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MK-101 Microphone Sets

Wide CardioidOktava MK-101

Wide Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The MK-101 is a large diaphragm, side-address condenser built upon the successful MK-012 transformerless circuitry. The MK-101 is actually a detachable capsule head; it can be screwed on to any MC-012/MK-012 head amplifier.

The 101 head contains the large-diaphragm capsule from the MK-219/MK-319. This is a 34.5mm, center-terminated capsule (inaccurately described in some cases as a “26mm capsule”).

Michael Joly, 2008
Like the MK-219 and MK-319 (which use the same capsule), the MK-101 makes a great male or female vocal mic where the recordist needs minimum sibilance but a clear midrange presence. In fact, the ‘101 head driving the transformerless ‘012 body actually reveals some undiscovered ‘air’ this capsule is capable of hearing. I’ve received a number of reports of clients using this mic for drum OH too — large diaphragm “size” but with the transient response and clarity of the transformerless circuit.

The Oktava MK-101 is also known as: MK101.

The mic was released in 2004.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Wide Cardioid (16 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10 dB (Detachable)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 28mm
Capsule diameter: 34.5mm
150 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 122 dB
Self-noise: 18.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
260g (9.17oz) 165mm (6.50'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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