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