Microphones

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M-AUDIO Pulsar II

FEATURES: Small-capsule condenser; 3/4-inch, 6-micron Mylar evaporated gold diaphragm; solid brass backplate and body; Class-A FET; switchable 10 dB pad, 80 Hz high-pass filter; thermal diaphragm treatment; wooden storage box, windscreen and clip; available in matched pairs.

PRICE: $199.95

CONTACT: M-Audio | 866-657-6434 | www.m-audio.com

HOLOPHONE H3-D

FEATURES: Six-channel (L, R, C, LFE, LS, RS) discrete multidirectional mic “array” for 5.1 channels; 20 Hz - 20 kHz response on five channels, 20 Hz -100 Hz on LFE; Phantom Powered; single cable terminates in six Neutrik XLR connectors.

PRICE: $1,695

CONTACT: Holophone | 416-362-7790 | www.holophone.com

HEIL SOUND PR 35

FEATURES: Cardioid; large 1.5-inch diameter dynamic element; internal Sorbothane shock mount. 40 - 18,000 Hz; output level of -52.9 dB @ 1000 Hz; two position roll-off switch; mounting assembly; hard shell attaché-style case.

PRICE: $249

CONTACT: Heil Sound | 618-257-3000 | www.heilsound.com

CASCADE FAT HEAD II

FEATURES: Hand-tuned aluminum ribbon; symmetrical design, true figure-8; center-field technology; “balanced audio input”; 30 - 18,000 Hz; 165 dB max SPL; 156 dB +/-2 dB sensitivity; polished nickel, also available in black; super-wide radian grill; premium shockmount; quality wood box, or upgrade aluminum case.

PRICE: $199

CONTACT: Cascade Microphones | 360-867-1799 | www.cascademicrophones.com

SONY ECM-957PRO

FEATURES: “Turning capsule” for vertical or horizontal orientation; built-in MS (Mid-Side) decoder offers selectable 90-degree or 120-degree stereo width; single 1.5 V AA battery equals 200 hours operation.

PRICE: $449.95

CONTACT: Sony Pro Audio | 1-800-686-SONY | www.sony.com/professional

AVANT ELECTRONICS CV-12

FEATURES: Interchangeable tube mic; dual 32mm capsules; -10 dB pad; 80 Hz roll-off switch; multipattern power supply with nine selectable patterns; custom Retro Shock mount; cables, padded wood box; aluminum road case.

PRICE: $499

CONTACT: Avant | 909-931-9061 | www.avantelectronics.com

CROWN CM-311A

FEATURES: Differoid head-worn electret condenser; cardioid; fully adjustable headband and boom; pop filter; wired to 9V battery belt pack (can also use Phantom Power).

PRICE: $546

CONTACT: Crown Audio | 574-294-8200 | www.crownaudio.com

SHURE KSM9

FEATURES: Condenser; cardioid, supercardioid patterns; dual goldlayered, low-mass Mylar diaphragms; advanced suspension shock mount; Class A transformerless preamp; goldplated internal, external connectors; XLR Output Durable aluminum housing; 50 Hz – 20 kHz.

PRICE: $850

CONTACT: Shure | 847-600-2000 | www.shure.com

SE ELECTRONICS Gemini II

FEATURES: Cardioid pattern; dual-tube; 10 dB pad; 100 Hz roll-off; brushed aluminum power supply; locking shockmount; flight case.

PRICE: $1,499

CONTACT: sE/Sonic Distribution | 617-623-5581 | www.sonicus.net

DPA 3521 Compact Stereo Kit P48

FEATURES: Stereo kit with two 4021 compact cardioid mics; 40 Hz - 20 kHz; gooseneck mounts; magnet bases; XY/ORTF stereo holder with extension; suspension mounts; windscreens, shock mount.

PRICE: $3,899

CONTACT: DPA Microphones | 866-372-6427 | www.dpamicrophones.com

AEA R92

FEATURES: Large ribbon geometry for close-up use, extended high end capture; flexible positioning system; integrated shockmount.

PRICE: $900

Contact Audio Engineering Associates | 800-798-9127 | www.ribbonmics.com

SENNHEISER MKH 8000 Series

FEATURES: RF condenser technology with a compact, modular form factor; omnidirectional (8020), cardioid (8040), supercardioid (8050) models with two modules - microphone head and separate XLR module; frequency response ranges from 10 Hz - 60 kHz, 30 Hz – 50 kHz; extremely high SPL; windscreen, clip, aluminum transport case.

PRICE: $1,299 (each set)

CONTACT: Sennheiser | 860-434-9190 | www.sennheiserusa.com

NEUMANN KMD Digital Mics

FEATURES: Modular KM 183 D, KM 184 D, KM 185 D models with integrated DSP combine omnidirectional, cardioid, supercardioid capsules with the KM D output stage, A-to-D converter for no coloration and absolute transparency.

PRICE: From $2,149

CONTACT: Neumann | 860-434-9190 | www.neumannusa.com

CROWLEY AND TRIPP “el Diablo”

FEATURES: Ribbon featuring proprietary Roswellite advanced material for high-SPL handling.

PRICE: $2,750

CONTACT: Crowley & Tripp | 508-231-4515 | www.soundwaveresearch.com

MXL Genesis

FEATURES: Tube condenser; large cardioid capsule, 6-micron gold-sputtered diaphragm; hand-selected Mullard 12AT7 tube; 100 Hz 6 dB roll-off and -10 pad switches; 48V Phantom Power; 24-karat gold-plated grill.

PRICE: $799

CONTACT: Marshall Electronics | 310-333-0606 | www.mxlmics.com

BLUE Woodpecker

FEATURES: Powered aluminum ribbon; Class-A discrete electronics; 20 Hz – 20 kHz; Figure 8 pattern; 114 dB dynamic range.

PRICE: $1,299

CONTACT: Blue Microphones | 818-879-5200 | www.bluemic.com

RED Type A

FEATURES: EC88 tube mic system with nine interchangeable capsules; transformerless Class-A discrete amp circuit; Powerstream power supply; custom flight case, shock mount.

PRICE: $1,345 with Lollipop capsule (additional capsules $249 - $849)

CONTACT: Red Microphones | 818-292-8631 | www.redmic.com

CAD e70

FEATURES: Condenser; cardioid, omni capsules; low-mass 1/2-inch goldsputtered diaphragms; transformerless; dual high-pass filter at 75, 150 Hz (6 dB per octave); dual pad at 10, 20 dB; 20 Hz - 20 kHz; -38 dBV (13mV) @ 1Pa sensitivity; max SPL 150 dB; shockmount, clip.

PRICE: $299

CONTACT: CAD Professional Microphones | 440-349-4900 | www.cadmics.com

ELECTRO-VOICE Cardinal

FEATURES: Condenser; cardioid; Class A discrete ultralow noise circuitry; 35 – 20,000 Hz; 12 – 48 volt Phantom Power.

PRICE: $269

CONTACT: Electro-Voice | 952-884-4051 | www.electrovoice.com

MOJAVE AUDIO MA-100

FEATURES: Small-diaphragm condenser; three-micron capsule; cardioid and omnidirectional patterns; 30 Hz - 18 kHz +/- 2.5 dB frequency response; Jensen audio transformers; military-grade JAN 5840 vacuum tubes; four-inch case, power supply, clip, cable.

PRICE: $795

CONTACT: Mojave Audio | 818-847-0222 | www.mojaveaudio.com

PEAVEY PVM 46 Diamond Series

FEATURES: Diamond-coated diaphragm for increased durability, response; Neodymium iron boron magnet; hyper-cardioid polar pattern; 15 dB (typical) front to back rejection; 45 Hz - 16 kHz frequency response; ultra-high sensitivity (-51 dB); 140 dB maximum SPL.

PRICE: $199.99

CONTACT: Peavey | 866-443-2333 | www.peavey.com

LAWSON Tube/FET Combo

FEATURES: Modular system; L251 Quick Change capsule; L47MP MKII Quick Change capsule; FET and tube electronics.

PRICE: $3,400

CONTACT: Lawson | 615-269-5542 | www.lawsonmicrophones.com

VIOLET DESIGN Flamingo Magic Ear

FEATURES: Ear-shaped capsule, minimized acoustic resonances; cardioid polar pattern, perfect for vocals; gold-sputtered 6-micron Mylar diaphragm; fully discrete; Class A; 6267 vacuum tube; sequential power supply.

PRICE: $7,418

CONTACT: Violet Design/FDW Worldwidet | 608-227-2040 | www.violetusa.com

ADK S-7

FEATURES: Low-noise Class A cardioid condenser; 150 SPLwonder, designed for drums, cabs, “front of mix” vocals; transformerless, symmetrical output; electronics from Vienna/Hamburg Edition; two-way pad, two-way HP filter.

PRICE: Est. Street Price $300

CONTACT: ADK | 503-296-9400 | www.adkmic.com