The Oktava MK-105 Microphones is a large diaphragm microphone designed to work with numerous sound sources to maximum effect. The Oktava MK-105 excels where the recordist wants a large diaphragm cardiod microphone with a musically useful proximity effect, a sparkling top end free from sibilance and a bright room ambience sound.
The MK-105 employs the highly regarded transformerless circuit found in one of the most widely used mics in existence the Oktava MK-102 (over 90,000 in use worldwide) to deliver the alluring sound of direct phantom power applied to a large diaphragm capsule. On axis, it's carefully crafted double peak high frequency response provides subtle emphasis of both presence and air frequencies while suppressing the sibilance range. This results in a more modern or Hi-Fi sound when compared to the classic midrange-rich 219/319 sound but without the harsh sibilance found in many modern mics. Off axis, the Frequency response at 90 degrees resembles 0 degree response but attenuated a nominal l0dB. 180 degree rejection increases to 16dB below 2kHz but the top end over 4kHz stays just 8-10 dB or so below the on-axis response. This means the Oktava MK-105 has a very natural off-axis response out to 90 degrees with a pleasingly bright room ambience.
Front End Audio is the exclusive Oktava distributor for the USA and we only sell genuine Russian made microphones. As of August 2021, Oktava has introduced updated packaging for all Oktava microphones. The new packaging features a high-end color printed flip box with magnetic closure and a rigid foam insert. This new packaging is designed to bring cohesiveness to the brand and provide the most protection for Oktava microphones during transportation and storage. Want to know more, check out the official Oktava press release here.
Oktava MK-105 Microphone Features
- Genuine Russian Made
Oktava MK-102 Microphone Specifications
- Freq. Response: 20-20000Hz
- Output sensitivity: 16mV/Pa
- Max SPL: 120dB for 0,5% THD
- Self Noise (DIN): <18dBa
- Output impedance:150ohm
- Powering: 48V
- Weight: 380g
Oktava MK-105 Microphone Includes
- Oktava MK-105 Microphone
- Mic Clip
What We Think
The Oktava MK-105 is an excellent vocal microphone. It has an uncanny ability to shape a vocal to a size that fits nicely into a mix without dominating or sounding anemic. It's kind of like the Goldilocks' bed of microphones. By the same token, it's gently rising frequency response character exhibits a nice and smooth top end while retaining a natural bottom end. It's a microphone that I have to talk people into just because it's not well known. But when they get it, they love it.
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I've been on both ends of plenty of high end microphones before, but the MK-105 continues to blow me away. It's flat response across the board means you can post-EQ the sound any way you want. I use it for vocals, guitars (acoustic and electric), sampling, reference, everything! It's very well built and heavy. Worth every penny, plus some!