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The Schoeps MK 5 offers two selectable directional patterns, but uses only one membrane – a no-compromise approach. The fact that full response is maintained to the highest audible frequencies is unusual for a switchable-pattern microphone.
In its omnidirectional setting the MK 5 is a true pressure transducer with smooth, extended low-frequency response, low sensitivity to most wind and breath noise, handling noise or mechanical vibration, and no proximity effect.
Unlike conventional, dual-diaphragm multi-pattern microphones, its cardioid setting retains its full directionality even at very low frequencies. The benefits of this design in purity and clarity of sound are immediately audible.
The MK 5 has a slight high-frequency emphasis as compared with the corresponding single-pattern omni (MK 2) and cardioid (MK 4).
The MK 5 is nearly an all-purpose capsule. It is recommended for those starting out with the Schoeps Colette series, unless particular circumstances (such as the need for greater directivity or a bidirectional pattern) would indicate a different choice.
|Unit Weight||0.03 lb|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid, Omni-Directional, Variable-Pattern|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Frequency Range||Omnidirectional: 20 Hz - 20 kHz / Cardioid: 40 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||Cardioid: -37.7 dBV/Pa (13 mV) / Omni: -40 dBV/Pa (10 mV)|
|Max. SPL||Omnidirectional: 133 dB / Cardioid: 132 dB|
|Analog or Digital||Analog|
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