Sanken Chromatic CU-41R

CU-41R The ORIGINAL Dual-Capsule Cardioid Mic for a Consistently Uncolored Sound


Sanken Chromatic CU-41R

Looking for a microphone that captures a perfect sonic panorama in either near-field or far-field imagery? The Sanken CU-41R is the microphone that delivers just that, with a completely natural, uncolored sound.

The special two-way transducer provides a totally flat frequency response and its distortion-free performance is renowned worldwide.

The Original 80’s Dual Capsule Cardioid Featuring Titanium Diaphragm Material

Faithfully pick up everything from the pulsating lows of the deepest bass instruments to the piercing highs of a coloratura soprano

Tracking a band and need a versatile microphone that can handle drums, electric or acoustic guitar, a horn section, or a big vocal sound? The CU-41R captures it all, with a transparent, very detailed, and truly high-fidelity sound. On a grand piano, this mic gives clarity and low-end quality like no other. A rich, male baritone resonates through the speakers with unbelievable warmth.

Unlike conventional microphones, the CU-41R houses two condenser titanium capsules vertically mounted and transformer coupled. Sanken’s original circuitry combines the outputs from the two diaphragms to provide a totally pure sound without phase distortion. The microphone has a solid cardioid pattern with a low proximity effect.

The titanium capsules are impervious to humidity and temperature, providing a very stable and consistent sound. It’s not easy to produce capsules using titanium, again Sanken provides a unique solution.

Suitable for a wide variety of applications in recording, broadcasting, television, and motion picture studios, the CU-41R delivers a flat response from 20Hz to 20KHz. It can faithfully pick up everything from the pulsating lows of the deepest bass instruments to the piercing highs of a coloratura soprano; from the gentlest whisper to the most deafening percussive sound – without clipping. The response is uniform over the full audible frequency range.

In the 80s this mic was very popular for vocals, then it also gained popularity as a spotlight mic for orchestral and then jazz.

  • Classic 80’s mic with crystal clear sound
  • Dual titanium diaphragms immune to humidity and temperature fluctuation
  • Smooth cardioid polar pattern
  • Transparent and distortion-free
  • Totally flat frequency response


  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Background or Chorus Vocals
  • Brass and Woodwind
  • Drums Close Mic
  • Electric/Bass Guitar Amps
  • Orchestra Solo
  • Piano
  • Upright Bass
  • Vocals


Model Name



DC biased condenser



Frequency response

20Hz – 30kHz


7mV/Pa(-43dB, 0dB=1V/Pa)

Equivalent noise level (IEC)

15dB A

Max SPL(1% THD)

140dB SPL

Output impedance( 1kHz )

180 ohms


+48V±4V phantom

Current consumption

1.5mA x 2


600g / 1.32lbs


180mm x 50mm (D)
7.09in x 1.97in (D)

Surface finish

Satin nickel


XLR-3-12C(M) equivalent
1: GND, 2: Hot, 3: Cold

CU-41 Polar Response
CU-41 Frequency Response


CU-41R Included Accessories:
S-41 Shock Mount Suspension
Vinyl Case

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 2 in