Key Features of the Schoeps MK2 Microphone Capsule
- mild high-frequency response elevation at 0°, which compensates high frequency losses caused by a slightly increased diffuse field amount at medium recording distance
- ideal for A/B stereophony and Decca Tree
The gold-plated ring reduces the size of the acoustic opening of the MK 2H. This results in an acoustic elevation above 6 kHz. The MK 2H is a capsule often described as balanced and round. Together with the KA 40 sphere accessory, it forms a classic Decca Tree capsule.
When this microphone capsule is used indoors at medium recording distances where direct sound energy is similar in amount to reflected sound energy, its overall response will be linear. Its extended frequency response and low noise make it appropriate for the most demanding applications.
The sound inlet of the MK 2H is narrower than that of our other pressure transducers, causing a slight, purely acoustic response elevation above 6 kHz. This reduces the high frequency loss for diffuse sound, thus helping to preserve natural sound quality.
The MK 2H, like the MK 2S, is ideal for natural-sounding pickup of instruments and orchestras in spaces with well-balanced reverberance. The choice between the two capsule types is essentially a matter of personal preference. At a given miking distance the MK 2H might be described as more ”balanced and round” sounding while the MK 2S would give a slight additional brilliance. However, one might also choose the MK 2H for slightly closer placement or the MK 2S for slightly more distant placement – and then these two capsule types would have very similar sound quality, with the main difference being the balance of direct to reverberant sound which is picked up.
For spaced microphone (A/B) stereo recording and especially the Decca Tree method, KA 40 accessory spheres are recommended.
|Frequency range||20 Hz – 26 kHz with CMC 6 / CMR
20 Hz – 42 kHz with CMC 6xt
|Sensitivity||-35.5 dB (V/Pa), 17 mV/Pa with CMC 6|
|Equivalent noise level (A-weighted)||10 dB with CMC 6|
|Equivalent noise level (CCIR)||22 dB with CMC 6|
|Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted)||84 dB with CMC 6|
|Maximum sound pressure level (THD < 0.5 %)||130 dB-SPL with CMC 6|
|Surface finish||matte gray (g) or custom colour|