Mesanovic has introduced the SC1, the company’s first small diaphragm condenser microphone. With interchangeable omni and cardiod capsules, Mesanovic says that the SC1 works great for stereo recordings of drums, rooms, strings, orchestras, piano and acoustic guitar.
Mesanovic is best known for its ribbon microphones like the 2A. Now the Detroit-based manufacturer has expanded into the world of condenser mics. The SC1 is a small diaphragm condenser microphone sold in matched pairs. With its shiny stainless steel body, the SC1 almost looks like some sort of space probe or lab equipment.
According to Mesanovic, the SC1 uses a transformerless design that ensures low self noise, low distortion, fast transient response and a natural sonic character. For added flexibility, each SC1 comes with two interchangeable capsules with omni and cardioid polar patterns. This should make the SC1 a versatile microphone suitable for a wide range of recording applications. The manufacturer claims that its high SPL capability even makes it a great choice for snare drums, toms and electric guitar cabs.
The company says that each pair of capsules is matched for sensitivity and frequency response in an anechoic chamber. Each set includes two SC1s with exchangeable capsules and two microphone clips in a carrying case.
The demo recordings sound very nice and I think that the SC1 is an interesting new option in its price range, where it competes against the Telefunken M60/M61/M62, Soyuz 013 and others.
- Directional Pattern: Omni and Cardioid
- Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
- Sensitivity: Omni: 15 mV/Pa, Cardioid: 9 mV/Pa
- Self-Noise: Omni: 14 dBA, Cardioid: 16 dBA
- Max SPL: 140 dB
- Output Impedance: 30 Ohms
- Dimensions: Diameter: 0.90″/22.9 mm, Length: 4.80″/121.9 mm
- Power: 48V Phantom
Price and availability
The Mesanovic SC1 is now available for USD 1199 per matched pair.