Miktek C7e Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone with 3 Selectable Pickup Patterns, Switchable Bias Voltage, Shockmount, Wood Presentation Case, and Aluminum Carrying Case
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A Must-have Addition to Your Mic Locker

Miktek gave their venerable C7 a refresh for 2014, with a newly retooled zinc die-cast body, more reliable switches, and a new shockmount. The C7e still gives you the same outstanding performance that has made the original a studio essential for many Sweetwater Sales Engineers. This large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone is the sort of mic you can put up, turn up, and call it a day. Plus, thanks to the three selectable pickup patterns (cardioid, omni, and bidirectional), the C7e is as versatile as it is sweet sounding.

Miktek C7e Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • How does the Miktek C7e manage to sound so good?
  • Three polar patterns give you amazing versatility
  • A few examples of what you can do with this incredible mic
How does the Miktek C7e manage to sound so good?

The C7e's head amplifier has been designed around the AMI T7 transformer, coupled with high-quality components and hand-selected transistors. The goal? To get as close as possible to the tone of the most desired vintage microphones. For even more versatility, the C7e features a unique circuit that lets you switch the capsule's bias voltage from +48-+60 volts. That means you get two microphone voices in one. Use the +48 setting when you want to capture even the slightest of performance nuances. Switch over to +60 for an extremely articulate, accurate sound. However you use the C7e, be glad you spent so little for such a big-deal microphone. Miktek nailed it with this one.

Three polar patterns give you amazing versatility

The C7e is amazingly versatile. Its three polar patterns (cardioid, omni, and bidirectional) make it an ideal choice for a range of mono and stereo recording techniques, including Spaced Pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and Mid-Side (MS). Read on for a few examples to get the creative juices flowing.

A few examples of what you can do with this incredible mic

Two singers, one mic: grab the C7e, set it to bidirectional, and you're good to go. Record a sax solo overdub with natural "slap": position the C7e (again, on bidirectional) between the sax player and the control room window; adjust mic position to taste. Ginormous Val Garay-style toms (two racks and a floor): three C7e mics on cardioid, fairly close-in - just don't let the drummer hit the mics! Full symphony orchestra, Bob Fine's Mercury Living Presence technique: Three C7e mics, set to omni, across the proscenium arch; record to three tracks panned left, center, right. Set your levels for peaks, then leave those faders alone and let the conductor balance the orchestra. We could go on, but you can already see how the C7e can be used in any number of ways to produce incredible-sounding tracks.

Miktek C7e Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Large-diaphragm, multipattern FET condenser microphone
  • Delivers a vintage-like response, ideal for vocals
  • MK7 dual 1" capsule 4-micron mylar, evaporated gold diaphragms
  • Cardioid, Omni, and Bidirectional pick-up patterns
  • Highpass filter and -10db pad switches
  • AMI T7 transformer
  • Individual serialized frequency response graph
  • Wood presentation case with swivelmount, shockmount and aluminum carrying case
  • Requires +48V to +60V phantom power
Miktek's C7e is an outstanding FET condenser microphone!

Additional Media

C7e Spec Sheet
C7e User Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Bidirectional
Diaphragm Size 1"
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 127dB
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB, 76dB, 72dB
Self Noise 13dB, 18dB, 22dB
Low Cut Filter 100Hz (-12dB/octave)
Pads -10dB
Connector XLR
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Case
Manufacturer Part Number C7e

Customer Reviews

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My Oh My !!

Been jonesing for one of these mics for a while. Vacillated between a Mojave MA301 fet and the C7e. My SE Matt recommended the C-7e, was he ever right ! Put this thing up on my D-28 12th fret 12" out....Wow! Not sure if I liked it better than my C-5's, but I could live with either one, the C-7e might have been just a tad more "open" and clear. Tried on my vox thru my Grace 101..... Hmmm, made me second guess if my MA200 sounded better ?! This is an amazing mic. Can't wait to try it in front of a drum kit.
Music background: Home Studio/ Guitar Player/Parttime Hippie

Great Mic, Great Company

This mic sounds great on vocals and acoustic guitars. It sounds like it should cost a whole lot more than it does! I live in Nashville, so I got to go over to Miktec and meet Mike and everyone there. They really care about quality and customer service. I'm looking at the MPA-201 preamp as my next purchase based on my experience with the C7 and the company. Also, if you're not familiar with Sweetwater, they are the only place I'll buy from. I've been a customer for many years, and their technical and customer support are the very best. I couldn't imaging going anywhere else. Dennis Konicki always helps me make the right decision. Again, I love the C7.
Music background: Singer, Songwriter / project studio

Miktek C7e

I had been searching for a FET microphone that had a low self noise and remarkable clarity. I tried this microphone in a shoot out with the Lauten Atlantis, Neumann tlm 103, tlm 49, and Bock 195. It was a blind trial using a Universal Audio 610 Solo, which is what I use in my studio a great deal. I never expected the results to be startling. I assumed that there would be several mics that I would like and or be most attracted to. My engineer and one of the producers from the studio came along. What we witnessed was quite remarkable. We recorded an acoustic guitar, a vocal and a tenor sax. All of us picked the C7 in every instance, without hesitation. Our responses were unanimous and never took more than a few seconds to give the thumbs up. I have never had that experience with any of the mics in my mic locker. Never! Dollar for dollar the best microphone available. it outperformed Mics that were two to three times more expensive. I'm now saving up for a Miktek C4 to replace one of my older tube mics. The C4 is also remarkable, but to be honest If your a a singer songwriter looking for a mic you could use for every single track you record the C7e will not disappoint. It is my favorite mic and all within three months from the purchase time. Best FET mic under $2,000.00 in my opinion
Music background: singer/ songwriter, write commercials, soundtrack work for short films.
See also: Condenser Mics, Miktek, Miktek Condenser Microphones, Miktek Condenser Microphones