Schoeps CMIT5U Shotgun Microphone Kit (Blue)

Schoeps CMIT5U Shotgun Microphone Kit (Blue)
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Schoeps CMIT 5U Overview

The CMIT5U Shotgun Microphone Kit from Schoeps includes a blue CMIT5U Shotgun Microphone and a Rycote Super-Shield Kit for Shotgun Microphones. The CMIT5U is suitable both for music and speech; its directionality increases smoothly with higher frequencies and sound level decreases softly yet steadily for off-axis sounds. The Super-Shield is a synthetic fur cover used to combat extreme wind noises without substantial high-frequency loss. A wooden case and a foam windscreen are also included.

Schoeps CMIT 5 Shotgun Microphone (Blue)

Sized between the short MiniCMIT and the long SuperCMIT, the blue Schoeps CMIT 5 shotgun microphone is an excellent all-around boom mic for indoor and outdoor applications. Highly regarded for film, TV, and location recording, the CMIT 5 offers customizable tone and predictable directionality, even when rotated.

Three selectable filters let you manage boom noise, proximity effect, high-frequency emphasis to ensure balanced, professional audio quality. Special construction and filtering effectively inhibits interference from various sources such as radio, TV, and cellular frequencies.

The CMIT 5's supercardioid/lobar polar pattern yields directional characteristics that smoothly increase at higher frequencies while providing low off-axis coloration for natural sound at all angles. With low self-noise, moderate sensitivity, and high SPL handling, the CMIT 5 delivers sonic performance deserving of premium mic preamps.

Professional Sound Quality

Thanks to a polar pattern that stays the same in the vertical and horizontal planes, the CMIT 5 produces consistent sound quality at any point of rotation. With directionality that increases smoothly at high frequencies and an accurate 40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, the CMIT 5 is optimized for neutral, transparent capture of dialogue, foley, sound effects, and instruments. Considering its low self-noise of 13 dBA and moderate sensitivity of -35 dB, it performs best when paired with a clean, high-gain mic preamp.

Customizable Tone

Though the CMIT 5 is engineered to yield a neutral sonic signature, it offers three buttons to alter its tonal balance. Turn on the treble emphasis for a 5 dB boost at 10 kHz, which increases speech intelligibility and helps compensate for high-frequency loss caused by windscreens. Activate the gentle bass roll-off filter (6 dB/octave below 300 Hz) to offset proximity effect, and use the steep low-cut filter (18 dB/octave below 80 Hz) to suppress boom noise and rumble.

Pairs of LEDs next to each push button indicate the status of the filters. Even in darkness, the user can read the settings and see that the microphone is operational. The settings are retained when the microphone is switched off.

RFI Shield

The CMIT 5 utilizes special construction and filtering to provide a high standard of measurable immunity from radio-frequency interference (RFI) caused by sources such as switching power supplies, lighting controls, AM/FM radio, digital radio and TV, cellular phones, and broadband communications. The switches in the CMIT 5 are mounted on a circuit board with an integrated shielding layer, thereby providing a fully-sealed housing for the rest of the circuitry.

Phantom Powered

The CMIT 5 features a balanced 3-pin XLR output and support for phantom power over 34 VDC, making it compatible with a variety of handheld audio recorders, field recorders, and mixer adapters, as well as built-in preamps on many camcorders and cinema cameras.

Ideal for Boompole Mounting

Mount the CMIT 5 directly on a stand or boompole using the supplied mic clip, or place it in the separately available Rycote INV-7 InVision shockmount to prevent the transfer of vibrations to the microphone.

Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise

The CMIT 5 includes a foam windscreen to reduce unwanted wind noise from breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners. For maximum reduction of wind noise in indoor or outdoor environments, consider the Rycote Cyclone Windshield Kit (Medium) blimp-style windshield and suspension system (available separately).

Rycote Super-Shield Kit for Shotgun Mics (Medium)

The medium Super-Shield Kit for Shotgun Mics from Rycote is a complete windshield and shock mounting system for shotgun microphones 20-25cm in length. The kit contains the Super-Shield Suspension which provides your microphone isolation from shocks and vibrations, the Super-Shield Windshield which provides wind-noise reduction with minimal high-frequency loss, and the Windjammer, a high-quality synthetic fur cover which provides protection against extreme wind noise.

The Super-Shield Suspension features patented Lyre technology, which provides your microphone isolation from shocks and vibrations without the use of rubbers or elastic. The chassis fits microphones 19mm (3/4") to 25mm (1") in diameter, using two snap-in, pinch-release Lyre suspensions that can be used in any of six positions to achieve the optimal balance and fit. The suspension comes with an 18" (450mm) high flexibility microphone cable.

Made up of two lightweight, durable baskets made from flexible grey plastic netting with a screening material attached, the Super-Shield Windshield connects to the Super-Shield Suspension. The windshield completely surrounds and creates a still volume of air around the microphone, which is designed to provide wind-noise reduction, with minimal high-frequency loss.

The Super-Shield Windjammer is a synthetic fur cover which provides another layer of protection to be used to combat extreme wind noise. Like the Super-Shield Windshield, it is designed to protect from wind without substantial high-frequency loss.

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Schoeps CMIT 5 Shotgun Microphone (Blue) Specs

Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrincipleLine Gradient
Capsule1 x Condenser
Polar PatternLobar, Supercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 18 dB/Octave
300 Hz, 6 dB/Octave
Tone AdjustmentHigh Boost:
+5 dB at 10 kHz
Indicators6 x Single LED (Status)
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter, HF
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Frequency Range40 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL131 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection>5 dB at 60°
>20 dB at 120°
>15 dB at 180°
Impedance50 Ohms
Load Impedance1 Kilohms
Sensitivity-35 dBV/Pa
Output Level2.5 dBV (Max)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio81 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level13 dB A-Weighted
24 dB CCIR
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin (on Mic)
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption4.4 mA
Mounting3/8"-16 Female, 5/8"-27 Female, Mic Clip (Included)
Dimensionsø: 0.83 x L: 9.88" / ø: 21 x L: 251 mm
Weight3.35 oz / 95 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.9 x 6.2 x 2.2"

Rycote Super-Shield Kit for Shotgun Mics (Medium) Specs

Compatible Mic Diameter0.748 to 0.98" / 19 to 25 mm
Outer Diameter3.9" / 100 mm
Length15.75" / 400 mm
Weight23.35 oz / 662 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.1 x 8.3 x 4.5"
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What's the general maximum recording distance for ...

What's the general maximum recording distance for basic dialogue work? How far away is it still usable with a good quality preamps?
Asked by: Stone
The general rule for getting good dialogue with any shotgun mic, is to get as close as possible to the subject. 5 to 6 feet would be the maximum distance, based on surrounding ambient sound, that is suggested.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2019-07-10

Does anyone recommend this mic to pair along with ...

Does anyone recommend this mic to pair along with the Mixpre 6?
Asked by: Declan
The CMIT 5U is a fantastic mic and will pair well with your MixPre 6.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-05-01


Why does this description contradict itself re: midrange frequencies and off-axis performance?
Asked by: Brian
Coloration vs Rejection. It has smooth off-axis rejection without coloring the sound. It sounds like it simply attenuates off axis dialogue while keeping the frequency response consistent. It feels neutral along the spectrum, but just enjoys a transparent affinity towards dialogue frequencies. Essentially, it's very forgiving while still being directional.
Answered by: Shaun Y.
Date published: 2018-08-28


why is the grey version cost more than the blue one?
Asked by: Anonymous
The standard surface finish color of the CMIT 5U is blue. The CMIT5U is available in Antracite Gray as a special order item and custom made from Schoeps. Functionally both units are identical.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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