Stereo Multi-pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone.
Looking for a single-point LDC Large Diaphragm Stereo Mic for under $1K? Well, there's only one worth looking at. This impressive mic smokes all other LDC Stereo mics that we tested in this price range, and even gave a couple $3K stereo mics a run for their money. Incredibly simple to setup and begin getting a great stereo recording right away, the LSD2 is a great value, and a useful microphone to own. That being said, there is definitely some benefit to owning two separate individual mics that you can use separately or in stereo configuration- if you aren't necessarily after the single-point mic, then a pair of the Studio Projects C3's are an incredible deal. Two of those C3's are quite a bit less money, especially given their recent price reduction, and sound extremely similar to the LSD2. The advantage to the stereo mic is that you never have to worry about the difficulty of getting accurate stereo alignment in XY, M-S or Blumlein (figure-8's). That being said, the one drawback to the stereo mic, which would be the advantage of two multipattern condensers (like the C3), is that you are unable to achieve A-B stereo miking (spaced omni technique) with the single microphone, and also true ORTF (representing the small distance spacing of the human head). Either way, both configurations, whether you want a single point stereo mic, or simply a stereo pair, represent incredible values compared to what else is available on the market in a similar price range. Due to the slightly smaller diaphrgam on the LSD2 as compared to the C3, the LSD2 does seem to be a bit more detailed, and slightly better at capturing fast transients, and certain high frequency detail.
The LSD-2 is comprised of two separate dual-membrane solid state microphones contained within a single housing. Its capsules are mounted in close proximity on a vertical axis - the upper capsule assembly having the ability to rotate 270 degrees horizontally, relative to the lower capsule. Two C&K three-way switches control the polar response, high pass filtering and -10dB pad for each capsule (The switches on the front of the body correspond to the lower fixed capsule, while the switches 180-degree opposite on the back of the mic control the rotating upper capsule). It is the combination of capsule articulation and independent pattern switching which allows a user of the LSD2 to achieve all manner of coincident pair stereophonic recording techniques. Due to the close proximity of the capsules, there is no phase cancellation resulting from time delay between the two signals. This translates into excellent mono compatibility.
The inner workings of the LSD-2 are essentially that of two Studio Projects Model C3 microphones. The capsules are 1.06" (27mm) diameter, dual membrane, Braunmuhl-Weber design. These are independently coupled through low-noise amplifiers based on FET driven discrete balanced output stages. The outer housing is plated brass with a single layer brass wire mesh grill surrounding the capsules.
Included with the LSD-2 microphone is a dedicated 7-pin XLR to dual 3-pin XLR "Y" cable, magnum-sized foam windscreen, standard shockmount and carrying case.