M-Audio’s Nova cardioid condenser microphone, which is nowshipping, features a 1.1-inch diameter diaphragm of evaporated gold andis capable of capturing frequencies from 20 to 18k Hz with +/-1dBtolerance across the entire frequency range. The Class-A solid-stateelectronics have a 14dB equivalent noise level (A-weighted) and exhibit0.5% THD at 128 dB SPL.
Nova is geared for recording vocals, guitar, piano and largeensembles, as well as capturing ambience and room sound. Nova’stight frequency response is useful for stereo recordings: using twomics in an X-Y pair or a single mic as the mid in an M-S pair.
Nova has an MSRP of $129.95. The unit comes with a swivel mount anda soft case.