With included cardioid capsules and a FREE set of omni caps, these detailed, modern SDC’s boast impeccable versatility and are quickly becoming one of the new SDC “standards.”
Over the years we've had the opportunity to hear and use a wide variety of different Small Diaphragm Condenser mics, both vintage and new. That said, we've been absolutely blown away by the sounds we've been able to achieve with the pair of C5's we have in our mic locker.
With the C5, Miktek has found near-perfect balance between incredible detail and transformer-based "sweetness." Although it's a brighter microphone, not once have we experienced a harsh or strident top-end with the C5, most likely due to the slight smoothness provided by the AMI T5 transformer. The mid-range is natural and balanced, and the low-end is incredibly tight (as can be heard in our SDC vs LDC comparison video using the Miktek C7s and C5s). The C5 is also quite fast, resulting in a tremendous amount of detail and articulation.
Sonically the C5 gives you the best of both worlds; it’s got some of the vibe typically found in vintage mics with the detail, presence, and clarity of a modern design.
The Miktek C5 pencil condenser provides discerning engineers with a valuable new tool for the critical recording of acoustic instruments. The C5, fitted with our MK5a, 0.5-inch cardioid capsule, produces a super-linear, full-bodied response. The capsule employs a 5-micron tensioned Mylar diaphragm, on which a 0.5-micron layer of evaporated gold is applied. Tight tolerances and special attention to precise machining of the backplate, and acoustical porting, produces an off-axis response that ensures the accuracy of the microphone.
The C5’s head amplifier has been designed around the AMI T5 transformer and, together with the implementation of high quality components including hand-selected transistors, offers a sweet response reminiscent of the iconic classic mics of the past. The Miktek C5 is perfect for recording acoustic instruments including violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, brass, woodwind, and piano. The C5 produces excellent results on drums as overheads or hi-hat mics.
The Miktek C5 is hand built using components from the US, Europe and Asia, and is tested and packaged in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Each microphone includes its serialized frequency response graph created during final testing.
This single microphone ships with a mic clip and interchangeable omni and cardioid capsules in a wooden box.