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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The VIP-50 is a premium multipattern FET condenser microphone intended for critical studio applications.

The mic uses Milab’s trademark rectangular capsule, the Model 2700. This is a two-piece, dual-diaphragm capsule capable of producing multiple polar patterns. The diaphragm material is Mylar, metallized with aluminum.

VIP-50A switch on the front of the mic body enables selection of 5 polar patterns:

  1. Omnidirectional
  2. Wide Cardioid
  3. Cardioid
  4. Hypercardioid
  5. Bidirectional

A second switch enables selection of a high-pass filter: none (flat), 200Hz, or 500Hz. A third switch enables a pad: 0dB, -10dB, -20dB.

The mic’s Cardioid pattern is extremely consistent through ±60°. Above 1kHz, the pickup pattern widens slightly, and a rear lobe develops as the mic becomes somewhat less directional at higher frequencies.

VIP-50 Stand AdapterThe VIP-50 includes a unique ball-in-socket stand adapter and a foam windscreen. Prior to 2011, the mic and accessories were delivered in a padded black leatherette case. Beginning in 2011, the mic ships in a padded SKB case.

The VIP-50 is available singly or in matched pairs, and includes an individual frequency-response chart.

A very few gold-plated VIP-50 microphones are produced as a part of an annual Milab promotion called the “Golden Microphone Award.”

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The mic was released in 1983.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (14 mV/Pa; 40 - 16,000 Hz)
Cardioid (14 mV/Pa; 40 - 16,000 Hz)
Hypercardioid (14 mV/Pa; 40 - 16,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (14 mV/Pa; 40 - 16,000 Hz)
Wide Cardioid (14 mV/Pa; 40 - 16,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -20 (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/octave @ 200Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/octave @ 500HZ (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 132 dB
Self-noise: 19.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
400g (14.11oz) 170mm (6.69'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48±4v

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