Chameleon Labs TS-1 Mk II
Detachable-Capsule Pencil Tube Condenser Microphone
The TS-1 Mk II is a minor revision of the tube condenser designed by Terry Setter, the TS-1.
The mic uses a plate-loaded tube amplifier circuit based on a “milspec” 5840 tube, and a transformer-balanced output.
It accepts three small-diaphragm capsules from Chameleon Labs, and a new large-diaphragm multipattern capsule (switchable between Cardioid and Omni). Via an optional adapter (p/n ADP-1), most of AKG’s vintage CK-series capsules can be used as well.
What is the difference between the TS-1 and TS-1 Mk II?
The old TS-1 power supply has been replaced with the PSU designed by Terry Setter for the Chameleon Labs TS-2. It is as “overbuilt” as the original TS-1 supply (which used 7-stage filtering), and incorporates a heater voltage control that allows the mic to be over- or under-driven to alter the circuit’s sonic quality (at the possible expense of damaging the tube over long periods).
The TS-1 Mk II microphone is nearly identical to the original TS-1; the only change, aside from the name on the body, is to a resistor inside the circuit to allow the tube’s heater voltage to be controlled remotely.
(This means that the original TS-1 is not compatible with the TS-2 power supply.)
The TS-1 Mk II ships with two small-diameter capsules (Cardioid and Omnidirectional), a foam windscreen, an elastic shockmount, and the tube power supply in a padded, locking suitcase.
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The mic was released in 2010.
|Pads & Filters||Impedance||SPL/Noise|
|n/a||200 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 130 dB
Self-noise: 19.0 dB(A)
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