Sanken Mics...

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by FifthCircle, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Just got a new pair of mics- Sanken CU-31. I got a great deal on a pair of them (consecutive serial numbers and I got them for more than $1000 off the pair). I just used them for the first time and I must say I'm absolutely thrilled with them.

    They have a wonderfully transparent sound, but with sort of a "sparkle" on the top end. I'd actually compare the sound of them to Schoeps, but with a bit more on the top. The Schoeps would be almost rich sounding compared to these (they are that transparent).

    Technically, the polar plot has about a 2 dB rise at about 8K so they aren't completely flat... The diaphragm is a 1 micron titanium diaphragm.

    Anyways, I'm looking forward to putting these mics through their paces over the next couple weeks, but so far I'm really digging what I've heard...


  2. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Hi Ben
    Congratulations on your new toys! $1000 off sounds like a great deal. I've been rather curious about the Co-Z with its 'perfect' omni polar pattern.

    Looking forward to hearing more details as you get to know them.

    Enjoy :)
  3. mdemeyer

    mdemeyer Active Member

    Ben... want to reveal the source (if there are more available)? Or was it a 'one time' deal?

  4. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Found them on ebay- they were a couple years old, but not a scratch on them.

    I've never used a Sanken that I haven't liked... Most of them I've used, though, have been in the film world. They make great lav mics and the CUB-1 is probably one of the best boundary mics on the market. Their shotguns are also great and for set work (I prefer them to the traditional Sennheisers), their mid-side mic is also quite nice. This is the first time I've used one of their studio mics, though. Even at full price, they would be a great mic to get (just not the same kind of deal that I got. :lol: )

  5. mdemeyer

    mdemeyer Active Member


    You got lucky... I was in Shanghai without email on the 11th!


    Next pair is mine!

  6. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    I have used Sanken microphones and had the same feeling about them that you are discribing. Sanken makes some amazing microphone and I think you got an amazing deal on them.

    Happy micing!
  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    That says a mouthful right there. If they make Schoeps sound rich, they must be sparkly clean...

    Congrats on the deal...isn't it great when that happens on E-bay - you get a product for a great deal sometimes just because the right people aren't looking at the right time?

    Enjoy! We want to hear samples!

  8. hughesmr

    hughesmr Guest

    Are these the ones that John Eargle favored so much? Can't recall...

  9. mdemeyer

    mdemeyer Active Member

    I think John favored the CU41 (the dual-diaphram - one large, one small) mic.

  10. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    That is correct. John Eargle liked the dual diaphragm CU 41 model. He actually loaned me his personal-pair for a recording I was doing for the Delos label in New Zealand, with the orchestra (he couldn't make that GIG). They are strictly cardioids. I had planned on using Neumann KM86s, in an MS configuration but instead ran as ORTF with the Sankens.

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