Schoeps MK 5

Switchable Omnidirectional and Cardioid Microphone Capsule

Description

With the Schoeps MK 5, pattern switching is purely mechanical via a sliding lever on the side of the capsule. The result in each setting is like an independent microphone capsule with the same quality as the MK 2S / MK 4, and very similar (though not identical) frequency and polar response characteristics. In contrast to most dual-diaphragm microphones, the cardioid setting of the MK 5 maintains its directivity even at the lowest frequencies and has a high-frequency response of up to 20 kHz. In addition, the MK 5 has excellent low-frequency response in the omnidirectional setting along with the low sensitivity toward wind, vocal “popping” noise and solid-borne sound typical of pressure transducers.

PROPERTIES

  • mechanical switching between omnidirectional and cardioid patterns
  • true one-diaphragm system (unique on the microphone market)
  • pure pressure transducer in the omni setting; pressure gradient transducer in the cardioid setting
  • can be used in nearly any situation; often suggested as an initial acquisition. Popular with training institutes

PRACTICE

The MK 5 is nearly an all-purpose capsule. It is what we recommend for those starting out with the Colette series unless particular circumstances (such as the need for greater directivity or a bidirectional pattern) would indicate a different choice.

(Please note: The pattern selector should be definitely set to one position or the other; in-between settings will yield undefined results.)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

MK 5 – OMNI

Pickup patternOmnidirectional
Frequency range20 Hz – 28 kHz with CMC 6 / CMR

20 Hz – 43 kHz with CMC 6xt

Sensitivity-38,0 dB (V/Pa), 12 mV/Pa with CMC 6
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted)12 dB with CMC 6
Equivalent noise level (CCIR)24 dB with CMC 6
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted)82 dB with CMC 6
Maximum sound pressure level (THD < 0.5 %)132 dB-SPL with CMC 6

MK 5 – CARDIOID

Pickup patternCardioid
Frequency range40 Hz – 26 kHz with CMC 6 / CMR,

40 Hz – 41 kHz with CMC 6xt

Sensitivity-37 dB (V/Pa), 14 mV/Pa with CMC 6
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted)13 dB with CMC 6
Equivalent noise level (CCIR)23 dB with CMC 6
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted)81 dB with CMC 6
Maximum sound pressure level (THD < 0.5 %)131 dB-SPL with CMC 6

MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Length27 mm
Diameter20 mm
Weight25 g
Surface finishmatte gray (g) or custom color

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