Studio Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
- 1" Gold membrane
- Polar pattern: Super-cardioid
- Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 23.3 mV / Pa
- Equivalent noise level: 18 dB (A)
- Output impedance: 120 Ohm
- Peak SPL: 132 dB
- Internal low cut switch at 100 Hz with 6 dB
- Requires +48 V phantom power
- Weight of the microphone: 351 g
- Colour: Black
- Shock mount and bag included
The SC 400 Studio is a large-diaphragm microphone which, though aimed primarily at budding producers, offers much more than its price tag would suggest. The SC 400's capsule contains a gold-plated 1” diaphragm and delivers professional-quality sound on a par with many much more expensive devices, and it weighs a reassuring 350 grams thanks to its sturdy metal casing. A switchable low-cut filter completes the picture. The microphone is supplied with a carrying case for transport and storage, as well as a shock mount to isolate it from handling noises.
Large-diaphragm microphones such as the SC 400 USB are valued for their high sensitivity and accurate rendition. In addition, their proximity effect is more pronounced than that of small-capsule mics – in other words, the closer you are to the microphone when speaking or singing, the warmer your voice will become. The same effect will apply to other sound sources such as guitars and pianos. Large-diaphragm microphones are extremely versatile, and every studio should have at least one. Podcasters will also appreciate the richness and “radiophonic” quality of their sound.
Versatility is the key word
The SC 400 Studio has a very linear frequency curve that makes it suitable for both vocal and instrumental recording. Its low-cut at around 100 Hz attenuates unwanted shocks or breathing noises, and the shock mount helps prevent mechanical vibrations from disrupting the recording. The t.bone SC 400 is a great choice for budding engineers taking their first steps in audio recording, or as a backup microphone in more advanced setups. As an overhead microphone, it can of course be paired in a stereo setup with a second SC 400 to record drums and pianos.
About the t.bone
Since 1994, the t.bone has been one of Thomann’s in-house brands, and its name can be found on devices such as headphones, wireless systems, in-ear equipment, and various microphones and matching accessories. “the t.bone” products are made exclusively by renowned companies who also manufacture products for other well-known brands. This provides a clear advantage: Brand-quality products at very reasonable prices. And word gets around: One in seven Thomann customers has already bought at least one product from the t.bone.
The frequency response of the SC 400 USB features a slight bump at around 10 kHz, adding a subtle yet recognizable shine to the voice that is often found in professional recordings. In addition, the SC 400 USB has a supercardioid polar pattern, which effectively attenuates unwanted sounds and interference from its back and sides. Room and ambient noises are thus kept to a minimum, even if the home studio does not have the proper acoustic treatment.