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Earthworks Audio QTC30MP
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Earthworks QTC30 is an extraordinarily accurate microphone. It provides that famous Earthworks Sound with lower self noise than was thought possible with such a small a diaphragm. The QTC30 delivers flat, extended Time Coherent response from below 6Hz to beyond 30kHz, typically within +/-0.5dB from 20Hz-20kHz. More importantly, its impulse response is faster and cleaner than any other recording microphone we have measured except our own QTC1. Its clean impulse performance allows the QTC30 to transduce wave forms exactly giving you a true and accurate representation of sonic events as they happen in the air.

The QTC30 is among the best possible choices for ambient room miking but it is also exquisite for close miking of quieter more delicate sources. This microphone is a very good choice for all applications where natural, uncolored pick up of sound is the desired result. The QTC30 effortlessly captures the full size and natural texture of many difficult and complex sources ranging from Location Recording of Classical, Jazz, Ethnic, Folk and Pop music to Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Upright Bass, Strings, Vocals, Brass, and Woodwinds. It is also useful for those applications when you want to capture natural sounds with the feeling of reality intact, like Sound Effect, Foley, ADR, Sampling, Birdsong and even the subsonic calls of elephants.

If you prefer transparency over coloration, a matched pair of QTC30s is a 'must have'.


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...and you'll just have to get another and it won't be matched. You might consider something like an Earthworks qtc30mp and get a matched pair within your budget now... make great drum overheads too. Howard

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If You Could Only Have Only One Stereo Mic Pair...

They are not for everyone, but I love my QTC30 matched pair. The source needs to sound good since they don’t hype, but the image they produce is outstanding.

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