Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone with 3 Voicings, 3 Gain Settings, and 3 Polar Patterns (Omni, Cardioid, and Figure-8)
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A FET Mic You Can Use on Anything!

If you're looking for extreme versatility, Lauten Audio's Atlantis FC-387 is going to knock your socks off. This amazing large-diaphragm FET condenser mic takes Lauten Audio's reputation for building uniquely diverse microphones to a whole new level. Three distinct voicing switches let you use the Atlantis FC-387 to bring out the richness in your lows, the character of your mids, and the smoothness in your highs. So, what's a microphone like the Atlantis FC-387 good for? EVERYTHING! Ask your Sweetwater Sales Engineer about the Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 today!

Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 FET Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • One microphone, three distinct voices
  • A polar pattern to fit any environment
  • Gain options for a wide range of sources
One microphone, three distinct voices

The Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 FET condenser microphone gives you a degree of control over your sound beyond the reach of most typical mics. That's largely because of its 3-way voicing switch, which lets you subtly but effectively contour its basic character. Set to its Gentle postion, the Atlantis FC-387 levels out bright peaks, taking the bite out of sibilant esses. The Neutral setting maintains even transparency without noticeably altering your sound, whereas the Forward voicing lets you add life to dull sources, without reaching for your EQ.

A polar pattern to fit any environment

Just as important as its various voicings, the Atlantis FC-387 gives you three polar patterns to choose from, allowing you to record in any environment. The omnidirectional setting is open and responsive, allowing you to capture both the crispness of your source and the resonance of your recording environment. The Atlantis FC-387's cardioid mode, on the other hand, gives you excellent off-axis noise rejection and naturally tames some of the low end. Finally, Lauten Audio gave the Atlantis FC-387 a figure-8 setting, which provides you with amazing side-noise rejection.

Gain options for a wide range of sources

Once you start using the Atlantis FC-387, you're going to want to stick it on everything. Luckily, Lauten Audio gave it a 3-way gain switch, so it can accommodate any instrument. For general use, the 0dB setting gives you the purest, most transparent sound. For a bit more presence (and to hit your mic preamp a bit harder), you can kick the Atlantis FC-387's output up by +10dB. If, on the other hand, you're recording a blaring guitar cab or using a pair of Atlantis FC-387 mics as overheads, you'll probably find its -10dB setting useful.

Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 FET Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Extremely versatile FET condenser microphone that's great for anything from vocals to didgeridoos
  • Large-diaphragm, solid-state FET design provide a naturally smooth sound
  • Individually hand-tuned capsule and premium high-resolution electronics provide unrivaled sound quality
  • Switchable omni, figure-8, and cardioid polar patterns let you adapt to any environment
  • 3 voicing options let you change the contour of your sound, mellowing out highs or bringing them forward
  • 3 gain settings let you boost weaker signals and pad louder sources such as drums and guitar amplifiers
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 FET condenser microphone is an amazing all-purpose mic!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1.23" (31.25mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 130dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Self Noise 12dB (A weighted)
Pads -10dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 2.2 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Wood Box
Manufacturer Part Number LAUTATLAFC387

Customer Reviews

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Excellent Mic

I have been searching for a mic for vocals for quite a while. I have a UA LA-610 MkII that I bought from my Sweetwater rep, Ben Robinson. I love the strip, but I struggled to find a mic that paired well with it for my voice. After months of consultation and a trip to Gearfrest, where I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Ben about my vocal chain, I decided to purchase the Lauten Atlantis on his recommendation. What a tremendous mic! It was designed for use with DAWs rather than a console and tape. It is highly adaptable, including a capsule that features figure eight, omni and cardioid. But the real winner for me is the Multi-voicing. Whether you are looking for a highly versatile mic, which the Atlantis is, or a mic to solve a particular, this is the right mic. The difference in the quality of my vocal tracks is huge. I strongly recommend the Atlantis!
Music background: Singer-songwriter, home studio

Reivew of the Lauten Atlantics FC-387 Microphone

Lauten Atlantis FC-387 I purchased the Lauten Atlantis FC-387 as my “main” microphone for recording acoustic guitars. I have many makes, models and woods. So I really want to bring out the best audio quality and performance from each guitar. I use a multi-microphone set up – stereo overheads, ribbon in front and the Lauten Atlantis at the 12th-15th fret about 5 to 6 inches from the neck/body. What I really like about the Atlantis is how transparent it is in capturing the “tone” of the wood. The detail and minimal low end build up from the mic is excellent. I run the Atlantis through a Millennia SST-1 preamp with the transformer and tube section. The combination is rich and revealing. The clarity of sonic signature is so detailed that you can hear the tone of the woods and the strings. Trying out various strings, composition, thickness, provided a huge pallet of tones and sounds. And the Atlantis picked it all up. I actually found I could concentrate more on my performance because the sound was so clear and rich. The optional voicing on the Atlantis allows for a “quick change” reference to sus out how different your sound can be with just one switch setting. In balance with the over-heads and a ribbon – a really nice sound. Great job Lauten!
Music background: Guitarist, Songwriter, Audio Engineer

Amazing mic!

This mic is simply incredible! With the polar patterns+voicings, it is extremely versitile, and on my list of new gear. I'm actually gonna take it a step further with the UA Twinfinity, to bring in some extra flexability. Giving it the option of either a solid state or tube sounding mic. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a high end workhorse mic!
Music background: Home recording engineer/Jazz singer

Best Versatile Mic under $1500 Period.

I've owned this microphone for 7-8 months now, and have been trying to learn more about it's strengths and weaknesses. It doesn't really have any weaknesses that I know of. It's non-omni polar patterns feel subjectively "tight" and "focused" much in the same way that more expensive microphones, which is a big deal I've learned over the years... Let me say what it is not, and this will vindicate the microphone after the one negative review left for it on this page - it does not sound like a tube microphone, at least not a modern tube microphone. It does not have the shiny, airy high frequency sheen that tube mics like the Miktek CV4 or the Mojave MA-200/300 microphones possess. The "forward" voicing position gets it in that ballpark, but the subjective quality is not the same. I would describe it as more of an "iron" sound than a tube sound, even though the Atlantis is transformerless. However, if you hook it up to a good tube preamplifier, you can get some of those qualities, but it's not the same. That however, is no reason to ding it. The Atlantis is a fine microphone for many different applications, and the voicing switch makes it so much more versatile than any tube mic I've used. With the Gentle voicing position, it sounds a lot like a ribbon microphone, albeit with more complexity in it's coloration. Or perhaps a vintage U47 FET in questionable repair. This position responds very well to high frequency EQ to shape the top end as you wish. The Neutral voicing position, to my ears, is wholly unique, and I can only describe it as a blend of the Forward and Gentle voicings. To me, it's just the SOUND of this microphone, and doesn't sound much like anything else out there. In a good way. The Forward voicing position really boosts the air on the signal, and brings it closer to U87 territory, but with a hint more darkness in the mid-range. And of course, the really great selling feature is the pad switch, which has a +10 position, something I can't say that I've seen on any other microphone. Not only does this switch not raise the noise floor perceptibly, it also allows you to drive your preamp at a significantly lower gain setting, and allows driving preamps that are otherwise difficult to be driven hard - like the Millennia HV-3D. (Not a typical application of that preamp, but it's an interesting sound.) As long as you don't see this as a desert island microphone (since it is not transparent or authentically "tube-y,") you will get a lot of mileage out of this wonderful tool. If I was looking to get into the higher end from the sub-$600 project studio microphone fare, and was considering this or the two similarly price tube microphones mentioned earlier, I would start with this, and then get a tube mic later. Get the Mojave if you want something that is very present. The Atlantis is a microphone you'll never need to sell. It will always offer a character that no other microphone possesses. And it is simply unmatched at any price in it's versatility.
Music background: Project Studio Owner, Musician, Part-Time Session Engineer

Can't Go Wrong With This Mic

I own both a Neumann Tlm 102 and Avantone CV 12 . This Atlantis is a clear winner . With 3 different settings you are sure to find the one that suits you . Whats kool too is that its one of the few mics that you can just plug into your interface and get GREAT results without having to do much tweaking and eqing . The Neutral position is just that Neutral .. and takes boosting of frequencies very very well without getting harsh .. Even the Forward position, which is the brightest of the 3 , isn't harsh at all .. This thing is built solid like a truck !!!

Sweetwater Advice

Nick Church

Everyone will tell you there is no such thing as "the perfect microphone," and I suppose, by the strict definition of the word, they would be right. But in my opinion the Lauten Audio Atlantis large-diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser mic comes very, very close indeed. They started off by making a capsule that sounded excellent on its own, and then included three switch-selectable "voices" that change the mic's fundamental character, added 3 polar patterns and 3 gain or pad settings, which results in about 27 different mics for just under $1,500, and if that doesn't justify the tag "perfect" then I'm not sure what does. This one mic will allow you to soften an edgy female vocal, liven up a muffled male voice, capture drums as an overhead and/or room mic, and work really well for all kinds of other instruments, and everything it records will be able to sit well in a mix without having to EQ it to death. If you are thinking about adding just one "perfect" mic to your studio, then make it the Lauten Atlantis!

Marcos Sanchez

The Lauten Audio FC-387 Atlantis microphone is without a doubt one of the most revolutionary mics to come around in recent years. Sure, the modern FET circuitry and the beautiful-sounding capsule aren't necessarily groundbreaking (although they do sound remarkable in their own right!). But where the Atlantis really shines is in its flexibility and tonality with modern recording setups. The three polar patterns mixed with the three "voices" of the Atlantis allow you to use this one mic in a variety of setups on just about any instrument - so much so that it will easily become your new "go-to" mic. The Atlantis will give you that character and richness you expect from a classic microphone without having the drawbacks of vintage mics that were designed to go through consoles full of tubes and transformers, to tape machines full of tubes and transformers, and then back into the console to get that final sound: It'll sound great plugged in to the built-in preamp of your audio interface - without any of the harshness. Overall, the Lauten Audio FC-387 Atlantis microphone is my new hands-down favorite, because I haven't heard anything close to its versatility, rich tone, and overall build quality. It's definitely worth consideration as the next addition to your mic locker.
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