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Mojave Audio MA-100 Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone

Mojave Audio MA-100
Mojave Audio MA-100
List Price: $795.00
Our Price: $795.00

Availability: Discontinued
Product Code: 9999-05506


Mojave Audio MA-100 Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone

Mojave Audio MA-100 Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone, is a small diaphragm, vacuum tube condenser microphone with interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules.

Mojave Audio MA-100 Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone Details

The Mojave Audio MA-100 is a small diaphragm, vacuum tube condenser microphone with interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules. The latest in a lineage of successful microphone designs by David Royer, the MA-100's "?cathode follower"? design allows use on high SPL instruments such as drums and guitar amplifiers, as well as the more common applications of a small diaphragm, vacuum tube condenser microphone, such as acoustic instruments, cymbals, stereo pairs and pianos.

Featuring hand selected 3 micron capsules, high quality Jensen audio transformers and military-grade JAN 5840 vacuum tubes, the MA-100 performs at a level reminiscent of some of the best loved classic small diaphragm tube condenser microphones. The MA-100 power supply can be set for either 115v or 230v via an external switch. Each MA-100 microphone, power supply and cable set is burned in for 24 hours, carefully tested and evaluated, then packaged in its protective case.

Mojave Audio MA-100 Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone Features

  • Interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules
  • Hand-selected 3-micron capsule
  • Jensen audio transformer
  • Military grade JAN 5840 vacuum tube
  • External switchable power supply voltage
  • Ultra clean signal path
  • High SPL handling capability

Mojave Audio MA-100 Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone Applications

  • Acoustic Instruments
  • Drums
  • Guitar Amplifiers
  • Piano
  • Stereo Pairs (X/Y, MS, etc.)
  • Decca Tree
  • Orchestral Recording
  • Choral Recording
  • Voice-overs and Broadcast
  • Percussion

Mojave Audio MA-100 Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone Specifications

  • TRANSDUCER TYPE: Externally excited capacitor type
  • DIAPHRAGM: .8" / 20.5 mm diameter
  • POLAR RESPONSE: Interchangeable Cardioid and Omnidirectional Capsules
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 3dB
  • SENSITIVITY: -37dB re 1V/pa
  • MAXIMUM SPL: 120dB
  • DISTORTION: head amp only , not to exceed .4% @ 140 dB SPL
  • SELF NOISE: Not to exceed 16dB
  • IMPEDANCE: 450 ohms, transformer balanced
  • VACUUM TUBE: 5840 pentode wired as triode, operated as a unity-gain buffer stage (cathode follower)
  • POWER REQUIREMENTS: 100-120VAC; 220-240VAC, 50 or 60 Hz. Power consumption approx. 10 watts.
  • DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT: Carrying case with microphone, power supply, shock mount and cables: 7 lbs.

What People Are Saying...

"With the glut of large-diaphragm tube microphones past and present in the marketplace, it is odd how small diaphragm tube mics take a back seat. I can think of fewer than ten, and two are vintage designs no longer manufactured, and one is a prototype I saw at NAMM - talk about untapped markets... So with that in mind we introduce to you Mojave Audio's new small-diagram tube condenser, the MA-100.
Paul Vnuk Jr. - Recording Magazine

"I'd describe the MA100 as a mic with a personality that is flattering to certain instruments with brash qualities. It tamed an oft-encountered acoustic guitar that has an overbearing upper midrange and balanced a big rock drum kit with large cymbals that likes to tear your face off. In these situations, and in others when recording instruments with better aural behavior, the mics operated like journeymen transducers, delivering a well-defined stereo image, frequency range and transient response. Having a mic this versatile come with two capsules for less than $1k ($795) is a steal. Mojave's second outing is a must-hear."
Kevin Becka - Mix Magazine

"I miked up my Taylor 514-CE and was blown away. The sound was amazing - it has everything good that the C-28 has except it's quieter and it has more top end sparkle.
Next I put a pair of MA100s with the omni capsules to the task of recording piano and again I had fantastic results. I went on to use the mics to record mandolin, dobro, violin, cello, hi-hat, drum overheads and tambourine and was never disappointed.
I put the MA100s on toms and I was truly blown away. If there has ever been a magic tom mic then it's the MA100. They require almost no eq and the sound is simply stellar. On my next tracking session I used them on kick (just outside the rear head) and on the snare and again I was blown away. I went on to try it on electric guitar and had good results, though my best guitar sounds were attained through blending the MA100 with the Royer R-122.
Russ Long - Pro Audio Review

"By utilizing a tube circuit in the buffer stage, the MA100 is capable of handling high SPL and transient sources like snare drums and acoustic guitar with ease. It also mellows the mic a bit and helps reduce the obnoxious frequencies that can make things sound 'brittle'. This makes the MA100 a great mic for any drum application - and it's especially great on hi-hats! We found the mic reduced the 'bite' of the hi-hat tone and was much easier to mix into the drum kit later. We did not have to cut the top end as radically as we usually do with other small diaphragm condensers and yet there was still plenty of the articulation we needed to here the stick tip on the cymbal. Since we had such success with the hat, we next put the mic up on an acoustic guitar overdub. The MA100 was a perfect fit for what we were looking for. It had just enough top end to get the pick strike we wanted and still maintained the mid range thickness of the guitar body. Next we tried the mics as a stereo pair on the piano. The MA100s ended up being very nice, capturing the piano very well. They got all the sound of the piano without feeling overly hyped or dull and boring and were surprisingly big sounding. We decided to try it on one of the most difficult instruments to record - the tambourine. With the MA100, we set up the mic a few feet above the arc of the playing and got a great sound right away. It was further enhanced when we switched the capsule to the omni and got some nice room to go along with the direct sound. There was no messy splatter - just good crisp tambourine that was a breeze to mix. Finally, we tried the MA100s on the drum kit. This is where the MA100s really shined. Having a condenser on the rack tom captures much more of the overall drum sound and the Mojave's really gave us a really strong tom sound that held up well in the all session long. It was especially great on capturing a driving floor tom beat we used,capturing the low end faithfully without becoming blurry. On snare drum, the MA100 really excelled as it brought out the crack of the stick while keeping the resonant ring of the shell under control. It became obvious that the quick response of the small diaphragm coupled with the tubes ability to handle the SPLs is a winning combination in a drum microphone. It certainly made the drummer happy as his drums did sound much more expansive and fuller. At around $795.00 each, the MA100 is an affordable, great sounding solid studio microphone that will greatly enhance all your recording needs. It is the biggest sounding small diaphragm condenser I've had the pleasure to listen to. I can't wait to hear what Mojave comes up with next!"
Craig Schumacher - TapeOp

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What We Think - Mojave Audio MA-100 Review

"The Mojave Audio MA-100 is one of those special microphones that really helps you to reel-in but still feature instruments that otherwise exhibit sharp or sometimes brash highs or upper mid-range frequencies. But the MA-100 does not dull anything in the least as some sort of dime-store response curve sacrifice. The nice thing about well executed tube circuits is that they do not get that 'poofy' or inflated thickness that is so common with cheap starved-plate voltage designs. Instead you get a very well balanced frequency response and a representation of the space and a dimension that I've never experienced in an FET design (which are typically more in your face and can make elements sound 'hard', though not always). So, the Mojave Audio MA-100 becomes one of those go to microphones spacious even sonic delight. Great on acoustic guitars, drum overheads, hi-hat, ride cymbals, pianos... you know; all the usual suspects where you'd use a small diaphragm condenser. That said, the MA-100 has become a favorite for use on snare drum - bottom OR top. I like to combine it with a larger diaphragm dynamic like a Heil PR-30 or a Sennheiser MD421, though some like an SM57. Though I've not used the two together yet, the Beyerdynamic M-201 would be a great match up with the MA-100 since they are both cylindrical and can be taped or mounted together, making phase alignment of the capsules very, very easy. Plus, their frequency responses are very complimentary. So, the two on snare drum would be perfect for pulling out that very complete picture of the snare. And this kind of thinking is also really good for doing electric guitar mic-ing. This would be a great choice for getting a little warm-zing out of an amp - maybe at a distance for a jazz date. Any way you slice it, the MA-100 from Mojave Audio is a top recommendation of ours and will make a fantastic addition to your mic locker."

Alan Moon - Front End Audio

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