Manley Labs Gold Reference Multi-Pattern Microphone (Mono)

Manley Labs Gold Reference Multi-Pattern Microphone (Mono)

Manley Labs Gold Reference Multi-Pattern Microphone (Mono)

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Manley Labs Gold Reference Multi-Pattern Microphone (Mono)

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Product Highlights

  • Continuously Variable Pattern Control
  • All-Tube Design
  • Open Weave Stainless-Steel Grill
  • Hand-Wound Output Transformer
  • Precision Shock-Mount Suspension System
  • Leather Capsule Cover
  • Locking Carrying Case
  • Handmade in the USA
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  • 1Description

The mono Gold Reference Microphone from Manley Labs is a multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser offering a wide frequency response and accurate transient performance without coloration or any perceivable sonic signature. Its designed application is to capture truly accurate musical recordings. The Gold Reference features a 1" gold sputtered diaphragm that is 5 microns thick and has the ability to withstand sound pressure levels up to 150 dB. The open weave stainless-steel grill allows the capsule to capture signals with zero-loss acoustical transmission, which translates to less dampening of high frequency content.

The electronics of the Gold Reference 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 continuously variable multi-pattern control offers Omni, Cardioid, and Figure 8 patterns with the ability to dial in a desired proximity effect.

The mic's body is machined from brass, which provides excellent shielding properties. The casing is polished to high luster and plated with 24 karat gold. The proprietary suspension system is attached directly to the casing, while 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 Gold Reference 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
Power Supply: 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: 890833000304
In the Box
Manley Labs Gold Reference Multi-Pattern Microphone (Mono)
  • 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 (Aditional Limited 5-Year Warranty After Registration)
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Diaphragm 1.0" (25.40 mm)
    Tube Yes
    Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure 8, Omnidirectional
    Frequency Range 10 Hz to 30 kHz
    Maximum SPL 150 dB SPL
    Impedance 200 ohms
    Sensitivity 17 mV/PA
    Power Requirements 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Pad Yes, 10 dB
    Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 70 mA
    General
    Length 9.7" (246.38 mm)
    Diameter 4.5" (114.30 mm)
    Weight 2.25 lb (1.02 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 17.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.5 x 14.7 x 10.6"

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