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Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone

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Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone
Key Features
  • Interchangeable Capsule Design
  • Cardioid, Omni & Hypercardioid Capsules
  • Condenser Element & FET Output Stage
  • Pad Attenuation Switch: -10 dB
The CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone from Avantone features a durable pencil microphone design with a Cabernet Wine-Red finish, nickel trim, and a black grille. It is suitable for capturing overheads (cymbals), acoustic instruments, amplifier cabinets, and vocals. The CK-1 offers an interchangeable capsule design and includes three condenser capsules with cardioid, omnidirectional and hypercardioid polar patterns. The condenser capsules combined with an FET output stage provide clear detail and high-quality audio. There is a -10 dB pad (attenuation) switch and an 80 Hz high-pass filter switch for minimizing low-frequency noise. The microphone includes an SSM shockmount and a padded wooden carrying case.
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Avantone Pro CK-1 Overview

The CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone from Avantone features a durable pencil microphone design with a Cabernet Wine-Red finish, nickel trim, and a black grille. It is suitable for capturing overheads (cymbals), acoustic instruments, amplifier cabinets, and vocals. The CK-1 offers an interchangeable capsule design and includes three condenser capsules with cardioid, omnidirectional and hypercardioid polar patterns. The condenser capsules combined with an FET output stage provide clear detail and high-quality audio. There is a -10 dB pad (attenuation) switch and an 80 Hz high-pass filter switch for minimizing low-frequency noise. The microphone includes an SSM shockmount and a padded wooden carrying case.

High grade polystyrene and metalized polypropylene capacitors in the signal path
The CK-1 includes three 3/4" interchangeable capsules for a wide variety of miking possibilities
The SSM shockmount allows for precise positioning of the mic while inhibiting the transfer of unwanted vibrations
When miking high SPL sources, the -10 dB attenuation switch can be engaged to keep from overloading the electronics
The 80 Hz high-pass filter switch reduces rumble and unwanted low frequencies
UPC: 187586000041

Avantone Pro CK-1 Specs

Microphone
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm0.75" / 19 mm
Polar PatternCardioid, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional
Pattern SelectionSwitched
Pad-10 dB
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 6 dB/Octave
Performance
Frequency Range25 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL138 dB SPL
Impedance200 Ohms
Sensitivity15 mV/Pa
Signal-to-Noise Ratio78 dB
Equivalent Noise Level17 dB A-Weighted
THD0.5%
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Power
Operating Voltage48 V
Operating Current Consumption5.0 mA
Physical
Dimensionsø: 0.91 x L: 6.02" / ø: 23 x L: 153 mm
Weight5 oz / 141.75 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.57 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.95 x 6.8 x 3.9"

Avantone Pro CK-1 Reviews

Best deal in a pencil condenser

By soundguy jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-02-22

I bought a pair of these to replace some older condensers I had as drum overheads. They sound SO much better... silky and smooth. To get all the pickup pattern options for this price is unbeatable. I'd have no hesitation to get another pair, they sound great. There is no discernible background noise at all, so another reviewer must have had a bad one. I've mostly used the hypercardioid pattern to reduce bleed from the rest of the kit and reflections from the drum enclosure, it works well. They come in a wooden box and have a good shock mount mic clip too.

Too noisy

By Jon Fairhurst
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2015-04-08

I bought this mic purely on good specs and low price. I hadn't seen any detailed reviews, so I knew I was taking a risk. Physically, I like the product and included accessories. The specs show it to be comparable to an AT4053b. Unfortunately, the self noise of my copy made it useless. Even in a terribly reverberent space, I ended up using a clean cardioid mic over this noisy hyper cardioid. Is the sound quality any good? I can't tell as the dialog I recorded is buried in hiss - even with a very good Fostex FR-2LE recorder. Maybe my copy was faulty. Maybe I could do some surgery and replace the FET amp with better circuitry that would make this world class. Maybe I'll use the box for trinkets and the mic as a prop or doorstop. Unfortunately, I won't be recording any audio with the mic in its current state.

A BARGAIN!

By thesegoto11
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-06

Quite simply: great for the price. They're not Neumann SKM 185s by any stretch of the imagination, but at 10% of the cost, they're an absolute bargain. Very little noise, great reaction, crisp capturing ... can't ask for much more in mics this cheap. I use two, one at the neck of my guitar, the other at the butt. Provides a surprisingly robust stereo sound capturing the rich tones of my Martin, Gibson and Yamaha guitars.

Good sound quality, questionable build

By rotoghost
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-21

Good news first, the sound quality from all three of the capsules is excellent. Well articulated, tight bass (from the Cardioid and Hyper). Low rolloff works well. Bad news is that the build is not up to par with the sound. The finish is not at fault, it looks fine, but there are shielding issues within the mic body. It was actually shorting out when I first tested the unit, and I found the culprit to be pressure from the pad and rolloff switches, causing a component on the board to touch the inside of the mic body. Moving an attached XLR plug would cause terrible popping and scratching. I fixed this issue myself, but it shouldn't have been that way from the factory. Comes in a wooden box with a plastic holder for the other capsules. The holder will not hold the Cardioid capsule, so you'll have to find somewhere else to keep that safe if you're using the Hyper or Omni. All this said, the capsules sound sound great, and as such I'm satisfied with it. Perhaps these mics need a bit more quality assurance and testing before they leave the factory. Would be a solid 4 stars for the sound quality, but price knocks one off for value's sake.

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