Miktek CV4 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic with 9 Selectable Polar Pickup Patterns, Shockmount, and Aluminum Case
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Get That "Vintage Sound!"

Everything you want from a large-diaphragm tube mic! The CV4 from Miktek manages to give you two things every studio engineer wants — amazing tube warmth plus extreme versatility. Forget those single-purpose mics that only sound good on male vocals or female vocals... when you invest in the CV4 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, you're getting a multipurpose studio workhorse. The versatility comes from the CV4's nine pickup patterns, easily selectable to tailor your sound to any source. You'll love the CV4 on the usual suspects, including vocalists and acoustic guitar. You'll be surprised, though, by how well the CV4's musical response works in a pair as overheads or as ambient room mics.

The heart of the Miktek CV4's sound comes from its AMI BT4 transformer and original NOS Telefunken EF800 tube — offering up a classic sound you'd expect from some of the earliest vintage tube microphones. All in all, the CV4 manages to gives you that artist-pleasing, producer-pleasing "big sound." The bottom end is warm, tight, and big, complete with present and even mids. And the highs? Sweet and airy, reminiscent of those vintage studio staples that drive a high price tag. And you get all of that, at unbeatable value, with the CV4. To round things out, Miktek's CV4 comes with a swivel mount in a wooden box, set inside an aluminum case, and complete with a power supply, a 7-pin XLR cable, and a shockmount. Worth every dollar.

Miktek CV4 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone with vintage-style warmth
  • Nine selectable polar patterns for versatility in the studio
  • Features the MK9 capsule with dual 1" diaphragms
  • Sports an AMI BT4 transformer for a classic sound and extended low-end response
  • Features an original NOS Telefunken EF800 tube
  • Hand-built using components from the US, Europe, and Asia. Tested/packaged in Nashville.
  • Each microphone includes its serialized frequency response graph created during final testing
  • Packaged with its swivel mount in a wooden box, set inside an aluminum case
Give yourself that vintage-style tube condenser warmth, at an unbeatable value: choose the Miktek CV4!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 133dB
Signal to Noise Ratio 78dB
Self Noise 16dB (A weighted)
Pads -10dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Included Accessories Power Supply, Shock Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number CV4

Customer Reviews

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Incredible Mic

This mic is everything they described it to be and more. If your looking to upgrade and make an excellent investment in your recording journey, look no further and add the Miktek CV4.
Music background: Composer

Tried it again

I originally tried this mic out a few years ago and, although it sounded really good, I didn't think it was that much better than what I was using at the time. Since then, I have upgraded my entire studio and after reading some more reviews and hearing a few sound clips of this mic, I decided to give it a second chance. It is only now that I realize the reason I didn't like it as much before was because it was too good! It made the rest of my gear sound awful in comparison! This mic is in a class by itself. It can growl and whisper. It can punch and breathe. It is actually kind of bizarre how 3-Dimensional it sounds. One of the best ways to know how good a mic sounds is to start stacking vocals and harmonies with it. This is (IMHO) where the cheap mics lose and start rearing their ugly heads because you start compounding the issues that they have. The CV4 just blends beautifully and seamlessly. Nothing gets mushy or harsh. Get this mic now, but just realize that it sounds so good that you may end up having to replace a bunch of other gear just to compete with it! So glad I gave it a second chance!
Music background: Producer, Pro Guitarist

Pretty Flute

I've recorded lots of sources with this guy (had it since july i think it was) and i've loved it across the board but what I really loved was when i recorded a flute. this is the only time i've ever put a mic in front of a flute (or in the same room with one) and not gotten a single ounce of shrill. on every other source i generally just think "man, i wish that's how my ears heard." Actually, my first thought is "that is so natural sounding" but then i realize that's just how i perceive the sound, not how i hear it. this mic tends to make me hear things how i wish they sounded to me anyway.
Music background: Church Live Engineer, Recording Engineer

Your Vocalist Will Kiss You (This Baby Is Emotional)!!!

I'm very critical on vocals I do a ton of female vocal work from, Pop, R&B, Rock and so forth. I'm currently working a big Commercial Project and I wanted a new vocal sound I looked at everything between $2,000 -$3,000 and Bob Furlong pointed me here. One of the best moves ever. I'm recording to a Focusrite Liquid Channel to a Apogee Rosetta 200 WOW. Please take my advice this Mic is CRAZY the polar patterns are surgical. I have achieved that Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Ke$ha, Mariah Carey Vocal sound. These are not my words, but industry professional whom have called and said "You're Vocals are the S#!?" and that makes me feel good, because we work so hard and spend so much to compete, so to have a product like this that takes some of the pressures away is great, I've only had this beauty for TWO WEEKS!!! Immediate Results!!! BEWARE!!! This mic will allow you to hear things you have never heard before!!!! This will be scary to singers at first, it's like hearing themselves in 3D literally. I like to feel the vocalist in my heart when I work and the cv4 is emotional when the singers sings "I love you" you feel it when the singer sings "I Hate You" you feel it. Every word, nuance, emotion, diction, phrase, breathe and vocal booth Farts (LOL) are on display. Most microphones captures the voice this microphone captures the HEART!!! Big difference this thing is magical i love it more everyday. No Lie You are going to hear this mic on a national commercial campaign that I'm turning in on Thursday done right here in my home studio mixed by a mixing GENIUS (I legally can't disclose names). If you're into U87, Manley Mics, High-end Blue Mics, ADK, please pay the cv4 a visit this puppy will EAT a lot of the proclaimed BIG DOGS of recording. I actually opened the mic up to see the NOS Telefunken tube kind of geaky, but i did. I must must say fellow audiophiles I am happy that it comes with such a cool case, because i take it everywhere and believe me i am not shy i run this thing with the SSL pre, Manley Voxbox, Grace, Vipre, 1176 do i need to say more? every studio i go in i pull it out. I want to run it with everything. I like to piss off guys who've paid $3,000 to $5,000 for a mic and I come in with this and destroy their previous vocal recordings. OH! people don't buy high-end mics and pres and you don't have high-end Convertors, it's just pointless. Conclusion Get gear that makes sense for you and the results you want not what's popular. I didn't want a Neumann or a Blueberry or a Manley MIc I wanted something different a great sound that's new. It's better to sound new than someone saying oh! you recorded that with a U87 a avalon 737 pre and a Manley Variable Mu. If a person can pick apart your vocal chain then you've lost. I like for guys to say "What The HELL is That?" take a chance on something other than the Norm and you'll be very surprised to find better results at a fraction of the price.
Music background: Professional: Producer and Songwriter Genres: Pop. R&B, Rock, and Pop Rock

Quality tube mic, Silky Vocals

My sweetwater rep Alan Carter pointed this out to me while I was looking for a quality vocal mic. The sound is instantly fantastic on my female vocalists and sounds incredible on my own male tenor voice. It has a tubey high-end, very graciously soft, and a fat low end. One male vocalist I tried it on didn't work as well, it was a little too deep on him and we needed something more aggressive and forward-sounding. On acoustic guitar I put it over the player's shoulder and pair it with a brighter mic at the 12th fret, then blend to get incredible imaging. On top of the fabulous sound, the variety of polar patterns make this microphone outclass most other mics in its price range. With the figure-8 pattern and another mic I can do Mid-Side miking and get that beautiful sound in stereo. This is truly a bargain and i'm extremely pleased to be its owner. Thanks Alan for the advice. The build and finish are great. I love the carrying case. You are getting a first-class piece of equipment for a very reasonable price.
Music background: Engineer, musician, independent studio & label

Sweetwater Advice

Nick Schenkel

As a Sweetwater employee, we get to see and hear a lot of microphones. We just shot out the new Miktek line with several "studio standard" mics. The verdict is unanimous. Miktek owns this price point. I have never heard something so good at this affordable of a price. Buy one (or more). You will be amazed. It's that simple.

Ryan Sloan

When I heard we were going to start carrying Miktek I have to admit that I was a bit surprised. On the surface it felt like this may be another "me too" product in the category. Let me just say that this microphone sounded absolutely amazing. It represents a substantial leap forward in sound quality at the given price point. I'm going to suggest it to all my clients looking for a microphone in the price category. It won't disappoint. I suggest you check one out right away!

Chris McCown

We recently did a shootout with this mic, against mics costing almost five times as much. This one came out ahead and blew me away. It has a smooth top end and full bottom end - but the mids are the most difficult thing to get right in a microphone, and this one gets it right. Completely amazing, especially at this price. Looking for a new tube mic? You just found it!
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