Mojave Audio MA-1000 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone with Continuously Variable Polar Patterns
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Superb-sounding Tube Condenser from Mojave

When Mojave Audio built the MA-1000 tube condenser microphone, they pulled out all the stops. Inspired by the most revered microphones of yesteryear, the MA-1000 features an NOS 5840 tube, 251-style capsule, and custom-designed Coast Magnetics transformer. At Sweetwater, when we first heard the MA-1000's sweet, airy top end, realistic mids, and robust bottom end, we were hooked. Vocals, acoustic instruments, drum overheads - the MA-1000 excels at everything. Complete with continuously variable polar patterns, the Mojave Audio MA-1000 tube condenser microphone easily holds its own against boutique mics ten times its price.

Mojave Audio MA-1000 Tube Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • A modern condenser mic with classic characteristics
  • Impressive design delivers top-shelf performance
  • Continuously variable polar patterns can handle any source
A modern condenser mic with classic characteristics

The MA-1000 is the culmination of Royer's 20-plus years of custom microphone design. The large-diaphragm MA-1000 yields warm, full-bodied reproductions of vocals and instruments without the shrillness and high-frequency grunge often encountered with modern condenser microphones.

Impressive design delivers top-shelf performance

Utilizing a 1" diameter, gold-sputtered diaphragm, custom-designed Coast Magnetics transformer, original new old-stock 5840 tube, and 251-style capsule, the MA-1000 performs at a level reminiscent of some of the most revered classic condenser microphones. Each MA-1000 microphone is carefully tested and evaluated, then packaged in its protective case with a Royer-designed Sling-Shock shockmount.

Continuously variable polar patterns can handle any source

The MA-1000 is perfect for any number of studio applications, thanks to its continuously variable polar patterns, as well as its bass roll-off and 15dB pad. From vocals to voice-over work to more raucous sources such as kick drums and bass or guitar cabinets, the MA-1000 easily handles it all. A pair work well parked over a drum kit as overheads. And of course, the MA-1000 shines on acoustic instruments and piano, as well.

Mojave Audio MA-1000 Tube Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone
  • Excels on voice, broadcast, acoustic instruments, piano, drum overheads, drum rooms, and orchestral applications
  • Vintage-inspired design features an NOS 5840 tube, 251-style capsule, and custom-designed Coast Magnetics transformer
  • Remotely controlled, continuously variable polar patterns can handle any source
  • Switchable 15dB pad and bass roll-off help keep your recordings free of distortion and thumps
  • Includes a Sling-Shock shockmount licensed from Royer Labs
  • Utilizes premium Mogami cable and Neutrik connectors
The Mojave Audio MA-1000 tube condenser microphone is destined to be a classic!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Mojave Audio MA-1000 Signature Series Mic Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional to figure-eight (continuously variable)
Diaphragm Size 1" (3-microns thick)
Max SPL 120dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Self Noise 14dB nominal
Low Cut Filter 6dB per octave below 100Hz
Pads -15dB
Connector XLR
Weight 1.0 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MA-1000

Customer Reviews

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Great Microphone

I have had a lot of microphones throughout the years, all pretty much high end. I tried the MA 200 and it was good and well built but it sounded too much like microphones I already had. Gave this MA-1000 a try and it really is a kick in the pants to all the German Microphones. I think this company Mojave is building a reputation and not resting on one. You should make sure you have a good Mic Pre Amp to complement this Mic so you can realize the brilliance of the sound this Microphone can deliver.

Absolute Game-Changer

I have been recording with quality microphones for 44 years. My favorite vocal mic has always been a vintage Neumann U-47 that dates back to the early 1970s. I don’t own that mic (it’s in a friend’s studio) but I’ve recorded with it for hundreds of hours. When, a few years ago, I first asked my Sales Engineer, Michael Eads, for advice in picking a new microphone with similar characteristics, he quickly suggested the Mojave MA-200. I have loved that mic ever since I bought it. I still love it. And, I saved about two grand in the bargain! Recently, I recorded a powerhouse female vocalist with the MA-200, and for the first time I needed to control nasty sibilance that is rarely a problem with that mic. About the same time, I became aware of the new MA-1000. It costs roughly twice as much as the Ma-200, but the claims made for the MA-1000 suggest that the 251-type capsule and the Coast Magnetics transformer give it a smooth top end without giving up the solid mids and low end of the MA-200. When I got my hands on the MA-1000 I got a surprise. I figured that it would be different than the MA-200, and I expected with close listening to find superior sound from it. What I didn’t expect was that the MA-1000 would be a complete game changer for me. The MA-1000 is dead realistic all the way through the frequency range. The low end is impressive, and the mids are rich and creamy. The top end is AWESOME. Yet, sibilance is less pronounced through this mic. The over-all effect is of utterly perfect fidelity. I swear the MA-1000 has such solid replication of the sound in the room that imaging in my mixes is noticeably improved. Add in the remotely sweepable polar patterns, a bass roll-off and 15db pad, and I now have one mic that can fulfill pretty much any use I want to throw at it. Mojave has spared nothing in the design and manufacturing of the MA-1000. It comes in a wooden case that comes inside a flight case that weighs 20-some pounds! It comes with a heavy-duty Mogami cable with Neutric plugs, and it also has a great shock-mount that is far superior to the one that ships with the MA-200. I had a chance to audition a modern Telefunken Elam 251 before I bought the MA-1000, and it’s a fine mic - which it ought to be at nearly 4 times the price of the Mojave mic. It sounds very good, too, but I’m here to tell you that the Mojave MA-1000 is better - clearly better in my opinion. Find the money and buy the Mojave MA-1000 if you want the best sound available at any price. You will not be disappointed. It’s an instant classic!
Music background: Pro songwriter and keyboardist with 1000's of hours recording experience.

No Regrets! Buy One!

The Mojave MA-1000 is, hands down, simply the best vocal mic I have ever used. I have blind-tested it against four of my good vocal mics, and it is easy to pick out. In a few words, it simply sounds better. It has a very open and airy top end, without sounding harsh, hyped or EQ'd. In fact, it has less tendency to be sibilant than any of my other LDC mics. In a good room, I prefer the figure 8 pattern, or sometimes just a mark short of omni. Use the pad with powerful, close-mic'd vocals. I have used, but do not own, some of the very expensive and classic German and Austrian microphones. I am confident that the MA-1000 would hold its own in a comparison with any of them. Compared with those mics, the M-1000 is quite a bargain. If you want or need (because of client expectations?) to pay one to seven thousand dollars more for a logo, be my guest. If you want that elite level of sound without emptying your wallet, buy this Mojave.
Music background: Mastering Engineer, Home Studio, Drummer, Live Sound

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See also: Condenser Mics, Mojave Audio, Mojave Audio Condenser Microphones