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CM3 - really THAT good?

how the cm3 can handle string stuff, with much more transients ? piano is easy to record instrument & u can get great results from all lowcost microphones.

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CM3 - really THAT good?

...a step up in that they have lower noise than the Line Audios. But compare a Schoeps MK21 and a CM3... you won't be floored by the difference in terms of tone, dynamics and overall quality. Again, noise floor, yes, a bit to the advantage of the Schoeps and it can be a requirement...

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Gear upgrade - Chamber Music and Solo recording for auditions

I use the shock mounts that came with the CM3.

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Product Description

This little microphone has a natural, detailed and balanced response. Perfect for natural reproduction of acoustical instruments such as members of the bowed and plucked string-families, grand piano, brass, percussion, overhead choir and voice -with a minimum of colouration. The response is rather smooth and flat even at an angle! The CM3 is tough enough to handle drums with full depth and punch, drum overhead clearly and crisp without strain. It also handles amplified instruments well. -A true allround microphone! It's suitable for professional studio and PA use, with a pricetag at the hobbyist level! It's very small size (about the same as a normal XLR plug) makes it easy to place, without being in the way. Its size and black colour makes it close to invisible on stage. Delivered with foam windsheild and microphone holder (clip). During manufacturing each capsule is measured, selected and trimmed by us to close tolerances. Out of range capsules are rejected. This in combination with the internal circuitry, results in a response with a unique flatness. These are quality microphones made for demanding situations. CM3 SPECIFICATIONS (version "12-52V", introduced 2011) Type: Condenser microphone (permanently biased 16mm capsule) Polar pattern: Cardioid (slightly wide/semi wide cardioid) Frequency response: 20-20000Hz (100-16000Hz+-1dB on axis, at 1m, 23C, measured with MLS noise, 1/12 octave narrow smoothing) Phantom power: 12 - 48V (P48 recommended for best performance) current consumption: 3.5 mA Impedance: <100 Ohm Sensitivity: 6mV/PA -44dB S/N ratio (DIN A-weighted/CCIR): 78dB/68dB Noise level: 16dB(A) Max SPL: 135dB @0.5% THD ([email protected], 120dB @ 12V) Size: 77mm x 20mm