Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone
The Mojave Audio MA-200 Tube Microphone is a large diaphragm, vacuum tube condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern.
The most recent in a lineage of micro-phone 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: <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: NOS 5840 - pentode tube wired for triode operation
- DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:
- Carrying case with microphone, power supply, shock mount and cables:13 lbs.
- Microphone: 7 5/8 X 2, 1 lb.
What We Think
We have 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. We have recorded some of the best sounding male vocals we have ever captured with this microphone and though we have never had the opportunity to use it on female vocals, we 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 Mojave Audio MA-300. Check it out - you won't regret it.
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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.