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C7 — List: $1,499 Street: $899

Signal Chain

  • Gibson Les Paul Junior Special
  • Dunlop Manufacturing Tortex .50mm Red
  • Orange AD30HT
  • Orange PPC412AD (angled front)
  • Celestion Vintage 30, 16 ohm
  • Miktek C7
  • AEA RPQ Ribbon Pre
  • Avid Digi 003
  • Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Quad Core

Signal Chain

  • Gibson SG Special Faded
  • GHS Boomers, 10-46
  • Dunlop Manufacturing Tortex .88mm Green
  • Orange AD30HT
  • Orange PPC412AD (angled front)
  • Celestion Vintage 30, 16 ohm
  • Miktek C7
  • AEA RPQ Ribbon Pre
  • Avid Digi 003
  • Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Quad Core

The Miktek C7, multi-pattern, large diaphragm FET condenser will impress the most critical listeners and inspire artists to create their best performance. The microphone’s pick-up characteristic is selectable; offering cardioid, omni and bidirectional patterns. In addition, the C7 employs a high-pass filter and –10dB pad for recording loud sound sources.

The frequency response is warm on the bottom and silky-sweet on the top, yet at the same time, the midrange is natural and open. The microphone produces amazing results when recording acoustic instruments, guitar amps, or as overheads on a drum kit. But of course, the C7 really excels on vocal applications.

The C7 utilizes the new MK7 capsule developed by Miktek engineers, featuring dual 1-inch diaphragms made using 5-micron Mylar with a 0.4-micron layer of evaporated gold. Diaphragms are then precisely tensioned, mounted to carefully- tuned backplates, and finally set back-to-back, with electronic isolation, to create the finished capsule.

The C7’s head amplifier has been designed around the AMI T7 transformer and, together with the implementation of high-quality components including hand-selected transistors, offers a sweet response reminiscent of highly desirable vintage microphones.

In addition, the innovated head amplifier design features a unique circuit that allows the engineer to switch the capsule bias voltage from +48 to +60 volts. This proprietary circuit implementation essentially provides the mic with two voices; allowing you to choose between a classic and modern microphone. At +48 volts the capsule’s diaphragm is under less tension, so it’s able to react to extremely subtle changes in sound pressure; enabling the microphone to capture the slightest nuances in any performance. When the bias voltage is set to +60 volts, the C7 is extremely accurate and articulate.

The Miktek C7 is hand assembled, tested and packaged in Nashville, Tennessee, USA using components from the US, Europe and Asia. Each microphone includes its serialized frequency response graph created during final testing.

The C7 is packaged with its swivel mount, in a wooden box, and set inside a rugged aluminum case along with the included shock mount.

MK7 Dual 1-inch Capsule 5-micron Mylar, Evaporated Gold Diaphragms
Cardioid, Omni and Bi-directional Pick-up Patterns
High-pass Filter & -10dB Pad Switches
Variable Capsule Bias Voltage: 48 – 60v
AMI T7 Transformer
Individual Serialized Frequency Response Graph
Wood Presentation Case with Swivel-mount, Shock-mount and rugged aluminum Carrying Case

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