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M-Audio Nova

Pricing & Availability

  • MSRP: $130
  • Discontinued

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Nova Documentation

CardioidM-Audio Nova

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Nova is a low-cost side-address FET condenser with a large-diaphragm capsule.

The mic has a 1.1' evaporated gold diaphragm and Class-A solid-state electronics. It has a wire mesh grille and brass body.

NovaWe have seen PCB photos showing multiple revisions of the mic; some include surface-mount components. Some have transformers. It is unclear how much this mic changed during its production.

Nova SMT PCBThe version of the Nova with a single surface-mount PCB appears to be identical to the Sterling ST51 (click link in sidebar).

The older version, with two PCBs and leaded components, is identical to the circuit of the Groove Tubes GT55.

Electronic Musician 2008
… on singer-songwriter accompaniment, the Nova made a great impression. … In overall sound quality, however, the Nova stands out in the roundup. [Compared with Behringer B1, MXL 2006 and Sterling Audio ST51]

The mic ships with a 7ft cable and threaded hardmount.

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The mic was released in 2004.

Specifications

Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (16 mV/Pa; 20 - 18,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 27.94mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 128 dB
Self-noise: 14.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
650g (22.93oz) 185mm (7.28'') 48mm (1.89'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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