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Rectangular capsule users, unite! And tell us your experiences... Condenser Microphones
Old 2nd December 2017
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Originally Posted by Peller View Post
Really, they are all back-to-back cardioids? In that case, what is the rationale for the existence of the ELM-B? Why would you not just buy the multi-pattern version of the ELM design?
The B version has one Fet conditioning amplifier inside. A switched version would have only one amplifier on board, but you need both negative and positive polarization voltages, at least if you want to make a figure of eight. More expensive, and you need other metal housings for adding switches. I think it is the cost saving factor to offer single pattern versions.

The ELM multi-pattern version has two amplifiers where both capsule sides get one polarization voltage, and you mix in the desk either in phase or out of phase to create. You don't need any switches.

Both ways offers the cheapest solution to buy the microphone one needs. And you can use the multipattern version also as a stereo mike.

If I remember well the single pattern ELM's are quite cheaper than the multi pattern.
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