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M-Audio Pulsar II Small-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone Matched Pair
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The redesigned Pulsar II small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone takes M-Audio's pencil condenser technology to an even higher level. Designed ...Click To Read More About This Product
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A fine choice for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano, close-miking strings and woodwinds, and room miking,
The redesigned Pulsar II small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone takes M-Audio's pencil condenser technology to an even higher level. Designed in the U.S.A. by veteran engineers and hand-assembled to exacting standards, the Pulsar II mics exhibit quality comparable to that of vintage classics. Features like -10dB pad and 80Hz high-pass filter switches, higher SPL than the original ,and a redesigned solid-brass backplate deliver smooth, accurate sound in the studio and on stage. The Pulsar II condenser microphones have many applications including drum overheads, acoustic guitar, piano, close-miking strings and woodwinds, room miking, and more.
The Pulsar II easily adapts to many recording and live situations. The 12dB/octave 80Hz high-pass filter reduces low-frequency rumble and the potential for overloading mic preamps with low-frequency signals. The -10dB switchable attenuation pad and thermal diaphragm treatment also allow it to handle high SPLs for its class. And the included T-shaped stereo mounting bracket facilitates XY and ORTF recording right out of the box.
Requires phantom power.
Two Professional small-capsule condenser microphones
3/4"-diameter, 6-micron mylar evaporated gold diaphragms
Thermal diaphragm treatment yields 2dB SPL boost over original model
Class A FET electronics
Switchable -10db pads
Switchable 80hz high-pass filters (12db/octave)
Wooden storage box houses microphones, windscreens and clips
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Backplates: solid brass
Electronics: Class-a fet (transformerless)
Frequency response: 20hz-20khz
Sensitivity: -37db @ 1khz, 0db=1v/pa (13.8 mv/pa)
Max spl: 134db at 0.5% thd, 144db with 10db pad
Equivalent noise: 16dba
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(This is on the M-Audio Pulsar II Matched Pair) These are my first condensers (and my first experience with condensers), so please keep that in mind (my 2.5-star Product Rating is a guess). I honestly really like them, but I don't have a basis for comparison yet. Anyway, these are being used for drum overheads with a Beta 52 for my Yamaha Stage Customs (built in 1997). All 3 mics are on CoreX2 XLR's into a Peavey PV8 mixer going into my sound card - an X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 (the smallest one) - via the Tape Out. I'm currently leaving the EQ flat, and of course I'm using unity gain. The purpose for the recordings is half for fun, and half for self-critique. I am very pleased with the sound. During playback, I find myself wishing my drums actually sounded that good (keep in mind that I'm recording only myself). I truly believe that I got the best bang for my buck. I'm very glad that I bought these and I have no regrets.
I posted a review a couple of months ago and since then, well, these little mics have really grown on me. They are now my "go to" mics for acoustic guitar. I love the tight response that still leaves enough top end in the mix for the drum overheads to cut through without competing with the acoustic guitars. I had that issue when miking with AT 4033s. I still love my ATs, but I have a new favorite mic for acoustic guitar: the M-Audio Pulsar.
I have a pair of Pulsars purchased here used. I have used a single Pulsar to record a 12 string Martin guitar as a "filler" track to beef up the guitars on a track. I also used one Pulsar to record my Tacoma DR20 with an Ebow, which yeilded a cool sound similar to the Ebow'd guitar on "With or Without You." And, I just finished using both Pulsars on the DR20 in an XY setup. Overall, the mics sound decent, if not as bright as I thought they'd be. I used the bass roll-off on the mics and the Onyx pre-amp, which kept the mud at bay. But I still prefer my Audio-Technica 4033s to the Pulsars, though I am sure I'll find use for them.