Sanken CU-44X MK II Dual Capsule Cardioid Condenser Microphone


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  • The CU-44x MK II has a revolutionary design featuring two titanium matched capsules for low and high, with 100 volt internal power for super wide dynamic range and headroom. The transformerless design, with a slight bump above 14kHz gives a very pleasing air in the high end with remarkable transient response. Perfect for vocals, overheads, and acoustic instruments delivering a very pleasing natural sound. Match this with a modern preamp for ultra-low noise and a sonic clarity that is immediately obvious to the ear.

    The CU-44X MK II compares very favorably with the older vintage mics in the bottom end but has a much more pleasing high end. This mic has a proven record of great recordings on vocals or instruments. The unique dual-capsule Sanken CU-44X Mk II sports a versatile cardioid pattern ideal for a wide range of recordings. The ability to withstand high SPLs insures clean, distortion-free recording on explosive percussion and other instruments with harsh dynamics. When used in pairs, the result is impeccably clear stereo imaging.

    The CU-44X MkII features a specially designed double titanium capsule with a unique mounting scheme that guarantees phase coherency – a larger one for the bass and a smaller one for the high frequencies. They are immune to the effects of humidity and temperature change, resulting in totally consistent response, regardless of the recording environment. The CU-44X Mk II’s frequency response is totally flat – on axis, at 90 degrees – essential in maintaining sonic transparency.


    • Transformerless design for high transient, natural and uncolored sound with vivid sonic imagery
    • Internal high voltage power supply for wide dynamic range and headroom
    • Low noise
    • Dual coherent titanium membranes immune to the effects of humidity and temperature change
    • Superior off-axis response
    • Smooth cardioid polar pattern
    • Withstands high SPL
    • Flat frequency response (20Hz to 20kHz)

    Recommended Applications:

    • Acoustic Guitar
    • Background or Chorus Vocals
    • Brass and Woodwind
    • Drums Close Mic
    • Electric/Bass Guitar Amps
    • Orchestra Solo
    • Overheads
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Sound Design, Effects and ATMOS
    • Strings
    • Upright Bass
    • Vocals
  • Transducer DC biased condenser
    Directivity Cardioid
    Frequency response 20Hz – 30kHz
    Sensitivity -34dB(20mV, 0dB=1V/Pa)
    Equivalent noise level (IEC) 15dB A
    Max SPL(1% THD) 140dB SPL
    Output impedance( 1kHz ) 150 ohms
    Powering +48V±4V phantom
    Current consumption 4mA
    Weight 430g / .95lbs
    Dimensions 156mm x 45.5mm (D)
    6.14in x 1.79in (D)
    Surface finish Matte black
    Connector XLR-3-12C(M) equivalent
    1: GND, 2: Hot, 3: Cold
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