Studio Projects CS5

Large-diaphragm Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone with 4-position Pad, High SPL-handling
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This Versatile Condenser Is a True 5-tool Player

The Studio Projects CS5 condenser microphone gives you the accuracy and richness of a large-diaphragm mic, plus multiple pickup patterns for a stunning array of applications. The CS5 can handle high SPLs, making it ideal for close-miking in the studio, but it also excels at capturing vocals and even works well as an overhead. The mic's five polar patterns, four highpass filters, and four lowpass filters give it an amazing range of recording possibilities. If you need a true "go-to" player for your pro, project, or home studio, the CS5 is definitely worth a look!

Studio Projects CS5 Multi-pattern Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Quality construction
  • Built-in flexibility
  • Amazingly versatile
Quality construction

The Studio Projects CS5 is an externally polarized five pattern pressure gradient transducer microphones with FET impedance converter. The capsule is a 1.06" (27mm) capsule, with a diaphragm thinkness of 6microm. It features a streamlined body, "lollipop"-style capsule, and extremely low noise, allowing you to record with great accuracy and detail.

Built-in flexibility

The CS5 is well-equipped to handle virtually any recording application. Its large-diaphragm design gives you a full-bodied sound, but built-in low- and highpass filters let you tailor the mic's response to your needs. This mic even includes an adjustable pad, from 5dB to 20dB. Need to close mic an instrument or cabinet? The CS5 can handle high SPLs, so you can get close up with clarity.

A true "go-to" microphone

Whether you're recording loud instrument sources, capturing vocals for broadcast or in the recording studio, or even searching out that perfect addition to your stereo mic setup, you can't go wrong with the CS5. Its selectable pickup patterns include cardioid, wide cardioid, hypercardioid, omni, and figure 8. You won't see many large-diaphragm condensers that perform equally well close to snares and high overhead. The CS5 is virtually an entire mic locker in one unit!

Studio Projects CS5 Multi-pattern Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Pressure-Gradient Transducer: 1.06" (27mm) 6um mylar diaphragm
  • FET impedance converter
  • Five polar patterns: cardioid, wide cardioid, hyper cardioid, omni, fig. 8
  • 5dB, 10dB, 15dB, and 20dB pads
  • 50hZ, 75hZ, 150Hz, and 300Hz highpass filters @ 6dB/octave
  • 15kHz, 7kHz, 5kHz, and 3kHz lowpass filters @ 6dB/octave
  • Close-mic instruments with high sound pressure levels
  • Works as an announcer's mic for broadcasting/dubbing
  • Great for home recording and project studios
  • Vocal recording applications
  • An ideal spot mic for wind instruments, strings, percussion, and guitar amps
  • Use to record in Coincident cardioid, mid-side, or stereosonic technique (Blumlein) patterns
  • Great for overhead use
  • Includes shockmount, foam windscreen, and case
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Studio Projects CS5 might just become your studio's "go-to" microphone!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Wide Cardioid, Hypercardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1.06" (27mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 136dB (156dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 50Hz, 75Hz, 150Hz, 300Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -5dB, -10dB, -15dB, -20dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Windscreen, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number CS5

Customer Reviews

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Very good microphone for studio, I am very happy
Music background: I play Bass-guitar

Great Little Mic

What you put in you get out! Great for Acoustic Guitar and Vox. Please don't expect a coloured sound, it's just well balanced.
Music background: 18 Years as a Sound Engineer

A better mic than the price would lead you to believe

Having lived with My Studio Projects CS5 for nearly two years now, I can say it belongs in the realm of great studio mics. It's sound is not hyped in any frequency; instead it's smooth and open and this makes it sound very focused. I use mine primarily for vocals, and occasionally on hand percussion and have found its transient response is very fast while still capturing plenty of tone in the trails. While its sound is truthful and uncolored, it also offers some very interesting possibilities for tone shaping with its low pass filter, which I use when layering vocals. Finally, 5 polar patterns is something I'd expect on an expensive dedicated tube mic power supply, but it's right here and all these things make my recording results that much better. This mic's tone is akin to much pricier microphones.
Music background: Audio engineer


This mic is amazingly versatile. I bought it because I needed a selectable polar pattern mic. The isolation is great with the figure 8 pattern when i do vocals and guitar together. I really really love the high and low pass filters. I can dial in exactly the tone I want, its amazing. For example with the 3k or 5k filter engaged the frequency curve is like a mellow ribbon mic, and I use this setting for getting natural, not overly bright sounding vocals (works good with my voice). The cs5 is like having a bunch of mics in one. Definitely a workhorse! Maybe ill get another one day.

Fantastic Mic!

Incredible microphone. Sounds fantastic on a huge variety of sources. It is, however (like many expensive mics) very, very heavy. I little tricky to position for that reason, but so worth the little extra hassle. Stellar, absolutely, stellar on alto range vox, no eq required.
Music background: Film Composer, Gigging Musician, Recording Engineer
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