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Earthworks Audio Z30X

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  • MSRP: $750
  • Discontinued


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Z30X Documentation

CardioidEarthworks Audio Z30X

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Z30X was the first of Earthworks’ cardioid microphones; it was introduced in the 1990s, until it was replaced by the SR77 (itself renamed as the SR30).

The mic’s advertised frequency response was “30Hz–30kHz ±1.5dB.”

Its cardioid pattern was not consistent across the frequency spectrum:

SoundOnSound, 1998

[T]he mic is indeed very wide at the front, not reaching the 3dB down points until at least 60 degrees (and more like 80 degrees at 8kHz). The rear of the microphone exhibits a very definite hypercardioid shape which builds to a maximum as the frequency rises to 4kHz, with deep notches in the sensitivity at 135 and 225 degrees. Above 4kHz the rejection falls steeply to around 15–20dB.

Nonetheless, the mic was praised by reviewers for its clear and accurate sound.

MIX, 1999

The Z30X captured a phenomenal amount of detail — even the sound of the keys being fingered was absolutely accurate. “Clarity” and “detail” are words I’ve seen in every single Earthworks microphone review I’ve read, and those are indeed the best words to describe the sound of the Z30X. This first impression held through every single trial I gave the microphone…

Earthworks Z30X Matched PairThe Z30X was available in both cardioid and hypercardioid variations, either singly or matched pairs:

  • Z30X - cardioid pickup pattern
  • Z30XL - hypercardioid pickup pattern

Both were built into a 3-piece, tapered body that was very similar to the company’s omni mics, albeit with a longer tip to provide room for the acoustic vents behind the mics’ capsules.

Like all Earthworks’ Cardioid mics, the Z30X used a 9mm-diameter capsule.

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The mic was released in 1998.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Z30X Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (10 mV/Pa; 30 - 30,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 9mm
n/a Max SPL: 145 dB
Self-noise: 22.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
225g (7.94oz) 235mm (9.25'') 22mm (0.87'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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