Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm FET Condenser Mic w/ Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-8 Patterns, Gain and Attenuation Switches, and Shockmount
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A Fantastic-sounding FET Condenser Mic!

The Lauten Audio FC-357 Clarion FET condenser microphone makes a great addition to any studio! Its selectable multiple patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8), gain and attenuation switches, FET circuitry, and included accessories make the FC-357 Clarion both classic-sounding and very versatile. Great for everything from vocals to instrument miking to overhead use, this large-diaphragm mic offers low-noise operation for today's exacting digital recording requirements. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer to find out more about the great-sounding and affordable FC-357 Clarion!

Lauten Audio FC-357 Clarion Large-diaphragm, multi-pattern FET Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Classic FET sound with a modern touch
  • A stellar addition to any mic locker
  • Quality internal components
Classic FET sound with a modern touch

The FC-357 Clarion blends classic and modern FET sound. It features a uniquely tuned frequency response that produces the smooth natural character found in classic FET condenser microphones with a touch of smooth modern airiness. Lauten Audio's engineers paid careful attention to remove any harsh character often found in modern FET condenser microphones, so what you get is a classic-sounding and very versatile mic.

A stellar addition to any mic locker

The FC-357 Clarion has the features you need to achieve the sound you want. The unique three-position attenuation and gain switch offers you powerful recording options with no adverse distortion. The +10dB gain switch, which boosts the microphone's output, makes it less dependent on preamps to achieve excellent sound. Alternatively, leave the gain switch at its default, or use the -10dB pad to reduce the microphone's output and use the gain on your preamp to get more preamp character. The -10dB pad also makes this mic great for recording very loud sound sources.

The FC-357 Clarion also has three selectable polar pattern options: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. With three polar patterns you can tackle any recording technique. Finally, the heavy-duty shock mount reduces external vibrations in any environment.

Quality internal components

Using a custom-designed 1.11" (28.25mm) dual diaphragm capsule, the FC-357 Clarion lets you capture sources very accurately. The electronics include a low-noise FET and custom-wound output transformer that work together to provide you with an authentic and classic sound with a modern touch.

Lauten Audio FC-357 Clarion Large-diaphragm, multi-pattern FET Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Cardioid, omni, and figure-8 polar pattern switch
  • +10dB gain switch
  • -10dB attenuation switch
  • Low-noise FET
  • High-resolution capacitors
  • Heavy duty shock mount included
  • Circuit: Solid-state low-noise FET
  • Type: Pressure gradient condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-8
  • Freq. Response: 25Hz-20KHz
  • Dynamic Range: 120dB minimum
  • Impedance: < 200 ohms
  • Max. SPL: 0.5%THD@1000Hz: 130dB
  • Self-noise level: < 15dB(A)
  • Sensitivity: 16mV/Pa OR -36+/-2dB 0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz
  • Connectors: 3-pin standard XLR
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Lauten Audio FC-357 Clarion combines both classic and modern touches in a great-sounding FET mic!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1.11" (28.25mm)
Frequency Response 25Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 130dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 79dB
Self Noise 15dB (A weighted)
Pads -10dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.94 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Aluminum Carry Case, Wood Storage Box
Manufacturer Part Number LAUTCLARFC357

Customer Reviews

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What a great mic. It is war and clear and what great output without struggling with my mixer to sound out. Wow, blew me away. Holly Rose
Music background: none

Big and rich sounding versatile microphone

Love this mic. So far I have put it to work on acoustic guitar, vocals, and drums. It does well on a variety of sources. The Clarion has a unique big and rich sound. It can lay back and softly sit in the mix or really get out in front and take charge if you like. It is a forgiving mic and requires very little tweaking of the recorded tracks. I was searching specifically for a mic to take the harshness and brittleness out of acoustic guitar tracks, and this mic definitely accomplishes that goal. The high end is deceptively soft, and decidedly not harsh, but the highs are definitely all there. I am very pleased to own this microphone. Thanks to Mike Soper for steering me in the direction of Lauten Audio. It's just what I was looking for.
Music background: Musician, home studio operator

Vocal Opener!!!

This is with out a doubt an open and detail mic. I have a AKG C414b xls and while this is a great universal, It doesn't give me the BIG SOUND!!! i get from the Clarion. thru my UA LA-610 its nice, big, detail and clean sound Im looking for. Thanks to Paul Allen my sweetwater rep..
Music background: Recording Engineer/Producer

Holds Its Own

I've had this mic for a little while now, and I really dig it. I've used it on Outside Kick, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Mono Drum Room and Vocals, and it has preformed well on all. I have more expensive mics, but the Clarion definitely holds its own. I'm actually considering picking up another for stereo OH's. Really nice mic, can't beat it for price. Plus the variable patterns are always nice to have.
Music background: Producer, Engineer, FOH, Drummer

Welcome to the world of Big Boy Microphones

I brought this challenge to my SE Josh Sites: I need a versatile multi pattern condenser mic that will blow me away. Without hesitation, he pointed me straight at the Clarion. Not only does it meet those needs, but exceeds them in every way possible. When calling him back to rant and rave about the clarity and quality I'm getting from this gargantuan mic, Josh just laughed: "Welcome to the world of Big Boy Microphones."
Music background: Recording Engineer, Musician, Songwriter
See also: Condenser Mics, Lauten Audio, Lauten Audio Condenser Microphones, Lauten Audio Condenser Microphones