If you are looking for a budget-friendly SDC (Small Diaphragm Condenser) microphone, make sure you check out this blind test we made on acoustic guitar between the Lauten LA-120 vs the Peluso CEMC6 vs. the Avantone CK-1.

All of the microphones have cardioid capsules, and none have their roll-offs or pads engaged. They all go through a Vintech Audio 573 500-Series Mic Preamp.

These three, budget-friendly SDCs are among our favorites here at Sound Pure Studios.  One of them, the Lauten, has been listed among some of the noteworthy recent models in studio microphones. And if you are interested in more high-end, SDC microphones, also check out this other SoundPure video about the Schoeps CMXY 4V Stereo SDC Microphone.

As said, this SDC microphone test is blind. Can you tell which mic is which? Does a winner stand out to you?

Once you’re ready for the answers, shoot us an email at shootoutresults@soundpure.com, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook). Among others, you will be able to talk with the SoundPure Pro Audio Specialists you saw in the video, Chuck Giardino and Mark Kuzio. Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.



The Contenders

Lauten Audio LA-120

Peluso CEMC6

Avantone CK-1  


Why Do We Do Our Shootouts Blind?

Good question! In our own experience as recording engineers and musicians, we’ve found we have unconscious biases that favor one microphone, preamp, instrument, etc. over another based merely on preconceptions and brand associations. We’re often surprised at the results and want to present that same unbiased listening opportunity for you.

Also, we hope you request the hi-res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.