Lauten Audio FC-387 AtlantisLauten Audio has released the FC-387 Atlantis solid-state multi-functional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone.

Atlantis features multiple switches for three different polar patterns, gain and unique timbre settings for recordists seeking a ‘diverse and useful modern FET studio microphone’.

‘The FC-387 Atlantis microphone was conceived over several years during conversations with engineer Fabrice DuPont of Flux Studios and, ‘ says Brian Loudenslager, Founder of Lauten Audio. ‘Fab had acquired several Lauten microphones over the years and I would pick his brain at industry tradeshows about the mics. I always try and speak to owners of our products to learn where they’re using a mic most, where they feel it’s shining and where it’s not working for them.’

Multiple switches located on each side and back of the FC-387 Atlantis microphone allow the engineer to uniquely configure it. First is a polar pattern switch giving recordists the option of choosing between cardioid, omni and Fig-8 polar patterns. Borrowing the gain options from its sibling, the Clarion FC-357, the Atlantis features a -10db and +10dB switch. The +10dB gain switch allows a choice of more ‘character’ from the preamplifier gain or directly from the microphone. The -10dB switch reduces output and increases the maximum SPL handling.

The voicing switch feature gives three different timbres to meet a wide range of recorded sources. The options are: Gentle, Neutral and Forward. The ‘Gentle’ position provides maximum control of bright or peaky sources like S’s in vocal recordings. The ‘Neutral’ position offers a nice even response with good control over vocal S’s and other audio peaks, while the ‘Forward’ position can help bring life to dull sources without having to use EQ, but while still maintaining control over peaks.

Technical specifications:

Type: 31.25mm dual large diaphragm pressure gradient transducer microphone
Polar Patterns: Omnidirectional, cardioid and Fig-8 selectable
Circuit: Low-noise solid-state FET
Frequency Range: 20H–20kHz
Dynamic Range: 120dB minimum
Impedance: <200Ω
Max SPL: 0.5%THD@1kHz: 130dB
Self-noise Level: < 12dB(A)
Sensitivity: 16mV/Pa OR -36±2dB 0dB=1V/Pa 1kHz
Special Features:
3-way -10dB attenuation, 0dB and +10dB gain switch
3-way Gentle, Neutral, Forward voicing switch
3-way Polar pattern switch
Connector: 3-Pin standard XLR
Power Requirement: +48V phantom power

The Atlantis FC-387 microphone retails for US$1,599 and will be available in Q2 of 2012.


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