At the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Earthworks released the new SR3314 and the SR5314 wireless vocal microphone capsules that couple a small-diaphragm cardioid condenser capsule with a class A amplifier circuit leveraging an assortment of the company’s patented and proprietary technologies.
“Engineers and artists want the clarity of a studio condenser on stage but it’s historically been too risky,” says Gareth Krausser, COO for Earthworks. “Our new vocal capsules change that. These microphones behave like a dynamic but they have that enveloping immersive sound that connects the audience to the artist.”
The new capsules are designed to provide extended flat frequency response and a focus on clean impulse response. This is furthered with a tight cardioid polar pattern, consistent low-frequency response across a range of distances, and attenuation of sound sources located beyond 90 degrees (with maximum rejection at 180 degrees).
“Our vocal microphones deliver the same quality of sound even when the singer moves off-center,” Krausser continues. “There’s no proximity effect. They eliminate feedback and their off-axis rejection is outstanding.”
The SR3314 is designed to work with any handheld wireless transmitter that utilizes a standard 3-ring concentric connector. This includes wireless microphone models made by Shure, Lectrosonics, Sony, Line 6, Audio-Technica and others with a compatible 3-ring connector.
The SR5314 is designed to work with the following models from Sennheiser: Digital 9000 Series, Digital 6000 Series, 2000 Series, Evolution G4 500 Series, Evolution G4 300 Series, and Evolution G4 100 Series.
Both capsules have a MAP of $699 and will be available through all traditional pro audio and MI channels starting in February 2020.