Miktek C5 - Single Mic

Small-diaphragm Pencil Condenser Microphone with Wood Case and Mic Clip
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First-class Pencil Condenser Mic!

The pencil condenser is a critical studio tool — and the C5 is just the microphone for the important job. Miktek packed as much value as possible into this small-diaphragm condenser. It's fitted with Miktek's MK5a 1/2-inch 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 the Miktek C5 as a drum overhead microphone (it's also available as a stereo pair). This is also a stellar pick for recording a number of nuanced acoustic instruments, including violin, acoustic guitar, acoustic guitar and piano. Plus, thanks to its high SPL handling, the C5 performs well on brass and woodwind instruments as well.

When you're ready to treat yourself to a "big league" pencil condenser microphone, the Miktek C5 really shines. 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 Features at a Glance:
  • Small-diaphragm pencil condenser microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern
  • Great drum overhead microphone, also excellent on acoustic instruments
  • MK5a 0.5-inch 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 wood presentation case with a mic clip
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Step into the microphone "big leagues" and get Miktek's high-quality C5 small-diaphragm pencil condenser!

Additional Media

C5 - Single Mic Spec Sheet
C5 - Single Mic User Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.5" (12.5mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 126dB
Signal to Noise Ratio 77dB
Self Noise 17dB
Connector XLR
Included Accessories Mic Clip, Wood Case
Manufacturer Part Number C5

Customer Reviews

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C-5 Omni caps

This my 3rd review of the C-5. I had been wishing that Mik-Tek would make omni caps for the C-5. I had read reports on the net that said in fact these caps were indeed being made, yay !! Contacted my SE Matt and was informed that they were special order but he could get them. Placed my order on Monday got them on Wednesday. They were as expected, outstanding on acoustic guitar, no surprise there. What really made me say WOW though was using them as OH's on a drum kit. Didn't even need to mic the floor toms, the pick-up was that good. If you, like me, bought the C-5 before these caps were available, do yourself a favor a get a omni cap for your C-5, you won't be disappointed.
Music background: Home Studio recordist,Musician etc.

My favorite!

My favorite mic for acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin... I have a stereo pair of those for the past three years and I've always found a good use for them in every recording session..It always wins whenever I have to choose from a Neumann km184 or an AKG C 451 B. Thank you so much Simon Picazo for all the great gear you have always pointed out so assertively!
Music background: Producer, Pro Musician

Another C-5

This review may seem a little redundant since some of what I am about to say I covered in my review of the Grace m101 micpre. But I digress. I bought my 1st C-5 a couple of months ago and was absolutely amazed at how good it sounded on acoustic guitar, my main app by the way. Fast forward a couple of months.... I order another C-5 and a stereo bar so I can record the acoustic (a 1955 Martin d-28) in stereo. I know in theory you buy a matched pair to record in stereo. But I (obviously) didn't. So how did the two mics "sound" side by side ? Amazing, wonderful, beautiful , outstanding...well you get the idea. The C-5 ships with a frequency graph plot and these two mics, tho a couple of months apart, their respective plots showed only 1-2 dB difference at around 12K. Did I hear a difference? Nope, would some one else hear a difference, maybe. But since it's in my studio and I didn't, the point is moot. Quality tells, the proof is in the "sound" pudding. Bottom line, singlely or in pairs, the C-5 is an amazing mic.
Music background: Home recordist/musician

One Word: Wow !

Put this mic through a Grace m101 pre, and on the 12th fret @ about 12" out of a 1955 Martin D-28. That old guitar never sounded so good. The C-5 captures what my ear hears, only better. Amazing mic.
Music background: Home Studio/Musician

Favorite vocal mic, as well

I use it on acoustic guitar, but it's great on vocals, better than any I've tried (nearly all Rodes, USA CADs, ADK). I even like it better for vocals than the Miktek C7 as it's truer, more transparent. Now I have to sell a bunch of mics, since this is the main one I use now.
Music background: Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Chris McCown

We recently had a shootout with the C5 vs. several other well known (and much more expensive) small-diaphragm pencil condensers on an acoustic guitar. The Miktek C5 won hands down. It's got a warm full sound that isn't typical with pencil condensers. Shimmery high end, excellent bottom end, and very smooth midrange.
See also: Condenser Mics, Miktek, Miktek Condenser Microphones