Manley Reference Cardioid LD Tube Condenser Mic, Presonus Studio Channel Bundle


  • All-Tube Design
  • Open Weave Stainless-Steel Grille
  • Hand-Wound Output Transformer
  • Precision Shock-Mount Suspension System

The Reference Cardioid Microphone from Manley Labs is a large diaphragm condenser offering a wide frequency response and accurate transient performance without coloration or any perceivable sonic signature. The rich tonal balance and liquid character make this center-fixed cardioid mic an excellent choice for recording guitars, drums, brass and especially vocals. The Reference Mic features a 1″ gold sputtered diaphragm that is 6 microns thick and has the ability to withstand sound pressure levels up to 150 dB. The open-weave stainless-steel grille allows the capsule to capture signals with zero-loss acoustical transmission, which translates to less dampening of high frequency content.

The electronics of the Reference Cardioid include two triodes in cascade forming an entire gain-block. The dual-triode 12AT7 tube is easily obtainable and was chosen for its high gain and low noise properties. The audio signal and power connect from the microphone to the filtered B+ power supply via single 30′ 6-pin XLR cable. The audio output exits the power supply via 3-pin XLR through a custom-wound output transformer, which employs nickel laminations and “hum-bucking” bifilar windings, all encased in mu-metal.

The Reference Cardioid features a proprietary suspension system that is attached to the black anodized casing. The capsule itself is mounted to a neoprene-rubber shock-mount to prevent unwanted vibrations from being picked up by the diaphragm. Handmade in the USA, the Reference Cardioid ships with a leather capsule cover, locking carrying case, and IEC power cable.

  • 1.0″ diaphragm
  • Open weave stainless-steel grille for zero-loss acoustical transmission
  • Neoprene-rubber shockmount
  • All Tube Design with 12AT7 dual triode
  • -10 dB pad
  • 150 dB maximum SPL
  • Filtered B+, regulated heater voltages
  • 30′ 6-pin XLR power cable
  • Hand-wound output transformer with nickel laminations and mu-metal casing
  • Precision suspension system
  • Leather capsule protector
  • Locking carrying case
UPC: 890833000298

Microphone Type: Tube Condenser Mono/Stereo: Mono Polar Pattern: Cardioid Diaphragm Size: 0.98" (25mm) Frequency Response: 10Hz-30kHz Max SPL: 150dB SPL Output Impedance: 200 ohms Sensitivity: 17mV/Pa Pads: -10dB Tube: 12AT7 vacuum tube Color: Black Power Source: Custom-designed outboard switched-mode power supply Connector: 7-pin XLR (mic), 3-pin XLR (power supply) Weight: 2.25 lbs.


Manley Reference Cardioid LD Tube Condenser Mic Presonus Studio Channel


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