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SINGLE DIAPHRAGM CONDENSER MICROPHONE B-5

Gold-SputteredDiaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone with 2 Interchangeable Capsules

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Important Safety

Instructions

LIMITED WARRANTY

Please register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase by visiting

behringer.com and read the terms and conditions of our warranty carefully.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Terminals marked with this symbol carry electrical current of sufficient magnitude to constitute risk of

electric shock. Use only high-qualitycommercially-availablespeaker cables with ¼" TS plugspre-installed.All other installation or modification should be performed only by qualified personnel.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage

inside the enclosure - voltage that may be sufficient to constitute a risk of shock.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to important operating and maintenance instructions in the

accompanying literature. Please read the manual.

Condenser microphones are extremely moisture-sensitive.Never use your microphone in

close proximity to water (e.g. bath tubs, wash basins, sinks, washing machines, pools, etc.). When doing voice recordings, always use

the enclosed windscreen to protect the capsule from moisture.

Always use the power supply specified in the operating instructions.

Take care not to drop

your microphone as this can lead to severe damage.

BEHRINGER assumes no liability for any damage caused by the user.

After each use, remove the microphone from its mount and wipe it down with a soft cloth and

place it back into its protective casing (included with the microphone). Then, lay the small bag containing the moisture-absorbingcrystals on top of the microphone head.

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1. Power Supply

Phantom power (+48 V) is required to operate your microphone. We assume no liability for damage caused to your B-5through deffective phantom power. Before activating phantom power, mute your playback system and connect theB-5to the microphone input of your mixing console. After activating phantom power, theB-5requires several seconds to stabilize itself.

2. Pickup Patterns

Your B-5was delivered with two capsules allowing different pickup patterns: cardioid () and omnidirectional ().

If you use the cardioid pattern capsule, the pickup pattern is such that the sound produced by sources located in front of the mic is strongly picked up, while sound sources to the side are picked up less pronouncedly. Therefore, the cardioid pattern capsule is ideal for directional pickup of acoustic instruments. It is

often used in recording situations in which several sound sources are present. Since this capsule selectively tones down the pickup of sounds located to the side of the microphone, this way you can achieve good separation of sound sources, thus easily avoiding feedback.

The so-calledproximity effect is typical for microphones with the cardioid pickup pattern. Depending on the distance between the microphone and the sound source, a slight increase in the lower frequency range occurs. The shorter the distance, the more pronounced this effect. By cleverly selecting the position and the angle of your microphone, you can effectively manipulate the proximity effect and thus affect how your recording sounds. Experiment with various positions in order to gain more experience.

The proximity effect does not occur with the capsule featuring the omnidirectional pickup pattern; its strength is its ultra-linearfrequency response. With this pickup pattern, yourB-5picks up a large portion of diffuse ambience sound

and is therefore particularly well suited for atmospherical, natural-soundingrecordings. Similarly, you can also use the omnidirectional pickup pattern capsule in situations in which several sound sources (e. g. a group of singers) need to be picked up together.

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3. Low Cut-Filterand Level Attenuation(-10dB)

The B-5features a switchablelow-cutfilter that eliminateslow-frequencynoise such as floor rumble. Set the switch to its middle position to activate thelow-cutfilter.

For situations in which the microphone is exposed to extremely high sound pressure levels, the B-5features a switchable level attenuation (“pad”). When the switch is in its“-10dB” position, the level attenuation is activated.

When the switch is in its top-mostposition, the signal is not influenced in any way.

4. Microphone Installation

To properly attach your microphone to a microphone stand, a clamp is included. First screw this clamp onto your stand before attaching the microphone itself.

5. Changing Microphone Capsules

When your B-5leaves the assembly plant, it has the cardioid pickup pattern capsule screwed onto its shaft. To loosen the capsule, hold the shaft firmly and unscrew the capsule turning itcounter-clockwise.

When installing a capsule, please make sure to handle both the capsule and the microphone shaft with attention and care to avoid damaging the screw thread. In no situation should you ever apply excessive force.

6. Audio Connection

To connect the B-5to your equipment, use a balanced XLR microphone cable with the following pin assignment: Pin 1 = shielding, pin 2 = +, pin 3 =-.Since all contact points of theB-5aregold-plated,your microphone cable too should featuregold-platedconnectors, if possible.

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7. Level Setting/Adjusting the Basic Sound

Adjust the gain control in the microphone channel of your mixing console so that the peak LED lights up only occasionally or never at all. The EQ controls in the microphone channel should be set to mid-travelposition to start with;

low-cutfilter and level attenuation should be off. Try to achieve the desired sound by experimenting with the microphone position. Often, it will be useful to set up acoustic barriers (“baffles”) at various angles towards the signal source. Only when the desired basic sound has been achieved, should you start using equalizers and signal processors, if any at all. Remember: less is often more!

 

330

0 dB

0

 

 

-5dB

30

 

 

 

 

 

300

 

-10dB

 

60

 

-15dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-20dB

 

 

 

 

-25dB

 

 

270

 

-30dB

 

90

240

 

 

 

120

 

210

 

150

 

 

 

180

 

 

250 Hz

1000 Hz

 

4000 Hz

16000 Hz

500 Hz

2000 Hz

 

8000 Hz

 

Polar pattern (cardioid)

dB

 

 

 

20.0

 

 

 

10.0

 

 

 

0.0

 

 

 

-10.0

 

Low cut

 

 

 

 

-20.0

 

 

 

50.0

100.0

1000.0

10k 15k 20k Hz

Frequency response (cardioid)

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330

0 dB

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-5dB

 

 

300

 

-10dB

 

60

 

-15dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-20dB

 

 

 

 

-25dB

 

 

270

 

-30dB

 

90

240

 

 

 

120

 

210

 

150

 

 

180

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 Hz

1000 Hz

 

4000 Hz

16000 Hz

500 Hz

2000 Hz

 

8000 Hz

 

Polar pattern (omnidirectional)

dB

 

 

 

20.0

 

 

 

10.0

 

 

 

0.0

 

 

 

-10.0

 

Low cut

 

 

 

 

-20.0

 

 

 

50.0

100.0

1000.0

10k 15k 20k Hz

Frequency response (omnidirectional)

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8.Specifications

 

Transducer type

true condenser,

 

 

18 mm (0.71") single diaphragm

Operating Principle

 

 

Cardioid

pressure gradient

 

 

 

 

Omnidirectional

pressure operated

 

Polar pattern

1 x cardioid

 

 

1 x omnidirectional, exchangeable

 

Connection

gold-platedbalanced XLR connector

 

 

 

Open Circuit Sensitivity (at 1 kHz)

 

 

Cardioid

-38dBV (0 dBV = 1 V/Pa), 12.6 mV/Pa

 

 

 

 

Omnidirectional

-40dBV (0 dBV = 1 V/Pa), 10 mV/Pa

 

Frequency response

20 Hz - 20 kHz

 

 

 

 

Level attenuation

-10dB (switchable)

 

 

 

 

Low-cutfilter

6 dB/oct. at 150 Hz (switchable)

 

 

 

 

Max. SPL (1% THD @ 1 kHz)

140 dB (0 dB), 150 dB (-10dB)

 

 

 

 

Equivalent SPL (IEC 651)

16 dB-A(cardioid), 18dB-A(omnidir.)

 

 

 

Signal-to-NoiseRatio

 

 

Cardioid

78 dB A-weighted

 

 

 

 

Omnidirectional

76 dB A-weighted

 

 

 

 

Nominal impedance

70 Ω

 

Load impedance

>1 kΩ

 

 

 

Mains Voltage/Fuse

 

 

Supply voltage

+48 V

 

 

 

 

Supply current

3 mA

 

 

 

Physical/Weight

 

Dimensions

Ø shaft: 20 mm / Length: 120 mm

Weight

approx. 0.52 lbs / 0.24 kg

 

 

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