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C-80 Uni-directional condenser microphone



Condenser microphone for home studio recording


The C-80 is a unidirectional condenser microphone that can be used for a variety of recording projects in a home studio, including vocals, spoken word, and acoustic instruments such as guitar and piano.

  • C-80


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Large capsule captures superior sound presence

Featuring the same diaphragm material as our legendary C-800G tube condenser microphone, and with a capsule based on the unique high-resolution large capsule C-100—both revered tools in the world's best studios—the C-80 is built from sound-design pedigree. The C-80's characteristic peak around 13 kHz delivers outstanding vocal presence in any mix, as well as capturing the fullness of acoustic instruments.

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Dual diaphragms reduce the proximity effect

Natural vocal and voice recording is possible even when vocalisation is delivered close to the microphone. A low-cut filter eliminates unwanted low-frequency noise and a pad switch function minimises distortion caused by excessive input sound. Both are built-in for polished recordings in a home studio.

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New technology for high-precision sound

Following the microphone capsule for the C-100, which has an established reputation for high sound quality, a new microphone capsule for the C-80 has been developed.

The acoustic impedance of the back plate has been reduced to achieve higher sensitivity. Insulation structure material made of high-strength, high-insulation polyetherimide (PEI) with high-precision resin machining is used for the capsule case and back electrode, and brass produced with high-precision machining is used for the capsule case and back electrode. The diaphragm membrane is coated with 24-carat gold vapour deposition. By assembling and processing these materials with great attention, a high-precision, high-purity, low-distortion sound is realised.

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Capture your performance

Tight and rich mid-range capture provides a vocal sound with a clear core and presence, allowing vocals to stand out even when mixed with other instrumental sounds. The high-frequency range reproduces even the finest nuances, such as delicate breathing. The overall straightforward and natural sound does not require complex post-processing.

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Never miss a note

In recordings of acoustic guitars and pianos, the characteristics of the instruments, such as the scrape of guitar strings and the resonance of the body, are realistically reproduced with a firm, extended low-end and natural overall balance. The dynamic and dense sound also brings the instruments closer to the listener.

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Record your authentic voice

Natural and clear voice recording is achieved by suppressing boomy low frequency and noise when vocalisation is made close to the microphone. The forward-focused directional characteristics and low-cut filter prevent the microphone from picking up ambient and low-frequency noise, making it suitable for live broadcasts.

Large 25-mm microphone capsule emphasises the presence of sound.

Dual-diaphragm structure suppresses proximity effect for stable recording and broadcast.

Precision resin backplate, for reduced acoustic impedance and high sensitivity.

Rich mid-range characteristics ensure a precise vocal pickup.

Extended low-end and natural sound provide a realistic reproduction of instruments.

Switchable low-cut filter reduces the pickup of low-frequency and ambient noise.



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