern. This new generation microphone is reportedly flat at 90 degrees, flat on axis, and is said to have very little proximity effect. The CU--55 uses the same diaphragm material as Sanken's CU-100 and CUW-180 mics. Designed for acoustic instruments like guitars, cello, harp and piano, the CU-55 can also handle big brass and pounding tympanis.
Nashville producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay remarked, "Sanken's new CU-55 is right up there in quality with their entire family of top studio mics, and a very welcome addition. It's very warm and natural, not hyped at all, and very musical. I've found lots of applications, from the high SPLs of a high-hat to the subtle nuances of acoustic guitar. It's also really great as a compact side-address mic and easy to maneuver into tight spaces. Not everyone is aware of the Sanken legacy of outstanding studio mics, and this affordable addition is a great place to start."
Plus 24 (Sanken U.S. Distributor)