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M-Audio PULSAR II   

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Matched pair microphones are critical for quality sound imaging. Carefully selected for their nearly identical response, matched pairs of Pulsar II m...Read More

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A perfect pair.

Matched pair microphones are critical for quality sound imaging. Carefully selected for their nearly identical response, matched pairs of Pulsar II microphones from M-Audio deliver superior stereo performance. The brass bodies are equipped with internal shockmounts and low-noise transformerless electronics.

Each microphone offers a switchable 10 dB attenuation pad, plus an 80 Hz low-cut filter. Together, these functions allow the Pulsar II microphones to adapt to a variety of applications. The included hardware package allows Pulsar II microphones to be mounted in either an X-Y or ORTF (110º) stereo configuration. While ideal for stereo use, these microphones can also be used independently in a wide range of critical recording situations. This complete package includes a stereo mounting bar, hard mounts, risers, windscreens, and cloth bags, as well as a handsome and functional wooden storage/travel case.

FEATURES
  • Two Pulsar II microphones > performance matched for accurate stereo sound
  • Switchable pads and low-cut filters > provides outstanding versatility
  • Transformerless FET electronics > designed for low noise and minimal coloration
  • Solid brass body with internal shockmounts > delivers premium protection and performance

Order today and your drum set, horn section and choir recording will experience quantum improvement.

SPECIFICATIONS

PULSAR II

  • Type: Large diaphragm condenser, gold evaporated
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 13.8 mV/Pa (-37dBV)
  • Max. SPL (<0.5% Threshold Level): 134dB; 144 dB using -10 dB Pad
  • Equivalent noise level: 15dB—A weighted
  • Output impedance: 300-600 Ω
  • Suggested Mic Pre Input Impedance: 1 - 2.5k Ω
  • Preamp topology: Class A FET, transformerless
  • Power requirement: 30 VDC - 50 VDC phantom power
  • Connector: 3-pin male XLR
  • Dimensions: 0.87" x 5.20"
  • Weight: 115 g (4.0oz)
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M-AudioPULSAR II
 
4.7

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5.0

You Gotta have these!

By MintonMiller

from Grand Rapids, Minnesota

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Pros

  • -10db Switch
  • Great sound
  • Light Weight
  • Low End Roll Off

Cons

  • Fragile

Best Uses

  • Ambient Room Sounds
  • Choir Mics
  • Home Studio
  • Instraments
  • Vocals

Comments about M-Audio PULSAR II:

I got these for recording instruments. They are unbelievably versatile. The low roll off switch came in handy on my acoustic guitar. For most my instruments, I used both mics, one with the -10db switch on and the low roll off switch on ( as the -10db setting gives the mic a much deeper richer sound)and placed about one foot away from the acoustic instrument. The other mic at 0db and set back further. The two mics at different settings run through a small mixer and I Got unbelievably great sounds on Acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, and banjo.

I was able to get great sound on each instrument by using just one mic on each instrument, but using both mice with different switch settings really blew my mind.

I keep them in the very nice wood box they came in, when not in use, as they are a bit fragile and I'm a bit clumsy.

I plan to purchase a set for my church as soon as I can.

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4.0

Good Mic- Bad Clip

By nlaw

from Saint Paul, MN

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Pros

  • Good sound
  • Nice wooden case
  • Useful Stereo Bar

Cons

  • Clips Don't Hold Mic

Best Uses

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • choir
  • Choirlarge Ensemble
  • Large Ensemble
  • Other Instruments
  • Percussion

Comments about M-Audio PULSAR II:

This mic is way more useful than it's price would indicate. Fairly smooth response without the overly-hyped highs so common in many others. I first set them up x/y to capture an acoustic guitar, but one mic immediately dropped to the floor. Mic is OK, but I had to find other clips. MAudio should send the right size clips to everyone who bought these! But the bottom line is they sound great, and I have other clips.

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4.0

very nice reproduction

By jeffco

from san francisco bay area

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Pros

  • Crystal Clear Balanced Re
  • Wider Than Usual Bass Res

Cons

  • Fradgile Encasements
  • Loose Object Present In C

Best Uses

  • Overhead Room Mics
  • Stereo Field Recording
  • Stereo Field Room Recordi

Comments about M-Audio PULSAR II:

Besides being dismayed by something rattling around in one of the mic casings, I was impressed by the overall quality and balance delivered by this pair of mics during my test recording. I placed this set in an x∆ pattern using the enclosed bar on an 8 foot tripod in the upper corner of a room, recording through an Aleses stereo USB interface onto a laptop. As a reference, I also recorded on a separate laptop and interface using a Neumann tlm 103 and an mxl 910 side by side as a stereo pair slightly lower in the same room corner. On the other end of the room, I ran my tascam dp-08 just for good measure. I recorded a three piece rock band playing live in said room for a full set. To my surprise, the m audio pair won the overall sound contest hands down, delivering a wonderful balance of highs, mids and lows, and requiring almost zero EQ on a clean mix down. I was surprised by the amount of bass and bass drum present in the mix, more than would be expected of many stereo condenser pairs.. I would recommend these mics for their fine range and balance. I'm not sure how they would hold up if subject to mobile work. As stated one mic seems to rattle from shipping, although this did not present any issues during first test recordings.. I am again pleasantly surprised, and a somewhat picky s o b. Happy holidays n best wishes allyall

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5.0

exceptional value/quality

By MeBe

from Up state N.Y.

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Pros

  • Great price
  • High Quality
  • Records Like The High End

Cons

  • Mic Clips To Loose
  • No Shock Mount

Best Uses

  • Ac Guitar Room Mic
  • Choirsover Heads
  • Choirs Overheads

Comments about M-Audio PULSAR II:

You do not need to spend a lot of money to get great results.
mp3s is not high quality so you do not need high end mics
to get get good results let the rich have their vanity.
mic, placement, eq, compression and what you are recording will make the difference!

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5.0

Quality full featured SDCs

By artzeal

from Seattle, WA

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        Comments about M-Audio PULSAR II:

        These are the only budget SDCs Ive come across that really get it right. IMO, the most important thing in an SDC is a flat frequency response so you can use it anywhere on anything and get a proper sonic image. This has only a modest smooth rise of up to 2db above 5k, so it doesn't make a hash out of transient detail in high end (like many inexpensive SDCs). Essential to have the pad and highpass switches when the need arises. They have the usual sensitivity to handling and plosives/wind noise, but that is the nature of the beast.

        Great as drum overheads to get a clear image of the kit, or for instrument micing. They did a fine job in preliminary tests I did in XY and ORTF, though I haven't yet done any mission critical work in this configuration.

        The Mic bar is a very useful bonus. The mounts in my set were nicely made, but too big to grip the mics firmly: no matter: I use them on other mics and use shock mounts for these.

        If you can afford better: great: but don't settle for less.

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        5.0

        Accuate full featured SDC kit

        By artzeal

        from Seattle, WA

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              Comments about M-Audio PULSAR II:

              These are the only budget SDCs Ive come across that really get it right. IMO, the most important thing in an SDC is a flat frequency response so you can use it anywhere on anything and get a proper sonic image. This has only a modest smooth rise of up to 2db above 5k, so it doesn't make a hash out of transient detail in high end (like many inexpensive SDCs). Essential to have the pad and highpass switches when the need arises. They have the usual sensitivity to handling and plosives/wind noise, but that is the nature of the beast.

              Great as drum overheads to get a clear image of the kit, or for instrument micing. They did a fine job in preliminary tests I did in XY and ORTF, though I haven't yet done any mission critical work in this configuration.

              The Mic bar is a very useful bonus. The mounts in my set were nicely made, but too big to grip the mics firmly: no matter: I use them on other mics and use shock mounts for these.

              If you can afford better: great: but don't settle for less

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              5.0

              Excellent overhead Mics!

              Pros

              • Bass Roll Off Switch
              • Inexpensive
              • Nice case and accessories
              • Pad Switch
              • Very good sound quality
              • Well built

              Cons

              • None at this price

              Best Uses

              • Acoustic Guitar
              • Drum Overheads

              Comments about M-Audio PULSAR II:

              I have a small project studio in NJ. I have tried many large and small diaphragm condensers as well as dynamic mics over my drum kit, until now I have not been happy with the drum sound from my overheads. My budget won't allow me to drop a grand or two on overhead mics - my wife would take exception to that...so I have been in the one to five hundred range for a pair. The last ones I tried were the CAD CM217 mics, that put up a respectible fight, considering I spent under fifty on the pair! I picked up the Pulsar pair on the SDOTD for a hundred clams and I can say it was money well spent! I record through a Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 into Cubase 7.5 and I just performed a test. My kit is a Tama Rockstar Custom 7 pc Fusion setup (8, 10, 12, 14, 16, w 22" bass) with Evans G2 heads on the tome and an Aquarian Superkick II on the bass drum - the toms came through sounding full and punchy, the cymbals and snare were crisp and clear and I was even getting a respecible attack sound from the kick pedal. This set comes with the mic clips, a "T" bar, nylon mic bags and a really nice wooden box. The set is matched at the factory, so these are perfect for stereo recording. Nice job M-Audio!

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