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Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Josephson C716 is a class-A FET condenser with fixed Cardioid polar pattern and a large-diameter capsule based on AKG’s CK-12. The capsule is internally shockmounted, making an external shockmount unnecessary (according to the manufacturer).

The C716 uses the same yoke-mount body as the multipattern C715, with its patent-pending “foamed aluminum” headbasket that prevents internal standing waves.

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The head grille uses Josephson’s patent-pending hard metal foam structure welded to the housing tube, instead of wire mesh or perforated metal. No other structure is needed, so internal reflections are randomized for clean, detailed sound pickup.

The C716 is a Class-A FET design with transformerless output. Its capsule is a variation of the company’s 700-series design, a derivative of the AKG CK12. The capsule has an outside diameter of 34mm, and is edge-terminated. The mic has a high sensitivity spec of 26 mV/Pa.

Tape Op - 2012
The C716 is fast as hell and electronically uncontaminated, and when paired with a high quality mic preamp, it can deliver a fidelity that is simply shocking. The top end of this mic is impressive; it does the rare trick of sounding infinitely open and incredibly natural in the upper reaches of the spectrum (15 kHz and up). I’ve had great luck adding a tube compressor to the signal chain to police front-end transients when needed.

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The mic was released in 2010.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (26 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 34mm
Diaphragm gauge: 5 microns
n/a Max SPL: 136 dB
Self-noise: 15.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
1200g (42.33oz) 261mm (10.28'') 63mm (2.48'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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