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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Studio Projects’ cs5 is a multipattern FET condenser microphone with an accurate rather than colored or hyped response. It is a dual-diaphragm, multipattern version of the company’s CS1.

Its dual-diaphragm capsule can be switched among five pickup patterns (Omni, Wide Cardioid, Cardioid, Hypercardioid, Figure-of-8) via a thumbwheel on the mic body, but be aware that this can cause a large transient that could damage monitors if the channel is not muted.

The capsule is a 34mm center-terminated model with the characteristic backplate hole pattern of the Neumann K67. The two diaphragms measure 27mm in diameter, and are made of 6-micron Mylar.

Onboard switches provide access to a 5-way pad (-0dB, -5dB, -10dB, -15dB, -20dB), a 5-way high-pass filter (flat, -6dB/octave at 50Hz, 75Hz, 150Hz, 300Hz), and a 5-way low-pass filter (flat, -6dB/octave at 3kHz, 5kHz, 7kHz, 15kHz). The HPF and LPF can be engaged independently (meaning, it’s possible to use both at once).

Studio Projects CS5 PCB CircuitThe mic’s amplifier circuit is relatively quiet at 13dBA of self-noise. It has a transformerless output circuit.

The CS-5 ships with a shockmount, foam windscreen, and carrying case.

EQ Magazine, 2008

While the CS5, due to her range of features, is very versatile and can hold her own on nearly every session, she’s also brutally honest… As long as you have a good source, you’ll get a good sound with the CS5…

Electronic Musician, 2008

The CS5 can be tailored to suit a variety of sound sources and high-volume situations. With its array of selectable patterns, pads, and filters, not to mention a street price of around $850, the CS5 offers maximum versatility at a reasonable cost. What’s not to like about that?

The Studio Projects cs5 is also known as: CS-5.

The mic was released in 2007.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
cs5 Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
cs5 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - HypercardioidClick Graph to Compare!
cs5 Hypercardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
cs5 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - Wide CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
cs5 Wide Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Hypercardioid (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Wide Cardioid (14 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -5dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -15dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -20dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/octave @ 50Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/octave @ 75Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/octave @ 150Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/octave @ 300Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: LPF: -6dB/octave @ 3kHz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: LPF: -6dB/octave @ 5kHz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: LPF: -6dB/octave @ 7kHz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: LPF: -6dB/octave @ 15kHz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 27mm
Capsule diameter: 34mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 156 dB
Self-noise: 13.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
770g (27.16oz) 215mm (8.46'') 52mm (2.05'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48 ± 4v

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