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OmnidirectionalCardioidBidirectionalMilab Microphones DC-196

Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The DC-196 is a small format multipattern FET condenser microphone with Milab’s unique rectangular capsule. It is intended as a multi-purpose mic, suitable for studio or live sound use.

A switch on the microphone body allows selection of Cardioid, Omni, or Figure-of-8 polar patterns. Sensitivity is 21.5 mV/Pa, with self-noise measured as 12dBA.

A second switch on the mic body provides a -12dB pad. The mic’s output circuit is transformerless.

Milab DC-196 cutaway, by Jonah Westrich of Full Compass SystemsThis microphone is unique in that it sports a rectangular capsule, shockmounted within the headbasket. The diaphragm material is a polyester film covered by a thin layer of aluminum, thus having good electrical properties with light weight, giving the mic a fast transient response. The capsule is known at Milab as the 2900, which is a modernized version of their 2700 capsule. The 2900 has improved frequency response and lower self-noise than its predecessor.

Audio Technology, 2006

The hand-signed measurement graph supplied with the
review DC-196 shows a very smooth and level frequency
response from 50Hz to 4kHz where a gentle rise of no
more than 1dB peaks at around 5kHz, with a similar
peak at around 10kHz.

Milab DC-196The mic is available in either a white or black finish, and comes packaged with a windscreen and either a stand holder or shockmount (depending on where you purchase).

Resolution, 2006

Used as a distant room microphone on a drum recording, the DC196 sounds fabulous … Not only does everything sound balanced and natural, but there seems to be less in the way of objectionable room modes, and a detail to the HF elements that you wouldn’t necessarily expect…

The Milab Microphones DC-196 is also known as: DC196.

The mic was released in 2006.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
DC-196 Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
DC-196 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
DC-196 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (21.5 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (21.5 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (21.5 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -12dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 19mm
Capsule diameter: 36mm
n/a Max SPL: 132 dB
Self-noise: 12.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
230g (8.11oz) 145mm (5.71'') 27mm (1.06'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 ± 4v

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