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Mojave MA-1000 - MA-50

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by audiokid, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Mojave Audio Launches Signature Series Line.
    This is all I've found.


    October 27th, 2015

    At AES, Mojave Audio is showcasing the new MA-1000 large diaphragm multi-pattern tube condenser microphone, the first model in the company’s new Signature Series line of products. Designed by Technical Grammy award winning microphone designer David Royer, the MA-1000 features an original new old-stock 5840 tube, a 251-style capsule, and a custom-designed transformer built by Coast Magnetics. Among its notable attributes, the MA-1000 includes a remotely controlled, continuously variable polar pattern selector that is located on microphone’s power supply.

    The MA-1000 also offers a switchable 15dB pad that facilitates high SPL recordings with no microphone distortion or preamplifier overload. This is particularly useful for close miking electric guitars. Similarly, the microphone provides a switchable low frequency roll-off designed to reduce the excess low end created by proximity effect, the bass buildup commonly experienced during close miking of vocals and acoustic instruments. The LF roll-off capability is also useful when miking electric guitars where less low-end buildup is desired. The MA-1000 will be available in Q4, 2015.

    And from the Twitter feed.

    2 Incredible new mics from Mojave Audio!
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff


    New offering from Mojave Audio!
    Mojave Audio is presenting their new MA-1000 microphone at AES. This will be the first model in the new Signature Series line. Designed by David Royer.

    The MA-1000, Inspired by the Elam 251. Features: Original NOS 5840 Tube, 251 style capsule, custom transformer by Coast Magnetics, 15dB pad, continuously variable polar patterns located on the power supply.
    Pricing: $2495.00 USD
    Shipping Q4, 2015.
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  4. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Drool... these guys make truly quality mics. I love mine. This would be a welcome addition to my collection.

    Thanks for posting, Chris. BTW been enjoying the Mojave MA-100 pair I bought from you. Great detail without brittleness.
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  5. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    looks sweet!
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Hey Jeff! good to hear. They went to a good home :)

    These look great.
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

  8. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    the MA-1000 looks awesome. I want this bad now lol. And here I was thinking about the 251 last week.
  9. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    LOL looks are always a plus to greta performance. : )~
  10. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Don't get me wrong... I'd love to have this mic also; if it's even remotely close to a real 251, I'm sure I'd be happy - but then again, I'm one of those "character" loving guys, so I'd expect to like it.

    But I'll admit to being a little surprised to hear you say this, Chris... considering your love for transparency. :)

    I'm not jabbin' atcha, brother... Just going by what I've heard you say in the past. :)
  11. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    With the tlelfunken brand reissues in the +$7k range, something from cathedral pipes, or peluso, is probably the MA-1000s closest direct competitor. I will say, I already don't like the shock mount setup, how it looks like it's built into the mic. At these prices an aftermarket shockmount from someone like rycote is a good quality buy, a necessity in my list, don't think the built in shockmount is my style, and it doesn't look ultra sturdy.

    This thing could sound super sweet! I haven't heard of coast magnetics, or there transformers before now.
  12. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Me neither, Kyle.
    I believe that we can be assured that Mojave isn't going to be using anything less than great components in their products. Knowing Mojave's reputation for building stellar sounding mics, I think it's probably safe to assume that Coast's transformers can be regarded in the same light.

    I'm sure most of us have heard of the XFO's that have become the "staples" over the years - Lundhal's, Jensen's, API's, John Hardy's, Seventh Circle, Sowter's, (I'm sure I've left out some other great ones) ...
    But I do like hearing about new stuff, and it's nice to see a new one on the scene - if in fact they are new... and a little research has shown that they might not be.


    Their website describes them as developing transformers for aerospace, military and health industry uses... They certainly wouldn't be the first company to have origins in military or space equipment development, that eventually added commercial audio to their list of development endeavors. Telefunken and Fairchild are just a few companies who's origins were with military contracts:

    "During World War I, Telefunken supplied radio sets and telegraphy equipment for the military, as well as building one of the first navigation systems for Germany's Zeppelin Air Force. The Telefunken " Kompass Sender" was in operation from 1908 to 1918, allowing the Air Ships to navigate throughout The North Sea area in any kind of weather. In 1928, Telefunken made history by designing the V-41 amplifier for the German Military Radio and Communications Network. This was the very first two-stage, "Hi-Fi" amplifier. Over time, Telefunken perfected their designs, and in 1950, the V-72 amplifier was developed. The TAB V-72 soon became popular with other radio stations and recording facilities. The V-72S ( I'm assuming that "S" stands for "stereo"...I could be wrong, though) was the only type of amplifier found in the REDD 37 console used by The Beatles on many of their early Abbey Road recordings..."
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telefunken

    Fairchild had its roots in the Aviation Industry. Sherman Fairchild - the man behind the corporation - had an intuition that Fairchild's technology could be used for other commercial ventures - including audio applications. He licensed the 660/670 design from Rein Narma, who had developed the early 660 prototype for Les Paul's personal 8 track studio. Fairchild hired Narma as Chief Engineer of their new audio division, to further the development of commercial audio products.

    I see no reason why Coast wouldn't excel at a similar endeavor. Technology is universal in its applications. It can be applied to a vast range of uses; and there's always a chance ( a good chance) that a component designed and built for one purpose could serve another. I'll wager, with a high degree of confidence, that the first computer ever designed was not built with the intention of serving the pro audio community... LOL ... yet, here we are. ;)
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  13. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Military and medical specs concern is reliability and performance. It doesn't necessarily mean sounds or performs better, but it meets certain reliability standards. This xfo, is built for war lol literally! I think it's exciting that companies aren't just resting on the old faithful parts, and making fresh new takes, down to the component level. Great stuff.
  14. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Dusty had me when he said the tranny was the size of a donut lol.

    Preamps, converters and summing amps is where I most prefer transparency . But not because of the transparency, because that's what I hear opens me up to big fat capture in the bigger picture, especially for hybrid production and blending with today's sample libraries (another topic); and, why I love combining LA2A /1176 with transformerless gear.
    Too much of one thing, turns everything into a Heinz 57 so I pick my poison where I find it most effective.

    I love DPA mics for acoustic music. But not necessarily for vocals. But DPA's do sound lush on vocals and acoustic guitars when you combine them with transformers. You don't put a DPA mic through some cheapo pre because it would sound glassy and cheap. And, then I would fall into the trap of blaming the transformerless for the wrong reason.

    I prefer mics of all kinds. My Soundelux 250 is one of my favourite vocal mics, especially through a Millennial M-2b. The M-2b is a transformer-less pre with a tube. It's incredible. Especially combined with other transformer topology.
    The reason I prefer big rail transformer-less pre's is all about the capture.

    A lot of reason why I prefer transformerless gear is because of phase and accuracy in a bigger picture, which falls into hybrid summing, mastering and sound design. Its a bit more complicated.

  15. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Don't get me wrong, I get what you're saying. It's just been quite sometime since you last talked about tubes and trannies.

    That quote had me laughin' as well: "with a custom-built Coast transformer, the size of a mini donut... it just barely fits in here..."

    I don't know if I'll ever be able to look at another bag of Hostess mini donuts again without thinking about that. ;)

  16. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member


    Damn. Now I'm hungry for donuts... but not those mini ones...

    Chris, run down to Timmy Horton's for me, and get me an apple dutchie, will ya? ;)
  17. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Most of my work is around mixing, which has less to do with trannies and tubes. Transparency is the focus then..
    Mics: I'd love to have every mic on the planet. I sold a whole bunch of them and I want them all back! I really want a 251.

    Front end is where I have always appreciated excellent analog gear, especially Pultecs and UA comps and levelers. UA gear is pretty dirty sounding so I tend to like UA with transparent pre's. Especially, the millennial m-2b. Everyone should own at least one of them.
    My appreciation for transparency is all to do with big rails and the wow factor I hear from top end transformerless products like DPA mics, SPL and Millennia Media gear.
    When you have an M-2b in your arsenal, transparency has a whole new meaning. ;)
  18. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I know. Its most likely where they are being innovative with something improved or how to keep the cost down in order to keep the build affordable.

    me as as well. Let,s find out more.

    I know, we Canadians love our Tim Hortons.
  19. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Update on the MA-1000

    I just got off the phone with John from Royer. We talked about the new MA-1000. From what he said, it has beautiful lush low end goodness which is part of having that big ass transformer in it. He said it definitely has a vintage 251 character.
    He mentioned a famous engineer who has been recording a famous band ( doesn't that sound interesting ;) in the USA which has always used the big Blue mic for all their vocals. The band would never switch to anything put in front of them until this new MA-1000 arrived. Its their go to now.
    Hype or not, it does look promising. They are about a month away from it hitting the streets. I'm going to try and get one.
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  20. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    You Sir, are one lucky **********.

    I hate you. ;)

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