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JVC M-201 Stereo Mic

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Greener, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Hi all,

    Has anyone had any experience using a JVC M-201?
    A friend of mine owns one and I've been trying to use it but it sounds muffled.
    It has a switch on it, three positions, off - music - vocal.
    What does this change? Is it just an attenuator?
    Just up from the bottom is a picture. Where are the microphones looking? I know that's not the name of what I want, pickup pattern?
    Anyways, if you have any info or can link me up cheers.

    Fun times.
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    can't see that site

    so I'll guess
    could be a high pass filter in the vocal position
    designed to ease pops and plosive sounds

    music could be flat ... well near flat

    this is a shotgun mic ?
  3. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Hot linking from someone elses site. Classy I am. :)
    Shotguns I know about, I'm named for my favourite English double.

    The translation from Russian on that site.
    "Condenser type professional, vocal- musical, cord microphone from the Japanese company JVC. Is intended for the record of music or [vokala] in the stereo regime. There is a switch for the different types of use. Frequency characteristic: 40 Hz - 18 kHz, sound pressure 133 dB, signal-to-noise ratio are more than 47 dB, sensitivity -81 dB, resistance 600 Ohm, directivity of 120 degrees, weight - 376 deg. Stereo-[shnur] in the complete set!"

    From what I can tell this mic was made in the 70's. Made in Japan, so this is budget gear is it? Damn I'd love to see something pro...
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    There were a number of these same kind of microphones manufactured in the 1970s & eighties. I had a Sony. ECM 99 comes to mind? It actually had a mechanical switch which was a mechanical device. It was used to move the 2 internal capsules to be 180°/90°/45° of a near coincident XY/ORTF stereo microphone. Whereas others have fixed capsules. All battery-powered by a single A A battery. Not phantom powered or able. The consumer versions utilized 2 1/4" phone plugs. There was a more professional version that offered a professional multipin connector to a breakout of 2 XLR connectors. The Sony actually sounded pretty good in comparison to the AT similar version. It actually made for a decent single point stereo XY microphone. I later gave it to a friend. Every now and then, I wish I still had it. It's certainly not a shotgun microphone with just a pair of standards small capsule condenser microphones in a single package. Actually great for drum overheads utilizing a single microphone and stand. Very handy. I think you like this for that purpose. Not bad on grand piano either. Could also be interesting for electric guitar cabinets? It will still sound normal but with a little extra space. Don't use it for vocals as the capsules are pointing in the right direction since they are skewed at 45° angles to one another. So the front of the microphone really isn't the front and it's not a side address microphone either. The internal structure is sort of like flashing the victory or peace sign with your index & middle finger. So it's a front address microphone whose capsules are skewed from the front grille by 45°. You'd think it's a side address microphone by the picture? Nope.

    Great if you like that mono compatible XY like recording sound.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Awesome, I now have half an idea of how I can make it work. Cheers.

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