Miktek C5 - Matched Pair

Stereo Matched Pair of Small-diaphragm Pencil Condenser Microphones with 2 Clips, Wooden Box Inside Aluminum Case, 2 Shockmounts, Windscreens, and a Stereo Bar
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Next-level Drum Overhead Miking!

The pencil condenser is a critical studio tool, and the C5 matched pair is just the microphone duo for the important job. Miktek packed as much value as possible into these small-diaphragm condensers. They're fitted with Miktek's MK5a ½" capsule, which offers a full-bodied, super-linear response — just what you want from a critical recording mic. The other components in the Miktek C5 have been designed to offer up a sweet response that's reminiscent of iconic mics from studio lore. You'll love using the Miktek C5 matched pair as drum overheads. These mics are also a stellar combo for recording a number of nuanced acoustic instruments, including violin, acoustic guitar, and piano. Plus, thanks to high SPL handling, the C5 matched pair performs well on brass and woodwind instruments as well.

When you're ready to treat yourself to a "big league" pencil condenser microphone experience, look to the Miktek C5 matched pair. It's a great combination of high-quality components and a linear response, offered at a can't-beat value. You even get an actual frequency-response graph — from your microphone's very serial number — that Miktek captured during final testing in Nashville, TN. Step up to the Miktek C5.

Miktek C5 Small-diaphragm Pencil Condenser Microphone Matched Pair Features at a Glance:
  • Matched pair of small-diaphragm pencil condenser microphones
  • Cardioid pickup pattern
  • Great drum overhead microphone; also excellent on acoustic instruments
  • MK5a ½" cardioid capsule with 5-micron mylar, evaporated-gold diaphragm
  • Features an AMI T5 transformer
  • Hand-selected transistors
  • Individual serialized frequency-response graph
  • Comes in a wooden box that's set inside an aluminum case
  • Includes 2 shockmounts, 2 clips, windscreens, and a stereo bar
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Step into the microphone "big leagues"; get Miktek's high-quality C5 small-diaphragm pencil condenser matched pair!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.5" (12.5mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 126dB
Signal to Noise Ratio 77dB
Self Noise 17dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Manufacturer Part Number C5MP

Customer Reviews

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The only mic I use now

These are great for acoustic guitar, as you have heard. But I recently started using it as a vocal mic. I'd been using the Blueberry, but this little mic sounds just as good as the Blueberry but captures more nuance of personality. Very subjective and difficult choice, but it's what I'm using for everything now.
Music background: hobbyist

Great for any acoustics, even film dialogue

Amazing clarity and definition. I used the C5 MP to record dialogue for a recent film. We had lav mics setup for talent as well, but in post the Miktek's performed so well that ended up not needing the lavs at all, and the stereo field is exquisite. Can't go wrong here!
Music background: Pro

A Wonderful Mic to Have in Your Tool Kit

I was looking for a mic to capture acoustic guitar that was transparent and with proper mic placement, sounded like the instrument does when your physically standing in the room while it's being played. I have tired AKG C100's, Rhode NT1-A and a couple of other lower priced mic's but they all have a darkness to them that didn't pick up the true sound of the guitar and needed a lot of EQ to make them sound decent, but was always falling short of a great acoustic guitar tone. I called to speak to my sales re (AJ Peterson), who by the way has been extremely helpful to me over the last couple of years as I been setting up my studio....Thank you A.J.! He had suggested going with the Miktek C5. He said he was really impressed on how well and transparent these mic's were and that he not only had great success using them on acoustic instruments but also using them on drums as overhead mics. So I thought, These could be a really nice pair of mic's that can be used on several different sources with great success. I first tired these on acoustic guitar. We were playing a Taylor 900 series 6-string and also recorded a Taylor 355 12 string. Set up the mic about 6"-8" away from the body pointed at the 12th fret on a 45 degree angle....pretty typical mic technique right? We were blown away on how well these mic's sounded. When listening back to the recording in the control room we were amazed on how transparent the Miktek were and if you were to close your eyes you would think the person was in the room playing the guitar right in front of you. No EQ really needed, just roll off a little bottom end. We tried a few different mic positions and the result was the same. It was impossible to make this mic sound bad. If you want different tones, just move the mic and the Miktek's will accurately reflect the true tone of the guitar. I have not tried these on drums or electric guitar yet but I have read other reviews where people have and had great results so I am looking forward to that! I would say if your looking for a good mid priced mic that can be used on several sources and sound great, the give the Miktek's a try. For the money you really can't beat them.
Music background: Musician, Audio Engineer

Sell your 184s.

Fantastic acoustic guitar microphone, but money in the bank on overheads, a stereo pair over a string quartet, and almost anything acoustic. Not brittle, but very sharp. A/Bed them against a 184, an SM81, a 414, a C451B, and an NT-5 on acoustic guitar through an Avid 192 & an API 512c preamp, and the C5 is the clear cut winner. A fantastic microphone investment for casual users AND professionals.
Music background: Studio Owner

Still in love with them after 6 years

These are still my go to SDC. Very warm very natural never brittle in the high-end. A friend of mine borrowed them to make up a choir and the choir director came to him and said why does the choir sounds so much better. Of course it was the C5s.
Music background: Theater sound designer / Studio owner

Sweetwater Advice

Nick Schenkel

We just heard the entire Miktek line shot out against "the usual suspects" of studio microphones. These microphones are unbelieveable. The warmth and character of the C5 microphones set them apart from an increasingly sterile market. They sound great. At this price, you owe it to yourself and your music to check them out.

Bart Good

I recently used the Mikteck C5 matched pair to mic my acoustic guitar. Wow, what an incredible sound! The "hype" is well-deserved with these mics. They've set a new standard for me, and it will be hard to use anything else on acoustic guitars from now on.
See also: Condenser Mics, Miktek, Miktek Condenser Microphones, Miktek Condenser Microphones