Avantone CK-1

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

  • Polar pattern: cardioid, hypercardioid and omnidirectional
  • Frequency range: 25 - 20,000 Hz (-3 dB)
  • Max. SPL 138 dB, 10 dB pad switch
  • High pass switch 80 Hz 6dB/oct.
  • Requires 48V phantom power
  • Dimensions: 23 x 153 mm
  • Including: 3 capsules (cardioid, hypercardioid and omnidirectional), wood box and shock mount
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  • Bossa Dry
  • Bossa Processed
  • Strumming Dry
  • Strumming Processed
  • Shaker
  • Woodblock

Further information

Battery Powered No
Directional Microphone No
Stereo Pair No
switchable lowcut Yes
switchable pad Yes
characteristic hyper-cardioid, ball, cardioid

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FANTASTIC VALUE

Kevin3670, 14.07.2015
CAN NOT BELIEVE HOW WELL THIS MIC PERFORMS FOR THE MONEY.
I PURCHASED TWO, TO USE AS A PAIR AND THEY ARE WELL MATCHED.
ALL 3 CAPSULES WORK WELL.
I HAVE USED THEM ON ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND AS A STEREO PAIR WITH THE OMNI CAPSULES ON MY JECKLIN DISC AND THEY WERE FANTASTIC.
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A medium-sized musician with avant-garde classifications

Markus A. 356, 24.02.2013
Meanwhile, some manufacturers argue in the price of mid-range small-molecule condenser. Outstanding in technical and sound quality certainly the NT5 of Rode, that in my opinion in linearity and processing is also the Avantone CK-1 ahead.

Compared to the legendary Neumann KM 184 and the approx. Twice as expensive counterpart of Schoeps, the CK-1 has something in common: Neumann raises the presence (high frequency range), Schoeps always has a stronger bass part in comparison in his comparison Recording of drums (overheads) and avantones also follows the latter example, especially with the pressure receiver capsule.

If a linear transmission is often used for manufacturers of the upper class, a "coloring" is often shown in practice in most different frequency ranges. One approaches the wish of linearity only as closely as possible, with the most certainly in the house of Schoeps.

Despite the thesis of Jörg Wuttke (former product developer at Schoeps) ...:
"The best thing to do is to use linear microphones in all areas of application to connect the desired sound to the mixer at any time, so you know exactly how you did it."
... use most of the different microphones that bring the desired sound with you. And so everyone knows how he did it!

So for me in terms of sound, the CK-1 against the NT5 as a clear winner. The CK-1 as overhead from a Drumset transmits exactly the sound components, which I expect from it. It transmits very "musical" in many areas (acoustic guitar, percussion, strings, piano). A personal listening impression is recommended to everyone.
It dyes in corresponding frequency bands, but it is neither disturbing nor obtrusive. However, in order to achieve transparency and difference between the various instrument groups, the use of different microphones is of course advisable.

Conclusion: As with all microphones: If you want the sound of the CK-1 in its production, the Avantone is very much to the heart. For example, if you prefer a more linear, classic pianosound, the NT5 should be able to take advantage of the CK-1.
However you get about the same money with Avantone 2 Wechselkapseln. The only slightly unsatisfying difference for me is that Avantone "on request" no matching stereopaare to acquire. My two CK-1 are not identical in their transmission range, which is however not audible in the stereomix.
Another small drop of vermouth is that the kidney capsule does not fit into the can because of its small plastic struts in the direction of insertion, at least their lid does not close completely with the things.

But once again quite apart from that, Avantone gives a CJ-1, in contrast to Rode, a spider, which is absolutely valuable made of a stable material, can be adjusted in millimeter-precision and seems to survive the heaviest falls!

Absolute purchase recommendation!
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