Manley Reference Cardioid Tube Microphone

Meet your go-to microphone for pop/rock/rap vocals. Natural yet warm, accurate yet flattering -- this tube mic delivers THE crisp, open, modern vocal sound.
The Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone shares the same electronic attributes as the Gold Reference Series, but has a center-fixed cardioid-only capsule with a thicker gauge (6 micron) gold sputtered diaphragm. With the similar film thickness and construction, similar high frequency resonance (a little edge), similar proximity effect and pretty good immunity from pops and sibilance problems, the Manley Reference Cardioid more closely recalls how many of the vintage European tube mics such as the beloved U47 sounded like when they were new.

Its rich tonal balance and liquid character is consistently admired for instruments such as guitars, drum overheads, saxophone, and especially vocals.

With your present mic, if you find yourself leaning on your compressors and boosting 5 or 10K to score a bit more testosterone, then the Reference Cardioid just might be the mic you're looking for to cure what ails ya.

If you want to sound like God, then use the mic Don LaFontaine used! The Manley Reference Cardioid mic. And have a voice like his, too.
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- All-Tube triode design 12AT7 (2011 build. Previous versions used 12AX7 and 6072.)
- -10 dB switchable pad
- Frequency response: 10Hz-30KHz
- Sensitivity: 17mV/Pa
- Noise typically -120dB EIN
- Max SPL: 150dB
- Actual output impedance 200 Ohms
- Weight: 2.25 lbs (mic)
- Weight: 2.5 lbs (PSU)
- Size: 4.5" x 9.7" x 4.5" (mic)
- Size: 5" x 8.2" x 3.4" (PSU)
- Shipping weight: 15 lbs
- Selected matched pairs available
- Outboard Power Supply is factory set for 100V, 120V or 220-240VAC operation for original destination country's mains voltage.
- Operating Mains Voltage changeable with power transformer re-wiring via internal jumpers and fuse value change.
- Mains Voltage Frequency: 50~ 60Hz
- Mains Fuse: 250mA @ 100~120V; 125mA @ 220~240V operation
- Power Consumption: 70mA @ 120V = 8.4 Watts
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 16.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MAN REFCARD
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 16.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NFS MANREFCARD
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (909) 627-4256
Web: https://www.manley.com/service
(3 ratings)
Submitted January 4, 2018 by Kaio B in dallas, TX
"Finally something that works"
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I've owned alot of microphones. All on the budget side of things. Finally decided that I'm tired of having to work so hard on my vocal mixes, all that is over. This is the last mic I'll ever buy for vocals!!!
Musical Style:
Hip hop
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