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Schoeps CMXY 4V Stereo SDC Microphone  From Schoeps

A compact, adjustable, and versatile microphone for impeccably rich and accurate stereo recordings! 

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Schoeps CMXY 4V Stereo SDC Microphone Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure pro audio specialist Travis Hall discusses the many benefits of the Schoeps CMXY 4V Stereo SDC Microphone, and we hear samples of this mic in action on acoustic guitar, with a special guest performance featuring Dennis Aberle.

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    • Schoeps CMXY 4V Stereo SDC Microphone

Manufacturer's Description from Schoeps

  • 2 × cardioid with lateral pickup
  • compact, elegant and lightweight
  • universally applicable
  • the angle between the microphones is adjustable
  • with XLR-5M or miniature output connector

The CMXY 4V is a compact and versatile X/Y stereo microphone which is both elegant and very unobtrusive. Its mild high-frequency boost increases the intelligibility of speech and compensates for high-frequency losses typical of moderate recording distances. It thus lends itself ideally to music recordings, TV and broadcast use, e.g. on a table for discussions, for presenters, boom operations or as a stereo spot microphone on a stand.

The side-by-side arrangement of capsules is somewhat unusual. But there can never be perfect three-dimensional coincidence between any two microphones, and the distance between center points of the capsules in a CMXY is only 21 mm. While this distance is in the horizontal plane, it is considerably less than the vertical distance between capsules in most other stereo microphones of professional quality. Thus the precision of stereo imaging and mono compatibility are fully in keeping with established professional requirements.
The overall width of the two microphones combined is similar to (often less than) the diameter of a conventional stereo microphone’s capsule assembly. This is possible by using the smallest non-electret condenser microphones with balanced outputs, the CCM Compact Condenser Microphones.

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About Manufacturer

The focus on high quality, reliability and neutral accurate sound has been the production philosophy of Schoeps Microphones since 1948. The simple elegance and clever engineering of their products boast a true passion for the art of microphone making and a tireless attention to detail. The Colette System is the largest modular mic system available offering twenty different capsules and various active accessories. The newest addition to the acclaimed Colette System is the CMC 6 xt which offers extended frequency response beyond 40 kHz. The CCM Series mics are the smallest phantom powered non-electret microphones in the world. Other notables from Schoeps include the M222 Tube microphone, the VMS 5U portable two channel mic preamp and M/S matrix, three extremely unique stereo mics, the KFM-360 Surround microphone and the Polarflex Microphone System that allows the user to emulate the characteristics of any microphone. Schoeps is unquestionably among the most innovative microphone manufacturers in the world, leading the way in many developments. Central to its design philosophy over the years is the company's insistence on absolute sound neutrality of the microphones. It is really no wonder that Schoeps has so many supporters, not only in the area of classical music recording and reinforcement, but also in film and television. No doubt part of its success is due to the fact that, in a space of only 1500 square meters, a total of 35 employees develop, manufacture and distribute the whole range of Schoeps products. Staff turnover is very small, which says much about the family atmosphere in the company. Many an employee has celebrated his or her 25th anniversary with Schoeps. Continuity is and will remain very important at Schoeps. Despite many outside offers, Ulrich Schoeps intends to continue the life's work of his father.


Directional pattern 2 × cardioid with lateral pickup (CCM 4V)
Frequency response 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity 13 mV/Pa
Maximum sound pressure level at 0.5% THD 132 dB-SPL
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted) 14 dB-A
Equivalent noise level (CCIR) 24 dB
Powering phantom powering: 12 V ± 1 V (8 mA) 
or 48 V ± 4 V (4 mA), automatically switched
Output impedance 90 Ω
Maximum output voltage ca. 1 V
Length I-version: 110 mm, U-version: 119 mm
Width max. 43 mm
Depth max. 22 mm