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Microphones

Rental Stock of Dynamic and Condenser Microphones for Vocals and Instruments

We stock a range of microphones, and can provide a suitable microphone for most live music and live public address applications. Some of the microphones shown here are automatically included with our packaged PA systems (if they are not shown on a system's main page and you would like to hire them with that system, please let us know what you need).

These include:

Vocal Microphones

Shure SM58

The industry standard vocal mic. Robust, with low handling-noise and high resistsnce to feedback, it is easy to see why the SM58 is still preferred by many world-class performers.

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 15 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -54.5 dBV/Pa (1.88 mV/Pa)

Weight: 298g

SM58 Frequency Response

Shure Β58A

Updated (& improved) supercardioid version of the original SM58. Its higher sensitivity and marginally greater upper-frequency range result in a microphone that sounds like a more transparent SM58.

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Supercardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 16 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -51.5 dBV/Pa (2.6 mV/Pa)

Weight: 278g

β58A Frequency Response

Shure Β87A

The Β87A is a high-quality condenser microphone specifically designed for vocals. Its extended high-frequency response provides more detail and transparency than its dynamic stable-mates.

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Supercardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -52.5 dBV/Pa (2.37 mV/Pa)

Equivalent Self-Noise: 23.5 dBA

Maximum SPL: 140.5 dB

Weight: 207g

β87A Frequency Response

Audix UD300

Now superseded, the UD300 is a dynamic microphone originally designed as an alternative to the Shure SM58. With a similar response to the SM58 (but with a slightly smoother top-end), it works well with female vocals, as well as instruments.

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -73 dBV/Pa (0.2 mV/Pa)

Maximum SPL: 140.5 dB

Impedance: 130Ω

General-Purpose and Instrument Microphones

AKG C3000

The original C3000 is a well-regarded condenser mic, with a clear top end (suiting acoustic instruments) and good low frequency response (for acoustic bass or piano). It can also handle very high sound pressure levels, making it suitable for drums or amplified instruments.

It has switchable pattern, sensitivity (-10dB) and bass roll-off.

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Cardioid/Hypercardioid (switchable)

Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Bass roll-off filter: 100 Hz, -10 dB (switchable)

Pre-attenuation: 0 db / −10 dB (switchable)

Sensitivity (1 kHz, Cardioid): -34 dBV/Pa (20 mV/Pa)

Sensitivity (1 kHz, Hypercardioid): -36.5 dBV/Pa (15 mV/Pa)

Equivalent Self-Noise: 18 dBA

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (ref. 1 Pa, A-weighted): 76 dB

Maximum SPL (Cardioid): 137 dB

Maximum SPL (Hypercardioid): 140 dB

Dynamic Range: ≥ 120 dB

Impedance (1 kHz): 200Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: ≥2,000Ω

Weight: 320g

C3000 Frequency Response and Polar Plots

AKG C1000S

The C1000S is a good all-round back-electret instrument microphone. It has been described by a number of people, including Sound On Sound contributors, as the Swiss Army Knife for musicians

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Cardioid/Hypercardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -44 dBV/Pa (6 mV/Pa)

Equivalent Self-Noise: 21 dBA

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (ref. 1 Pa, A-weighted): 73 dB

Maximum SPL: 137 dB

Dynamic Range: ≥ 120 dB

Impedance (1 kHz): 200Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: ≥2,000Ω

Weight: 320g

C1000 Cardioid Frequency Response and Polar Plot

C1000 Hypercardioid Frequency Response and Polar Plot

Shure Β57A

Updated (& improved) supercardioid version of the original SM57.

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Supercardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 16 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -51 dBV/Pa (2.8 mV/Pa)

Weight: 275g

β57A Frequency Response

Drum Microphones

AKG D112

The D112 is an industry-standard Kick-Drum microphone.

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 17 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -75 dBV/Pa (1.8 mV/Pa)

Equivalent Self-Noise: 73 dBA

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (ref. 1 Pa, A-weighted): 73 dB

Maximum SPL: Outside measurement range

Dynamic Range: ≥ 120 dB

Impedance (1 kHz): 210Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: ≥600Ω

Weight: 380g

D112 Frequency Response and Polar Plot

AKG C418

The C418 is a specialised clip-on microphone, enabling microphone placement without obstructing the drummer or surrounding stage with stands.

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Hypercardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -52 dBV/Pa (2.5 mV/Pa)

Equivalent Self-Noise: 34 dBA

Maximum SPL (1% THD): 131 dB

Impedance (1 kHz): 200Ω

Recommended Load Impedance: ≥1,000Ω

Weight: 62g

C418 Frequency Response and Polar Plot

Shure PG52

The PG52 is a modern Kick Drum microphone, modeled on Shure's Beta 52.

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Range: 30 Hz - 13 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -55 dBV/Pa (1.8 mV/Pa)

Weight: 470g

PG52 Frequency Response

Shure PG56

The PG56 is a compact snare/tom microphone (with a drum-mounting clip) modeled on Shure's Beta 56.

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 15 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -56 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV/Pa)

Weight: 323g

PG56 Frequency Response

AKG Drumkit+

This includes all the mics you need (with one mic for the hi-hat and a single overhead) for a 5-piece kit.

Contents:

1 x D112 (Kick Drum)

4 x C418 (Snare/Toms)

2 x C1000S (Hi-Hat/Overhead)

Shure PGDMK4

The PGDMK4 contains mics for a 4-piece kit. Drums will usually require at least one other microphone (e.g. C1000S - see above) for the hi-hat. Another will be needed if more than one rack tom or floor tom are being used, and in larger venues further microphones may be needed as overheads.

Contents:

1 x PG52 (Kick Drum)

3 x PG56 (Snare/Toms)

Radio Microphones

Sennheiser evolution e100 G3

We can provide complete licence-free (channel 70) radio systems comprising Sennheiser e100 G2 and G3 true diversity receivers with a choice of transmitters including:

  • Hand‑held ew145 (dynamic) or ew165 (condenser) supercardioid microphones;
  • SK100 Bodypack transmitters with ME‑2 (omnidirectional) or ME‑4 (cardioid) lapel microphones, or ME‑3 (supercardioid) or Proel HCM23SE (omnidorectional) headset microphones.

These can be hired with or without other hired equipment, and one or more are included without extra charge in our Announcement, Conference and Disco systems (see our prices page or specific system information for details).

Licensed Frequencies: 863-865 MHz

Licensed Channels: 4

Peak Deviation: ±48 kHz

Compander: HDX

THD: <0.9%

Presets: 12

Sennhesier ew135

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 80 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): 2.1 mV/Pa

Maximum SPL: 154 dB

THD: <0.9%

RF Output Power: 30mW

Weight: 450g

Batteries: 2 x AA

Sennhesier ew145

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Supercardioid

Frequency Response: 80 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): 1.6 mV/Pa

Maximum SPL: 154 dB

THD: <0.9%

RF Output Power: 30mW

Weight: 450g

Batteries: 2 x AA

Sennhesier ew165

Capsule: Electret

Response Pattern: Supercardioid

Frequency Response: 80 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): 1.6 mV/Pa

Maximum SPL: 152 dB

RF Output Power: 30mW

Weight: 450g

Batteries: 2 x AA

Sennheiser SK100 Transmitter

The SK100 G3 bodypack can be used with any of our headset or lapel microphones."

Signal-to-noise ratio: >110 dbA

RF output power: 30 mW

Operating time: >8 h

Sennheiser ME2 Clip-on

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Omnidirectional

Sensitivity (1 kHz): −34 dBV/Pa (20 mV/Pa)

Maximum SPL: 130 dB

Batteries: 2 x AA

Sennheiser ME4 Clip-on

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Sensitivity (1 kHz): −28 dBV/Pa (40 mV/Pa)

Maximum SPL: 120 dB

Batteries: 2 x AA

Sennheiser ME3 Headset

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Supercardioid

Sensitivity (1 kHz): −56 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV/Pa)

Maximum SPL: 150 dB

Batteries: 2 x AA

Colour: Black

Proel HCM23SE Headset

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Omnidirectional

Sensitivity: −45dB ±3dB

Maximum SPL: 130 dB

Batteries: 2 x AA

Colour: Skin

Recording/Special Purpose Microphones

Rode NT1A

The Rode NT1A is a large-diaphragm studio condenser with a very low noise-floor. Coupled with its natural and transparent sound and high SPL capability this makes it capable of producing very high quality recordings from a wide range of sources.

We have a certified matched pair available for stereo location recording, or for studio applications (such as drum overheads).

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): 25 mV/Pa

Equivalent Input Noise: 5 dBA

Maximum SPL: 137 dB SPL

Output Impedance: 100Ω

Weight: 326g

Rode NT2A

The Rode NT2A is a multi-pattern 1” dual-diaphragm studio condenser.

With its SM6 shock-mount and pop-filter it an excellent choice for vocals, while its smooth but detailed high-frequency reproduction allows it equal success with acoustic instruments.

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Cardioid/Fig-8/Omni

Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): 16 mV/Pa

Equivalent Input Noise: 7 dBA

Maximum SPL: 147 dB SPL

Output Impedance: 200Ω

Weight: 326g

Tandy PZM

Now discontinued, these are much sought-after on the second-hand market. They produce a very natural live recording, but can also work as drum overheads, on-stage mics (for foot-tapping or in-ear monitor fills), or even (with the backplate removed) as stick-on accordion mics. Ours have been adapted to use phantom power (so you get more headroom, and you don't need to worry about batteries).

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Hemispherical (half space)

Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -74 dBV/Pa (2 mV/Pa)

Recommended Load Impedance: ≥600Ω

Weight: 420g

Tandy PZM Specifications

Pulse NPCD664

These miniature shotgun (AKA rifle) microphones have high off-axis sound rejection, and can be used equally well as lectern microphones or for distant location recording.

A selection of mounting options allows them to be suspended, table-top mounted or clamped to a lectern, or use convention boom stands.

Capsule: Condenser

Response Pattern: Line & gradient

Frequency Range: 30 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -60 dBV/Pa (5.6 mV/Pa)

Output Impedance: 200Ω

We can provide other microphones (or more of the same) by negotiation. If you would prefer to use a different microphone or combination of microphones with any of our systems, please ask us.