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Studiospares S980 Instrument Condenser Mic

Product Code: 449670

Small enough to be unobtrusive...

Studiospares S980 Instrument Condenser Mic £24.99 (INC VAT)
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S980 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Nothing beats the sound of a high-quality Electret capsule for capturing string, percussive and guitar sounds. To faithfully capture the harmonics the smaller and hence the lighter the diaphragm the better.
Inspired by the legendary AKG 451 the S980 captures the sizzle of the cymbal and crack of the tom tom. The sound is not chromium plated or metallic. Conventional dynamic microphones sound as if you are listening through a door in comparison.

The S980 frequency response reveals why the sound is so smooth. It is ruler flat right through the ‘difficult’ 5kHz to 10kHz region where others exhibit ‘presence peaks’. The response is +/- 3dB from 50Hz to 19kHz and the maximum SPL is 148dB. The equivalent Noise Level is 18dB-A (IEC268-4) A weighted. The low noise platform is attributed to the front end bi polar FETs.

Whilst the S980 has found favour capturing instrument sounds, it is equally respected for classical work and recording choirs.



  • 20Hz - 20kHz Frequency Response
  • Low-Noise



? Light 19mm gold diaphragm capsule
? Cardiod response with little side & rear pickup
? Small enough to be unobtrusive
? SPL 136dB
? Equivalent Noise level better than 200dB
? Frequency range 20-20kHz with a flat response
? Phantom powering required

Microphone Capsule: Electret
Microphone Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Microphone Maximum SPL: 136dB
Microphone Connector: XLR
Microphone Pad Switches: None
Microphone Powering: +48 Volts (Phantom Power)
Physical Weight: 0.4kg
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Customer Reviews
  • Verified Customer
    on 08 August 2018
    I was surprised and delighted when I heard the sound of this mic. I've used it for female vocals and it has performed very well. It has a nice open top end. You could put this mic in front of anything and it will work.
  • Verified Customer
    on 05 August 2018
    This is a great sounding mic, I was surprised! It has a nice top end and, if you allow for proximity, it is well balanced. It's cheap!

    That's the good stuff...

    The mic is wired anti phase!!! Use it with another mic and you have phase issues. I can't imagine this is a one off, if so, I want a replacement.


    For thirty quid, this is a good work-horse mic to have in your studio. Should work in front of anything.