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AES 2017: Earthworks debut SV33 studio vocal mic

High-resolution mic with near-perfect cardioid pattern revealed

Earthworks have launched a brand new flagship studio vocal microphone, the SV33, at the AES Convention in New York. The SV33 is a front-address cardioid condenser microphone featuring hand-tuned circuitry paired with a 14mm capsule. Earthworks claim this delivers the warmth of a large diaphragm capsule but with the detail that Earthworks are known for. 

The new mic incorporates Earthworks’ patented polar technology, the SV33 delivers a near-perfect cardioid polar pattern that is consistent up to 80 degrees off-axis, claim its makers. The idea is that this allows the singer to move freely in front of the microphone without sacrificing timbre or level. The microphone also has very low handling noise and a built in windscreen to minimise plosives. 

In addition, Earthworks say that the SV33 excels at rejecting unwanted sounds at the rear of the microphone, while any sounds that do come in off-axis sound natural and uncoloured.

The SV33 boasts a frequency response of 30Hz to 33kHz ±2dB at 5 inches with self-noise of 15dBA, yielding a 79dB S/N ratio. While its maximum acoustic input level is 145dB SPL. 

Every SV33 is individually handmade in the company’s New Hampshire, USA headquarters and is housed in an elegant aluminium body with Nextel® Dark Black plating for low reflectivity and durability. The SV33 comes with a flexible mounting bracket for attaching the microphone to booms or stands. Each microphone comes in a custom designed carrying case to protect the SV33.

The SV33 Studio Vocal Microphone will be available in December 2017 with a U.S. street price of $2,399.00.  

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