Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone

Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone

Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone Mic




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Product Highlights

  • Interchangeable Capsule Design
  • Cardioid, Omni & Hypercardioid Capsules
  • Condenser Element & FET Output Stage
  • Pad Attenuation Switch: -10 dB
  • High Pass Filter Switch: 80 Hz
  • Includes SSM Shockmount
  • Padded Wooden Box
  • Cabernet Wine-Red Finish
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You Pay: $149.00

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The CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone from Avantone features a durable pencil microphone design with a Cabernet Wine-Red finish, nickel trim, and a black grille. It is suitable for capturing overheads (cymbals), acoustic instruments, amplifier cabinets, and vocals. The CK-1 offers an interchangeable capsule design and includes three condenser capsules with cardioid, omnidirectional and hypercardioid polar patterns. The condenser capsules combined with an FET output stage provide clear detail and high-quality audio. There is a -10 dB pad (attenuation) switch and an 80 Hz high-pass filter switch for minimizing low-frequency noise. The microphone includes an SSM shockmount and a padded wooden carrying case.

High grade polystyrene and metalized polypropylene capacitors in the signal path
The CK-1 includes three 3/4" interchangeable capsules for a wide variety of miking possibilities
The SSM shockmount allows for precise positioning of the mic while inhibiting the transfer of unwanted vibrations
When miking high SPL sources, the -10 dB attenuation switch can be engaged to keep from overloading the electronics
The 80 Hz high-pass filter switch reduces rumble and unwanted low frequencies
UPC: 852437001088

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Transducer Condenser
Diaphragm 0.75" (19 mm)
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional
Frequency Range 25 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio 78 dB 
Equivalent Noise Level 17 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL 138 dB SPL 0.5%
Impedance 200 ohms
Sensitivity 15 mV/PA
Power Requirements 48 V
Low-Cut Filter Yes, 6 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
Pad Yes, 10 dB
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
Operating Current Consumption 5.0mA
Length 6.02" (153 mm)
Diameter 0.91" (23 mm)
Weight 5.0 oz (142 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 6.7 x 3.6"
Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone
  • SSM Professional Shockmount
  • Cardioid Capsule
  • Omnidirectional Capsule
  • Hypercardioid Capsule
  • Padded Wooden Box
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty

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    Avantone ProCK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone

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    Too noisy

    By Jon Fairhurst

    from Camas, WA

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    • Compact
    • Lightweight


    • Poor Sound Quality

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      Comments about Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone:

      I bought this mic purely on good specs and low price. I hadn't seen any detailed reviews, so I knew I was taking a risk.

      Physically, I like the product and included accessories. The specs show it to be comparable to an AT4053b. Unfortunately, the self noise of my copy made it useless. Even in a terribly reverberent space, I ended up using a clean cardioid mic over this noisy hyper cardioid. Is the sound quality any good? I can't tell as the dialog I recorded is buried in hiss - even with a very good Fostex FR-2LE recorder.

      Maybe my copy was faulty. Maybe I could do some surgery and replace the FET amp with better circuitry that would make this world class. Maybe I'll use the box for trinkets and the mic as a prop or doorstop.

      Unfortunately, I won't be recording any audio with the mic in its current state.

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      Good sound quality, questionable build

      By rotoghost

      from Chicago, IL

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            Comments about Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone:

            Good news first, the sound quality from all three of the capsules is excellent. Well articulated, tight bass (from the Cardioid and Hyper). Low rolloff works well. Bad news is that the build is not up to par with the sound. The finish is not at fault, it looks fine, but there are shielding issues within the mic body. It was actually shorting out when I first tested the unit, and I found the culprit to be pressure from the pad and rolloff switches, causing a component on the board to touch the inside of the mic body. Moving an attached XLR plug would cause terrible popping and scratching. I fixed this issue myself, but it shouldn't have been that way from the factory. Comes in a wooden box with a plastic holder for the other capsules. The holder will not hold the Cardioid capsule, so you'll have to find somewhere else to keep that safe if you're using the Hyper or Omni. All this said, the capsules sound sound great, and as such I'm satisfied with it. Perhaps these mics need a bit more quality assurance and testing before they leave the factory. Would be a solid 4 stars for the sound quality, but price knocks one off for value's sake.

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