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Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Get outstanding vocal and acoustic reproduction with this Gold Sputtered Large Diaphragm Condenser Studio Recording Microphone from Monoprice!
This professional quality microphone features a 6-micron gold sputtered diaphragm for superior responsiveness. The mic uses a cardioid pickup pattern and reproduces frequencies from 30Hz to 20KHz. It has a 15mV/PA (-36dB) sensitivity, with a maximum SPL of 137dB at 0.5% THD.
The mic requires 48V phantom power to operate and has a standard XLR connection. A switchable high-pass filter with 6dB/octave attenuation at 150 Hz helps reduce bass boom from the proximity effect, while a second switch enables a -10dB pre-attenuation pad, which reduces the possibility of overloading the mic's internal circuitry.
The microphone comes with a shock mount, which isolates the microphone from vibrations on the mic stand. The mic measures about 6.2" long x 2.3" diameter. The shock mount measures approximately 5.7" x 4.6" x 2.6".
This microphone was reviewed by Joseph Lemmer at TapeOp magazine. You can read the review here.
- Type: Pressure gradient condenser microphone
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Diaphragm: 6 micron gold-sputtered
- XLR Connector: Gold plated
- Capsule Size: 0.87 in. (22mm)
- Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -36dB (15mV/Pa)
- Output Impedance: 150 ohms
- Pre-Attenuation Switch: 0 dB, -10 dB
- High Pass Filter: 6 dB/octave @ 150Hz
- Equivalent noise: 19dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
- Max SPL for .5% THD: 137 dB
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power (+/- 4V)
- Shock Mount Screw Thread Size: 5/8 in.
- Size: 59mm x 158mm/2.32 in. x 6.22 in.
- Weight: 1 lb/453.59g
Questions and Answers
It requires a mixer/receiver with "48v to mic" or "phantom power."
If you're going directly to a computer, a simple cable adapter will not work. perhaps get the USB version of the mic.
If you're going to a mixer, make sure it has phantom power/48v to mics, before you purchase.
To make this combination work, if I have to buy adapters, please let me know. I plan to use this mic with "AudioUSB 96", and that already has 48V power out.
As part of the class, I often ask my students to refer to the frequency response charts included with ALL other microphones we have (Audio Technica AT4040s and Shure SM57s). Specifically, I wanted the students to compare these charts to the AT4040, to see how it measures up. This helps them understand how to apply graphic equalization, how a microphone can color your sound, and it affects which mics they choose for different recording applications.
As an exercise, I asked my students to try to find this information - it wasn't included with the printed documentation that shipped with the microphone (a little odd as every other mic I've seen includes this as well as a polar pattern grid), and it wasn't on the website. They contacted technical support, and were told, first, that Monoprice won't provide that information - as though it were secret - and they were referred to the frequency range on the site and in the documentation. After some clarification, the help desk person told them:
1. A request for this information would have to be submitted, taking an estimated 21-30 days.
2. When they did hear back (within a day, by the way), they were told that Monoprice was "unable to provide this information at this time." They referred us to the frequency range (30Hz to 20kHz) again, which is clearly marked in the documentation, but doesn't help us out.
The response curves outline how WELL the microphone responds along the frequency range, NOT the range itself. All the range tells me is that it seems to be unresponsive at the lowest end of human hearing - from 20-30Hz.
We don't have the technology at the school to create our own frequency response profile for this mic or we would. This seems like something customers would like to know about this equipment, and it seems like information Monoprice should have for their microphones. This information is freely shared by every other microphone manufacturer from whom I've purchased hardware. It isn't a trade secret, and it IS useful.
PROS: Good sound
CONS: No frequency response curves included with information
No polar pattern graph included with information
The $75.00 price is great but not really a "deal" - it's the same price as the MXL 770. The MXL 770 includes both a shock mount and a hard shell case. There's no indication here as to whether the Monoprice version includes a case.
I did a white-noise spectrum analysis between the 600800 vs a Neumann TLM-103 (~$1100) in my studio. The TLM-103 is a little more sensitive (louder) overall by about 1.5dB. With the levels normalized the 600800 has a little less low-end (1.5dB in the 60-150Hz range) and the presence peak is shifted up to about 6KHz (instead of 5KHz for the TLM-103) which accounts for some of the apparent 'brightness' reported. This makes sense, as the capsule is slightly smaller than the TLM-103.
Depending on the vocalist this can actually work to your advantage, but it can also make sibilance more difficult to control. Will it be the go-to mic for every situation? Absolutely not, but it's worth a try or even as an alt-track if you've got the spare channels.
My only wish would be that it come with a case rather than the cardboard box. Even a cheap plastic clam-shell like some of the similarly priced USB mics come with would be welcome.
PROS: Bright, clean, consistent, relatively well made.
CONS: No case
After purchasing the Monoprice Diaphragm Condenser Microphone,
I was pleasantly surprised at it’s performance, especially considering its $75 price tag.
I have tested it side by side with the very popular and highly rated RODE NT-1A ($329 list), and the difference is indistinguishable. Plus the addition of an included shock mount makes this an incredible deal.
PROS: Again I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the products offered at Monoprice. When purchasing this large diaphragm microphone I was not expecting much since the price was so low. I read all of the reviews on the product and started to think that this mic produced more than its price tag would indicate. Well it does. I am well pleased with the quality of sound I am able to get from this microphone in my home hobby studio, so much so that I am thinking about actually taking on outside work since I have a microphone that does not disappoint. I have found the built in pop screen to be sufficient for most recording I am doing at present however I am not sure if it will continue to impress in future projects time will tell though.
CONS: Nothing to see here. The price is well below what you would expect to pay for a microphone that functions so well. You can not go wrong, but you can always pay more.
PROS: Excelleint looking microphone, comes with a shock mount and sounds very good on my vocals. Works great with a monoprice vocal dual pop filter which is also a screaming deal by the way.
CONS: shock mount is very cheap but usable.
For the cost and flexibility, I can't imagine any instance where one would regret purchasing these mics and I wholeheartedly endorse getting a pair.
I suppose the cardioid pattern is a bit loose, but that's going to happen with large diaphragm mics no matter what.
such good mics...we live in an amazing time.
PROS: Terrific frequency response
great clip design
Sounds absolutely amazing
CONS: Sometimes the bands suspending the mic in the clip come loose
Could use a case, but I think Monoprice sells custom cases you could make for all of your mics if you wanted.
Cardioid doesn't reject rear audio that wellbuy the small diaphragm condensers then.
PROS: clean sound, very realistic vocal reproduction, very solid build quality, good and heavy
CONS: none yet
PROS: This microphone made my husband very happy. He is an avid hobby acoustic instrument player and wanted a microphone that was inexpensive, quality, and amazing clear sound
keep it up!
PROS: Great sounding mike, open big sound, and very quiet
CONS: I only bought one