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The Josephson e22S side-address cardioid was designed to meet the needs of noted recording engineer Steve Albini. Although it became a staple in the studio for recording drums, this side-addressed condenser micropohone is also amazing on strings, piano and even vocals (Lorde used it on her Grammy nominated debut album).

It's physical profile allows unobtrusive placement, even with tight percussion layouts. Unique among studio condenser microphones, the e22S capsule geometry is optimized for spot miking performance.

The circuit uses a cascode discrete FET front end, combined with a custom Lundahl output transformer. The electronics were designed to interface easily with either transformer or direct coupled mic preamps. The e22S has low self-noise, so it delivers low level detail, and handles high sound pressure levels for minimal distortion on extremely loud passages.

The microphone housing is very rugged, with a precision machined, satin black chrome finish. 

“The specific need addressed by the e22S was drum kit recording, and the mics are used in that capacity nearly every day, but once they were in our hands, they quickly became a favorite mic for many instruments, including acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, guitar amplifiers, organ and horns. The e22S is easily the most versatile microphone in our cabinet. On loud sounds like drums and guitar cabinets, the 609 head amplifier delivers a crisp, clear signal that is free of distortion, at a level that doesn't require an external pad.” — Steve Albini

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • LENGTH    190 mm
  • DIAMETER    21 mm
  • UNIT WEIGHT    180 g
  • TUBE / SOLID STATE    Solid State
  • TRANSDUCER TYPE    Condenser
  • POLAR PATTERN    Cardioid
  • IMPEDANCE    200 Ohms
  • FREQUENCY RANGE    20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • SENSITIVITY    -50.5 dBV/Pa (3 mV)
  • MAX. SPL    144 dB