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Schoeps CMIT 5 Shotgun Microphone (Blue)

Schoeps CMIT 5 Shotgun Microphone (Blue)
Key Features
  • For Pro Film, TV & Location Recording
  • Rotationally Symmetrical Polar Pattern
  • Selectable Bass Roll-Offs & Treble Boost
  • Flat 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
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.
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Schoeps CMIT 5 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Professional Sound Quality
  • 3Customizable Tone
  • 4RFI Shield
  • 5Phantom Powered
  • 6Ideal for Boompole Mounting
  • 7Windscreen Minimizes Wind Noise
By B&H Photo's

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).

Schoeps CMIT 5 Specs

Primary ApplicationsENG (Electronic News Gathering), Audio for Video, Location Sound, Field Recording
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesSpeech/Voice Over
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
Gain AdjustmentNone
Indicators6 x Single LED (Status)
On-Board ControlsHF, High-Pass Filter
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 Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption4.4 mA
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Mounting Thread Size5/8"-27 Female (3/8"-16 Female with Included Adapter)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 0.83 x L: 9.88" / ø: 21 x L: 251 mm
Weight3.35 oz / 95 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.525 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.4 x 8.8 x 2.2"

Schoeps CMIT 5 Reviews


By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-13

Right out of the box this mic is a powerhouse. Anytime I have someone listen while shooting interviews live they are amazed. If you're looking to purchase one mic and never have to upgrade this is the one.

This is it , look no more !!!

By Antonio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-09

Best microphone in the world !

Exceptional Sound

By Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-17

This is the Rolls Royce of shotgun mics For outdoors and certain indoor application, the off axis coloration is very smooth which makes booming conversations between two or more talent very easy. The filters included in the mic do wonders and while you want to let post handle EQ'ing, sometimes it is nice to use some treatment on set for client playback, sometimes your client do not have sound post and they are delighted with the sound they walk away from set, more than one client have been overly satisfied with the sound, claiming is some of the best they have heard. This mic pairs really well with DPA 4060 and 6060 series.

Incredible Shotgun Mic!!!!!!

By Marcus
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-15

What else is there to say?� This mic COMPLETELY blew me away!� Bought it from B&H back in Dec 2016 and it never let me down!

Fantastic Shotgun Mic! Blew me away!

By Marcus
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-27

Best. Analog. Shotgun Mic. Ever. Hands down. If you can afford this mic.....get it. So crisp and clear!!! There are other great shotgun mics out there that have a really warm sound like the Neumann KMR 81 i MT which is also an amazing shotgun mic! I also use my Sennheiser MKH8060 for documentaries and reality tv and it is by far my favorite for those applications (although it is actually quite good in narrative too. Just picks up a lot of background noise) because it is so forgiving on off-axis sound and doesn't add any discoloration to any off-axis dialogue/sound! But like I said......Schoeps is still the best in my opinion. From my list from budget - very good - would have to be: Rode/Audio Technica - Sennheiser/Neumann - Schoeps.

Look No Further.

By Kamau B
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-10-13

I am a documentary filmmaker, and was looking for the best quality sound for mounting a shotgun microphone directly to my camera. Booming is not always an option for me, nor is it the way I mainly work. Yes it is expensive, and may seem strange to just be strapping this puppy to a camera, but worth it's weight in diamonds. And I 100% would make the purchase again now that I've had an opportunity to work with it. The sound that you get from this shotgun is top of the line - and as a filmmaker who appreciates good sound - if you do - look no further.

Listened to every shotgun mic

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-07

I spent months listening and relistening to every shotgun mic test available online. I listened to every boom mic test as well. I decided that a much cheaper boom mic than a Schoeps could work well, and I went with the AT. But as far as shotgun mics, absolutely nothing could touch the "broadcast ready" sound of the CMIT. Even the mini CMIT doesn't have the same dynamics as the the higher voltage full sized CMIT. I'm not a sound person, but rather a director/DP and also an audiophile who appreciates what outstanding audio brings to a production. I've only used the mic on indoor shoots so far, but haven't found any comb filter problems. While I haven't tested, I feel like using a CMIT in less than optimal conditions (or far away from talent during wide shots) would provide a good basis for cleaning up audio in Izotope RX advanced.


By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-16

I use it primarily for documentary and presentation work.

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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


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

How’s the rear and side rejection? Thx for your ...

How’s the rear and side rejection? Thx for your time in advance
Asked by: Robert
Thank you for your question. This microphone features a Lobar/Supercardiod pattern for excellent rear and side rejection
Answered by: Anthony
Date published: 2019-12-11

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

How much humidity can the CMIT 5 handle? I live ...

How much humidity can the CMIT 5 handle? I live in Texas and just curious if this is a good option or if I should go with something else. Thanks!
Asked by: Jonathan
Our customers from Florida, Hawaii, the Caribbean,Thailand, and the Phillippines all report excellent resultsfor many years of working with this microphone in very high humidty environments. It is tough enough for ENG use and location film shoots.Many televison crews use this mic to shoot outdoor sporting events in all sorts of weather conditions. Note : Use it with a shock mount to avoid any handling noise.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-10-02


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: 2022-05-27
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