|Miktek debuted at 127th AES with a line of precision condenser microphones. Revisiting classic microphone designs and technologies, founder Michael Ketchell - in partnership with legendary engineers - unveiled the first offerings of a line of new condenser microphones designed for advanced and professional recordists. Premiering products included the CV4 large-diaphragm multi-pattern tube condenser microphone, the C5 pencil condenser as a single or matched-pair, and C7 dual large-diaphragm FET condenser.
“Our mission is to serve the discerning artist, engineer, producer and studio owner with a premium microphones inspired by the iconic mics of the past.” states Ketchell. “We’re not trying to compete with the multitude of low-cost mics coming out of China. Miktek products are highly targeted to professionals who demand a superior level of performance and experience that can’t be achieved at a low price-point.”
Miktek microphone components are sourced from top manufacturers in the US, Europe and Asia and hand-assembled at their factory in Nashville, TN. Final testing, certification and approval is conducted under the watchful ear of Ketchell and a team of some of Nashville’s best engineers and technicians. As part of the development processes, Miktek products are tested and approved by members of Nashville’s considerable community of recording engineers and producers.
Each Miktek microphone capsule features ultra-thin Mylar diaphragms with evaporated gold, and is manufactured to tight tolerances for the highest possible quality. Miktek microphones are designed with careful consideration of internal acoustic properties and precise machining of the backplates in order to provide pristine audio performance.
Electronics for each microphone are feature AMI transformers and hand-selected transistors; matched with head-amplifiers of impeccable electronic performance. innovations such as the C7’s variable capsule bias voltage - along with variable pattern selection, high-pass filters and pad switches, make Miktek microphones highly creative tools for many applications. Each model features gold-plated XLR pins, robust and flexible shock-mounting hardware, wood presentation cases and rugged aluminum carrying cases.
The C5 small-diaphragm cardioid pencil condenser features the MK5a .5-inch cardioid capsule with 5-micron Mylar, evaporated Gold Diaphragm, AMI T5 Transformer, hand-selected transistors, and an Individual serialized frequency response graph. Available as a single microphone in a wood presentation case with clip, it is also available as a stereo matched pair with wood presentation case with mic clips, shock-mounts, windscreens, stereo bar set in a rugged aluminum carrying case.
The C7 large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser has an MK7 dual 1-inch capsule 4-micron Mylar; evaporated gold diaphragms; cardioid, omni and bi-directional pick-up patterns; high-pass filter and -10dB pad switches; variable capsule bias voltage from 48 to 60 Volts; and AMI T7 transformer. The C7 comes with its individual serialized frequency response graph in a wood presentation case with swivel-mount, shock-mount and rugged aluminum carrying case.
The CV4 features a classic large-diaphragm tube condenser design, an MK9 dual 1-inch capsule with 4-micron Mylar, evaporated gold diaphragms, nine selectable pick-up patterns, an AMI BT4 transformer, an original NOS (new-old-stock) Telefunken EF800 tube, external Power Supply and 7-pin XLR Cable. This microphone also comes with Individual serialized frequency response graph
in a wood presentation case with swivel-mount, shock-mount and rugged aluminum carrying case.