M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology Inc., announces the Luna II ($399.99 MSRP) cardioid studio condenser microphone.
The Luna II features Class-A, solid-state electronics and a 1.1-inch ultrathin, 3-micron, evaporated-gold diaphragm with brass capsule for capturing vocals, guitar, piano and other instruments. The addition of a -10dB pad extends the maximum SPL to 140 dB for recording sources such as kick drums, brass instruments and guitar amps. The new switchable low-frequency roll-off filter gently slopes to cut rumble and stand-transmitted vibrations. The microphone ships in a stylish wooden case and includes a heavy-duty shock-mount.
The M-Audio microphone line is designed in the U.S. and hand-assembled in limited quantities. All Luna II microphones are manufactured with a close tolerance of no more than ±1dB variation from published curves across the entire frequency range. As a result, M-Audio says that any two or more Luna II microphones qualify as a matched set for stereo recording or surround recording.
M-Audio also states that the Luna II microphone is expected to ship in November 2008.
For more information, visit M-Audio's Luna II page.