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CardioidHand Crafted Laboratories Faust

Cardioid Tube Condenser Microphone

The Faust is a handbuilt large-diaphragm tube microphone with a fixed cardioid pickup pattern.

All parts of the mic are built in the HCL facility, including the microphone body and capsule. The output transformer is supplied by Cinemag.

The amplifier circuit uses a Russian 6S3P triode vacuum tube selected for low noise and linear frequency response. The circuit uses discrete components. HCL staff describe the mic’s circuitry as a “pretty traditional circuit based on U47 ideas.”

The large-diaphragm capsule is a dual-backplate K67-style, skinned with 7-micron Mylar. In the cardioid-only Faust, the capsule has a single diaphragm; in the multipattern Faust F2, the capsule has dual diaphragms.

The Faust ships with a tube power supply and cable, an elastic shockmount, and a padded metal flightcase.

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Faust Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (44 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 26mm
Capsule diameter: 34mm
Diaphragm gauge: 7 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Self-noise: 13.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
800g (28.22oz) 210mm (8.27'') 56mm (2.20'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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