Barcus Berry 4000: Planar Wave System

Condenser Boundary Microphone for Recording Piano and Harp
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Provides Full-spectrum Frequency Response and Perfect Amplitude Balance!

Provides full-spectrum frequency response and perfect amplitude balance across the entire instrument while achieving an excellent degree of isolation from ambient sounds together with outstanding feedback rejection. The system can be quickly and easily installed on any piano or harp and can be just as simply removed without leaving any visible evidence of its use.

Barcus Berry 4000: Planar Wave System Piano/Harp Pickup System Features at a Glance:
  • 1/4" connector
  • XLR Output
  • Includes adhesive for installation
  • 1 yr parts/labor warranty
  • Requires +48V phantom power

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Boundary
Frequency Response 5Hz-30kHz (±1.1 dB)
Max SPL 110dB
Output Impedance 1 kohm
Signal to Noise Ratio 108dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Included Accessories Adhesive Patches for Transducer Installation
Manufacturer Part Number 4000-BRB-U

Customer Reviews

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Planar Wave mic

the planar wave system for our church Grand Piano, is everything I expected. It gives us the depth of tone we needed. Thanks guys.
Music background: hobbyist/chhurch musician

Great for Sound Effects

Bought for recording sound effects. It sounds unlike any other contact microphone I have ever heard. Quieter than the trance audio mics to my ears.

Easy to install and delivers the goods!

I was in need of a method to mic a grand piano for use in a monitor feed for a choir. Due to the physical layout of the area, it was not possible to orient the piano to direct the sound towards them nor was it possible to open the lid wider becuase of sound managment within the sanctuary. While I would not classisfy the Barcus Bery pickup as translating the richness of the piano as well as a set of carefully placed condenser micrphones, I would emphaisze it is quick and easy to atttach to the soundboard. The resulting tone is crisp which places well in a mix.. I have used the BB pickup in the past for FOH reinforcement with excellent results. Very easy to get an acoustic piano to set in the mix with this setup.

Barcus Berry 4000 on Yamaha C7

Clarity is much better than the mic we had. Overall good sound ... it's going to take some more time from sound engineers to balance the pickup to the room to combat some of the tinniness. Overall, we're happy though.
Music background: Pro Musician


I like using the BBE on Piano because I can use it to feed the pianist monitor and not have a feedback issue. Sometimes the piano needs to be shut, using a couple SM91 and the BBE I can acheive a very warm not electric sounding Grand Piano.
Music background: Live Audio Engineer
See also: Condenser Mics, Barcus Berry, Barcus Berry Condenser Microphones, Barcus Berry Condenser Microphones