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Old 29th August 2010
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Oktava MK-101, MK-102, MK-103, MK-104

I'm trying to decide if I should buy some of the (from oktava so called) medium and large diaphragm capsules for the mk-012 preamp.
Background is that I already have a bunch of the mk-012 matched pairs (with the cardioid, hypercardioid, "omni") and I need some additional large diaphragm capsules both for support microphones as well as setting up a stereo system. The capsules are:

MK-101 (2004)
Mk-102 (2005)
MK-103 (Oct 2006)
MK-104 (Nov 2006)

Has anybody made some experiences with those? Or knows where to get some recorded sound samples?

Thanks a lot!
Old 29th August 2010
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Have you looked at the frequency response graphs for the different capsules? I have a Oktava brochure from my last Oktava mic purchase. The MK-101 looks interesting. It's got the usual presence bump, but with a dip at 5k. That could have the affect of making a source sound a little less "hard".

On the other hand, I bought a MK-105 based on the response graph in the brochure, but the individual graph that came with my mic shows a big peak at 3k. I've discovered that 3k can sound great on some guitars, (classical guitar in particular) so it's not a total loss, but ever since then, I've been hesitant to trust the quality control of Oktava.

In your case, you really need to assess your needs, and then compare your needs to the different qualities of the capsules. (In lieu of "that mic rocks!' type of comments from the forum, frequency response graphs will be your only hope.) Perhaps you could confirm a return policy before purchase, so that if your mic turns out to be an anomaly like mine, you could exchange it for one that is more in line with what was advertised.

BTW, I have three Oktava mics (modded, with stock capsules,) and I use them all the time.

Another consideration: Michael at Oktavamod is supposedly working on fitting his MJE-K47 capsule head assembly onto the MK-012 body. That capsule should definitely be on the top of your list. If I recall correctly, he was talking about having them ready this Fall.
Old 16th June 2019
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''BUMP''

Surprisingly very little action here.

I have a similar question regarding a new MK-012 capsule.. 101 - 104 or any other suggestions or routes?
Mainly for male vocals..

Thanks
Old 6th July 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by sdmc303 ➡️
''BUMP''

Surprisingly very little action here.

I have a similar question regarding a new MK-012 capsule.. 101 - 104 or any other suggestions or routes?
Mainly for male vocals..

Thanks
I have a pair of the 101 capsules. They're nice. Big, clean sound, and as someone surmised above not harsh.

I was doing a shootout with some other mics this morning and was kind of surprised how close they sounded to my TLM193.

(Not sure it matters, but the 012 bodies I'm using I modded with some better components as discussed in other threads.)

Unfortunately I don't have any experience with the other capsules, aside from the 012s.
Old 7th July 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Riinehart ➡️
I have a pair of the 101 capsules. They're nice. Big, clean sound, and as someone surmised above not harsh.

I was doing a shootout with some other mics this morning and was kind of surprised how close they sounded to my TLM193.

(Not sure it matters, but the 012 bodies I'm using I modded with some better components as discussed in other threads.)

Unfortunately I don't have any experience with the other capsules, aside from the 012s.
Cool - thanks for your input.
I like "not harsh"
It's definitely my cheapest option - for I already have the 012's
How is the 101 capsule for male vocal? Warm and open?
Old 8th July 2019
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Ive tried 101 on a few male vocalists. Its not always the right move, but when it works its got a nice dark vibe. Ive had to boost the high end afterwards.
Old 8th July 2019 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by dranzangos ➡️
Ive tried 101 on a few male vocalists. Its not always the right move, but when it works its got a nice dark vibe. Ive had to boost the high end afterwards.
Cool - Thanks for the that input.
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