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Stage Microphones

The Sound of Music

Musicians today are spoilt for choice when it comes to good quality microphones for stage performances and the task of choosing the right mics to suit your scope of work can be daunting. This product focus is primarily a preliminary guide to some great sounding wired mics available in the market today. Making it to the list is also one designed and engineered in India.


The D5 professional dynamic vocal microphone for lead and backing vocals can deliver a powerful sound even on the noisiest stage. Its frequency-independent supercardioid polar pattern ensures maximum gain before feedback. The D5 stands for a crisp sound that cuts through every mix. The dual shock mount eliminates any kind of mechanical noise for trouble-free live use.

Main Features include:

• Integrated pop filter for elimination of pops and wind noise.
• Spring-Steel wire-mesh grille and rugged die-cast housing, withstand every performance.
• Patented laminated Varimotion diaphragm for crisp sound that cuts through every mix.
• High feedback suppression with supercardiod polar pattern for trouble free use on stage monitoring.
• Dual shock mount of microphone capsule eliminates any kind of handling noise.

Technical Specification:

• General Specifications
 Audio frequency bandwidth: 70 - 20000 Hz
 Sensitivity: 2.6 mV/Pa
 Electrical impedance: 600 Ohms
 Recommended load impedance: 2000 Ohms
 Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
• Dimensions
 Length: 185 mm
 Diameter: 51 mm
 Net Weight: 320 g
• Design
 Body: metal
 Finish: dark stage blue
• Audio Output
 Type: Balanced XLR
 Contacts: 3-pin
• Application
 Live Vocal: Yes
 Live Instrument: Yes
• Instrument
Vocals: Yes
 Piano / Strings: Yes
 Horns / Wood winds: Yes

Audix i5

The i5 is a dynamic instrument microphone used for stage, studio and broadcast applications. It is able to handle sound pressure levels in excess of 140 dB without distortion and can be used to mic a wide variety of musical instruments, guitar and bass cabinets, vocals and speech. The i5 is characterized with a cardioid pickup pattern for isolation and feedback control and is equipped with a VLM (Very Low Mass) diaphragm for natural, accurate sound reproduction.

Main Features include:

• All-purpose professional dynamic instrument mic for live sound or studio
• Clear, accurate sound with wide frequency response
• VLM Capsule
• Designed, assembled & tested in the USA
• 5-year warranty

Technical Specification:

• Transducer Type: Dynamic
• Frequency Response: 50 Hz - 16 kHz
• Polar Pattern: Cardioid
• Output Impedance: 280 ohms
• Sensitivity: 1.6 mV / Pa @ 1k
• Capsule Technology: VLM Type B
• Off-Axis Rejection: >23 dB
• Maximum SPL: ≥140 dB
• Power Requirements: None
• Connector: 3-pin XLRm
• Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of output XLR connector
• Materials / Finish: Zinc Alloy / Black Finish
• Weight: 248 g / 8.7 oz
• Length: 141 mm / 5.6 in

Behringer XM8500

The XM8500 is designed to capture the sounds with outstanding sensitivity and accuracy. It exhibits an impressive flat frequency response of 50 Hz to 15 kHz while incorporating a smooth mid-frequency presence rise for excellent voice projection and includes a two-stage pop filter to minimize breath and pop noises. The XM8500 is robust, resistant to moisture and capable of achieving high gain before feedback. This Ultravoice dynamic mic is perfect for live vocal applications and for recording amplified instruments.

Main Features include:

• Dynamic vocal microphone with smooth mid-frequency presence rise for excellent voice projection
• Ultra-wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound
• Extremely high signal output ensures outstanding clarity
• Cardioid characteristic reduces background noise and feedback
• Shock mount system reduces handling noise
• Integrated spherical wind and pop noise filter
• Microphone stand adapter and impact-resistant carrying case included
• Designed and engineered by Behringer in Germany

Technical Specification:

• Type: Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
• Impedance: 150Ω
• Sensitivity: -70dB
• Frequency Response: 50Hz - 15kHz
• Connector: Gold-Plated XLR
• Weight: Approx. 240g

Sennheiser e835

The Sennheiser’s e 835 performance Vocal Mic is designed for lead vocal stage use, it has a uniform cardioid pickup pattern that maintains signal quality when moving on and off axis. Gentle presence boost evens tonal response to ensure clarity and projection. Minimal proximity effect for consistently clear bass as singer moves closer or farther from capsule. The Sennheiser e 835 Performance Vocal Mic offers frequency response of 40Hz-16kHz.

Main Features include:

• Dynamic cardioid microphone for speech and vocals
• Cuts through high on-stage levels
• Clear reproduction with a high presence
• Consistent sound quality (varying distances, moving off axis)
• Handles high sound pressure levels
• Optional silent on/off switch
• Isolates handling noise, hum compensating coil
• Excellent feedback rejection
• Rugged metal housing

Technical Specification:

• Dimensions: Ø 48 x 180 mm
• Connector: XLR-3
• Frequency response (Microphone): 40 - 16000 Hz
• Weight: 330 g
• Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 2,7 mV/Pa
• Nominal impedance: 350 Ω
• Min. terminating impedance: 1000 Ω
• Weight w/o cable: 330 g

Shure SM58

Shure’s SM58 is one of the most popular vocal microphone designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement and studio recording. Its tailored vocal response for sound is a world standard for singing or speech. The secret to the SM58’s sound is its critically tuned frequency response, which cuts out low-end rumble and adds a noticeable rise in the upper-mid frequencies. This deliberate presence peak adds warmth and clarity to the vocals and allows to get the most out of a wide range of sources, including guitar cabinets, brass, and many other instruments.

Main features include:

• Frequency response tailored for vocals, with brightened midrange and bass rolloff
• Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise
• Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
• Effective, built-in spherical wind and pop filter
• Supplied with break-resistant stand adapter which rotates 180 degrees
• Legendary Shure quality, ruggedness and reliability
• Cardioid (unidirectional) dynamic
• Frequency response: 50 to 15,000 Hz
• Replacement cartridge: R59
Technical Specification: • Microphone Type: Dynamic
• Polar Pattern: Cardioid
• Frequency Response: 50Hz-15kHz
• Output Impedance: 150 ohms
• Color: Black
• Connector: XLR
• Weight: 0.66 lbs.
• Manufacturer Part Number: SM58-LC

Circle Pro Audio CPA 22

Circle Pro Audio came up with a unique solution by introducing the new CPA 22 wired microphone. Its design is simple yet unique as its outstanding sensitivity and accuracy ensures that the vocalist derives maximum potential of the microphone.

Main features include:

• Super cardiod vocal microphone with outstanding sensitivity for best vocal projection
• Clean & accurate sound for wide capture
• Rugged metal body ensures long life of the microphone
• Designed & Engineered in India

Technical Specification:

• Frequency Response: 50Hz-15 kHz
• Transducer principle: Pressure gradient receiver
• Pick Up Pattern: Super Cardiod
• Sensitivity :(Free field, No load) 1 kHz
• Front to Back rejection at 1 kHz at 180 >25dB
• Nominal Impedance at 1 kHz: 350 Min.
• Connector: XLR
• Weight: 330g
• Dimensions: 46,1=185mm

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