Schoeps V4U Studio Vocal Microphone


he Schoeps V4 U is a studio vocal microphone using brand new small diaphragm architecture. The Schoeps V4 U combines the uncompromising technical characteristics associated with the German manufacturer with a beautiful and timeless design inspired by Schoeps’s original CM51/3 vintage microphone dating back to 1951. However, the V4 U is resolutely a modern microphone using the latest in technology as well as extensive research and development. A brand new capsule has been developed to ensure outstanding technical performance but also to achieve Schoeps uncompromising vision of how a studio vocal microphone should sound like. After extensive research Schoeps has decided to use a small diaphragm capsule delivering transparency of sound and homogeneity of response curves thanks to a unique bevelled ring around the membrane, increasing the effective diameter of the microphone, and controlling the polar response of the microphone. The result is a microphone with a warm yet clear sounds with a slight 2dB lift in the high mid frequencies between approximately 2k Hz and 15k Hz. The Polar pattern is very smooth and controlled helping keep focus on the on-axis signal. Off-axis, the Schoeps exhibits a gentle rolled off diffuse-field response starting from 6 kHz. This beautiful and unique microphone delivers outstanding performance with extremely low signal to noise ratio and very high SPL. Schoeps V4 U Studio Vocal Microphone Overview: • Studio Vocal Microphone • New small-diaphragm capsule architecture, with bevelled collar for controlling the polar response. • Warm, clear sonic character with smoothly rolled-off diffuse-field response. • Capsule head with adjustable tilt angle. • Optimal on-axis frequency response featuring a mild high-frequency lift. • Very smooth polar response; carefully-controlled narrowing of the pattern at high frequencies. • Diffuse-field response parallel to the 0 ° response, with a gentle roll-off at high frequencies. • Newly designed electronics offer a very high maximum sound pressure level. • A 33-mm beveled collar causes the capsule’s directivity to increase steadily and smoothly at high frequencies, as in a largediaphragm microphone. • Meanwhile, the superior acoustic qualities of a small-diaphragm capsule like the extraordinarily smooth frequency and polar response are maintained. • The capsule is elastically suspended internally to reduce solid-borne sound such as handling noise. • Newly-developed bridge-type balanced output circuit. • Maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB SPL, corresponding to an output level of 4.8 V. • Output stage transformerless and free of coupling capacitors. • The resulting output impedance is low and constant with frequency, while the symmetry is very high. • Symmetrical, balanced output, the entire audio circuit is symmetrical from the output of the FET onward. • High immunity to interference, with gapless shielding and a modern RFI filter at the output; very good electromagnetic compatibility. Schoeps V4 U Studio Vocal Microphone Technical Specifications: • Directional pattern: Cardioid • Frequency range: 50 Hz - 22 kHz • Sensitivity: 16 mV/Pa • Equivalent noise level (A-weighted): 15 dB-A • Equivalent noise level (CCIR): 25 dB • Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted): 79 dB-A • Maximum sound pressure level at 0.5% THD: 144 dB-SPL • Maximum output voltage: 4.8 V • Low-cut frequency: 40 Hz • Powering voltage: 48 V • Current consumption: 3.3 mA • Length: 194 mm • Weight: 302 g • Diameter (cylinder): 34 mm • Width of the capsule head: 45 mm • Head swivel degree span: +/- 20 °