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HypercardioidLawson Inc AIR

Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

The Lawson AIR is a side-address, large-diaphragm, hypercardioid condenser designed for vocal, voice-over and broadcast work.

The AIR uses a modified L47 capsule that is edge-terminated and 6-micron thickness. The capsule is protected by two layers of mesh of different thicknesses.

To accommodate up-close vocal work, a 6dB/Octave rolloff at 100Hz keeps the proximity effect from getting out of hand.

Radio World 2003
In its unprocessed form, the AIR mic had a wonderful body that lent itself to more sensual commercial reads, such as those for massage therapy and Cancun beach vacations. When worked closer, the mic took on an authoritative sounding lift in the higher bass range that carried an all facts feel, such as what is heard in museum headphone tours.

Up close with compression is when the mic shines. Here is where imaging announcers do the Growl (“The city’s Bes-s-t R-r — rrock is r — r-right hee-ere!”) The Air mic is up to it, although up-close work carries some popped Ps and Ts… Of course the proper technique of talking across the capsule at 45 degrees goes a long way to resolve this…

Like all Lawson microphones, the AIR features a “Quick Change” capsule head that can be swapped for the K47-based L47 head or the CK12-based L251 head.

The AIR ships with a shock-proof carrying case and swivel mic holder.

The Lawson Inc AIR is also known as: AIR FET.

The mic was released in 2003.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Hypercardioid (22 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25.4mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
150 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 138 dB
Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a 165mm (6.50'') 60mm (2.36'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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