Schoeps MK 21 Wide Cardioid Microphone Capsule  From Schoeps

Wide Cardioid microphone capsule with a slightly warmer overall tone.

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$855.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Schoeps

Overview

  • Wide cardioid
  • Especially consistent directionality throughout its frequency range
  • Pleasant sonic impression, often described as “warm”
  • Often preferred for use as a spot microphone, or as the main pair for overall stereo pickup
 
This type of capsule has a directional pattern between omni and cardioid. The basic idea in designing this capsule was to combine the advantages of the cardioid with those of the omni. This results in a pickup pattern which blends the two sets of characteristics. It has fuller and more extended low-frequency response than a cardioid, with less proximity effect, while picking up more room sound than a cardioid.
 
The polar diagram shows the directivity of the MK 21 to be only slightly dependent on frequency. This contrasts with omnidirectional capsules, whose directivity increases with rising frequency, and with cardioids (at least smaller ones), which tend to accentuate high frequencies that arrive at oblique angles.
 

Application

The MK 21’s orientation is less critical than with a cardioid, since direct sound arriving on axis and reverberant or other sounds off axis are both reproduced accurately. This lack of coloration in the off-axis pickup produces a “warm” and natural sonic impression.
 
The low directivity of this capsule type prevents it from generating large enough level differences for X/Y use, though M/S and near-coincident spacings are often successful.
 
Together with the cardioid and supercardioid, this is one of the most preferred types among our capsules.
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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.

Specifications

Frequency range: 30 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 13 mV/Pa
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted): 14 dB-A
Equivalent noise level (CCIR): 24 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted): 80 dB-A
Maximum sound pressure level at 0.5% THD: 132 dB-SPL
Length: 22 mm
Diameter: 20 mm
Weight: 17 g
Surface finish: matte gray (g) or nickel (ni)