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BidirectionalCrowley and Tripp Soundstage Image

Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone

The Soundstage Image is a bidirectional passive ribbon microphone voiced for uncolored sound. It was designed for ambient and distant recording was was described as providing “highly accurate stereo imaging in pairs.”

It was one of Crowley and Tripp’s first three microphones, with the Studio Vocalist and Proscenium. All three were housed in stainless steel with a hand-painted red “bikini” logo on the front of the microphone body. Cosmetically they differed only in the color of the inner grille screen, which was red on the Soundstage Image.

The Soundstage’s advertised frequency response was 30 - 15k Hz, although the -3dB points were closer to 65Hz and 6500Hz.

Crowley and Tripp Output TransformerThe output transformer in the Proscenium, as in all the Crowley and Tripp microphones, was a low-noise, high-efficiency, shielded design tuned specifically to complement the microphone’s tone.

All Crowley and Tripp microphones were built by hand in the USA, at Soundwave Research Laboratories’ Ashland, MA facility.

Soundstage Image and Studio Vocalist Ribbon MicrophonesThe Soundstage Image carried a non-transferable limited lifetime warranty against defects.

The entire line of Crowley and Tripp microphones was purchased by Shure in 2009. Shure has announced that the Soundstage Image microphone has been officially discontinued.


The frequency range this mic brought out was biased more towards the higher frequencies than any of the others, with a lot of emphasis on the upper mid-range. Transient response was great and the hi-hats were very much brought to the front. We thought it would be more useful as a main overhead in pairs than as a crunch mic, for which role we felt it would capture too much cymbal information.

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The mic was released in 2005.


Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Soundstage Image Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Bidirectional (3.2 mV/Pa; 65 - 6,500 Hz)
Ribbon Construction Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a Max SPL: 126 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
610g (21.52oz) 152mm (5.98'') 51mm (2.01'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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