Oktava MK-105 Microphone
The Oktava MK-105 Microphones Set is a factory matched set of large diaphragm microphones. 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 large 27.5mm capsule with precision-drilled backplate holes in conjunction with the headbasket design produces a gentle +4dB rise from 4 kHz to 12 kHz to lend a touch of presence and air to vocal or instrument sources. Inside the headbasket, the capsule is mounted on a conical diffuser designed to reduce standing waves and smooth the capsule / headbasket system frequency response.
The Oktava 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.
Oktava MK-105 Microphone Features
- Genuine Russian Made
- Black Color
Oktava MK-105 Microphone Includes
- Oktava MK-105 Microphones
- Mic Clip
- Wooden storage case
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
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!