Three new mics for Sony Hi-Res range previewed at AES show

Sony gave sound engineers and recordists a preview of the latest additions to its Hi-Resolution range of microphones at the AES show in New York. Prototypes of three new models for studio work were displayed, including a high-end vocal mic and two instruments mics.

The Pro Audio Division of Sony Electronics is continuing to build on the history of the Hi-Res studio microphone range, which was developed to provide recording devices for high resolution digital music. The vocal mic is the C-100, which is likely to also appeal to broadcasters for voice-over and narration work. This works on the side address principle, where the diaphragm is positioned parallel to the body of the microphone. In this way sound is received at an angle perpendicular to the mic.

The C-100 is described as ultra-compact and has a two-way construction, designed to reduce acoustic vibrations, with recently developed capsules that offer variable directivity for a frequency response of 20Hz to 50kHz. There are three polar patterns to choose from - omni, uni and bi - making the C-100 suitable for a range of recording situations. A low-cut filter is included to deal with low frequency noise and proximity effects, while a -10dB pad switch is available for extra headroom.

The expanded frequency response of up to 50kHz is also part of the ECM-100U and ECM-100N instrument mics. Both are end address models, which is common for pencil-shaped microphones. The ECM-100U is uni-directional, while the ECM-100N has an omni pick-up pattern. They each feature the low-cut filter and -10dB pad found on the C-100.

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