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Roswell Mini K47 Condenser Microphone

Roswell Mini K47
Roswell Mini K47
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List Price: $349.00
Our Price: $299.00

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Product Code: 1836

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Roswell Mini K47 Condenser Microphone

The Roswell Mini K47 is very solid 'All Around' mic. It performs very well on virtually all sound sources, has a real life to it, and is well built. A true bang for the buck mic, that is quality and won't break the bank.

Roswell Mini K47 Condenser Microphone Details

The Roswell Mini K47 is the most affordable K47-based condenser microphone on the market, capturing the tone of a vintage microphone, with modern performance specifications.. The "K47" refers to the capsule design. The capsule in this microphone is modeled after the one in the Neumann's U47. It provides a full, balanced tone without any harshness or hype in the upper frequencies. It will record less sibilance and fewer mouth sounds on your next vocal track. It will add weight and body to high strings. It will reduce the jangle in strummed acoustic tracks.

For this microphone, we chose a very clean and transparent circuit design. It lets the sound of the capsule pass through without alteration. Self-noise and distortion performance are on par with microphones costing significantly more. We've applied the best tricks we've learned from modifying and upgrading other companies' products.

To ensure that every Roswell Mini K47 microphone delivers superior performance out of the box, Roswell tests them extensively prior to shipping: for polarity, noise, frequency response, and sensitivity. Roswell listens to every microphone before it leaves their facility.

The Mini K47 ships with a swivel mount, shock mount and padded storage pouch.

Roswell Mini K47 Condenser Microphone Features

  • Large K47 style capsule with gold-plated membrane
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • True single-backplate 34mm K47 style capsule
  • 3-micron diaphragm for enhanced articulation
  • Ultra-clean, low-distortion transformerless circuit
  • Imported, audiophile-grade capacitors
  • High sensitivity
  • Low self-noise
  • Modern performance with vintage tone
  • Low-noise transformerless circuitry
  • Ultra-clean signal path (no switches)
  • Specially selected, audiophile-grade components
  • Durable, heavy solid brass body
  • One-year warranty

The Roswell Mini K47 is built into a body used by several other manufacturers. But it differs extensively from those lookalike microphones, in its components, its performance, and its sound. The most significant difference is in the capsule. While competing models use either a small-diaphragm capsule or an undersized 32mm K67 type, the Mini K47 -- as its name states -- uses a true 34mm K47 type capsule, modeled after the capsule in the most famous microphone of all time. We selected this capsule because it delivers a sound that no K67-based microphone can ever achieve: beautiful midrange detail with a neutral, rather than a hyped, top end.

Most of the condenser microphones under $800 use the 2SK170 JFET, a low-cost, general purpose amplifier that can sound good when configured properly. But it usually used in circuits where its very high input capacitance (Ciss, 30pF) acts like a hardwired pad: it reduces the mic's sensitivity, which effectively raises the mic's noise floor. We prefer a JFET with a much lower input capacitance. We bias each one individually within the microphone's circuit, to ensure the highest possible gain without distortion. The input coupling cap is the first component most aftermarket "modders" would change, because so many condenser mics use a low-grade ceramic or generic polyester box film type in this critical position. For the Mini K47, we use a polystyrene part. Styrene capacitors are generally considered to be the most neutrally voiced, cleanest sounding capacitors.

The main signal capacitors in this circuit are polypropylene film types, imported from Germany. This combination of components delivers a sonic profile that is much more musical and balanced than anything in its price category.

Roswell Mini K47 Condenser Microphone Specifications

  • Model: Mini K47
  • Acoustic principle: Pressure gradient transducer
  • Capsule: 34mm true condenser, K47 style, single backplate
  • Diaphragm: 3 micron Mylar, center terminated
  • Directional pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20-16,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 18 mV/Pa
  • Impedance: 114 Ohms
  • Signal-to-noise: 81 dBA
  • Equivalent noise: 13 dBA
  • Supply voltage: 48±4 VDC
  • Output connector: XLR3M
  • Output: Electronically balanced (transformerless)
  • Physical dimensions: 150mm A - 44mm; 325g (mic only)

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What We Think

The Roswell Mini K47 is a surprising first offering from Roswell. It is quite musical, with an overall smooth character and nice rich elevated mid range. It is clearly well suited for vocals (male or female), and does a solid job at capturing the detail of the performance. Yet furthermore, it has a lush tone to compliment the chest resonance of the performer. More surprising still is that the mic does not pigeonhole itself into a one trick pony. It equally performs as well on electric guitar cab (clean and distorted), pairs well with brighter acoustics, holds its own on drums and drum overheads, and more pleasing to me - is the performance on mandolin. Mandolin can be an interesting and challenging instrument to record, but my mandolin seemed to be quite fond of the Mini K47. As well as I. All in all, a solid mic at a great point that won't kill your wallet. I'm curious, and interested in what else Roswell will have to offer.

- Ryan Ferris

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Experience Oppulent October 12, 2016
Reviewer: Jeffrey Harris from Granada Hills, CA United States  
There service was excellent. I will buy again. Thanks.

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Great quality and an even better value December 15, 2015
Reviewer: Wally Wawro from Texas  
There's been some buzz about the Mini K47 and for the $ it's a terrific buy.  The mic itself is well made and the sound is warm, punchy and immediate.  I bought two.

But the microphone clip that comes with the unit sucks...the threaded screw knob that tightens the mic for positioning breaks easily.  I probably should beg for a new one.
You might consider the optional shock mount or better still see if something Rycote makes will fit it.

This pair went into a VO booth at a TV station, I've also borrowed them for music and on they are really nice on brass and amps.

Again a quality mic and a good value.  Watch for occasional sales too.

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Roswell Mini K47 Condenser Microphone October 27, 2015
Reviewer: Randy  
From my short time with this mic I'm quite happy.  Overall build quality is high and the mic when recorded has a very nice smoothness to it. It is distinctly transparent, a quality I'm not used to, but I think this is a flavor that I'll appreciate more as I work with it.
It was shipped in a largish box with almost no packing and it survived it's Fed-Ex trip, so I am reassured that the internal construction is also robust.
I'm used to mics that have a bit of hyped high end (read as just about any "consumer oriented" LDC), but this mic has a sound I can only describe as natural.
It is less susceptible to plosives than my other 2 LDCs, and that may be due to the construction of the mesh grill.  It appears that there are additional finer layers behind the outer mesh.  I would not risk damage by not using a pop filter externally for vocals, though.

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Great Little Mic September 22, 2015
Reviewer: Mark G. from Doylestown, OH United States  
Great sounding mic for the money. Really quiet/low self noise. Blows away Chinese mics in this price range. For the price, there is no excuse - this mic should be in your mic locker!

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Wow. Just wow. August 27, 2015
Reviewer: Wiggus from State College, PA United States  
I finally got to track some electric guitar last night (with an API2550 based preamp), and this is finally the condenser mic that hears like my ears hear. Wonderful full range tone that doesn't have me running for an EQ. It is VERY sensitive. Even with the pad on the mic pre, I was pushing the input of the DAW pretty hard. I may be in the market for an inline pad. It is Finally tracked some electric guitar (with an API2550 based preamp)Finally, a condenser mic that hears like my ears. Wonderful full range tone that doesn't have me running for an EQ. It is VERY sensitive, even with a pad on the mic pre I was pushing the levels. May be in the market for an inline pad. Also really good at picking up the room sound around you. In my case, my room sucks. So I use it very close to the source to keep the track clean. Surprise, very little proximity effect. Just as wonderful on acoustic guitar. At this price, it's a steal.

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