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Old 1st December 2016
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🎧 15 years
Sanken Stereo SDC microphones

Not much discussion about these interesting, if somewhat unorthodox mics.

Having closed the door on trying to put together a compact Sennheiser MKH 8030/8040 MS setup, I started poking around for other alternatives beyond the obvious.

Sanken's CMS-2, and CUW-180 are two alternatives.

I'm less inclined towards the XY mic for reasons of size, but the MS mic is especially interesting.

One single mic, stereo MS. Physical dimensions and weight would keep it well below a pair of MKH 30/40, which seems to be the reference around here for good MS.

I invite anyone here with comments or insight to weigh in. Hearsay, secondhand anecdotes, and base speculation are okay!

Actual firsthand experience would be prized!

Old 2nd December 2016
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5 Reviews written
🎧 15 years
I like and use the Sanken CMS-2. It is an excellent sounding mic that gives superior recorded results.

It has a few qualities that one should be aware of, however.

It is not the quietest mic out there.

It's sensitivity is somewhat low.

However, it was specifically developed for recording music and it is a great mic for piano, orchestra, string quartets, brass music, string orchestras, etc.

The price of the mic is high.
Old 3rd August 2022 | Show parent
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1 Review written
🎧 5 years
i got to use the cms-2 on very few occasions so far (and never got to compare it to my beloved schoeps m/s system) but always liked the results i got. i was all the more pleased when i recently found one (including the mb-2a matrix box) at an amazing price!
i intend using it mostly in (relatively) close position on various sources in live situations.
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