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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The Trion 6000 is a 3-pattern FET condenser mic with a transformer-coupled output. It is made in China, and bears a strong resemblance to the ShuaiYin SYC3000.

Trion 6000 capsuleThe capsule is a 32mm version of the Neumann K67 (note that the photo at right shows a very dirty capsule; new Trion microphones would not look like this). The FET amplifier circuit has high self-noise (20dBA), rendering it somewhat unsuitable for quiet acoustic sources.

It ships with an elastic shockmount in an aluminum flight case.


Very, very, very detailed sound.

The mic weighs over 2 lbs with the shockmount.

Ships with shockmount and metal carrying case.


In the figure 8 configuration … the 6000 sounded a little brighter on the back side than the front.

Resolution, 2007

Male vocals on the Cardioid setting delivered a sound with plenty of presence, but quite edgy sounding. Off-axis the microphone loses high-frequency detail very quickly, but this did not seem to get rid of the slightly abrasive quality. The 6000 reminded me most of an sE Z5600 [tube mic], although to my ears the sE sounds smoother.

The CAD Audio Trion 6000 is also known as: Trion6000, 6000.

The mic was released in 2006.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Trion 6000 Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Trion 6000 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Trion 6000 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (13 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (13 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (13 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF, -6dB@100Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Capsule diameter: 32mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
220 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 138 dB
Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a n/a n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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