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Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 Microphone  From Lauten

Multi-Pattern large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone featuring a pleasing combination of classic warmth with modern clarity! Includes shock mount and wood box.  

Lauten Audio


Retail:  $1,700.00

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What We Think

The Clarion is an incredible and unique sounding microphone with a price tag that may surprise you. Its intuitive design eliminates the harsh characteristics that sometimes emerge when recording with a FET condenser, resulting in a smooth and crisp sound with some subtle warmth. We found that the Clarion performed exceptionally well on electric guitar as shown in our Flickinger reverb video, however it's studio uses are only limited by your imagination. The addition of the +10 dB and -10 dB add even more flexibility and control to your tracking sessions. The Clarion, along with the other microphones designed by Lauten Audio, is certain to be a reliable go-to microphone for any recording situation. 

Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic Shootout on Male Vocals

This blind Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone shootout on Male Vocals features 4 incredible LDC mics: the Shure KSM44, Miktek C7, CharterOak E700, and the Lauten Clarion. All four mics were run through our Vintech 573 Preamp Modules and Lynx Aurora Converter. First we'll hear the mics completely dry, and then just for kicks we'll add in some traditional vocal reverb from our Bricasti M7 Reverb System. If you would like the results of the shootout or all five full length hi-res audio files to compare for yourself, shoot us an email to mics(at)soundpure.com at anytime. Additionally all of these microphones are eligible for our free Try-Before-You-Buy demo program, so if you like what you hear and would like to experience one of these mics for yourself, give us a call at anytime for more information. Huge thanks to our vocal talent Beau Buttons for this great original performance! Follow him on twitter at: www.twitter.com/beaudeas. If you have any questions about the four LDC mics used, the shootout setup, or recording gear in general - we're here to help. Thanks for watching! 919-682-552 or toll free 888-528-9703

Manufacturer's Description from Lauten


The FC-357 Clarion blends classic and modern FET sound. It features a uniquely tuned frequency response that produces the smooth natural character found in classic FET condenser microphones with a touch of smooth modern airiness.

 Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 at a glance


Classic FET sound with a modern touch

Ribbon-like top-end on electric guitars

+10dB feature great for lower-quality microphone preamplifiers

Tuned to tame sibilant sources

Excellent for amateurs and professionals


Quality Internal Components

The FC-357 Clarion features our custom designed 28.25mm dual diaphragm capsule that accurately captures your source. The electronics include a low-noise FET and custom-wound output transformer that work together to provide you with an authentic and classic sound with a modern touch.

Unique 3-way Gain Switch

The FC-357 Clarion has the features you need to achieve the sound you want. The unique three-position attenuation and gain switch offers you powerful recording options with no adverse distortion. The +10dB gain switch, which boosts the microphone's output, makes it less dependent on preamps to achieve excellent sound.


Includes shock mount and wood box.

Lauten Audio

About Manufacturer

Based in California, Lauten Audio was founded almost a decade ago by Brian Loudenslager, who saw a need for well thought-out mics with a unique character. Working in collaboration with Grammy nominated engineer and producer Mike Terry and theoretical physicist Dr. Charles Chen, Brian started working on the Horizon, which they wanted to be a unique-sounding work-horse studio microphone. Two years later the Horizon was introduced. 8 years later, Lauten Audio has become known as a leader in original-sounding microphones with unique timbre, and has garnered a loyal following. Lauten audio does not clone classic or vintage microphones, and instead starts with a clean slate to bring you a truly original product.


·         Large 28.25mm dual-diaphragm capsule                              

·         Cardioid, Omni & Figure-8 polar pattern switch                     

·         +10dB gain switch              

·         -10dB attenuation switch                 

·         Low noise FET                   

·         High resolution capacitors              

·         Custom wound output transformer              

·         Circuit: Solid-State low-noise FET

·         Type: Pressure gradient condenser

·         Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional & Figure-8

·         Freq. Response: 25Hz-20KHz

·         Dynamic Range: 120dB minimum

·         Impedance: <200 ohms

·         Max. SPL: 0.5%THD@1000Hz: 130dB

·         Self-noise level: < 15dB(A)

·         Sensitivity:16mV/Pa OR -36±2dB 0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz

·         Special Features:-10 dB attenuation and +10dB gain

·         Requires 48v Phantom power