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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 (up to 6)

The industry standard vocal mic.

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 Beta 87A (up to 2)

The Β87A is a high-quality condenser microphone specifically designed for vocals. As you can see from its increased high-frequency range, it 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

Shure Beta 58A (up to 4)

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

Audix UD300 (up to 3)

Now superseded, the UD300 is a dynamic mic, originally designed as an alternative to the Shure SM58. With a similar response to the SM58 (but with more high-frequency detail and 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

Vocal/Instrument Microphones

Shure Beta 57A (up to 4)

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

Instrument Microphones

AKG C3000 (1 only)

Now superseded by the C3000B, the original C3000 is a well-regarded clean and natural condenser mic, with a clear top end (suiting acoustic instruments) and good low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 patters, sensitivity (-10dB) and bass roll-off (to compensate for the proximity effect when using it close to the sound source).

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 (up to 4)

The C1000S is a good all-round back-electret instrument mic, with slightly less bass than the C3000, but with comparable top end. 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 (using acoustic lens)

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

Drum Microphones

AKG C418 (up to 4)

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

AKG D112 (1 only)

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

Shure PG56 (up to 3)

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

Shure PG52 (1 only)

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

AKG Drumkit+ (1 only)

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 (1 only)

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. In larger venues further microphones may be needed as overheads (for the cymbals).

Contents:

1 x PG52 (Kick Drum)

3 x PG56 (Snare/Toms)

Radio Microphones

Sennheiser evolution e100 G2 (up to 4)

We can provide complete radio systems comprised of Sennheiser e100 true diversity receivers with a choice of transmitters including:

• Hand-held ew 145 (dynamic) or e165 (condenser) supercardioid microphones;

• SK100 Bodypack transmitters with ME-3 headset microphones, or ME-2 (omnidirectional) or ME-4 (cardioid) lapel microphones.

These can be hired with or without other hired equipment, but 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 (Channel 70)

Licensed Channels: 4

Peak Deviation: +/− 48 kHz

Compander: HDX

E145

Capsule: Dynamic

Response Pattern: Supercardioid

Frequency Range: 80 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity (1 kHz): -55.9 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV/Pa)

Maximum SPL: 154 dB

Weight: 450g

Batteries: 2 x AA

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

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

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

Recording/Special Purpose Microphones

Tandy PZM (up to 2)

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

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.

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