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Earthworks Debuts SR40 HD Microphone

Earthworks Inc. in Milford, N.H., introduces the SR40 ($1,295 MSRP) High Definition Microphone. The new SR40 is designed for miking applications from drum overheads to miking a guitar cabinet, or as a solo microphone.

Earthworks’ new SR40 offers a frequency response of 30 to 40k Hz and an extremely fast impulse response that enables the microphone to acquire fast transients far more accurately. The diaphragm setting time allows the SR40 to reveal subtle low-level nuances in sound that other microphones might mask.

The SR40’s cardioid polar pattern ensures that the microphone will not beam or spotlight and provides significantly more gain before feedback than conventional microphones. This polar response also enables vocalists or instruments at the sides of the microphone (at 45- or 90 degrees) to have the same pristine sound quality as those at the front of the microphone. It also facilitates the use of fewer microphones with closer placement to the source, enabling additional gain before feedback in live sound applications.

The SR40 promises an acoustic input rating of 145dB SPL for capturing loud sound sources such as a guitar cabinet or close-miked trumpet or saxophone. Its rear rejection performance enables the SR40 to better isolate instruments in a recording or live performance setting, thus minimizing acoustic “bleed.”

The SR40 is available at authorized Earthworks dealers and comes in a black finish, requires 48-volt phantom power and has an optional screw-on windscreen. It is also available in matched pairs at $2,690 MSRP.

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