Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone

Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone

Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone

Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone

Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone

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  • All-Tube Design
  • Open Weave Stainless-Steel Grille
  • Hand-Wound Output Transformer
  • Precision Shock-Mount Suspension System
  • Leather Capsule Cover
  • Locking Carrying Case
  • Made in the USA
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Manley Labs REFCARD overview

  • 1Description

The Reference Cardioid Microphone from Manley Labs is a large diaphragm condenser offering a wide frequency response and accurate transient performance without coloration or any perceivable sonic signature. The rich tonal balance and liquid character make this center-fixed cardioid mic an excellent choice for recording guitars, drums, brass and especially vocals. The Reference Mic features a 1" gold sputtered diaphragm that is 6 microns thick and has the ability to withstand sound pressure levels up to 150 dB. The open-weave stainless-steel grille allows the capsule to capture signals with zero-loss acoustical transmission, which translates to less dampening of high frequency content.

The electronics of the Reference Cardioid include two triodes in cascade forming an entire gain-block. The dual-triode 12AT7 tube is easily obtainable and was chosen for its high gain and low noise properties. The audio signal and power connect from the microphone to the filtered B+ power supply via single 30' 6-pin XLR cable. The audio output exits the power supply via 3-pin XLR through a custom-wound output transformer, which employs nickel laminations and "hum-bucking" bifilar windings, all encased in mu-metal.

The Reference Cardioid features a proprietary suspension system that is attached to the black anodized casing. The capsule itself is mounted to a neoprene-rubber shock-mount to prevent unwanted vibrations from being picked up by the diaphragm. Handmade in the USA, the Reference Cardioid ships with a leather capsule cover, locking carrying case, and IEC power cable.

1.0" diaphragm
Open weave stainless-steel grille for zero-loss acoustical transmission
Neoprene-rubber shockmount
All Tube Design with 12AT7 dual triode
-10 dB pad
150 dB maximum SPL
Filtered B+, regulated heater voltages
30' 6-pin XLR power cable
Hand-wound output transformer with nickel laminations and mu-metal casing
Precision suspension system
Leather capsule protector
Locking carrying case
UPC: 890833000298
In the Box
Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone
  • Power Supply
  • 30' Power Cable (Mic to Power Supply)
  • IEC Power Cable
  • Suspension Shock Mount
  • Leather Capsule Protector
  • Locking Carrying Case
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty
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    Manley Labs REFCARD specs

    Analog Performance
    Diaphragm 1.0" / 25.40 mm
    Tube Yes
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 10 Hz to 30 kHz
    Maximum SPL 150 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Sensitivity 17 mV/Pa
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 70 mA
    Operating Voltage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Length 9.7" / 246.38 mm
    Diameter 4.5" / 114.30 mm
    Weight 2.25 lbs / 1.02 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 16.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.4 x 14.8 x 10.2"

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