iSK Pearl 25mm Diaphragm Instrument Condenser Microphone
25mm Diaphragm Capsule Condenser Instrument Microphone
The iSK Pearl utilises a 25mm pure gold large diaphragm capsule keeping a cardioid pickup pattern. It's low self noise and wide dynamic range make it capable of capturing very quiet sources such as the ticking of a watch, or with the built in -10 db pad engaged it can also handle high spl, such as close up snare miking. It also has a low frequency roll off switch, which helps reduce proximity effect when recording vocals, and removes the unwanted low frequencies when used as drum overheads. The Pearl has a high sensitivity output, which means it requires less preamp gain compared to most microphones, which also helps the end user keep the signal clean. The iSK Pearl is a very versatile studio workhorse with impressive sound quality.
Built in -10 db pad
Gain reduction pad gives -10 db of reduction to ensure quality recording of hot sounds like snares and amplifiers.
Low - Cut Filter
The Pearl features a low cut frequency roll off for fixing boomy vocals or cutting out unwanted lows bleeding into your microphone in the home studio or on location.
In the Box:
- Leatherette Carry Case
- Wind Screen
- Mic Clip
- 25mm pure gold large diaphragm capsule
- cardioid pickup pattern
- -10 db pad
- Low - Cut Filter
- Element: 25mm pressure gradient transducer
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Sensitivity: -36dB ±3db (0db=1V/Pa at 1khz)
- Output Impedance: 100Ω ±30% (at 1khz)
- Load Impedance: ≤1000Ω
- Equivalent Noise Level: 16dB A
- S/N Ratio: 78dB
- Phantom Power Requirements: 9-52V DC.
- Electrical Current: 3mA
- Weight: approx. 120g
- Dimensions: 26mm diameter x 140mm
Impossible to dislike this microphoneBy: Donald MacGregor on 6 December 2017It's a sweet little thing. Does what it should and really doesn't have a down-side. It's much smoother sounding than the three-times-the-price Rode M3 I compared it to and the recordings I've made with it sit well within my mixes without a lot of work. Perhaps comparing the Pearl to an M3 wasn't fair (to the Rode) because the M3 has a medium diaphragm size while the Pearl is smaller but I was trying to record with both one day and the Pearl was just better in my situations. It might not be perfect for everyone but for $49 and Swamp's 30-day returns policy, it's a painless opportunity to "catch and release" demo another small condenser mic if you need one. In the 6 months or so that I've been enduring the home recording addiction, I've done that with a dozen mics and if I was to do it again with the knowledge I have amassed thus far, I'd buy a Pearl and a iSK BM-700 and leave it at that. Sorted. Four stars only because it doesn't like heaps of humidity like we get up here in Cairns. PS: I sold the M3 after using the Pearl. Thanks Swamp.