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Miktek C7e Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern FET Condenser Mic  From Miktek

An absolutely exceptional modern LDC microphone, the C7e offers a silky-sweet top-end, natural and open midrange, and a warm and round bottom-end. This FET LDC has all of your bases covered; from acoustic instruments to guitar amps, to a full drum kit to lead vocals. 

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$899.00

Retail:  $1,499.00

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The C7 is truly the ultimate “workhorse” LDC. Although primarily marketed as a vocal mic, the C7 is often the first choice for drum overheads, acoustic guitars, and auxiliary percussion as well. The crisp yet incredibly sweet top end really makes whatever you put it in front of sound ethereal. When a vocalist hears themselves for the first time in their headphones through the C7 their reaction is almost always the same, “Wow I’ve never heard myself sound so good before!”. 
 
Despite the gorgeous hi-freq lift the mic is actually quite neutral and true to source. The custom AMI output transformer does add a touch of flattering color but executed in the most tasteful way possible. The Bias switch located inside the mic is one of my favorite touches. In a Hip-hop/ R&B situation where there will be sections of fast, percussive vocal phrases juxtaposed with intimate soulful singing I would often find myself reaching for two different mics. With the C7 both bases are covered to an idealistic degree just by switching the capsule bias voltage from +48 for the more nuanced touch and +60 for the more aggressive flavor.  

SDC vs LDC Microphone Comparison: Miktek C5 & C7 Microphones on Grand Piano

Sound Pure Pro Audio Expert, Todd Atlas, briefly discusses the more general sonic characteristics of Small Diaphragm and Large Diaphragm Condenser microphones. For this comparison we chose our Miktek C5 SDC and C7 LDC microphones and our incredible sounding Steinway Grand Piano. Being a Small Diaphragm Condenser, the C5 recordings showcase more transient detail, articulation, and an overall tighter sound. With it's larger capsule size, the C7 Large Diaphragm Condenser added more warmth and roundness to the piano (especially in the low-end) and smoothed out some of the transient attack of the strings. While every mic has it's own unique voice and response, these broader characteristics and differences can be found in all Large and Small Diaphragm Condenser microphones. If you're having difficulty hearing the differences feel free to email us at mics[at]soundpure.com for the full length hi-res audio files to compare for yourself. Both the Miktek C5 and C7 mics are available for Sound Pure's free try-before-you-buy demo program. If you'd like to se

Manufacturer's Description from Miktek

The Miktek C7e, multi-pattern, large diaphragm FET condenser will impress the most critical listeners and inspire artists to create their best performance. The microphone’s pick-up characteristic is selectable; offering cardioid, omni and bidirectional patterns. In addition, the C7e employs a high-pass filter and –10dB pad for recording loud sound sources.
 
The frequency response is warm on the bottom and silky-sweet on the top, yet at the same time, the midrange is natural and open. The microphone produces amazing results when recording acoustic instruments, guitar amps, or as overheads on a drum kit. But of course, the C7e really excels on vocal applications.
 
The C7e utilizes the new MK7 capsule developed by Miktek engineers, featuring dual 1-inch diaphragms made using 5-micron Mylar with a 0.4-micron layer of evaporated gold. Diaphragms are then precisely tensioned, mounted to carefully- tuned backplates, and finally set back-to-back, with electronic isolation, to create the finished capsule.
 
The C7’s head amplifier has been designed around the AMI T7 transformer and, together with the implementation of high-quality components including hand-selected transistors, offers a sweet response reminiscent of highly desirable vintage microphones.
 
In addition, the innovated head amplifier design features a unique circuit that allows the engineer to switch the capsule bias voltage from +48 to +60 volts. This proprietary circuit implementation essentially provides the mic with two voices; allowing you to choose between a classic and modern microphone. At +48 volts the capsule’s diaphragm is under less tension, so it’s able to react to extremely subtle changes in sound pressure; enabling the microphone to capture the slightest nuances in any performance. When the bias voltage is set to +60 volts, the C7e is extremely accurate and articulate.
 
The Miktek C7e is hand assembled, tested and packaged in Nashville, Tennessee, USA using components from the US, Europe and Asia. Each microphone includes its serialized frequency response graph created during final testing.
 
The C7e is packaged with its swivel mount, in a wooden box, and set inside a rugged aluminum case along with the included shock mount.
 
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About Manufacturer

Precision microphones handmade in Nashville, TN USA.

At Miktek, we're dedicated to the pursuit of superior sound captured through microphones. Inspired by the iconic mics of the past, our engineering team has developed capsules and unique circuits to capture that elusive, classic sound. Incorporating the very latest in audio technology, our microphone designs are approved by some of the world’s most acclaimed recording engineers.

Specifications

  • MK7 Dual 1-inch Capsule 5-micron Mylar, Evaporated Gold Diaphragms
  • Cardioid, Omni and Bi-directional Pick-up Patterns
  • High-pass Filter & -10dB Pad Switches
  • Variable Capsule Bias Voltage: 48 – 60v
  • AMI T7 Transformer
  • Individual Serialized Frequency Response Graph
  • Wood Presentation Case with Swivel-mount, Shock-mount and rugged aluminum Carrying Case