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9 polar patternsStellar Sounds CM-5

Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

The CM-5 is a multipattern tube condenser, based on the common Chinese “C12” platform; see, for example, the Apex 460, ShuaiYin SYT-1200, Nady TCM-1150, etc.

Unlike most such microphones, the CM-5 uses an edge-terminated capsule. The capsule is not a true copy of the AKG CK-12, but produces a similar frequency response despite its significantly simpler internal construction. The capsule is a 34mm design, with 27mm diaphragms made of 6-micron Mylar.

The tube is an Electro-Harmonix 6072a, imported from Russia.

The mic’s output transformer is based on the T14 design from the AKG C12.

The CM-5 is manufactured in China. It ships with a shockmount, power supply, cable, and foam windscreen, in an aluminum flightcase.

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The mic was released in 2011.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (n/a mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (n/a mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (n/a mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 27.8mm
Capsule diameter: 34.4mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
n/a Max SPL: 125 dB
Self-noise: 17.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a 237mm (9.33'') 46mm (1.81'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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