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The Schoeps CMC 64 Microphone Stereo Set is a complete cardioid condenser microphone stereo set including two CMC amplifiers, two MK 4 cardioid capsules, pop screens, clamps and box.
The CMC 6 is designed for standard 48- and 12-Volt phantom powering. Its circuitry recognizes the supply voltage and adjusts itself automatically. Its performance characteristics remain essentially the same either way; mainly, the difference is that the current drawn at 12 Volts is greater than at 48 Volts. However, the 12-Volt mode consumes less power and might be preferred for battery-powered recording.
The microphone amplifier is responsible for providing the necessary electric charge to the capsule, without which it would be unable to generate a signal. Since the capsule's output signal is very weak (Hi-Z), it must be amplified. In order for the microphone's output to cleanly reach the next stage in the signal chain, it must undergo balancing and impedance matching before transmission. The CMC 6 incorporates a balanced, direct-coupled class-A amplifier, yielding a low output impedance, high RF shielding, and minimal distortion.
The MK 4 has been a reference microphone for years in a wide variety of recording situations.
Due to its transparent sound character and excellent attenuation of rear-incident sound, it reproduces sound sources very naturally. This has given the MK 4 a reputation as a universal "problem solver" even in difficult recording situations.
Its flat frequency response, and the constancy of its directional pattern for all frequencies, are the basis of the MK4’s sound quality. Even in the diffuse sound field its frequency response is flat, with a slight increase at 10 kHz compensating for high-frequency losses in the room.
Thus the sound image is transparent for direct-arriving sound, for sound arriving from the side, and for diffuse sound in the room (reverberation).
The MK 4 is a classic small-diaphragm microphone with all the advantages of this microphone type. Its frequency response and the consistency of its polar diagram from low to high frequencies are exemplary.
Like all SCHOEPS capsules, the MK 4 achieves its flat frequency response solely by its mechanical architecture, without any electronic filtering.
As a pressure gradient transducer, the MK 4 has a single diaphragm that is exposed to the sound from both the front and rear. The side sound inlets must therefore never be covered.
The “reach” (distance factor) of a classic cardioid such as the MK 4 is about 1.7 times that of an omnidirectional microphone. Thus even at greater distances from the sound source, direct sound can be obtained. The advantages of the MK 4 are shown especially when mixing several microphone signals - pickup of sound from the side is reduced in level but not subject to coloration.
At 90° the attenuation of the MK 4 is 6 dB, and at 180°, some 20 to 30 dB. Diffuse-incident sound is picked up 4.8 dB lower in level than front-arriving sound.
The Colette series was introduced back in 1973 and has since been made up of mutually compatible modules that are constantly being updated and supplemented. No other microphone system has been on the market for such a long time. The Colette series invented the modularity in microphone technology and is considered more than ever before to be the best small-diaphragm microphone system.
Microphones from the modular Colette series are comprised of a microphone capsule screwed onto an amplification unit. Any capsule can be combined with any amplifier. Active accessories can be inserted between capsule and amplifier if desired. The RC active extension tube in particular graces many high-profile events with its stylish appearance. Due to its modular nature, the Colette system offers a large variety of options, for a wide range of use cases.
|Package Contents||Two matte gray CMC 6 mic bodies with MK 4 cardioid capsules, two SG20 stand clamps, two B5 D popscreens, and wooden box|
|Unit Weight||0.16 lb|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Number of Microphones||Microphone Bundle|
|Impedance||25 Ohms @ 12 V, 30 Ohms @ 48 V / Minimum recommended load: 600 Ohms|
|Frequency Range||40 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-37.7 dBV/Pa (13 mV)|
|Max. SPL||132 dB|
The Schoeps cardioids capture the sound perfectly. No smearing of the stereo field. Every detail in the sound is there. The magic in the Schoeps is that while being perfectly accurate is doesn't sound clinical. It sounds musical and clear without coloration ( including the depth of field). This is an other level mic. I'm very happy with them.
Fantastic mic! You’d be hard pressed to find a source that it doesn’t do well.
The Schoeps CMC64 cardioid SDCs are to me simply perfect for capturing a clear, present, unhyped fingerstyle or flatpicked acoustic guitar sound. They have replaced a pair of excellent Neumann KM184s with absolutely no regrets. The Neumanns, with their more pronounced high end, may be preferable for recording at a distance, such as in a live concert performance, but the Schoeps sound significantly better to me for close miking. Expensive, but these microphones will serve their purpose for a lifetime.
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