Teenage Engineering’s new CM-15 area mic appears to be like like a marvel of design

A few of Teenage Engineering’s high-end design choices typically appear made for design showcases as a lot as precise music making. However behold the CM-15: it is a attractive idea in an space that not often sees genuinely new design. If it really works as marketed, it looks as if a brand new product class.

Microphones are in a humorous state for the time being. A whole lot of the main mics are designs from many years in the past… some half a century or extra, even. Then you’ve gotten an entire new class of cellular and client mics, however a few of these are, frankly, terrible. Shoppers do profit from some low-cost variations of nice mics. I’ve the terrific SD-1 from Common Audio sitting subsequent to me as I kind this, and find it irresistible – it’s a return to traditional studio engineering however reasonably priced. However the design itself continues to be a studio mic.

After which there’s the usability of the cellular mics, which regularly are simply the usual mics with a USB port as an alternative of the XLR, or perhaps each – despite the fact that that’s not what you need more often than not.

The promise of the CM-15 could be to make a terrific large-diaphragm condenser however additionally make it cellular. So it’s multi function, a transportable studio microphone that’s additionally a preamp.

  • 48v phantom-powered mini XLR
  • Mic preamp operation
  • 3.5mm line output
  • USB audio interface

The mic itself is a super-cardioid polar sample – so that you get sounds from what you level it at (additionally an issue with plenty of the supposed cellular mics). Additionally they promise “clear and clear” sound with low self-noise and a high-quality converter. And there, let’s not even get began on how a lot crap is out available on the market.

It’s also possible to energy it 3 ways (and right here’s the place you’d positively need to check noise):

  • Phantom energy
  • Battery energy (inside)
  • USB-C

It can sit on a desk with out a separate stand – there’s one inbuilt, and it’s mercifully not a spherical/tube design like so many mics. There’s additionally a stand adapter to be used on any mic stand. And there’s a cute mini tripod stand, although that’s not within the field – you must purchase it individually.

The worth for all of that is EUR 1199, coming this summer season. That places it in a category with some actually high-end mics, so yeah, this isn’t a evaluate and we’ll have to listen to it in motion and provides it to some correct sound engineers to actually decide it. However on paper, at the least, there are some nice – and overdue – concepts.



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