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Audio is a subjective field. Use your ears and good judgement to find out which mics you like for the different applications. The only thing that is not subjective is the fact that both ribbon and condenser microphones are more delicate and sensitive than dynamics, and thus easier to damage if treated carelessly or used to mic kick drums.
Equipment List
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Microphones
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! TESC SKU !! Image !! Brand/Model !! Pattern !! Usage !! Dynamic / Condenser !! Battery Type!! Connection !! More details
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|MAA||[[File:Maa.png|frameless]]||AKG D202E
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|CARDIOID
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|Designed to eliminate proximity effect, very flat frequency response.    
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|D
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|||XLR
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||30HZ-15KHZ
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|MAB
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|[[File:Mab.png|frameless]]
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|AKG D224E
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|CARDIOID
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|Designed to handle high SPL, good midrange,
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-20db rear attenuation at all freqs    
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|D
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|||XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|MAE
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|[[File:Mae.png|frameless]]
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|AKG 460B
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|CARDIOID
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|Low self-noise. Equipped with low cut filters or 10db pad.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|MAF
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|[[File:Maf.png|frameless]]
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|AKG D112
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|CARDIOID
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|Used primarily on kick drums. Handles high SPL.    
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|D
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|||XLR
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|20HZ-17KHZ
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|MAH
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|[[File:Mah.png|frameless]]
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|AKG C414
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|VARIOUS
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|Large diaphragm condenser.
  
    1 AUDIO TECHNICA AT4060 tube cardioid
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Used on instruments 
    1 AKG 414 condenser multi-pattern
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|C
    1 AKG C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone (Matched Pair Stereo Set)
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|48V
    2 AKG C 460B condenser cardioid
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|XLR
    2 AKG D112 dynamic cardioid
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|20HZ-20KHZ
    2 AKG D202 & 1 D200e dynamic cardioid
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    1 AKG D224E dynamic cardioid
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|MAN
    1 AKG D1000E dynamic cardioid
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|[[File:Man.png|frameless]]
    1 Avantone CK multi-pattern
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|ASTON
    1 BEYER M160 ribbon hyper cardioid
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    Cascade Fathead (2 Single Kits, 1 Double Kit)
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    4 Chameleon Labs TS-1 Tube Condenser
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    2 Chameleon Labs TS-2 lTube Condenser
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    2 Coles 4038 Ribbon
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    2 CROWN PZM condenser pressure zone
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    2 Earthworks TC20 small-diaphragm omnidirectional condenser
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    2 EV 635A dynamic omni
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    6 EV CS15 condenser cardioid; 1 with omni cap
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    5 EV N/D 308B dynamic cardioid
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    2 EV N/D 408B dynamic super-cardioid
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    3 EV RE15 dynamic cardioid
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    3 EV RE16 dynamic super-cardioid
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    1 EV RE18 dynamic cardioid
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    1 EV RE20 dynamic cardioid
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    2 EV RE55 dynamic omni
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    2 MARSHAL MXL2003 condenser cardioid
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    2 NEUMANN KM83 condenser omni
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    4 NEUMANN KM84 condenser cardioid
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    1 NEUMANN U47 condenser cardioid
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    3 NEUMANN U87 condenser variable pattern
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    2 PPA LD-ONE condenser cardioid
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    2 RCA 77DX ribbon variable pattern
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    1 RODE NT4 Stereo Condenser
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    1 ROYER R-121 ribbon bi-directional
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    2 SE ELECTRONICS SE 5000 tube cardioid
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    2 SE ELECTRONICS SE 5600 tube multi-pattern
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    4 SENNHEISER 421 dynamic cardioid
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    2 SENNHEISER 441 dynamic super cardioid
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    1 SENNHEISER BINAURAL HEAD (Dr. Normar)
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    1 SENNHEISER Combo electret condenser
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    2 SHURE BETA 87A condenser super-cardioid
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    2 SHURE KSM32 condenser cardioid
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    2 SHURE KSM137 condenser cardioid
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    1 SHURE SM7B dynamic cardioid
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    1 SHURE SM53 dynamic cardioid
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    7 SHURE SM57 dynamic cardioid
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    5 SHURE SM58 dynamic cardioid
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    2 SHURE SM81 condenser cardioid
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    1 SHURE VP88 (Viper) condenser stereo
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    2 STUDIO PROJECTS C4 condenser cardioid/omni
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    1 SONY ECM22P electret condenser cardioid
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    4 SONY ECM50 lavalier omni
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    MISCELLANEOUS
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    5 DIRECT BOXES
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    2 MACKIE 1202 MIXERS
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    2 EV CS15 power supplies
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    1 Moviola amp
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ORIGIN
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|CARDIOID
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|Large diaphragm condenser. Used on instruments and vocals    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|MAV
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|[[File:Mav.png|frameless]]
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|AUDIO
  
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TECHNICA
  
'''Microphone Descriptions and Uses'''
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4060
*AUDIO TECHNICA AT4060: Tube preamp condenser. Nice transparent sound, not too bright. Includes power supply and shockmount.
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|CARDIOID
*AKG 414: Very nice, flat sensitive condenser. It has variable pick-up patterns of cardioid, hyper-cardioid, omni, or bi-directional. It also features bass
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|Vacuum tube condenser. Used on vocals, instruments and amps.    
roll-off and a pad.
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|C
*AKG C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone (Matched Pair Stereo Set): designed for detailed pickup of acoustic instruments. They offer five selectable polar patterns, providing a suitable solution for a wide range of recording situations. There is a high SPL capability, wide dynamic range, and low self-noise to produce clean, lifelike audio with a minimum of overloads or distortion.
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|48V
*AKG D112: Dynamic. Good for kick drums and lower end stuff.
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|XLR
*AKG D202: Dynamic. These can be used in a pinch for kick drum.
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|20HZ-20KHZ
*AKG D224E: Dynamic. A bright, clean sound, great for acoustic guitar and strings. Has bass roll-off.
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*AKG 460B: Condenser. Requires phantom power. Has roll off and pad settings. Extremely sensitive.
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|MBN
*Avantone CK – 40 Multi-Pattern Stereo FET Microphone. Good for group vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drum overheads, piano, room mic, etc…
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|[[File:Mbn.png|frameless]]
*BEYER M160: Hyper-cardioid. This is a warm sounding ribbon microphone. Good for vocals, sax, mellower instruments. NOTE! There are two red dots on either side of the mic head. These must be aligned vertically, i.e.. up and down so you could draw a line through them to the floor. This is so the ribbon is properly positioned. Put the mic back in its case properly aligned.
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|NEUMANN
*Cascade Fathead: Similar to other ribbon mics with a relatively smooth frequency response. The Fathead boosts a bit in the upper mids. Less clarity and definition than the Coles. Handles high SPL. As with all ribbon microphones, the Fatheads are very fragile and will break if put close too large blasts of air like a kick drum or loud guitar speaker.
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*Chameleon Labs TS-1 – 1 Tube condenser microphone. Can be used as an omni or cardiod mic. Great for instruments. Use a pop filter if using for vocals.
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*Chameleon Labs TS-2 –Large diaphragm multipattern tube condenser microphone. Great used as a warm vocal microphone as well a providing the necessary detail for the human voice. Equally precise when recording guitar. Three different variable patterns: omni, cardiod, and figure eight.
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*Coles 4038: Clear and smooth wide range frequency response, absent of transient distortion. Above average sensitivity for a ribbon microphone. As with all ribbon microphones, the Coles are very fragile and will break if put close to large blasts of air like a kick drum or loud guitar speaker.
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*CROWN PZM: Pressure Zone Microphone, hemispherical. Tape it on a wall, a table, whatever. Great for choral or orchestra recording, also for ambient sound. This mic can be used with phantom power or batteries.
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*Earthworks TC20: small-diaphragm omnidirectional condenserIts careful construction makes it an excellent microphone for drums, guitar amps, piano, and much more.
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*EV N/D 308B: Dynamic. Here we have a pivoting head for maximum flexibility and placement, with the neodymium alloy magnet. Popular on toms.
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*EV N/D 408B: Dynamic, super cardioid. Used best with instruments.
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*EV 635A: Dynamic, omni. A basic mic. Smooth response pattern, no proximity effect.
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*EV RE15: Dynamic. Good basic mic for percussion, guitar, etc. No proximity effect if the razor back (the slots on the back) are uncovered.
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*EV RE16: Dynamic. Basically the same as the RE15 but super-cardioid with a windscreen. EV RE18: Dynamic, super cardioid. No proximity effect if the razor back (the slots on the back) are uncovered
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*EV RE20: Dynamic. Everybody’s favorite kick drum mic. Also used for sax and vocals. EV RE55: Dynamic, omni. These mics have the flattest response around, which means you get very accurate sound reproduction.
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*EV CS15: Condenser. Good for drum overheads and whatever. One of these mics comes equipped with a capsule that can be put on to change the mic to omni-directional. NOTE! There are also two power supplies available that enable you to use the microphones in situations where you normally couldn’t due to lack of phantom power.
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*MARSHAL MXL2003: Condenser. Large diaphragm condenser with bass roll off or pad. Includes shock mount. Requires phantom power.
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*NEUMANN U47: Condenser. Nice for acoustic guitar, vocals. Has bass roll off. Requires phantom power.
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*NEUMANN U87: Condenser. Variable pick-up pattern, pad, and roll off. Good for just about everything, excluding drums and other loud things. Requires phantom power.
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*NEUMANN KM83: Condenser, omni. A sweet little mic, good for whatever you’d use a nice omni condenser for. Requires phantom power.
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*NEUMANN KM84: Condenser. Same as the 83, only cardioid. Used often for drum overheads. Requires phantom power.
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*PPA LD-ONE Condenser. Large diaphragm condenser. Includes shock mount. Requires phantom power.
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*RCA 77DX: Ribbon mic, with that great old radio days look. Variable pick-up pattern. This is an especially delicate microphone, with the warmth and mellowness characteristic of ribbon mics. Be gentle. NOTE! It comes with a mic stand adapter, as it was made in the days when stands were bulkier. Make sure you receive the adapter when checking the microphone out, and don’t forget to return it with the mic. The adapter should be screwed into the clamp at the base of the mic.
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*RODE NT4: Designed for field or studio use. Transparent sound reproduction. Provides and accurate representation of stereo field. Good for room micing, live performances, choirs and field recording.
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*ROYER R-121: Ribbon, bi-directional. The Royer logo is on the front side of the mic. It is very sensitive to bursts of air. Use a windscreen when close micing vocals and wind instruments.
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*SE ELECTRONICS SE 5000 Tube. Large diaphragm tube condenser. Includes shockmount, power supply and multi-pin cable.
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*SE ELECTRONICS SE 5600 Tube multi-pattern. Large diaphragm tube condenser. It has nine different pick-up patterns. Includes shockmount, power supply and multi-pin cable.
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*SENNHEISER 421: Dynamic. Roll off switch on barrel by the XLR jack. M=Music (flat) S=Speech (maximum roll off) This is an ideal mic for just about anything, including kick drum.
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*SENNHEISER 441: Dynamic super-cardioid. A little bigger than the 421, also an excellent microphone. Has the roll off and a presence boost switch under the clamp on the bottom.
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*SENNHEISER BINAURAL HEAD: More affectionately known as Dr. Normar. It enables you to record sounds the way your ears hear them, and consists of the head and a set of microphones. You can either wear the mics, or put them on the head and carry it around. Binaural recordings must be played back on headphones to receive the full impact of this technique.
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*SENNHEISER COMBO: Condenser, multi-capsule. This mic comes with three interchangeable capsules; shotgun, cardioid, and omni. Requires phantom power or batteries (which are supplied).
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*SHURE BETA87A: Condenser, super-cardioid. Vocal mic designed for live sound use. Requires phantom power.
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*SHURE KSM32: Condenser. Large diaphragm condenser. It has a 2 position bass roll-off and a -15 dB pad. Requires phantom power.
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*SHURE KSM137: Condenser. It has a 2 position bass roll off and a 2 position pad. Requires phantom power.
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*SHURE SM7: Dynamic. Vocal mic often used for radio announcers. It has a bass roll off and a mid boost switch on the bottom.
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*SHURE SM53: Dynamic.
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*SHURE SM57: Dynamic. A good basic mic, used a lot for snare drums and guitars.
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*SHURE SM58: Dynamic. A very dependable mic. Same as the 57 except for the addition of a windscreen. Good for vocals.
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*SHURE SM81: Condenser. Excellent overhead mic. This mic can be run off the CS15’s portable power supply or requires phantom power. Bass roll off, pad.
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*SHURE VP88 (Viper): Condenser, stereo. The width of the stereo field can be adjusted and the two pickup elements can also be recorded separated. Requires phantom power or batteries.
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*SONY ECM50: Condenser (electret), omni. Requires a battery in the XLR plug body. This is a lavelier, i.e. small lapel mic. Some people use it for hi-hat. Can be used inside acoustic instruments like harps, bass, etc.
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*SONY ECM22P: Condenser (electret). Good for an overhead pair. Power switch has roll off settings M=flat V= roll off.
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*STUDIO PROJECTS C4: Condenser. These mics come in a case as a pair. There is a cardioid and an omni capsule for each mic. The cardioid capsules have circular ports around the base of the capsule. Includes shockmounts.
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The above suggestions for which mics to use on certain instruments are just that, suggestions. Audio is a subjective field. Use your ears and good judgement to find out which mics you like for the different applications. The only thing that is not subjective is the fact that both ribbon and condenser microphones are more delicate and sensitive than the dynamics, and thus easier to damage if treated carelessly or used to mic kick drums.
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KM-84
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|CARDIOID
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|Small diaphragm FET condenser. Used for drum overheads and on hi-hats    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|40HZ-16KHZ
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|MBO
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|[[File:Mbo.png|frameless]]
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|NEUMANN
  
In addition to all those great mics and signal processing devices, we have some other fun and useful things.
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U87
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|VARIOUS
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|Used for vocals. has low cut, 10db pad, and omni, cardioid, and figure 8 pickup switches    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|MPB
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|[[File:Mbp.png|frameless]]
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|NEUMANN
  
*KEYS: We have the keys to the studios, which come in handy.
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KM-83
*JUNCTION BOXES: These let you split the signal from a headphone-out jack into five more headphone jacks.
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|OMIN
*DIRECT BOXES: Enable you to take the output of an electric guitar, synth, bass, etc., and split the signal so you can simultaneously take the direct signal to the mixing board AND run it to an amp .
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|The Omnidirectional equivalent of the km-84.    
*TRANSFORMERS and BARRELS: All the barrel adapters are officially General Access Media Loan. We have hi-lows and medium-lows, bridging transformers, phase reverse barrels, line to mic (60dB) pads, presence boosters, and high and low pass filters.
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|C
*MOVIOLA AMP - Originally used in editing film audio it is also a good low wattage tube guitar amp and has been described as a stripped down Fender Champ. It has a small speaker or the headphone jack can be used to hook up an external speaker cabinet with a 1/4” speaker cable.
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|48V
Other Stuff That's Good to Know
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|XLR
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|40HZ-16KHZ
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|MBQ
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|[[File:Mpq.png|frameless]]
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|NEUMANN
  
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U47
  
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(FET)
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|HYPER
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CARDIOID
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|Large diaphragm FET condenser. Good for studio vocals.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|40HZ-16KHZ
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|MCK
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|[[File:Mck.png|frameless]]
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|AVANTONE
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CK-40
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|STEREO
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VARIOUS
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|Stereo condenser with adjustable pickup patterns and swiveling capsule. Good for recording a room or in a figure 8 pattern.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|MCNT
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|[[File:Mcnt.png|frameless]]
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|RODE NT4
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|STEREO
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CARDIOID
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|Used for stereo recording of live performances, ensembles, etc    
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|C
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9V BAT
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ONLY
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|XLR OR 1/8"
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|MCP
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|[[File:Mcp.png|frameless]]
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|CROWN
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PZM
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|HEMI-
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SPHERICAL
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|Used for recording multiple voices in a conference or meeting setting. 
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|PZM
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|48V OR 2X9V BAT
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|XLR
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|50HZ-15KHZ
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VARIES
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|MCS
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|[[File:Mcs.png|frameless]]
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|STUDIO
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PROJECTS
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C4
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|CARDIOID AND OMNI CAPSULES
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|Small diaphragm condenser. Used for overhead or stereo recording of instruments or ensembles.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|MED
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|[[File:Med.png|frameless]]
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|ELECTRO
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VOICE (EV)
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635A
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|OMNI
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A live interview microphone designed to eliminate plosives and other proximity effects.
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|D
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|XLR
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|80HZ-13KHZ
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|MEG
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|[[File:Meg.png|frameless]]
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|EV RE-16
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|SUPERCARDIOID
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Excellent for podium use where high intelligibility is important. 
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|D
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|XLR
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|80HZ-15KHZ
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|MEJ
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|[[File:Mej.png|frameless]]
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|EV RE-15
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|SUPERCARDIOID
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|Used for broadcasting and instrument recordings. Also used to mic speaker cabinets.    
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|D
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|XLR
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|80HZ-15KHZ
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|MEM
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|[[File:Mem.png|frameless]]
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|EV RE-55
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|OMNI
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|Handheld vocal use for interviews or recording of orchestras etc.    
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|D
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|XLR
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|40HZ-20KHZ
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|MEO
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|[[File:Meo.png|frameless]]
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|EV CS-15
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|CARDIOID, OMNI CAPSULES
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|Increased bass response at close proximities.  Handheld vocal use.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|40HZ-18KHZ
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|MEP
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|[[File:Mep.png|frameless]]
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|EV RE-20
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|CARDIOID
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|Very popular vocal recording mic, used extensively in broadcasting.    
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|D
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|XLR
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|45HZ-18KHZ
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|MER
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|[[File:Mer.png|frameless]]
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|EV RE-18
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|SUPERCARDIOID
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|Designed to reduce microphone handling noise. Used for spoken word/announcing.    
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|D
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|||XLR
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|80HZ-15KHZ
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|MES
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|[[File:Mes.png|frameless]]
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|EV 408B
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|SUPERCARDIOID
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|Instrument mic, used mostly on instruments with high SPL, drums, horns, etc. 
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|D
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|XLR
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|40HZ-19KHZ
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|MET
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|[[File:Met.png|frameless]]
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|EV 308B
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|CARDIOID
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|Slightly less directional version of the 408b. Instrument mic.    
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|D
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|
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|XLR
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|45HZ-18KHZ
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|-
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|MEW
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|[[File:Mew.png|frameless]]
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|EARTH
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WORKS
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TC 20
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|OMNI
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|Reference flat microphone, 150db SPL rating, used for calibration or for very loud instruments/sound effects    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|10HZ-20KHZ
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|-
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|MFH
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|[[File:Mfh.png|frameless]]
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|CASCADE
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FATHEAD
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|FIGURE 8
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|Used for mid-side pickup, and on instruments and vocals.    
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|RIBBON
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|NO
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|XLR
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|60HZ-8KHZ
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|MHA
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|[[File:Mha.png|frameless]]
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|SHURE SM58
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|CARDIOID
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|
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Suitable for vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording.
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|D
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|
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|XLR
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|50HZ-18KHZ
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|MHB
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|[[File:Mhb.png|frameless]]
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|SHURE
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BETA
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87A
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|SUPERCARDIOD
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|Hand held vocal mic
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good feedback rejection  
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|-
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|MHD
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|[[File:Mhd.png|frameless]]
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|SHURE SM53
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|CARDIOID
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|Vintage hand held vocal mic, designed for low proximity effect.    
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|D
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|
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|XLR
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|70HZ-16KHZ
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|-
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|MHE
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|[[File:Mhe.png|frameless]]
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|SHURE SM57
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|CARDIOID
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|good for live sound reinforcement, instruments and vocals. bright, clean sound.    
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|D
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|
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|XLR
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|40HZ-15KHZ
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|-
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|MHF
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|[[File:Mhf.png|frameless]]
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|SHURE SM81
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|CARDIOID
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|Used on instruments, popular for pianos.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|-
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|MHG
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|[[File:Mhg.png|frameless]]
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|SHURE VP88
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|CARDIOID,
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FIGURE 8
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|Stereo recording mic used in broadcasting.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|40HZ-20KHZ
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|-
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|MHK
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|[[File:Mhk.png|frameless]]
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|SHURE KSM32
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|CARDIOID
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|General purpose condenser mic, useable for vocals/instruments etc. equipped with -15db and low cut switches.    
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|C
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|48V
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|XLR
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|20HZ-20KHZ
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|-
 +
|MHM
 +
|[[File:Mhm.png|frameless]]
 +
|SHURE KSM137
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|Small diaphragm condenser designed for instruments.    
 +
|C
 +
|48V
 +
|XLR
 +
|20HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MHS
 +
|[[File:Mhs.png|frameless]]
 +
|SHURE SM7B
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|Shure’s response to the EV RE-20, a popular broadcasting vocal mic.    
 +
|D
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|50HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MEF
 +
|[[File:BETA52A.JPG|frameless|155x155px]]
 +
|SHURE BETA 52A
 +
|SUPERCARDIOID
 +
|Supercardioid specifically for kick drums
 +
|D
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|20HZ-
 +
10KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MML
 +
|[[File:Mml.png|frameless]]
 +
|MARSHAL
 +
 +
MXL2003
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|General purpose condenser mic, useable on vocals, instruments, ensembles etc    
 +
|C
 +
|48V
 +
|XLR
 +
|20HZ-23KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MNA
 +
|[[File:Mna.png|frameless]]
 +
|SENNHEISER 421
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|Vocal or instrument mic popular in studios    
 +
|D
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|30HZ-17KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MKH
 +
|[[File:MKH40.jpg|centre|frameless|152x152px]]
 +
|SENNHEISER MKH 40
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|The MKH 40 P 48 is a high frequency condenser microphone with an excellent frequency range.
 +
|C
 +
|48V
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-
 +
20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MAD
 +
|[[File:E605.JPG|frameless|160x160px]]
 +
|SENNHEISER
 +
E604 DRUM MIC KIT
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|Mic kit specifically built for snare drums. Emphasis on mid and high frequencies, with a fairly clear low frequency clarity. Based on MD 421 technology.
 +
|D
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-
 +
18KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MNC
 +
|[[File:Mnc.png|frameless]]
 +
|MNC CONDENSER COMBO KIT
 +
|VARIOUS
 +
|Useful for field recording, comes with various pickup patterns for versatility of recording.    
 +
|C
 +
|48V OR AA
 +
|XLR
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
|MND
 +
|[[File:Mnd.png|frameless]]
 +
|SENNHEISER 441
 +
|SUPERCARDIOID
 +
|Vocal and instrument mic equipped with a 5 position bass roll off switch and a treble boost switch    
 +
|D
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MNE
 +
|[[File:Mne.png|frameless]]
 +
|DR.NORMAR'S BINAURAL HEAD
 +
(MKE 2002)
 +
|OMNI
 +
|Sennheiser binaural microphone pair, for recording a 3d stereo field for playback over headphones. 
 +
|C
 +
|9V ONLY
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MOF
 +
|[[File:Mof.png|frameless]]
 +
|SONY ECM50
 +
|OMNI
 +
|Vintage lavalier vocal mic    
 +
|C
 +
|48V
 +
 +
OR E90
 +
 +
BAT
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-14KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MOH
 +
|[[File:Moh.png|frameless]]
 +
|SONY ECM22P
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|Instrument/vocal mic, can use external phantom power or battery power between 3.7 and 9 volts    
 +
|C
 +
|206 BAT OR
 +
 +
48V
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-15KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MPP
 +
|[[File:Mpp.png|frameless]]
 +
|PACIFIC PRO LD1
 +
|CARDIOID
 +
|Large diaphragm condenser, used for vocals, instruments, ensembles etc    
 +
|C
 +
|48V
 +
|XLR
 +
|20HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MRB
 +
|[[File:Mrb.png|frameless]]
 +
|BEYER M160
 +
|HYPERCARDIOID
 +
|Designed for instruments, popular on strings.    
 +
|RIBBON
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-18KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MRC
 +
|[[File:Mrc.png|frameless]]
 +
|COLES 4038
 +
|FIGURE 8
 +
|Vocal/instrument mic, popular with BBC broadcasting and recording studios.    
 +
|RIBBON
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|30HZ-15KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MRR
 +
|[[File:Mrr.png|frameless]]
 +
|RCA 77DX
 +
|VARIOUS
 +
|Vintage ribbon mic, featuring cardioid, omni, and figure 8 polar patterns. Popular in broadcasting for vocals.    
 +
|RIBBON
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|20HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MRY
 +
|[[File:Mry.png|frameless|100x100px]]
 +
|ROYER R121
 +
|FIGURE 8
 +
|High quality ribbon instrument mic.    
 +
|RIBBON
 +
|
 +
|XLR
 +
|40HZ-18KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MTS
 +
|[[File:Mts.png|frameless|110x110px]]
 +
|CHAMELEON LABS TS-1
 +
|OMNI,
 +
CARDIOID
 +
|Small diaphragm tube mic, used primarily on instruments    
 +
|C
 +
|EXT
 +
|XLR
 +
|20HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MTS2
 +
|[[File:Mts2.png|frameless|100x100px]]
 +
|CHAMELEON LABS TS-2
 +
|VARIOUS
 +
|Large diaphragm tube condenser, used primarily on vocals. 
 +
|C
 +
|EXT
 +
|XLR
 +
|20HZ-20KHZ
 +
|-
 +
|MSV
 +
|[[File:Msv.png|frameless]]
 +
|SE ELECTRONICS SE 5000
 +
|
 +
|Large diaphragm tube condenser, used on vocals    
 +
|C
 +
|EXT
 +
|XLR
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
|MSZ
 +
|[[File:Msz.png|frameless]]
 +
|SE ELECTRONICS SE 5600
 +
|
 +
|Large diaphragm tube condenser, used on vocals    
 +
|C
 +
|EXT
 +
|XLR
 +
|
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|}
  
 
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Latest revision as of 08:04, 7 September 2018

Audio is a subjective field. Use your ears and good judgement to find out which mics you like for the different applications. The only thing that is not subjective is the fact that both ribbon and condenser microphones are more delicate and sensitive than dynamics, and thus easier to damage if treated carelessly or used to mic kick drums.

TESC SKU Image Brand/Model Pattern Usage Dynamic / Condenser Battery Type Connection More details
MAA Maa.png AKG D202E CARDIOID Designed to eliminate proximity effect, very flat frequency response.     D XLR 30HZ-15KHZ
MAB Mab.png AKG D224E CARDIOID Designed to handle high SPL, good midrange,

-20db rear attenuation at all freqs    

D XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAE Mae.png AKG 460B CARDIOID Low self-noise. Equipped with low cut filters or 10db pad.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAF Maf.png AKG D112 CARDIOID Used primarily on kick drums. Handles high SPL.     D XLR 20HZ-17KHZ
MAH Mah.png AKG C414 VARIOUS Large diaphragm condenser.

Used on instruments 

C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAN Man.png ASTON

ORIGIN

CARDIOID Large diaphragm condenser. Used on instruments and vocals     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAV Mav.png AUDIO

TECHNICA

4060

CARDIOID Vacuum tube condenser. Used on vocals, instruments and amps.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MBN Mbn.png NEUMANN

KM-84

CARDIOID Small diaphragm FET condenser. Used for drum overheads and on hi-hats     C 48V XLR 40HZ-16KHZ
MBO Mbo.png NEUMANN

U87

VARIOUS Used for vocals. has low cut, 10db pad, and omni, cardioid, and figure 8 pickup switches     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MPB Mbp.png NEUMANN

KM-83

OMIN The Omnidirectional equivalent of the km-84.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-16KHZ
MBQ Mpq.png NEUMANN

U47

(FET)

HYPER

CARDIOID

Large diaphragm FET condenser. Good for studio vocals.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-16KHZ
MCK Mck.png AVANTONE

CK-40

STEREO

VARIOUS

Stereo condenser with adjustable pickup patterns and swiveling capsule. Good for recording a room or in a figure 8 pattern.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MCNT Mcnt.png RODE NT4 STEREO

CARDIOID

Used for stereo recording of live performances, ensembles, etc     C

9V BAT

ONLY

XLR OR 1/8" 20HZ-20KHZ
MCP Mcp.png CROWN

PZM

HEMI-

SPHERICAL

Used for recording multiple voices in a conference or meeting setting.  PZM 48V OR 2X9V BAT XLR 50HZ-15KHZ

VARIES

MCS Mcs.png STUDIO

PROJECTS

C4

CARDIOID AND OMNI CAPSULES Small diaphragm condenser. Used for overhead or stereo recording of instruments or ensembles.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MED Med.png ELECTRO

VOICE (EV)

635A

OMNI

A live interview microphone designed to eliminate plosives and other proximity effects.

D XLR 80HZ-13KHZ
MEG Meg.png EV RE-16 SUPERCARDIOID

Excellent for podium use where high intelligibility is important. 

D XLR 80HZ-15KHZ
MEJ Mej.png EV RE-15 SUPERCARDIOID Used for broadcasting and instrument recordings. Also used to mic speaker cabinets.     D XLR 80HZ-15KHZ
MEM Mem.png EV RE-55 OMNI Handheld vocal use for interviews or recording of orchestras etc.     D XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MEO Meo.png EV CS-15 CARDIOID, OMNI CAPSULES Increased bass response at close proximities.  Handheld vocal use.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-18KHZ
MEP Mep.png EV RE-20 CARDIOID Very popular vocal recording mic, used extensively in broadcasting.     D XLR 45HZ-18KHZ
MER Mer.png EV RE-18 SUPERCARDIOID Designed to reduce microphone handling noise. Used for spoken word/announcing.     D XLR 80HZ-15KHZ
MES Mes.png EV 408B SUPERCARDIOID Instrument mic, used mostly on instruments with high SPL, drums, horns, etc.  D XLR 40HZ-19KHZ
MET Met.png EV 308B CARDIOID Slightly less directional version of the 408b. Instrument mic.     D XLR 45HZ-18KHZ
MEW Mew.png EARTH

WORKS

TC 20

OMNI Reference flat microphone, 150db SPL rating, used for calibration or for very loud instruments/sound effects     C 48V XLR 10HZ-20KHZ
MFH Mfh.png CASCADE

FATHEAD

FIGURE 8 Used for mid-side pickup, and on instruments and vocals.     RIBBON NO XLR 60HZ-8KHZ
MHA Mha.png SHURE SM58 CARDIOID

Suitable for vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording.

D XLR 50HZ-18KHZ
MHB Mhb.png SHURE

BETA

87A

SUPERCARDIOD Hand held vocal mic

good feedback rejection  

C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHD Mhd.png SHURE SM53 CARDIOID Vintage hand held vocal mic, designed for low proximity effect.     D XLR 70HZ-16KHZ
MHE Mhe.png SHURE SM57 CARDIOID good for live sound reinforcement, instruments and vocals. bright, clean sound.     D XLR 40HZ-15KHZ
MHF Mhf.png SHURE SM81 CARDIOID Used on instruments, popular for pianos.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHG Mhg.png SHURE VP88 CARDIOID,

FIGURE 8

Stereo recording mic used in broadcasting.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MHK Mhk.png SHURE KSM32 CARDIOID General purpose condenser mic, useable for vocals/instruments etc. equipped with -15db and low cut switches.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHM Mhm.png SHURE KSM137 CARDIOID Small diaphragm condenser designed for instruments.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHS Mhs.png SHURE SM7B CARDIOID Shure’s response to the EV RE-20, a popular broadcasting vocal mic.     D XLR 50HZ-20KHZ
MEF BETA52A.JPG SHURE BETA 52A SUPERCARDIOID Supercardioid specifically for kick drums D XLR 20HZ-

10KHZ

MML Mml.png MARSHAL

MXL2003

CARDIOID General purpose condenser mic, useable on vocals, instruments, ensembles etc     C 48V XLR 20HZ-23KHZ
MNA Mna.png SENNHEISER 421 CARDIOID Vocal or instrument mic popular in studios     D XLR 30HZ-17KHZ
MKH
MKH40.jpg
SENNHEISER MKH 40 CARDIOID The MKH 40 P 48 is a high frequency condenser microphone with an excellent frequency range. C 48V XLR 40HZ-

20KHZ

MAD E605.JPG SENNHEISER

E604 DRUM MIC KIT

CARDIOID Mic kit specifically built for snare drums. Emphasis on mid and high frequencies, with a fairly clear low frequency clarity. Based on MD 421 technology. D XLR 40HZ-

18KHZ

MNC Mnc.png MNC CONDENSER COMBO KIT VARIOUS Useful for field recording, comes with various pickup patterns for versatility of recording.     C 48V OR AA XLR
MND Mnd.png SENNHEISER 441 SUPERCARDIOID Vocal and instrument mic equipped with a 5 position bass roll off switch and a treble boost switch     D XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MNE Mne.png DR.NORMAR'S BINAURAL HEAD

(MKE 2002)

OMNI Sennheiser binaural microphone pair, for recording a 3d stereo field for playback over headphones.  C 9V ONLY XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MOF Mof.png SONY ECM50 OMNI Vintage lavalier vocal mic     C 48V

OR E90

BAT

XLR 40HZ-14KHZ
MOH Moh.png SONY ECM22P CARDIOID Instrument/vocal mic, can use external phantom power or battery power between 3.7 and 9 volts     C 206 BAT OR

48V

XLR 40HZ-15KHZ
MPP Mpp.png PACIFIC PRO LD1 CARDIOID Large diaphragm condenser, used for vocals, instruments, ensembles etc     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MRB Mrb.png BEYER M160 HYPERCARDIOID Designed for instruments, popular on strings.     RIBBON XLR 40HZ-18KHZ
MRC Mrc.png COLES 4038 FIGURE 8 Vocal/instrument mic, popular with BBC broadcasting and recording studios.     RIBBON XLR 30HZ-15KHZ
MRR Mrr.png RCA 77DX VARIOUS Vintage ribbon mic, featuring cardioid, omni, and figure 8 polar patterns. Popular in broadcasting for vocals.     RIBBON XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MRY Mry.png ROYER R121 FIGURE 8 High quality ribbon instrument mic.     RIBBON XLR 40HZ-18KHZ
MTS Mts.png CHAMELEON LABS TS-1 OMNI,

CARDIOID

Small diaphragm tube mic, used primarily on instruments     C EXT XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MTS2 Mts2.png CHAMELEON LABS TS-2 VARIOUS Large diaphragm tube condenser, used primarily on vocals.  C EXT XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MSV Msv.png SE ELECTRONICS SE 5000 Large diaphragm tube condenser, used on vocals     C EXT XLR
MSZ Msz.png SE ELECTRONICS SE 5600 Large diaphragm tube condenser, used on vocals     C EXT XLR