Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone

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Manley Labs Reference Cardioid Microphone
Key Features
  • All-Tube Design
  • Open Weave Stainless-Steel Grille
  • Hand-Wound Output Transformer
  • Precision Shock-Mount Suspension System
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.
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Manley Labs REFCARD Overview

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

Manley Labs REFCARD Specs

Microphone
Diaphragm1.0" / 25.40 mm
Polar PatternCardioid
CircuitryTube
Pad-10 dB
Performance
Frequency Range10 Hz to 30 kHz
Maximum SPL150 dB SPL
Impedance200 Ohms
Sensitivity17 mV/Pa
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Power
Operating Current Consumption70 mA
AC Input Power (PSU)100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Dimensionsø: 4.5 x L: 9.7" / ø: 114.3 x L: 246.38 mm
Weight2.25 lb / 1.02 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight16.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.4 x 14.8 x 10.2"
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