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Violet Design Ltd. The Emerald

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  • MSRP: €995


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CardioidViolet Design Ltd. The Emerald

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Emerald is a limited edition large-diaphragm FET condenser announced in March, 2012.

The capsule is Violet’s model VD26, a single-membrane capsule described as being designed to “merge the benefits of the vintage C12 and U67” capsules. The same capsule is found in the Amethyst Standard. It produces a fixed Cardioid polar pattern.

The mic has an extremely low self noise of 7dBA, making it one of the quietest condensers we’ve seen. It has a transformer-coupled output circuit.

A 3-way switch selects -10 and -20dB attenuation.

The large rectangular body and head are designed to reduce body resonance and reflections. The integrated shockmount prevents mechanical vibration interference.

It ships with a wooden case.

We will update this profile when more specifications have been made available.

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The mic was released in 2012.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (21 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Pad: -20dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 26mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 134 dB
Self-noise: 7.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
475g (16.76oz) 220mm (8.66'') 41mm (1.61'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 40 – 52v

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