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The MICROS
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M1245 Mounted on a Conga
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The MICROS are the latest from Audix. Consisting of 2 models M1245 and M1290, the MICROS are the smallest condenser microphones in the world with an integrated preamp and detachable cable. The M1245 is less than 2 inches long and weighs a mere .6 oz while the M1290 is 3.5 inches in length (90 mm) and weighs in at 1 oz. Characterized with machined brass body and black E-coat finish, every model is laser etched with it's model and serial number. Individual models include a variety of polar patterns to choose from including caridoid, hypercardioid, omni-directional and shotgun capsules. .

VP of Sales and Marketing, Cliff Castle, states: "The MICROS are clearly a departure from everything else on the market. Other miniature microphones this size require external power supplies that are bulky, cumbersome, and require extra cabling." Castle continues; "Not only do the MICROS eliminate the additional power supply, but the preamplifier used in the MICROS is very special. The circuitry is the same typology used in our popular SCX series. The MICROS are studio quality mics with very low noise, wide dynamic range, and high quality performance."

The M1245 has a smooth uniform response over a frequency range of 80 Hz -- 20 kHz, while M1290 has additional wide response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz. Requiring phantom power of 48-52 volts, the MICROS are low impedance, fully balanced, and capable of cable runs up to 150' without degradation of signal or frequency response. The microphones are beautifully packaged in a classic rosewood case with 12' cable, mic stand adapter, and snap on foam windscreen. Optional accessories include 25' and 50' cables, a rubber insulated shock mount clip, and a special clip for positioning the mics for overhead hanging applications. The MICROS are also compatible with the Device and Dclamp accessory from Audix, which allow for a wide variety of instrument miking.

The MICROS are available from authorized Audix dealers at suggested retail prices of $379 - $429 depending on model and capsule.

Specifications:

  • Transducer Principle: Condenser
  • Capsule Technology: Gold Vapor
  • Pickup Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 14 mV /Pascal
  • Frequency Range: 80 -- 20 kHz (M1245), 40 Hz -- 20 kHz (M1290)
  • Impedance: 150 ohms balanced
  • Power Requirements: 48-52 volts phantoms
  • Maximum SPL: 140 dB
  • Housing/Finish: Machined brass, E-coat
  • Weight: .6 oz (M1245), 1 oz (M1290)
  • Length 1.75 inches (M1245), 3.5 inches (M1290)
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