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Oktava ML-19

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  • MSRP: n/a
  • Discontinued


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CardioidOktava ML-19

Cardioid Ribbon Microphone

The ML-19 is a unidirectional ribbon microphone, produced by Russian microphone manufacturer Oktava from at least 1977 through 1983.

Most ribbon microphones are bidirectional. The ML-19 is somewhat unique in that it has a Cardioid pickup pattern. It reportedly has a fuller high-frequency response than most ribbon microphones.

ML-19Note that this is an end-address microphone.

Michael Vladimirsky

Curiously, sometimes ML-19s are marked as ML-219. On request from Scott Dorsey, I compared the inside of both mics, and auditioned both — there were no difference.

Further investigation at the factory, showed, that “Ml-219” is not mentioned in their achieves… Old employees guess [that] it was just a typo on the branding stamp!

Photo credit: Katie Tavini

Dr. Mark Fouxman of Samar Audio Design has serviced many ML-19 and ML-219 microphones, and reports that in his experience the two microphones differ in one respect: the ML-219 has a single layer of silk inside the metal grille, while the ML-19 has two layers.

According to Fouxman, both models use a resonator to increase high-frequency response, but has the additional effect of reducing bass response.

The Oktava ML-19 is also known as: ML-219.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (n/a mV/Pa; 50 - 18,000 Hz)
Ribbon Construction Impedance SPL/Noise
250 Ohms (Low)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
650g (22.93oz) 140mm (5.51'') n/a
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