Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone

Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone

Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone

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Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone

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  • Suitable for Studio or Location Shooting
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • 50 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • 3-Pin XLR Connector
  • Includes Vinyl Case
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The CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone from Sanken provides convenient camera mountable size with the directional signal reproduction and range expected of larger, professional shotgun microphones. The CS-3e is designed for directional dialog capturing in studios or on location. The microphone implements 3 directional capsules arranged in a front-to-back array resulting in phenomenal supercardioid directivity at high, mid and low frequencies.

The CS-3e is capable of maintaining high signal quality at longer distances, making it ideal for ceiling and overhead placement. In addition to exceptional super-cardioid off-axis rejection, the microphone capsule eliminates low-frequency proximity effect when used in close proximity to the signal source. Measuring only 10 inches in length, the CS-3e is suitable for camera or boom pole mounting applications.

High Super-Cardioid Directivity
Three capsules arranged in a linear array provide a supercardioid directional pattern that rivals conventional phase interference shotgun microphones.
High Pass Filter
A high pass filter switch eliminates noise and rumble caused by wind, handling and more.
Eliminates Proximity Effect
The CS-3e eliminates proximity effect and low-frequency overload caused by close microphone placement.
Convenient Size
Measuring about 10 inches, the CS-3e is perfect for both camera or boom pole mounting applications.
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Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone
  • Vinyl Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sanken CS-3e specs

    Analog Performance
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Range 50 Hz to 20 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 15 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 120 dB SPL
    THD 1%
    Impedance 120 Ohms @ 1 kHz
    Sensitivity 50 mV/Pa at 1 kHz
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 3.0 mA
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Length 10.63" / 270 mm
    Diameter 0.75" / 19 mm
    Weight 4.23 oz / 120 g
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    Package Weight 0.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 3.6 x 2.1"

    Sanken CS-3e reviews

    CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shotgun for sfx field recording I bought mine for SFX recording in the field. So far after a couple of recording sessions with it, the Sanken is well worth the price. The low-frequency directionality and absence of a rear lobe have been invaluable in uncontrolled environments, you get much better isolation compared to other short shotguns. Self noise is low and the sound is very detailed with a slight forwardness in the mids. Only downside is that the CS3e is very susceptible to handling noise - I use a Rycote pistol grip and Lyre suspension system and handling noise is audible if I make slight adjustments to my grip on the pistol grip. I've tried using the built-in high pass filter and it does help but doesn't cure the problem. Conclusion: Terrific sound but you need to be careful of handling noise.
    Date published: 2012-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tremendous I started out with borrowed Sennheiser shotguns, that were nice but had a destinct sweet spot that made switching between multiple sources a hassle. Then I bought a Rode ntg3 that was great but usually sounded just a bit farther away than it was. Just bought this Sanken and I have not put it down. It has the right amount of boost when aimed properly at the source without an ubnoxious sweet spot, great clarity and warmth, and the uniqe pattern on the tip gives it a natural compresion by favoring the mid frecuencies.
    Date published: 2014-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Microphone for video If I could have just one microphone for video work this is it! Good reach, short. quiet, well controlled side lobes, clean enough for all indoor work. It has traveled with me for 4 years, has some dents in the grille, but keeps giving the same sweet sounds as when new.
    Date published: 2012-03-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good sound, but poor coating I bought it a year ago because I need a good mic which is capble of indoor and outdoor use as well. Regarding the sound quality, it IS a good mic. But after several times of use with Rycote lyre suspension clip, cs3e's black coating start to come off. I don't know whom I should blame. Is the lyre too tight, or sanken's coating quality really bad?
    Date published: 2013-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instead of a 416 Thing is ridiculous. Used it for a narrative shoot next to the Great Falls in Paterson and I was extremely impressed by its rejection and reach. I've also used it for indoor dialogue. Performed flawlessly in both situations. Much better than a 416, yet cheaper than a CMIT-5 with similar performance (though it lacks that sparkle that the Schoeps has.)
    Date published: 2014-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from CS 3e This is a excellent shotgun. The off axis noise rejection sold me when I was on the floor at NAB 2010. I bought one and sold my 416. I have used this mic on the beach. No Wave sounds! Only when I pointed in that direction.
    Date published: 2012-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Sound Quality This is an incredible microphone. I purchased this microphone to record interviews, vocals, music and field sound for video. I wanted to take my audio for video to a higher level, so I did my research and everything I read highly recommends this shotgun microphone. Although I have just begun using it, I am finding the quality of vocals and field sound recorded with this microphone to be stunning! I can already tell this microphone will be an integral part of my kit for many years to come.
    Date published: 2013-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sound blankets? We don't need no stinking sound blankets! I do location sound and I've worked with this mic for a little over a year now and it's one of my favorite pieces in my kit. The quality is great and it has a nice warm tone in the mids. This is fairly subjective, so you'll want to listen to some samples, but I'm a big fan. I'm running it into a SD 633 most of the time and on-axis recording has a really nice detailed quality to it, especially if you can actually get talent in the sweet spot (about 2-3 feet away). Where this mic really shines though is in the wild. The main thing you hear about this mic is it's excellent off-axis rejection, and with good reason. I've filmed on the streets of manhattan, in apartments with leaky radiators, with big honking generators blaring, on boats and in moving cars and you can always get usable (if not perfect) audio in any of these situations. I've filmed near construction sites and as long as the mic is pointed away, it's not an issue. Great focus. Another great quality though is the ability to maintain good audio from a distance. The pickup is clean and strong from 10 feet away. With the off-axis switch turned off, you can also mount it between two actors and get their dialogue pretty evenly at 30 degrees off. During this year I've run it side by side against the Rode NTG-3 & 2, against the Senn 416 and there's no comparison. The NTG-3 can compete in the quality of on axis recordings, the focus on the Sanken blows them out of the water. Against pricier mics such as the CMIT, you'll notice some subjective differences in tone and it might not do as well with EXTREMELY loud noises, but in all other respects, this thing is a keeper. Outside, or in uncontrolled environments this thing is my go to.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
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