The SCX1-HC Studio Condenser Microphone from Audix offers a versatile condenser microphone system that can be used for vocal, general instrument, and ambiance capturing applications. When used near monitors and speakers, the hypercardioid polar pattern provides maximum signal rejection at the off-axis sections of the microphone head, providing a low noise floor and high gain-before-feedback response. Transformerless circuitry and surface mount technology provide a compact profile and quiet signal response with a low noise floor. The microphone's high sensitivity and wide frequency response are suitable for use with vocals, guitar, strings, drums, percussion, overhead cymbals, and similar sounds. A high SPL rating of 130 dB enables the capsule to accurately pick up transient (peaking) signal without noise caused by distortion overload. The package includes an external foam windscreen for reducing wind, sibilance, and pop noise, a nylon molded snap-on clip, and a foam lined wooden case.
- For Recording, Live Sound & Broadcast
- For Instrument & Vocal Pickup
- Includes Windscreen & Mic Clip
- Foam Lined Wooden Case
Audix SCX1/HC Overview
- 2Hypercardioid Polar Pattern
- 3Surface Mount Technology
- 4Transformerless Design
Audix SCX1/HC Specs
|Form Factor||Stand/Boom Mount|
|Diaphragm||0.83" / 21 mm|
|Frequency Range||40 Hz to 20 kHz|
|Maximum SPL||130 dB SPL|
|Sensitivity||17 mV/Pa at 1 kHz|
|Dynamic Range||116 dB|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||80 dB|
|Equivalent Noise Level||14 dB A-Weighted|
|Output Connectors (Analog)||1 x XLR 3-Pin (on Mic)|
|Operating Voltage||48 to 52 V (Phantom Power)|
|Mounting||Mic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)|
|Dimensions||ø: 0.83 x L: 4.09" / ø: 21 x L: 104 mm|
|Weight||4.02 oz / 114 g|
|Package Weight||1.15 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.55 x 5.9 x 3.9"|
Audix SCX1/HC Reviews
Great Mic and Great Value
I have only used SCX1-HC on one job so far, but have been using it in testing procedures along with sound devices PRE MIX 6, so my experience with it is limited. As of now it is great sounding Microphone. It's off-axis pick up is not as limited as I expected. My 416 might sound a bit richer and so forth, but using it on interior interviews in poor acoustics I get a echo - that is why I bought the SCX1-HC and it has not been a disappointment. It is a crisp, rich sounding microphone that will cut through music and sfx. So far I have not experienced with any RF problems or any issues, but again I have only used on a limited basis. I did do research before I made the purchase and sure - there are better microphones out there, for twice the price or 3-4 times the price. In those instances when the project calls for that I always hire a sound person anyway and let them worry about the sound. For simple projects where I want better sounding audio than just using LAV microphones this performs well. I might also add AUDIX's customer service is great and it is US made which is a plus for support. As always BH has been great to work with and even got me the SCX1-HC quickly though the manufacture.
Solid quality, great value!
Just picked one up for our documentary work. Can't go wrong with this mic, fantastic for indoor dialogue. Excellent quality. Audix has great customer service too! Always nice to buy a local, US product too :)
Excellent for price but RF sensitive
Love the sound, weight, warm tones and just about everything others have written so far while using this mic for interviews and commercials. But, I've experienced one disconcerting thing... every so often I get a very noticeable hum in locations that I don't get that same noise with other mics. The hum is direction and placement sensitive. By turning the mic towards another direction or placing it in another spot, I can adjust the hum. On one location I couldn't adjust it enough to get rid of the noise, so I had to switch to my shotgun mic (using the same XLR cable). That got rid of the noise. I'm sure it's a RF sensitivity issue. If it wasn't for that, I would easily give this mic 5 stars. That said, I just used it on a 2 day shoot and it performed flawlessly.
Don't shoot the messenger: Although regarded as a fine mic, I have tried three of these where each was substantially noisier than even an NTG2. This being direct comparison, parallel recording, changing channels, cables, etc. -- not just anecdotally. We were also not convinced of the hyper vs super pattern advantage for indoors. Definitely not "less reverb or room". About the same really. The Audix was marginally brighter on the very, very, high end, but the noise is quite broadband, and intrusive at low levels of playback, where the Rode (we have 2) both were clean. Indeed we ended up returning the Audix mics, with sadness, and with renewed respect for the lowly NTG2 (we will pick up an NTG1 for indoors where its physical length is an advantage). Note: recorders used were Tascam, Zoom, Sound Devices. P.S. I don't work for Rode!
A true gem!
I had my doubts about this one since all other recommended hypercardioids are far more expensive, and to be honest I didn't hear about Audix before, but I gave it a shot anyways because I needed a boom mic so badly after I realized NTG3 don't perform as good indoors. It sounds full, way less echo than what I was getting with the NTG3, not flat (Or too much highs) like the sm58 or H6, beautiful lows, I'm even using it t record voice overs too, You get the studio and Radio sound with this mic. The build quality is amazing, the packaging wooden box is luxurious. But I noticed it's really sensitive, so if you're thinking about swinging it from the end of a boom pole than you really need a good blimp or otherwise you'll get those nasty wind clippings, even with the included foam screen.
Compared to my Schoeps CMC-MK41, Audix sounds warmer (good for adding body to thin voice), signal is slightly stronger (less preamp needed = less noise), shorter (more ceiling room for boom work), 3 times cheaper, all good attributes.
Great sound, great value
I labored long and hard over which interview/boom mic to purchase. The AT 4053B was a contender and an AKG. I ended up with the Audix, I'm happy I did. Nice uncolored sound, low noise, nice off axis performance, made in the USA and competitively priced. It would be nice to have a Schoeps, but I'm not a pro sound guy. It would be a tough ROI. I'm very happy I went with the Audix. Con: It's not as hot as most of the others listed above, a little more gain is needed and nice preamps are always a nice thing to have. I have not experienced the RF issues that other reviewers have mentioned. I'll keep an ear out for this, but so far it's not been an issue.
Nice sound, but really susceptible to RF
I bought 1 week ago, immediately I liked the sound, maybe a little bit to clear, but I like it. Good for interior ( I bought for this), nice reaction to off-axis. The main problem is very susceptible to RF. On boom pole, with a plug-on transmitter (Rode), I hear the RF on the recording. Impossible to use. I changed different cables and tested with different mikes, no way. Also with wired connection, if a wireless (2.4Ghz) is in the same room (2mt), you'll clearly hear the noise/buzz. pity.
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