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Large Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone (Red Nextel finish)

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Milab DC-196 Anniversary Edition is a compact and versatile studio microphone with different polar patterns, low self-noise and excellent SPL handling.

This DC-196 80th Anniversary Edition highlights the 80th anniversary of Pearl and Milab (1941-2021) and is coated in a beautiful red Nextel finish. All other attributes are identical to the more discreet, black DC-196.

The DC-196 is a versatile studio tool built around Milab’s rectangular capsule (the 2900). It offers low noise, selectable patterns (cardioid, omni, bidirectional), excellent SPL handling and an extremely smooth off-axis response – all in a very compact format. In fact, the DC-196 is one of the smallest large-diaphragm microphones ever produced.

Hand-crafted in Sweden, DC-196 shines on transient-rich sources like acoustic instruments and, thanks to the unique properties of the rectangular capsule, it excels in recording situations where a smooth off-axis response is crucial. This includes string ensembles and choirs, but also stereo setups like X/Y and Blumlein where large-diaphragm microphones are often avoided.

 Product name: Milab DC-196
 Type: Condenser
 Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
 Polar pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Bidirectional
 Pre-attenuation pad: -12 dB (switchable)
 Max SPL (1 % THD at 1 kHz): 132 dB
 Max SPL with 12 dB pad: 144 dB
 Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 21,5 mV/Pa (± 1 dB)
 A-weighted noise level (IEC 179-A): 11 dB (typical); 12 dB (max)
 Power supply: 48 ± 4 V Phantom (DIN/IEC)
 Current consumption: 4.2 mA
 Output impedance: <200 Ω
 Minimum load impedance: 1 kΩ
 Connection: 3-pin XLR
 Length: 145 mm
 Diameter: 27 mm
 Net weight: 230 g


“It rejects off-axis sounds brilliantly, so there’s no danger of other drums or instruments bleeding into the kick drum recordings. This saves a lot of time and effort during the EQ stage of the mixing process.”

Darren, Head of Technical Sales

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