Lauten Audio has announced the release of Snare Mic, a new purpose-built FET condenser microphone designed explicitly for use on snare drums in providing a carefully tuned frequency response, high dynamic range, and stated rejection of up to 28 dB of off-axis sound.
Measuring 4.2 inches in length, Snare Mic is equipped with a compact, hand-tuned capsule and wide frequency response. Onboard high-pass and low-pass filters provide additional tone shaping at the source.
The new mic’s solid brass headframe, vibration-resistant capsule design, and mildew-resistant dust filter protect it from stick hits and debris. It comes with an articulating head mount and cordura padded bag.
Type: End-address pressure gradient FET condenser
Capsule: 32 mm
Polar Patterns: Cardioid
Freq. Response: 20 Hz-20 KHz
High-Pass Filter: Flat / 80 Hz / 140 Hz
Low-Pass Filter: Flat / 5 kHz / 12 kHz
Dynamic Range: 135 dB minimum
SPL Handling: >135 dB (0.5% THD@1000 Hz)
Impedance: >150 ohms
Self-noise level: < 15 dB-A
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 79 dB
Sensitivity: -66.0 dBV/Pa (0 dB=1V/Pa 1KHz)
Connector: 3-pin XLR
Power: Requires 48-volt Phantom Power
Dimensions: 109 x 50 mm (mic only) 112 x 71 mm (with mount)
Weight: 309 g (mic only) 407 g (with mount)
Snare Mic is available now for $398 U.S. street / MSRP $549. Go here for more specifics and to purchase.
With the release of Snare Mic, Lauten Audio has also launched SNARE, a four-part documentary series that reconnects noted drummers with the snare drums they chose to help define what would become the future of music. Episode 1 features Brad Wilk [Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Black Sabbath] and 10x Grammy-winning Engineer Darrell Thorp on location at Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters’ Studio 606.
“Snare drums are the lifeblood of music. When you’re in a room with one, you don’t just hear it. You feel it in your bones. That sensation is REALLY difficult to capture, which is why people throw so many microphones, post-processing, and even sound replacement at snare drums,” says Lauten Audio president Trent Thompson. “Our goal with Snare Mic was to make that process easy — one microphone that captures the totality of a snare drum without needing to do all of those other things.”