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Manley Reference Silver Microphone
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Manley Reference Silver Microphone - Multi-Pattern Tube Mic
Inspired by the Sony C-37A, the Manley Reference Silver Microphone features an American built capsule, mic grade 5670 vacuum tube, Manley IRON® transformers, and a low-noise switch mode power supply, making the Manley Reference Silver Microphone a studio workhorse.
The Manley Reference Silver Microphoneis inspired by the 1950s classic Sony C-37a microphone, and features a fantastic recreation of the C-37’s C-3 capsule by California capsule maker David Josephson. This new capsule features an adjustable acoustic chamber on the rear of the capsule for the user to switch between Cardioid and Omni pickup patterns. This distinctive capsule is the heart of the rich and creamy tone that the Manley Reference Silver Mic delivers today, and reliably with a five year factory warranty. The old SONY mics are super-rare at this point, if you can find a decent working example of one!
Inside the mic, Manley are utilizing a different circuit from their other two microphones. The fragile high impedance signal from the capsule first hits a FET sitting underneath the mic grade 5670 vacuum tube’s cathode which then amplifies the signal into a more robust voltage that a hand-wound Manley IRON® microphone output transformer sends out to your microphone preamplifier.
Sonic character of the Reference Silver is on the rich and warm side. You'll find this microphone stunning with female vocals and saxophones, with a round character that is never sibilant or boxy. A brass section will sound rich and cohesive. This microphone with its bountiful and warm middle tonality also is a natural for drum overheads where you might have too much brightness off the cymbals from other microphones. It is a very classic sounding microphone, which is to be expected since its innovative capsule design harkens back to the 1950s. Use the Manley Reference Silver Microphone where you might be thinking about a ribbon, and use it with confidence!
The trailblazing power supply is a brand-new derivative of Manley's wildly successful SMPS already in use in the Manley CORE® Reference Channel Strip, Manley FORCE® 4-channel microphone preamplifier, and Manley Nu Mu and ELOP+ Stereo Limiter Compressors. This power supply was designed for Manley, designed for vacuum tubes, and designed especially for audio fidelity. Numerous listening comparisons again prove the sonic superiority of this power supply. All lines are regulated, all rails come out at super-low impedance, and there is zero 50/60 Hz ripple component present in the chassis as the module runs at a much higher frequency well above the audible range. It is an efficient design in the high 90th percentile, and it functions it any mains input voltage from 90 to 250 V AC meaning no reconfiguration is necessary when traveling around the world. Just plug it in! It is a well-smart invention light years ahead of older linear power supply designs.
Manley's proprietary precision suspension system is provided with each Reference Microphone (the capsule itself is mounted onto a rubber shock-mount.) Because the entire working "guts" of the microphone may be removed for service in one piece from the housing, it is envisioned that the microphone need not be removed from the suspension. There is also a very useful swivel design with every REFERENCE MICROPHONE; its T-bar handle and locking clutch action require no tools to adjust. And no MANLEY microphone would be complete without a genuine leather capsule protector which slips (and ties) onto the end of the microphone to protect the capsule when not in use. Each REFERENCE MICROPHONE is packaged complete in a rugged carrying-case.
Like the other Manley Reference Microphones, all of the metalworking and construction is hand-assembled in the USA by Manley's experienced staff in their Chino, California factory, located just 35 miles east of Los Angeles. We are sure you’ll love the organic nature of the intriguing artistic finish of the Silver Microphone as it will remind you about how natural and alluring the sound of this microphone is.
Manley Reference Silver Multi-Pattern Microphone Features
Condenser Microphone Transducer
USA Hand Made Capsule by Josephson Audio
Capsule is based on the Vintage Sony C-37A
Single-Sided Large Diaphragm Capsule
5 Micron Evaporated Gold Diaphragm
Dual Pattern Cardioid or Omni Directional
Adjustable Vent on the Backplate Changes the Pattern
5670 Internal Vacuum Tube Head Amplifier
Constant Current Source for Tube Minimizes Noise and Tube Selection
Hand Wound Nickel Core Manley Iron Output Transformer
Custom Designed Outboard Switched Mode PSU
Supplied with Manley X-Cradle Suspension
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