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MA-201fet, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from Mojave Audio.


3 user reviews
Prices starting at $695 Average price: $695

Mojave Audio MA-201fet tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Mojave Audio
  • Model: MA-201fet
  • Category: Large diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 09/03/2009

The MA-201fet is a large diaphragm, phantom-powered, solid-state condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern. With its roots in a lineage of microphone designs by David Royer, the MA-201fet gives warm, full-bodied reproductions of vocals and instruments, with none of the shrillness and high frequency distortion artifacts that are often encountered with modern condenser microphones.

 

Utilizing a 3-micron gold-sputtered capsule, high-quality Jensen audio transformer, military-grade FET and custom designed low-noise resistors, the MA-20fet performs at a level reminiscent of some of the best loved classic condenser microphones. Each MA-201fet microphone is carefully tested and evaluated, then packaged in its protective case with a professional grade shockmount.

 

Features:

  • Hand-selected 3-micron 1" capsule
  • Jensen audio transformer
  • Military-grade FET
  • Custom designed low-noise resistors
  • Ultra clean signal path

Recommended applications:

  • Vocals
  • Voice Over and Broadcast
  • High SPL sources, such as Kick Drums and Bass Guitar Amps
  • Electric Guitar
  • Piano
  • Drum Overheads, Drum Rooms
  • Acoustic Instruments


TECHNICAL DATA

TRANSDUCER TYPE: Externally polarized pressure gradient capacitor

DIAPHRAGM: 1-inch diameter, gold sputtered

DIAPHRAGM THICKNESS: 3-micron

POLAR PATTERN: Cardioid

FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 Hz-20kHz, +/- 3dB

SENSITIVITY: -39 dB re. 1V/pa

MAXIMUM SPL: 125 dB

DISTORTION: <1% @120dB SPL, <3% @134dB SPL

SELF NOISE: 14dB nominal, not to exceed 16dB (A weighted)

IMPEDANCE: 550 ohms, transformer balanced (Jensen)

POWERING: 48VDC phantom power; current .68mA.

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:
Carrying case with microphone, shock mount: 10" x 9" x 4.5", 4 lbs.
Microphone: 7 5/8" x 2", 1 lb.

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Mojave Audio MA-201fet user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
moosers10/18/2009

moosers's review

Mojave Audio MA-201fet
The Mojave Audio MA-201 FET is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that has a field-effect transistor in it.  I believe that the make up of this microphone is quite similar to the MA-200 which has a tube instead of the FET, but I don't know much about the similarities beyond that.  This is definitely a microphone that you want to keep within the studio and not use for live shows or anything like that.

OVERALL OPINION

I've only used the Mojave Audio MA-201 FET two or three times for recording a live session in a recording studio and while it did the job, I wasn't all that impressed with its overall sound.  Don't get me wrong, it is a clear sounding microphone and will pick up a good amount of details but when compared with some of the other FET based microphones that I have used, this pales in comparison.  To be fair, this costs a fraction of most of those microphones, which is one of the main things that Mojave Audio prides itself on, but there is definitely a trade off in quality that comes along with that.  I can't say that I would recommend this microphone for anything in particular, but it does do the job that you would expect for a large-diaphragm condenser meaning that it is probably best suited to record vocals and acoustic instruments.  I'm sure that a lot of people will praise this microphone because of the price, but I think that this is the mics best feature as it gives home studio owners a chance to get a FET based microphone for a good price.  However, if you are simply looking for a great overall microphone I would recommend looking elsewhere as I think that you can get a lot more bang for your buck than this from other companies out there even if they aren't FET based mics.
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michou_7605/27/2009

michou_76's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mojave Audio MA-201fet
- Cardioid condenser microphone for voice and instruments ployvalent

OVERALL OPINION

- Its now with very little sibilance

- I tried other microphones, such as: SE Electronics Z5600A / Neumann U87 (original), and U87Ai TLM103 and I would say the sound of the Mojave MA-201 is very nice / clean with a good return of frequencies and acute mild compared to the Z5600A and Neumann mentioned above, except the U87 (original) that does not sound like the Ai version.
Is taking place in the mix easily without the need for an EQ.
Coupled with a préamli lamp is ideal.

- Unbeatable value for money (bought € 700 with 2 year warranty), we find € 650.
Cheaper and better than a Neumann TLM103 and 3 times cheaper than U87Ai, it will displease the fans can be the U87 (Ai) but I prefer the Mojave MA-201.
In these comparisons only the U87 (original) is less sibilant and although this ... a better definition in the upper medium for the MA-201 but it is very light.
- I do it again without hesitation that choice (for a first micro seriously) in this price range, I have not found better.

Mojave Audio brand is a subsidiary of Mics Royer Labs specializes in the manufacture of ribbon mics with the difference that makes Mojave Audio condenser microphones.
Proof of this quality brand is distributed in France by Juke Box LTD.

Here are some links regarding the specifications of the microphones:

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Negens04/01/2011

Negens's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very Micro Hi Fi! A must have!"

Mojave Audio MA-201fet
Micro electro-static capacitor.
Cardioid.
Jensen transformer.
A studio microphone that fits a lot of situations (Vocals, recovery of instruments).
No attenuation pad or low-cut (But it is no need with this mic).

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 1 month.
The first tests I did were on my voice, and I was surprised at the fidelity of the microphone.
all grades out well.
It gives a result airy and very transparent.
In a mix, the presence of voice is very good.

Tested on my singer's voice. Still very high fidelity. What is meant and what it takes!
The voice fits perfectly into the mix, and EQ are not corrective (as in low-end mics), but as aesthetic choices.

Third test taken on a remote electro-acoustic guitar. Placement should be more careful. Again, taken very faithful, and every nuance of the game are captured (attacks, glissandos, missed notes: D).

The proximity effect is not abrupt, nor disagreeable; making it easier to manage.

As mentioned above, no mitigation or pad low-cut is necessary. Everything is captured with precision, fidelity, and "natural".

This is a MUST HAVE!
And it's amazing to have such a quality for this price.

To make the election again, sometimes twice a day.
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