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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The Nevaton MC51 is a multipattern FET condenser with a smallish large-diaphragm capsule.

The capsule has two diaphragms measuring 24mm in diameter. The diaphragm material is aged 3-micron Mylar, as in many other Nevaton microphones. The capsule assembly is shockmounted to reduce handling and environmental noise.

(See the sidebar link to the MC416, which is the same microphone with a 33mm-diaphragm capsule design.)

The mic provides four pickup patterns: cardioid, wide cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-of-8, via a thumbwheel on the side of the headbasket.

The preamp circuit is a Class-A transformerless design. A -10dB pad is controlled via a switch on the microphone body.

Nevaton MC51 caseThe mic ships in a padded hardwood box with an “isolation” mic clip and an individual frequency response graph.

All Nevaton microphones are manufactured in St. Petersburg, Russia.

SoundOnSound, 1995

[T]he MC51 comes over as having the classic honesty of a good capacitor mic… I’ve thoroughly enjoyed its warm, revealing sound and its versatility… it performs as well as some of the top-name capacitor mics costing over twice as much.

ProAudioReview, 2009

The two multi-pattern condensers (the MC51 and the MC416) bring an ample feature set to the table with pleasing sonics, quality workmanship, and just enough color to keep things interesting.

The Nevaton MC51 is also known as: MK51.

The mic was released in 1987.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
MC51 Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
MC51 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
MC51 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (12 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (12 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (12 mV/Pa; 60 - 20,000 Hz)
Wide Cardioid (12 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 24mm
Diaphragm gauge: 3 microns
50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 150 dB
Self-noise: 17.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
440g (15.52oz) 219mm (8.62'') 30mm (1.18'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 ± 4v

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