Search Microphones

Share This Page

Related Microphones

CardioidMilab Microphones DC-96C

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The DC-96C is a third-generation version of PML’s DC-96 condenser microphone. The ‘C’ revision is the first in the series with a transformerless output circuit. It retains the lineage’s rectangular capsule, but uses a modern version that brings performance benefits such as higher sensitivity and lower noise.

The “Model 2900” capsule is the same size as the “Model 2700:” 36mm x 19mm. Both models are dual-backplate, dual-diaphragm designs with polyester membranes metallized with aluminum. The light weight of the thin aluminum coating is said to provide better transient response than a gold-plated diaphragm.

DC-96B and DC-96CThe Model 2900 capsule is shockmounted within the DC-96C body.

The DC-96C uses a two-piece brass body, like the current-production DC-96B. Both mics use a single-layer grille to reduce reflections within the headbasket area — making the need for a pop filter somewhat more likely when recording vocals.

How does the DC-96C differ from the DC-96B?

CapsuleModel 2700Model 2900
Sensitivity6 mV/Pa21.5 mV/Pa

Mike Jasper, Tape Op, 2011

Milab’s new mic is a winner. The DC-96C sparkles with clarity on the high end, yet retains the low-end warmth of the DC-96B. Two DC-96Cs would give you everything you need to capture a brilliant acoustic guitar sound, as well as drum overheads, background vocals, any live instrument from horns to mandolin, and sensitive sources such as choirs and symphonic orchestras.

The DC-96C was nominated for a 2011 Resolution Magazine Award for quality and innovation in the “Microphones” category.

Permalink: Milab Microphones DC-96C

The mic was released in 2010.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (21.5 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -12dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 19mm
Capsule diameter: 36mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 144 dB
Self-noise: 12.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
220g (7.76oz) 145mm (5.71'') 27mm (1.06'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48±4v

Did we get anything wrong on this page? Please let us know!