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Brauner Phantom C

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  • MSRP: $1,950
  • Discontinued


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CardioidBrauner Phantom C

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Phantom C is a large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern.

The name of the mic is based on its requirement for phantom power, and its cardioid pickup pattern.

Dirk Brauner

The Phantom C was designed with a wider cardioid than most of my other mics for a more forgiving positioning. I wanted it to capture the natural image of the sound source, with all the detail, quietness and truth that Brauner mics are known for. It is also a great mic for critical live sound and voiceover.

The mic shipped in a foam-lined metal suitcase, and included an innovative elastic shockmount with an integrated swivel arm. The shockmount attached to the rear of the microphone, leaving the front unobstructed — aiding in the placement of a pop filter close to the mic capsule.

Electronic Musician

During tests on acoustic bass, Japanese shakuhachi flute, bass drum, saxophone, and other sources, I was always pleased with the Phantom C’s detailed sound, as well as its unusual ability to maintain presence, warmth, and focus at distances of 1 foot or more…

The Phantom C is all about character; it is not a “flat” mic in any sense of the word.


Recording male lead vocals, I compared the Phantom C to my Neumann U87A… The Phantom C delivered far more nuance and depth than the U87A, lending a striking sense of realism to the track. While the high end was also more articulate on the track recorded with the Phantom C, it nevertheless sounded natural and unhyped. Both mics reproduced roughly the same amount of bottom end overall, but the Phantom C’s bass response was smoother, exhibiting less of a hump in the upper bass.

According to Dirk Brauner, the Phantom Classic and Phantom C are the same microphone. The Phantom AE is “a bit different,” although Brauner has not described what the differences are.

(Note: the microphone pictured on this page is actually the Phantom Classic; we haven’t found a good photo of the old Phantom C yet.)

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The mic was released in 2003.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (28 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
n/a Max SPL: 142 dB
Self-noise: 8.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
617g (21.76oz) 162mm (6.38'') 51mm (2.01'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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