Schoeps V4 U

Studio Vocal Microphone


Schoeps V4 U


  • Studio Vocal Microphone
  • New small-diaphragm capsule architecture, with a beveled collar for controlling the polar response.
  • A warm, clear sonic character with a smoothly rolled-off diffuse-field response.
  • Capsule head with adjustable tilt angle.
  • Optimal on-axis frequency response featuring a mild high-frequency lift.
  • Very smooth polar response; carefully controlled narrowing of the pattern at high frequencies.
  • Diffuse-field response parallels the 0° response, with a gentle roll-off at high frequencies.
  • Newly designed electronics offer a very high maximum sound pressure level.


  • No. 142001 Studio Vocal microphone, blue, with premium case
  • No. 142002 Studio Vocal microphone, anthracite-grey, with premium case
  • No. 142101 V4 U SGV Set b
  • No. 142102 V4 U SGV Set g
  • No. 142103 V4 U USM Set b
  • No. 142104 V4 U USM Set g


The V4 U is the studio vocal microphone by SCHOEPS. It unites the outstanding technical characteristics typical of SCHOEPS with a timeless, classic design.

The “look” of the V4 U is based on the SCHOEPS CM 51/3 from 1951. But the V4 U is a thoroughly modern studio microphone. Its capsule, circuitry, and mechanical construction are the results of extensive new development.


  • A 33-mm beveled collar causes the capsule’s directivity to increase steadily and smoothly at high frequencies, as in a large-diaphragm microphone.
  • Meanwhile, the superior acoustic qualities of a small-diaphragm capsule like the extraordinarily smooth frequency and polar response are maintained.
  • The capsule is elastically suspended internally to reduce solid-borne sound such as handling noise.


  • Newly-developed bridge-type balanced output circuit.
  • The maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB SPL, corresponding to an output level of 4.8 V.
  • Output stage transformerless and free of coupling capacitors.
  • The resulting output impedance is low and constant with frequency, while the symmetry is very high.
  • Symmetrical, balanced output, the entire audio circuit is symmetrical from the output of the FET onward.
  • High immunity to interference, with gapless shielding and a modern RFI filter at the output; very good electromagnetic compatibility.


Pickup pattern Cardioid
Frequency range 50 Hz – 22 kHz
Sensitivity -36 dB (V/Pa), 16 mV/Pa
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted) 15 dB
Equivalent noise level (CCIR) 25 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted) 79 dB
Maximum sound pressure level (THD < 0.5 %) 144 dB-SPL
Maximum output voltage 4.8 V (13 dBV) with 1 kΩ load
Low cut filter 40 Hz, 18 dB/oct.
Minimum recommended load impedance 1 kΩ
Output impedance 50 Ω
Maximum cable length > 300 m
Powering standard / Valid range P 48 / >43 V
Current consumption 3.3 mA
Common mode rejection ratio (at 1 kHz) > 80 dB
Output XLR-3M, analog, 1 channel
Length 194 mm
Diameter 34 mm
Width of the capsule head 45 mm
Head swivel degree span +/- 20°
Weight 302 g
Surface finish blue, gray or custom color


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