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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The Samson CL8 is a large-diaphragm multipattern studio condenser. It is the multipattern version of the company’s CL7, which shares a body shape, capsule design, and most other features.

The capsule is described as a 1.1-inch model, which we interpret to mean 32mm O.D. with 25mm diaphragms. It is center-terminated, and likely a K67 variant as is common to Asian-manufactured microphones. The diaphragm material is described as 3-micron on the Samson website, or 4-micron in the PDF manual.

Two switches on the front of the mic’s body enable the pad (-10dB) and high-pass filter (-12dB/octave at 100Hz). A switch on the rear allows selection of Cardioid, Omni, or Figure-8 patterns.

The mic ships with hard mount and a foam-lined plastic carrying case. An elastic shockmount, model SP01, is available separately.

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The mic was released in 2004.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (10 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (10 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10 dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF @ 100Hz, 12dB/Oct (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 27.9mm
Diaphragm gauge: 4 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 147 dB
Self-noise: 19.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a 175mm (6.89'') 54mm (2.13'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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