Cathedral Pipes Notre Dame
Tube Condenser Microphone
The Notre Dame is a multipattern tube microphone, handbuilt by Cathedral Pipes in California. It is essentially an upgraded version of the company’s Regensburg Dom, itself described as a modern U47, with “bite.”
Both microphones use name-brand components, such as Cinemag transformers (CM-2461NiCo) and capacitors from Wima and Solen.
Both microphones use Cathedral Pipes’ own version of the Gefell M7 capsule. Made entirely in California, this M7 uses 26.5mm diaphragms of 6-micron Mylar on a one-piece brass backplate with an outside diameter of 32mm.
The Notre Dame differs from the Regensburg Dom in three ways:
- The Notre Dame uses replica U47 metalwork. The Regensburg Dom body is similar, but the headbasket uses a different gauge of metal mesh. Any difference in grille construction will affect the mic’s frequency response.
- The Notre Dame uses a Jensen coupling capacitor, rather than the Reliable Multicap in the Regensburg Dom.
- The Notre Dame ships with a custom-made Lyre shockmount from Rycote.
The mic ships with a velvet lined, padded wooden storage case, a Rycote Lyre shockmount, Gotham GAC-7 audio cable, and power supply in a padded aluminum flightcase.
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The mic was released in 2012.
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