SDC Microphone Kit - Schoeps CMC5 Style
The SDC microphone kit incorporates a newly updated (May 2020) Schoeps-clone circuit kit with our popular SDC capsules into an all-inclusive DIY microphone kit. This is a "do it yourself" microphone kit; it requires soldering, wiring, and assembly.
We have bundled these into two sets, with any of three capsules (Cardioid, Hyper, Omni):
- The "single mic" kit includes the SDC mic body, circuit kit, SDC capsule, and a shockmount.
- The "stereo matched pair" kit includes two donor mic bodies, two circuit kits, a hand-matched pair of SDC capsules, two shockmounts, and a compact flight case.
Each shockmount includes spare elastics.
We designed the flight case to store two microphones and two mounts. A fifth die-cut provides for future expansion (e.g., Cardioid, Omni, or Hypercardioid capsules).
If you purchase a single microphone kit, we cannot supply a match for it later. Customers interested in a matched pair should purchase the matched pair.
About the circuit
We have been using and refining the Schoeps CMC5 circuit for nearly 10 years. Our first Schoeps-style circuits were LDC adaptations that incorporated many years' worth of R&D by Jim Williams. We've since incorporated numerous upgrades and changes beyond that, in order to push the noise floor and distortion still lower.
We use top-grade parts throughout the circuit, including 1% tolerance audio resistors, low-noise and long-life electrolytics, polypropylene (not polyester) capacitors in the audio signal path, and an individually "biased" NOS JFET selected specifically for this circuit. The result is very high-performance microphone.
About the SDC Mic Body
Some of photos on this page show the metalwork from the first production run, with the engraved 'micparts' logo. The currently shipping product, as of May 2020, uses a newly redesigned brass body with precision machining. The mic bodies are plated in a satin silver finish that matches the capsule. Each mic body has an embossed brass MP diamond logo badge.