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The Sony C 48 is a large diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser microphone designed for vocal and general instrument recording and sound reinforcement. The C 48 features 3 selectable polar-patterns. Cardioid, omni-directional and bi-directional (figure eight) patterns provide the flexibility needed for any recording application. The C 48 is powered via +48 volt phantom or 9 Volt DC alkaline battery. The capsule is securely housed in a vibration proof enclosure eliminating noise caused by handling. A 10dB Pad switch improves Sound Pressure Level handling. A 2 position low-frequency roll-off switch reduces hum and noise registered at lower frequencies.


  • Vibration-proof structure to eliminate noise transmitted through cable or stand
  • Selectable directivity-uni-directional, omni-directional or bi-directional
  • 2-way powering-internal battery (50 hours of continuous operation) or external power supply
  • Suitable for vocal and instrumental recording
  • l0dB attenuation switch
  • 2 position low cut switch

  • Capsule type: Condenser
  • Frequency response: 30 -16,000
  • Directivity: Uni/Omni/Bi-directional
  • Sensitivity (dB) (0dB=1V/1 Pa at 1kHz): -41.0 ± 2.0 (Uni)
  • Dynamic range (dB): 106
  • Low-Cut: Music ,Voice
  • Power supply
  • Battery: 9V
  • Ext. power: DC 48V
  • Microphone Connector: XLR-3-12C type
  • Battery Life: 50H
  • Stand screw/Mic Holder screw: PF 1/2 inch thread
  • Output impedance at 1kHz (balanced) (1/2 ± 20%): 150
  • Induction noise from ext. magnetic field (0dB=20µ)P: 0
  • Effective output level at 1kHz (dBm) (0dBm=1mW/1P): -38.8(Uni)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (A weighted,1kHz,1Pa): 72 dB(Uni)
  • Inherent noise (0dB=20µPa.): equal to or less than 22 dB SPL
  • Wind noise (0dB=20µPa.): 47(dB SPL)
  • Max. input sound pressure level (0dB=20µP): 128(dB SPL)
  • Mic attenuator: -10(dB)
  • Current drain (approx.): less than or equal to 1(mA)
  • Supplied Stand Adapter: NS 5/8 inch thread, W 3/8 inch thread


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...Gem. Bass is a an old German doghouse 5 string captured with an old EV PL9. The NT5 on my vocals, a Sony C48 on the girl. All comments/criticisms solicited and welcome. We sure laughed a lot getting it done; that's the bottom line. Thanks!

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What vocal mic did you use today

I'm really enjoying my Sony C-48...and I'm getting more and more happy everyday that I bought it. It has a crisp, present sound with adequate low end. I've used it on vocals a lot lately and I'm not dissatisfied with it at all. I have a KM84 that I've tried, but I'm not a...

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