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Sontronics STC-1 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone Silver

Dolphin id:5767 Product SKU:STC1S-200

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The STC-1, with its gold-sputtered cardioid capsule, is perfectly suited for recording instruments of any kind, as drum overheads or for simply capturing room ambience.

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The STC-1, with its gold-sputtered cardioid capsule, is perfectly suited for recording instruments of any kind, as drum overheads or for simply capturing room ambience.

Its high SPL handling means that it is equally at home in front of a guitar amplifier or a violin, capturing a clear, precise recording without introducing distortion and noise.

Thanks to its three-stage filter and pad switches, the STC-1 is one of the most flexible microphones in its class and puts the competition in the shade. In fact, we have developed the optional STC-OMNI and STC-HYPER capsules to make this little gem one of the most useful microphones you could own.

Supplied in a luxury wooden case with a mounting clip, we’ve also made space for storing the optional capsules, when required.

The STC-1 is an incredible bargain – you can’t afford to be without one!

Technical Data

  • Response: 25Hz - 20KHz
  • Sensitivity: 12mV/Pa -38dB ±2dB (0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz)
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Impedance: <=200 Ohms
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 16dB(A-weighted)
  • Max SPL for 0.5% THD@1000Hz: 137dB
  • Power Source: Phantom power 48V±4V
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR

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Can\'t really fault this mic. It records acoustic guitar, mandolin and other acoustic instruments in a very clean way. Does drum overheads really well. I have even used it for choir, backing and female vocals with success. You may not want to record distorted guitar as a large condenser or dynamic may be more appropiate. I like the fact that it has a higher output than most small condensers. Looks and feels the part too!



If you are working with cheap mixers, and you have 'cheap' demands, and you are satisfied with 'cheap' results, then its definitely a good buy.

But don't expect uncolored and smooth representation at all. The "typical frequency curve" seems to be wishful thinking, but not more. The real measured curves differ a lot, which can be heard as well. The emphasis at about 8-9kHz of more than 14 dB gives you a harsh image of sound which makes the STC1 impractical for universal use. However, for some percussion instruments it may be useful.

Mechanically it is also just cheap, lose screws which cause the socket to be lose, cracking switches, and heavy noise added, when you switch on the pad switch.

The stereo bar is the worst I ever saw and experienced, just to be thrown away. Its recommended to buy a decent one for little money, eg the K&M - what a difference!

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