Schoeps CMC5-U with MK41 supercardioid condenser capsule
CMC microphone (Colette modular microphone system) ampliﬁers are not ampliﬁers in the classical sense. Their chief task is to convert the high-impedance signal from the capsule to a low impedance suitable for transmission through a microphone cable. Versions differ in their powering, connectors, output levels and surface ﬁnishes, but they all feature a Class A output stage which has neither coupling condensers nor an output transformer. This leads to low source impedance (insensitivity to electrical interference), low distortion, and light weight.
On the choice of ampliﬁer type: If a recording device has balanced inputs but lacks phantom powering, it may be possible to add 12 Volt powering rather easily by using a supply voltage that is already present internally. In most cases 48 Volts would need to be generated with a voltage multiplier circuit, which is more difﬁcult to implement. That is why we recommend the CMC 6U, which works with both 12 V and 48 V phantom powering so long as it conforms to the relevant standard. If it is certain that 48 Volt phantom powering will be available in all foreseeable recording situations, the CMC 5U is recommended. A slight difference between the CMC 5 and the CMC 6 occurs at the bottom of the frequency range. The CMC 5 rolls off below 30 Hz, while with digital recording in mind, the CMC 6 is essentially ﬂat to 20 Hz.
Top to bottom: the Schoeps Cut 1 bass roll-off, CMC5-U, and MK41 supercardioid capsule.
The Schoeps MK41 technical speciﬁcations.
Schoeps CMC5-U features
With balanced, very low-impedance output
For use also with long cables (several hundred meters)
Can be used with active accessories for miniaturization and special applications
Included accessory with every CMC microphone ampliﬁer: polished wood case for two microphones
Requires Capsule. See dv247.com Related Products
Schoeps CMC5-U speciﬁcations
Powering: 48 V phantom
Connector: XLR-3M, denoted by the “U” in the model number