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)