The Manley Reference Silver Microphone stands as a testament to classic elegance and modern precision, drawing inspiration from the legendary Sony C-37A. Meticulously crafted with a combination of American-built capsule expertise by David Josephson and a Manley-designed circuit, this microphone offers a warm and rich tone, making it a versatile and reliable choice in the studio.
The microphone incorporates a unique capsule design, inspired by the 1950s classic Sony C-37A microphone. The capsule features an adjustable acoustic chamber on the rear for seamlessly switching between cardioid and omni pickup patterns.
Cardioid and Omni Selector:
A mechanical selector on the rear of the head basket allows users to switch between cardioid and omni pickup patterns, providing flexibility for different recording scenarios.
Vacuum Tube and Transformers:
The Reference Silver Microphone features a mic-grade 5670 vacuum tube and Manley IRON® transformers, contributing to its rich and creamy tone. The use of high-quality components ensures reliability and sonic excellence.
Low-Noise Switch Mode Power Supply:
Equipped with a low-noise switch mode power supply, the microphone offers efficient and clean power delivery. This power supply is a derivative of the MANLEY POWER® SMPS and is designed for vacuum tubes, ensuring audio fidelity.
Versatility in Recording:
The microphone is well-suited for a variety of instruments, including female vocals, saxophones, drum overheads, guitars, and toms. Its warm and round character makes it an excellent choice for capturing the natural nuances of different sound sources.
The microphone features a unique circuit design with all-tube electronics built around two triodes in cascade, providing a robust and reliable signal path.
Swivel Design and Leather Capsule Protector:
The microphone comes with a swivel of Manley's own design, featuring a T-bar handle and locking clutch action for easy adjustments. A genuine leather capsule protector is included to safeguard the capsule when not in use.
Precision Suspension System:
Each Reference Microphone includes a proprietary precision suspension system with a neoprene-rubber shock mount. This system allows for the removal of the entire microphone assembly for servicing without detaching it from the suspension.
Hand-Assembled in the USA:
All metalworking and construction are hand-assembled in the USA at Manley's Chino, California factory. The meticulous craftsmanship ensures quality and reliability.
Driven by MANLEY POWER®:
The microphone is powered by the MANLEY POWER® Switch-Mode Power Supply, designed for efficiency and compatibility with various mains input voltages worldwide.
The Manley Reference Silver Microphone combines classic aesthetics with advanced technology, delivering a sonic masterpiece that captures the essence of musical performances with clarity and authenticity. Whether in front of vocals, instruments, or drums, this microphone offers a timeless and versatile solution for audio professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Condenser Transducer based on vintage Sony C-37A Hand Made in USA by Josephson Audio
Single-Sided Large Diaphragm Capsule Edge Tensioned
5 Micron Evaporated Gold Diaphragm 1" diameter
Dual Pattern Cardioid or Omni Directional adjustable via vent on the backplate
5670 Internal Vacuum Tube Head Amplifier
Constant Current Source for Tube Minimizes Noise and Tube Selection
Hand Wound Nickel Core Manley Iron Output Transformer
High Pass Filter Switch:
-3dB @ 55Hz 6dB/8va
10Hz-30kHz, AMP to 60kHz
MAXIMUM INPUT SPL:
150 dB SPL at Capsule
2 Triode Gain Block Lo Z Output
Balanced XLR, Pin 2 Hot, Pin 3 Low
Less Than 0.05 % THD+N BW 22-22 kHz (1kOhm Load, 1kHz -40dBV Output)
Typically -108 dBV “A Weighted”
Etched Silver Anodized Aluminum
mic body 2" diameter x 9.7" long x 4.5" (mic suspension outside diameter)
5" x 3.3" x 9.3" (including handle)
Custom Designed Outboard Switched Mode PSU 90V ~ 250VAC Universal Voltage Operation 50Hz-60Hz
PSU Mains Fuse:
5mm X 20 mm, 2A @ 250V, CERAMIC, Slo-Blo
Specifications subject to change because they just might.
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