Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone
The Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone gives warm, full-bodied reproductions of vocals and instruments, with none of the shrillness and high frequency distortion artifacts that are often encountered with modern condenser microphones.
The Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone is a large diaphragm, vacuum tube condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern. Born to a lineage of fine microphone designs by David Royer, the MA-200 gives warm, full-bodied reproductions of vocals and instruments, with none of the shrillness and high frequency distortion artifacts that are often encountered with modern condenser microphones.
Utilizing hand-selected 3-micron capsules, high-quality Jensen audio transformers and military-grade JAN 5840 vacuum tubes, the MA-200 performs at a level reminiscent of some of the best loved classic condenser microphones. The MA-200 power supply can be set for 115V and 230V, 50 or 60 Hz, through an internal switch (100V is also available). Each MA-200 microphone, power supply and cable set is burned in for 24 hours, carefully tested and evaluated, then packaged in its protective case-within-a-case.
Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone Features
- Hand-selected 3-micron capsule
- Jensen audio transformer
- Military grade JAN 5840 vacuum tube
- Internal switchable power supply voltage
- Ultra clean signal path
Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone Applications
- Acoustic Instruments
- Drum Overheads, Drum Rooms
- Orchestral Recording
- Choral Recording
Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone Specifications
- TRANSDUCER TYPE:Externally excited capacitor type
- DIAPHRAGM: 1-inch diameter, gold sputtered
- DIAPHRAGM THICKNESS :3-microns
- POLAR RESPONSE:Cardioid
- FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 30 Hz-18 kHz, ±3dB
- SENSITIVITY: -37dB re 1V/pa
- MAXIMUM SPL:120dB
- DISTORTION: head amp only, <1% @117dB SPL, <3% @ 125dB SPL
- SELF NOISE:14db nominal, not to exceed 16db (A Weighted)
- IMPEDANCE: 200 ohms, balanced using an output transformer
- VACUUM TUBE: 5840 - pentode tube wired for triode operation
- 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:13 lbs. / Microphone: 7 5/8 X 2, 1 lb.
What People Are Saying...
"It was immediately evident that this mic sounds fantastic. I really like the way it was smooth on the top and round on the bottom, and it really complemented (the singer's) voice in a way that I had not heard before from other microphones of similar variety. Maybe it's that JAN tube or the Jensen transformer, or maybe because David just understands electronics, as the components are the same as most other 'affordable' studio condensers, and yet the MA-200 sounds as good as microphones that are twice its price."
Craig Schumacher - TapeOp
"I've had a chance to test a pair of the MA-200s in a number of situations, and the surprises were always pleasant. When paired with an excellent preamp, this mic is simply gorgeous. The MA-200 imparted smoothness to the cymbal crashes and was never strident or washy. The stereo image was very good, and the mics gave a very nice picture of the guitar without being boomy. What I like most is that when you hit it hard, the MA-200 gives you back some crunch. The plate-loaded tube stage rounds out transients nicely, giving it an almost ribbon-like quality. When you have a mic that can cover instrumental and vocal duties in this price range, you're playing with house money."
Kevin Becka - Mix
"I had a pair of MA-200's for my review period and I've been literally using them around the clock. The MA-200 is rich, warm, open and it works well with practically any instrument or vocal. Unlike so many of the modern tube mics that emulate classic transducers, the MA-200 is a beast of its own. It works in all of the same applications that I'd use a U 67 but where I almost always end up boosting the top end and cutting some low mids of the 67, I find that the MA-200 rarely needs any EQ at all. The Mojave Audio MA-200 is a wonderful sounding microphone that is well made, well packaged and unbelievably priced. It is a great consideration to any studio or engineer looking to broaden their sonic pallet."
Russ Long - Pro Audio Review
"It's easy to see that this mic is not your average large-diaphragm condenser (LDC). Its heft instills a sense that you are holding a solid piece of gear, reminiscent of a vintage European microphone. The word that came to mind most often while using the MA-200 was silky, as the mic's high-mids are present enough to give the source definition and a place in the mix, without any of the harshness or sibilance sometimes abundant in other LDCs .It often won out over microphones costing two to five times as much. A lot of readers might not consider a $995 microphone to be a 'budget' mic, and in terms of sonic quality, there is absolutely nothing 'budget' about the MA-200. In fact, the only thing 'budget' about it is that you should make room in your budget to buy at least one. In this humble reviewer's opinion, you would have to pay at least double, and maybe even multifold more, to acquire a modern or vintage microphone of similar quality from any other manufacturer. Anytime you don't have to settle for an inferior product just to save money, you've found a good value, and the MA-200 is a very good value."
Eli Crews - Electronic Musician
"We threw everything we could at the Mojave including male vocals, acoustic, cello, violin and tenor sax. There was nothing at which the Mojave didn't seen to excel. The Mojave elicited comments like 'silky top end', 'warm in the low mids, yet greater clarity' and 'best sound overall'. This mic represents a leap forward in quality for this price point. Everything about the MA-200 and it's accessories, power supply, shock mount, etc., speaks of quality. The mic is extremely versatile and built to last."
Randy Poole - Pro Sound News
"The MA-200 is a classic in the making and definitely a new asset in my mic cabinet. It makes an excellent, all-around workhorse microphone suitable for any application from vocals to backing vocals to acoustic guitars to pianos or string instruments."
Barry Rudolph - Music Connection Magazine
Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone Downloads
Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone Reviews
- Electronic Musician, April 2009
- Mix Magazine, December 2006
- Tape Op Magazine
- Pro Audio Review
- Pro Sound News
What We Think - Mojave Audio MA-200 Review
"I've been a very big fan of the Mojave Audio MA-200 ever since it was first released a few years back. It was a revolutionary microphone in that it brought the truly great hybridized sound of a couple of legendary German microphones into the reach of project and home studio owners. But then an interesting thing happened; it caught on with A-List artists, producers, and engineers began using the MA-200 with widespread acclaim and commercial success. The MA-200 has become loved for it's rich, deep, lustrous sound. Wonderful on a wide variety of sources, it's perfect for anything that you wish to feature while instilling a sense of depth on the source - the Mojave Audio MA-201fet would be a better choice for a more aggressive, in your face tone or where you may need a slightly faster attack or slew rate. Either way, it's a mic to have - and not just one of. These are great tools for your room microphones on drums or ensembles, drum overheads, piano, strings, acoustic guitar, and even electric guitar - but especially vocals; male or female. I have recorded some of the best sounding male vocals I've ever captured with this microphone and though I've never had the opportunity to use it on female vocals, I would not hesitate to put it up, in the least. While no one microphone will be the perfect choice for every application, the MA-200 is a workhorse. And if you need multi-pattern performance with the same sound, there is the new Mojave Audio MA-300. Check it out - you won't regret it."
- Front End Audio
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This mic has a very forward midrange with sweet and mellow highs. It sounds fantastic on solo acoustic instruments such as banjo, flute, and violin. With vocalists, it has a strong personality, so it either gels with a particular singer or it doesn't. When it sounds good on a singer, it sounds very very good.