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Multi-Pattern Condenser Stereo Microphone

The DS 60 is a stereo FET condenser microphone with twin rectangular capsules mounted 90° apart. Both capsules are dual-diaphragm; each of the four diaphragms is wired to an individual XLR output, via a 4-way breakout cable included with the microphone.

Pearl DS60 breakout cableThe user can combine these four outputs to create an infinite variety of single-point mono or stereo pickup patterns, whether at tracking time or later — although the mic’s orientation would affect the utility of some of these patterns. For example, to use the XY or Blumlein patterns, the sound source would ideally be positioned between the axes of two of the diaphragms, whereas Mid-Side or any of the mono patterns would best be served if the sound source is on axis. For this reason, the microphone body features embossed “X-Y” and “M-S” legends to indicate proper orientation relative to the sound source.

Recording all four channels independently allows pattern selection at mixdown; see the multitrack page for more information.

The microphone body is machined from solid brass, and finished in black lacquer, also called “black chromium.” The single-layer metal grille is plated with gold.

The mic ships with a shockmount (p/n 1942) and breakout cable (9-pin to 4-way 3-pin XLRM) in a padded flightcase.

The Pearl Microphone Laboratory DS 60 is also known as: DS60.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
DS 60 Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
DS 60 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
DS 60 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (16 mV/Pa; 18 - 25,000 Hz)
Cardioid (16 mV/Pa; 18 - 25,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (16 mV/Pa; 18 - 25,000 Hz)
X/Y Stereo (16 mV/Pa; 18 - 25,000 Hz)
Mid-Side Stereo (16 mV/Pa; 18 - 25,000 Hz)
Blumlein (16 mV/Pa; 18 - 25,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 14mm
Capsule diameter: 29mm
100 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 126 dB
Self-noise: 15.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
470g (16.58oz) 180mm (7.09'') 42mm (1.65'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (4)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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