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Lewitt LCT 640 TS

Dual-output Capacitor Microphone
Published July 2017
By Hugh Robjohns

Lewitt LCT 640 TS

By giving you independent access to its front and rear diaphragms, this intriguing mic lets you change polar patterns after recording!

In only eight years, Lewitt Audio have become a serious force to be reckoned with in the professional microphone market, having developed an extensive range of microphones for high-quality recording, live-sound, and other applications. The design effort is based in Vienna, Austria, while the manufacturing is done in the Far East to very high standards, and many Lewitt models have already featured in the pages of Sound On Sound. Of particular relevance to this review, though, is Paul White’s evaluation of the LCT 640 (August 2012), a large-diaphragm, solid-state capacitor model from the company’s LCT recording range. In brief, this microphone was designed as a versatile all-rounder, with an adjustable polar pattern and comprehensive pre-attenuation and filtering options — all switched electronically via a very elegant user-interface.

The subject of this review is an even more versatile sibling called the LCT 640 TS, which is derived directly from the original model and shares all the same core functionality. In fact it could be used interchangeably with it, the only practical difference in that context being a higher sensitivity (more later). However, the reason for the ‘TS’ suffix relates to its modified internal electronics and the addition of a mini-XLR output socket on the side of the microphone body.

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Published July 2017