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Studio Microphone



The essence of a microphone is to capture a performance whether doing a recording or a show. A good Microphone can accentuate the voice but finding the right one for your studio needs can become tricky. Here is a list of microphones launched in 2019 that can make your choice easy.

AKG Lyra


AKG Lyra is perfect for creating podcasts, YouTube videos, music and more with 4k-compatible, Ultra HD audio quality. Featuring cutting-edge AKG Internal Element Overload Prevention, an internal shockmount and built-in sound diffuser, Lyra automatically reduces noise and improves signal levels for optimal performance. The four-capsule AKG Adaptive Array offers versatile capture modes that eliminate guesswork, to get professional sound. AKG Lyra works seamlessly with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. There’s no assembly required or need for a separate audio interface—it just works, right out of the box.

Main Features include:

  • Ultra-HD Quality Audio with 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution converters
  • Use with the integrated desktop mic stand or mount to a standard or boom mic stand
  • Zero latency monitoring while tracking with full control over output volume, mic gain and mute
  • Four-capsule mic array provides four user-friendly capture modes
  • Camera-ready styling for on-screen appeal
  • Includes Ableton Live 10 Lite audio production software

Technical Specification:

  • Transfer Protocol: USB 2.0
  • Transducer: 4 proprietary, permanently polarized back plate, condenser capsules
  • Capture Modes: Selectable; Front, Front & Back, Tight Stereo and Wide Stereo
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Bit Depth / Sample Rate: 24-bit / 192 kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 129 dB SPL (0.5% THD)
  • Power Requirement/Consumption: 5V USB / 75 mA
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Power Output (RMS): 43 mW
  • THD: <0.009%
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 22 kHz
  • S/N Ratio: 98.0

Sontronics - STC-20 Pack


Sontronics STC-20 Pack is an all-in-one cardioid condenser microphone package that allows achieving the same quality recordings as in a professional studio. With a fixed cardioid pattern, the large-diaphragm STC-20 microphone gives impressive results on a wide range of sources, including male and female vocals, acoustic guitar and other plucked instruments, guitar amp, percussion, drumkit, piano and other acoustic instruments. The STC-20 microphone features a large open grille that houses a one-inch gold-sputtered capsule.

It is recommended for...

  • Vocals (sung & spoken)
  • Acoustic guitar & other plucked instruments
  • Guitar amps
  • Piano & other acoustic instruments
  • Percussion & drums
  • Podcast

Main Features include:

  • Large-diaphragm condenser mic
  • Fixed cardioid pattern
  • Fantastic for vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, guitar amps, drums, podcast and other acoustic instruments
  • Comes with shockmount, popshield, mic pouch and 5m XLR cable
  • STC-20 microphone covered by LIFETIME WARRANTY

Technical Specification:

  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 16mV/Pa -36dB ±1.5dB
  • (0dB = 1V/Pa @ 1,000Hz)
  • Impedance: ≤200 Ohms
  • Equivalent noise level: 18dB
  • (A-weighted)
  • Max SPL (for 0.5% THD @ 1kHz): 125dB
  • Power: Phantom power 48V required
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR
  • Dimensions: 194 x 53 x 53mm
  • Weight: 610g (810g with shockmount)
  • Comes with: shockmount, 2 spare elastics, nylon-mesh popshield, zip-up microphone pouch, 5m XLR cable

Telefunken - Alchemy Series


The Alchemy Microphone Series are large diaphragm tube condensers. These new microphone models are the TF29, TF39, TF47, and TF51 and feature unique sonic profiles developed from the ground up.

The Alchemy Microphone Series boasts of newly designed custom head grilles for transparency and openness, hand-plugged circuit boards, and selected American and European vacuum tubes and transformers. These microphones are the ideal choice for engineers, musicians, and producers.

Main Features include:

TF29 Copperhead

The TF29 features a new old stock American-made 5654W vacuum tube, all-brass K67-style capsule, stand out antique copper finish and a premium Swedish-made Lundahl output transformer. It’s a workhorse microphone, accurately capturing vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, saxophone, piano, banjo and nearly any source put in front of it.

TF39 Copperhead Deluxe

The TF39 Copperhead Deluxe comes with an addition of a dual membrane K67-style capsule, allowing for 3-pattern selection between cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8. It has the same features as in the TF29 Copperhead.

TF47

The TF47 is a new design based on the “German” sound, drawing inspiration from the historic U47 and M49. With a deep low end and a forward midrange, the TF47 is excellent for adding depth and presence to any source. The Microphone has an all-brass K47-style capsule, new old stock 5840W vacuum tube, and custom-made BV8 transformer. These characteristics make it especially ideal for recording vocals, guitar amps, upright bass, trombone, cello, percussion, toms and kick out.

TF51

The TF51 is based on the “Austrian” microphone sound and exhibits a smooth midrange and airy top end. The 6072A vacuum tube is paired with an edge-terminated style capsule. The output transformer is a custom German-made Haufe transformer. This is a reliable first choice for stand out vocals, acoustic instruments, and percussion.



Technical Specification: (TF29)

  • Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient
  • Capsule: TK67S Center Terminated Diaphragm
  • Tube Type: 5654W (New Old Stock)
  • Transformer: Lundahl LL 1935
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 17mV/Pa
  • THD at 1kHZ at 1Pa (Amplifier): < 0.3%
  • Output Impedance: < 300 Ω
  • Maximum SPL (for 1% THD): 130 dB
  • S/N Ratio: 87 dBA
  • Self-Noise (Amplifier): 7 dBA
  • Dimensions/Size: 200 mm L x 46 mm Dia
  • Current Draw from Mains: 50 mA
  • Power Supply: M 902 PSU - 7 Pin Female XLR Input, 3 Pin Male XLR Output
  • Cable: M 803 - 7 Meter TELEFUNKEN Tube Microphone Cable, 7 Pin Male & Female XLRs

Shock Mount: M 703 - Shock Mount, M 782 - Stand Mount


Lewitt LCT 040 Match


With the LCT 040 MATCH recording instruments is as easy as it gets. It’s tried and tested small diaphragm condenser capsule provides well-balanced sound with a pleasant high-end. The excellent transient response retains the natural musicality of the acoustic instruments. The LCT 040 MATCH is durable and lightweight thanks to its CNC’ed aluminum housing, weighing only 44 g or 1.6 oz.

Main Features include:

  • Small diaphragm condenser microphone
  • Well-balanced sound with pleasant high-end
  • Made for acoustic guitar and drum recordings
  • Durable and light aluminum housing
  • Cardioid polar pattern

Technical Specification:

  • Type: Condenser, permanently polarized
  • Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
  • Transducer Ø: 17 mm, 0.67 in
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 18.8 mV/Pa, -34.5 dBV/Pa
  • Equivalent noise level: 20 dB (A), cardioid
  • SPL for 0.5 % THD: 135 dBSPL
  • Dynamic range: 115 dB (A)
  • Internal impedance: 203 Ω
  • Rated load impedance: 1000 Ω
  • Supply voltage: 48 V ± 4 V
  • Current consumption: 7.2 mA
  • Connector: Gold plated 3-pin XLR
  • Microphone dimensions: 24 dia. x 83 mm, 0.9 dia. x 3.3 in

Rode TF-5


The precision sonic matching and beautiful tone of the TF-5 makes it perfect for recording detailed and natural-sounding performances when used as a stereo pair, or for capturing the nuances of a soloist when used as a spot mic. The TF-5 is a small diaphragm condenser engineered to sub-micron tolerances, giving unprecedented consistency of tone and response.

Main Features include:

  • Matched pair small diaphragm condenser cardioid microphones.
  • Imagined and designed in collaboration with Tony Faulkner
  • Brand new capsule, precision-engineered to sub-micron tolerances,
  • Exceptionally low noise floor (14dbA)
  • Includes high-quality RØDE stereo bar

Technical Specification:

  • Acoustic Principle: Externally biased condenser
  • Active Electronics: JFET impedance converter with bipolar output buffer
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Frequency Response: 30 Hz - 20 kHz ±3dB // 20 Hz - 20 kHz ±4dB
  • Output Impedance: 63Ω
  • Signal to noise Ratio: 80 dB
  • Equivalent Noise: 14 dB SPL (A-weighted, as per IEC651)
  • Input SPL @ 1% THD: 135 dB SPL (1kHz @ 1% THD, 600Ω load)
  • Sensitivity: -29 dB re.1 Volt/Pascal or better (35 mV @ 94dB SPL @ 1kHz)
  • Dynamic Range: 112.6 dB (1kHz @ Max SPL)
  • Power Requirements: 7mA @ 48V phantom power
  • Dimensions: Length: 98.7mm Diameter: 20mm

SHURE MV88+ Video Kit Portable Mic


MV88+ Video Kit, is a digital stereo condenser microphone that provides an all-in-one solution for capturing professional-quality recordings on-the-go. Designed for podcasters, videographers, content creators, field recordists, and musicians looking to record immersive, rich, high-quality audio wherever, the MV88+ accentuates the power of flexibility, enabling to transform the smartphone device into a professional-level mobile audio and video rig.

Main Features include:

  • Built-In Headphone Output for real-time monitoring
  • Live stream ready
  • Seamless compatibility with Shure MOTIV Audio & Video Applications (iOS & Android versions)
  • Multiple stereo width and polar pattern options for ultimate flexibility
  • Included industry leading Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod
  • Included Lightning cable, USB-C cable, phone clamp, shoe-mount mic clip, & neoprene roll-up bag to keep all accessories in one place
  • The included phone mount is also compatible with existing set-up, allowing to connect to any tripod with a connector
  • Apple MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) Certified for direct connection to any iOS device without the need for any additional adapters or connection kits
  • Compatibility with lightning-equipped iOS devices and additional devices
  • Allows for phone charging while mic is in use (requires USB-A cable and Apple USB3 camera adapter)- iOS users only

Technical Specification:

  • Height x Width x Depth: 27.0 × 27.0 × 77.0 mm
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Frequency Response: Adjustable
  • Max. Sound Pressure Level:       120 dB SPL (At Minimum Gain, Flat Mode)
  • Transducer Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Bidirectional, Cardioid
  • Connectors: LTG, USB
  • Interchangeable Capsule: No
  • Main Functionality: Recording
  • Headphone Output: Yes
  • Microphone Housing: Metal
  • DSP Modes / Presets: Flat, Loud, Acoustic, Singing, Speech
  • Requires Phantom Power: Bus powered via USB/LTG VDC

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