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M-Audio Nova Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic  

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    M-Audio

    Entry-level cardioid condenser microphone.

    Using manufacturing breakthroughs pioneered in M-Audio's popular Luna and Solaris, the new Nova cardioid condenser microphone redefines the entry-level price point for quality studio condenser microphones. The 1-1/10" evaporated gold diaphragm mounted in a solid brass capsule ensures recordings that are faithful to the source, and the Class A solid state electronics are engineered for low noise, distortion and coloration. The Nova microphone package includes mic cable, hardmount and soft case.

    The Nova requires phantom power.

    Features
    • Affordable large capsule cardioid condenser
    • 1-1/10" evaporated gold diaphragm
    • Solid brass capsule
    • Class A solid state electronics
    • Includes hardmount and soft case

    Priced to make serious home recording possible. Order today.

     

    Nova Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic Specifications:

    • Type: Large diaphragm condenser, gold evaporated
    • Polar pattern: cardioid
    • Frequency response: 20Hz-18kHz
    • Sensitivity: 16mV/Pa (-36dBV)
    • Max. SPL for 0.5% THD: 128dB
    • Equivalent noise level: 14dB-A weighted
    • Output impedance: 200 ohms
    • Recommended load impedance: > 1,000 ohms
    • Preamp topology: Class A FET preamp
    • Power requirement: 48V phantom power
    • Connector: 3-pin male XLR
    • Grille and Body: Wire mesh grille and body, all brass
    • Finishing: Nickel silver plating
    • Size/weight: 7.3"H x 1.9"W; 23 oz.
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    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    Average microphone

    I bought this microphone about 1.5 years ago after not being very happy with the accurate but plain sound of my AKG C3000B pair. I'm using it to record a small 5'7 acoustic grand...Read complete review

    I bought this microphone about 1.5 years ago after not being very happy with the accurate but plain sound of my AKG C3000B pair. I'm using it to record a small 5'7 acoustic grand piano. The sound is pretty good overall.Last week I finally bought enough mic cables to record all 5 mics I own at once - 4 inside the piano with the lid open : 2 AKG C3000B, MXL 990, Nova; and one below - MXL 991, on a desktop-type stand extended, nearly touching the soundboard. I recorded with a Roland VS2400CD. All 5 mic pres were set to the same level. During playback I found that the track with the Nova track was the only one with a few unexplained clipping peaks, in places that didn't belong. The rest of the Nova track recording was pretty much at the same level as all the other mikes. I guess the Nova is a little oversensitive compared to the other mikes I own. I will experiment some more and reduce mic pre level, but I may stop using this mike because of this issue. The MXL 990 is a little better IMO.

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    Shoddy mic, stay away from it

    I've had this thing for about a year...I was told it was good for overheads when I bought it, unfortunately the gentlemen who gave me this brilliant advice must have either lying...Read complete review

    I've had this thing for about a year...I was told it was good for overheads when I bought it, unfortunately the gentlemen who gave me this brilliant advice must have either lying or just blindly trying to make a sale. It's harsh on cymbals and doesn't feel right on vocals. Something rubs me the wrong way about this mic.

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    5.0

    Great Mic!

    By Mr. Delgado

    from Tulsa, OK

    The mic itself is very good for the price, but the hard mount that comes with it is cheap plastic. The leverscrew that you use to adjust the mic position snapped off pretty easily. The mic is excellent though!

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    5.0

    Sick mic.

    By Jesse-ICAOs

    from Middlesboro, KY

    I bought the M-Audio Nova as a gift to myself for Christmas last year, and from the second I plugged it up, I've loved it. This is my first condenser mic, and I'm glad that it's this one. I typically get pieces of junk. Haha. It's definitely a good vocal & guitar mic. There's absolutely NO hiss, or buzz or anything. Amazing response. It'll pick up anything as quiet as a pin drop. All in all...I love this mic, and have NO complaints.

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    4.0

    M-Audio Nova

    By Vintageblue

    from Waukegan

    After redaing a review of this mic in one of my recording magazines, I actually came across the Nova at a music re-sale shop. I picked it up the next day and have been amazed at the quality it gives to recordings. I've tried it on vocals, acoustic, drum overheads, room mic, and electric guitar. Perfectly suited for all of the above except the guitar cab, but what should I expect with a low SPL(128). This mic is heavier than it looks, just another nod to the quality of this mic. I couldn't give the Nova a high rating on features simply because it's limited in use due to the low SPL. A pad switch would be a great addition/upgrade. (hint, hint)Otherwise this mic is a great addition to any project studio.

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    4.0

    That's what you get...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought this mic. for strings, and when recording drums I have it set in the back of the studio for rad layered effects that makes the final mix a little more full and bright! If it's a sweet vocal mic you are looking for, I suggest the SHURE SM7B! it's a little more expensive, but this mic is SICK! The quality and tone is totally unbeatable, even when compared to thousand dollar condeser mics! All things considered, the NOVA is a good mic for certain applications, and for the price, but don't expect great things from it... you get what you pay for!

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    5.0

    Great Mic For Home Recording

    By RTjman

    from South Bend, IN

    I think this is a great microphone overall! I read a lot of reviews on, and alot were about its abilities on miking guitars. I wanted to know how it was on vocals personally. Well, when I got it all hooked up, and tested it, I decided to mic up and record my Martin Sigma Guitar myself. Turns out I see why people say this is so great for recording guitar! But aside from all that, this things is absolutely amazing for vocals!!! Very full and picks up exactly what it hears, point blank! Great value, I dont know how M-Audio does it, but I'm lovin every bit of it! If you're looking for a god condenser mic as a first, or just in general: This will be your first, and last needed, until maybe one day you want to go with a Neuman... But the Nova is my personal favorite, perfect 10 from me!!!

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    5.0

    Best bang for buck

    I have had this mike for more than a year now and am totally blown away by it. I also have a pair of Rode NT mics and an Audio Technica 4035. This Nova works just as well as either of them. I have used it on acoustic guitars as well as vocals. While I still enjoy the Rode mics for vocals I would tell anybody else to buy this Nova, take the difference and buy a nice tube pre-amp to go with this mic and you'll be amazed at how good this M-Audio Nova sounds.

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    4.0

    Average microphone

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought this microphone about 1.5 years ago after not being very happy with the accurate but plain sound of my AKG C3000B pair. I'm using it to record a small 5'7 acoustic grand piano. The sound is pretty good overall.Last week I finally bought enough mic cables to record all 5 mics I own at once - 4 inside the piano with the lid open : 2 AKG C3000B, MXL 990, Nova; and one below - MXL 991, on a desktop-type stand extended, nearly touching the soundboard. I recorded with a Roland VS2400CD. All 5 mic pres were set to the same level. During playback I found that the track with the Nova track was the only one with a few unexplained clipping peaks, in places that didn't belong. The rest of the Nova track recording was pretty much at the same level as all the other mikes. I guess the Nova is a little oversensitive compared to the other mikes I own. I will experiment some more and reduce mic pre level, but I may stop using this mike because of this issue. The MXL 990 is a little better IMO.

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    5.0

    M-Audio Nova Condenser

    By Matt

    from Houston, TX

    My schools choir director recorded my schools band performance with two of these mics in a stereo setup. He later posted those recordings on my schools website and upon listening to them through good headphones I was astounded at how beautiful they sounded. I haven't had any real great experience with this mic other than how I can tell you they sound recording a 15 piece orchestral band. If you'd like to hear those recordings you should visit http://faculty.ehshouston.org/bvaughn/BandOrchMay_6_2005.htm

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    5.0

    Great Mic

    By JS-SE87.

    from Modesto Ca.

    I own many mics that are very expensive. This mic for the money is the best mic I have. Noticeably better than the MXL 990. It has a nicer low end frequncy sound. Close to the best mics in my studio.

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    5.0

    Whoa this Condenser is one of the best

    By Anthony-Cy56a

    from California

    Whoa, this condenser can hold its own against any high price condenser on the market. The quality you get out of this is incredible. This Nova can easily be retailed for twice this price for what it gives. If you want a condenser with good awesome clean sound for half the price, then this is the condenser that will give you a bang for your buck. I use this for vocals and trust me I am not disappointed.

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