MP-V57 PCB Kit
The MP-V57 microphone circuit it implements an upgraded and customized version of the Schoeps CMC5 design, adapted for large-diaphragm capsules. This circuit lets you build a remarkably high-fidelity, multi-pattern microphone into any of dozens of inexpensive condenser mics. You supply the "donor" microphone body, and choose one of our large-diaphragm capsule designs. The results are shockingly good.
Features & Benefits
- Replacement PCB set fits many inexpensive condensers
- Builds a super-high-fidelity mic, with high sensitivity and low noise
- Included switch can be built either as Cardioid/Omni pattern control, or as a -10dB pad
- Includes pre-biased NOS JFET for maximum headroom
- Includes matched and handpicked parts
The MP-V57 is a circuit board kit that will fit most of the 170–190mm condenser microphones made in China, including the MCA SP1, MXL 2006, MXL V63M, MXL 910, MXL V57, MXL V250, and more; see list below -- or, if you don't want your fantastic new mic to have some other company's name on it, check out our "S-series" transformerless DIY microphone kits, which incorporate the MP-V57 circuit.
The PCBs themselves are high quality, two-layer boards with through-hole plating (PTH), made in the US.
The circuit is an optimized version of the Schoeps transformerless design. We've incorporated numerous upgrades to the audio circuit as well as the oscillator circuit. We've added a switch that can be configured either as a C/O pattern switch, or a -10dB pad.
The result is a remarkably high-fidelity microphone, with excellent specifications for sensitivity, self noise, and frequency response. You can mate it to any of our large-diaphragm capsules to produce a microphone that will rival anything else in your locker.
Mod Kit vs Microphone Kit
If you have an old "donor" microphone that you are eager to upgrade and repurpose, you're in the right place. If you don't have any dusty old abandoned microphones that are ripe for upgrading, you might prefer to see our all-inclusive DIY microphone kits.
Included with this PCB kit
- Two-piece MP-V57 PCB set, designed and manufactured in the US
- 100% of components needed to complete the circuit, including matched signal capacitors, pre-biased JFET, and additional parts to tune the high-frequency response of the circuit
- Pattern (or pad) switch
- Full-color, step-by-step installation guide
The MP-V57 PCBs fit a large number of "donor" microphones from Apex, CAD, Nady, MXL, and t.bone; see compatible models below. You will need to supply your own capsule, or order one of our large-diaphragm capsule designs.
(If your donor mic has a large-diaphragm capsule already -- this is true of the MXL 2006, MXL V63M, CAD GXL2200 -- then you have the option of retaining it for use with the new circuit. However, Omni mode will only work if you replace the stock capsule with one of our dual-diaphragm models.)
The Sound On Sound Review
Sound On Sound magazine reviewed our S-12 DIY microphone kit, which is based on the MP-V57 transformerless circuit platform. The review author, Paul White, concluded that the finished mic "could certainly give some of the boutique mics out there a run for their money."
Read the full review here.
Note: you'll get all the benefits listed in the SOS review, whether you build the MP-V57 into one of our all-inclusive kits or into one of the branded "donor" microphones listed below.
The only requirement is that the new PCBs physically fit the donor mic's chassis. These boards were designed to easily fit most 170mm–190mm MXL microphones, but will also fit other makes and models.
If you'd like to verify fit in your microphone, click the image at right to download the dimensions (as a PDF). Print the document, check that the printed dimensions match your hardcopy, then cut out the paper PCB and hold it against your chassis.
Note that the MP-V57 is a 2-board set; your chassis will need to accommodate boards on both sides of the chassis.
The tallest component on the board, once built, stands 13mm high. We've clustered the tall parts near the centerline of the board. The finished boards fit easily (with lots of clearance) inside the 45mm (inside diameter) MXL 910 body sleeve.
Suitable Donor Mics
We have personally verified that these boards fit the following microphone chassis without modification to the PCBs or mic chassis. (Click any image to see sale price listings, courtesy RecordingHacks.com.)
|MXL V67 / V67G|