Miktek Introduces CV4 Multipattern Tube Microphone

Nov 25, 2009 4:29 PM


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Miktek's line of microphones

New from Miktek—a company founded by industry veteran/producer/studio owner Michael Ketchel—is the CV4, a large-diaphragm, multipattern tube microphone that’s hand assembled in Nashville, Tenn. The CV4 is ideal for recording single vocalists, and perfect for acoustic instruments, groups of vocals, piano, and string and wind ensembles, as overheads on a drum kit or as ambient room mics.

The CV4 features an MK9 capsule with dual 1-inch, 4-micron-thick Mylar diaphragms with evaporated gold coating. These are precisely tensioned and mounted to carefully tuned backplates, then set back-to-back to create the final capsule. Tight tolerances and precise machining of the backplate produce a linear off-axis response that ensures the mic’s accuracy.

The CV4 head amplifier uses the Tab Funkenwerk AMI BT4 transformer, which offers a classic sound and the extended low frequency response found in the earliest versions of the most famous vintage tube mics. Together with an original NOS (new-old-stock) Telefunken EF800 tube, in which the high-voltage circuit has been uniquely implemented, the CV4 is designed to challenge the performance of top-end, industry standard mics. For enhanced control, the mic also has a switchable highpass filter and -10 dB pad for high-SPL applications.

In addition to the CV4, other new mics in the company’s line include the C5 pencil condenser (offered in matched pairs or as single mics) and the C7 dual large-diaphragm FET condenser.

The Miktek CV4 is hand-built using components from Europe, the U.S. and Asia, and is tested and packaged in Nashville. Each mic includes its serialized frequency response graph created during final testing. The CV4 comes complete with wooden storage box, aluminum case, power supply unit, 7-pin XLR cable, shock-mount and swivel mount.

For more information, visit Miktek at www.miktekaudio.com.

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