Mojave Audio MA-101

Mojave Audio MA-101

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MA-101, Small diaphragm condenser microphone from Mojave Audio.

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Mojave Audio MA-101 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Mojave Audio
  • Model: MA-101
  • Category: Small diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 11/21/2011

The MA-101fet is a small diaphragm, solid-state condenser microphone with interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules. Designed by renowned microphone designer David Royer, the MA101fet combines the features of two of Mojave Audio's popular models - the cardioid and omnidirectional capsules from the MA-100 with the electronics from the MA-201fet. New to the MA-101fet is an internally switchable -15dB pad, increasing the headroom to an ear shattering 135dB SPL. This makes the MA-101fet suitable for everything from capturing the subtle nuances of acoustic instruments to the loudesst of electric guitars and drums - great for location recording, too.

Featuring hand selected, 3-micron cardioid and omni capsules, a high quality Jensen audio transformer and military-grade FET and custom designed low noise resistors; the MA-101fet is designed to offer excellent performance for a wide variety of applications. Each MA-101fet microphone is carefully tested and evaluated, then packaged in its protective case.


  • Interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional hand-selected 3-micron capsules
  • Internally switchable -15dB attenuator
  • Jensen audio transformer
  • Military-grade FET
  • Custom designed low-noise resistors
  • Ultra clean signal path

Recommended applications

  • Acoustic Instruments
  • Location Recording
  • High SPL sources, such as Kick Drums and Bass Guitar Amps
  • Electric Guitars
  • Piano
  • Snare Drums, Toms, Drum Overheads



Capsules: Interchangeable Cardioid and Omnidirectional 
Diaphragm: .8" (20.5 mm) diameter
Diaphragm thickness: 3-micron
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 2.5 dB 
Sensitivity: -39 dB re.1V/pa +/- 1.5 dB 
Maximum SPL: 125 dB pad off, 140dB pad on. 
Distortion: <1% @ 120dB pad off, <1 % @ 135dB pad on 
Self Noise: 14 dB nominal, not to exceed 16 dB (A weighted) 
Impedance: 550 ohms, transformer balanced (Jensen) 
Power Requirements: 48VDC phantom power; .68 mA wall current

Carrying Case with microphone: 8.3" x 6.7" x 3.3" (21 x 17 x 8.5 cm), weight 1.8 lbs, (0.82 KG)
Microphone: 6.75" x 1.12", weight 8 oz



Mojave Audio MA-101 user reviews

Average Score:5.0(5/5 based on 1 review)
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moosers's review

Mojave Audio MA-101
The Mojave Audio MA-101 is a FET (field effects transistor) small diaphragm condenser microphone for use in the studio. The mic is one of the higher end mics from Mojave Audio that I’ve used. The mic has a Jensen transformer and a frequency response ranging from 30 Hz to 18 kHz. Mojave Audio was started by the guy that started Royer microphones. A cool feature of the MA-101 is that you can change out the cardioid capsule for an omni-directional one that is also included with the mic. A few other perks with the mic are that it comes with a hard carrying case, a wind screen and a clip.


Having only used a set of the Mojave Audio MA-101s microphone a handful of times, I’ve been very impressed with the results. I’ve only used them as drum overheads to date but for this application they are stellar microphones. I would bet that they work well for other acoustic instruments but I’ve yet to have the chance to try and prove this theory. For a while I wasn’t too sure about Mojave Audio in general since I had only used a few of their cheaper microphones but the MA-101 confirms that I wasn’t right in thinking this since they have a bunch of great microphones that are very affordable. The MA-101 is a professional mic in my opinion but it’s going to be found more in sort of in between studios that don’t have the best of the best for microphones but have a solid collection of tried and true mics. I’m still not convinced that the Mojave Audio MA-101’s would be my first choice for a small diaphragm condenser if I were putting together a pro level studio for myself but I would absolutely consider them. The price doesn’t make them accessible to everyone but they are definitely worth a look if you have a little bit of money to spend on some great small diaphragm condensers.

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