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The Garnet

Marque : Violet

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Destination(s) : Audiovisuel - Installation - Studio

Application(s) : Ampli de guitare - Batterie - Clarinette et haubois - Cuivres - Flute & Piccolo - Guitare acoustique - Perc. classiques - Piano - Saxophone - Trombone - Trompette - Tuba - Violon - Violoncelle - Chant - Voix

Directivité : Multi-directivité
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  • Violet Design
  • THE GARNET” vacuum tube microphone is designed for the highest quality audio recording. The large dual diaphragm electrostatic capsule VD47 provides sweet, dense tone, known from the most famous vintage vocal microphone. Vacuum tube electronics removes dynamic distortion resulting in clean, warm and natural sound. Large output transformer additionally warms the sound. Microphone provides nine selectable directional polar patterns.

         audio sample : women voice

         audio sample : man voice

    The above diagrams provide rather subjective visualisation of the sound because the microphone reaction depends on a number of internal and external factors - selected polar pattern, room parameters - volume, resonance, reflections, reverberation; microphone location - distance and angle to the sound source and different surfaces; external devices - used microphone preamplifier’s input impedance and electronics type, microphone cable quality and parameters, etc. The resulting sound comes from the “know-how” of the artist and engineer!


    “THE GARNET” microphone is based on the original true electrostatic capsule and  vacuum tube electronics.The capsule diaphragms are made of the special, highest  quality, calibrated polymer film. Unique irregular sputtering with the special formula of  gold mixture gives them faster impulse transient response with minimized resonance,  sound coloration, high and low frequencies reduction, and possibility to handle higher  sound pressure levels. Using the original technology the diaphragms are tensioned  and  adjusted on the precisely made brass back-plates. At the end of the manufacturing  process every capsule is carefully checked for electrical parameters and measured in  an  anechoic chamber for optimum of audio performance. The acoustically transparent  multilayer mesh head’s construction supports polar patterns, keeps sound  transparency  almost unaffected and minimizes head’s internal resonances, the same  time reducing plosive sounds and wind noise, and shielding capsule from external  interference.

    “THE GARNET” microphone’s internal preamplifier is based on class-A discrete vacuum  tube circuit designed under the highest audiophile standards. Carefully selected  vacuum  tube and the best quality components provide linear audio frequency range,  natural dynamics, minimum self noise and very low audio distortion of all types.

     Massive  metal body stabilizes thermal regime of vacuum tube electronics. Tube is mounted on an internal damper to protect it from  mechanical resonances and acoustical feedback. Large size,  noise cancelling design custom wound audio transformer  provides even more warmth to the sound, and balances the output  circuit separating microphone from RF and other kind of  interference. Gold plated contact 7-pin XLR output connector  provides stable microphone connection. Microphone is powered  from an external soft starting PSU-5 smart power supply unit, providing stabilized and protected polarization, plate and heather voltages. Included special audiophile quality VTC-06 tube microphone cable with gold plated contact 7-pin XLR connectors must be used between microphone’s output and power supply unit’s input. Cable minimizes all types of internal and external interference, noise and signal loss.

    “THE GARNET” microphone’s rugged construction with balanced internal dampers-shock mounts for the capsule, vacuum tube, and all electronics module, together with included orginal construction JSM elastic external studio shock mount effectively reduces stand rumble, infrasonic interference and mechanical shocks.Under the special request “THE GARNET” microphones are available in matched stereo pairs to provide balanced recordings.


    “THE GARNET” microphone is designed for the lead function recording - orienting on lead vocals and similar function lead sound sources, but the same time is excellent tool for most musical instruments and other sound sources recording as well.
    “THE GARNET” microphone provides 9 selectable polar patterns from “Figure of Eight” pattern (right located miniswitch on power supply unit), step by step transformed into “Cardioid” pattern (mid located miniswitch), and then step by step transformed into “Omni” pattern (left located miniswitch). Right side located miniswitches always have ON priority over the left side located switches. It takes 1-2 minutes to stabilize new pattern regime after switching to another one. Front side of capsule is marked with VIOLET logo on microphone body, so please take attention to use microphone from an active side(s) of the capsule depending from selected polar pattern.
    Use "THE GARNET" microphone with possibly higher quality linear microphone preamplifier. Vacuum tube units and switching impedance input transformers are preferable. Find the best tone manipulating with microphones distance, angle, pop filter, windscreen, reflectors, room’s acoustic, etc, and changing preamplifier input’s impedance (if there is such possibility). Lowering of input impedance will warmer and sweeten microphones tone and vice versa. Do not use equalizers, other corrections and dynamics processing at the process of recording, or use them as little as possible, orienting corrections to down (minus) side for minimum of phase distortion.


    “THE GARNET” provides warm classic vintage vocal tone. Use the microphone at 5 to 50 cm distance, try different capsule angles and polar patterns to get the best result. In case of need use studio pop filter or foam windscreen to reduce plosive sounds, breath, pop and wind noise. Use quality damped microphone stand.


    There are many methods with close miking, distanced miking and combined miking of grand piano. Use a pair or more for stereo recording and add distanced microphones for room acoustics. The result highly depends on player, instrument quality and room’s acoustics. The right microphone placement is the most important factor. Try different polar patterns. The best method is to use your own ears – go to instrument, listen and find the best location and position for microphone.


    Right placement is the most important factor. We recommend start with facing the microphone to guitars’ neck, where it joins body, in some 10 to 30 cm distance from it. Use a pair of microphones for stereo recording, and add distanced microphones for more room acoustics.


    “THE GARNET” is perfect for juicy, fat, dense and warm lead guitar or for jazzy tones recording as well. Place the microphone 10 to 20 cm from a loudspeaker cone. To get more upper frequencies move it closer to loudspeaker cone’s center, or toward the cone edge to get fuller tone with more mid and low frequencies. Orient capsule diaphragm under some angle to the loudspeaker cone’s surface to avoid low frequency wave peaks. Larger distance from the loudspeaker will add more air and room acoustics and soften high frequencies. There are endless methods of combined close miking, distanced miking, miking from a backside of an open speaker box, experimenting with different room acoustics, etc.


    “THE GARNET” provides detailed high-dynamics recording of drums. The advisable distance is 5 to 15 cm from a drum rim, try different positions and angles. A bigger distance will add more air, environment, naturalness and blend with other drum set components. A smaller distance will increase the low frequencies and separation from other sound sources. Use a close as possible put together microphone stereo pair as overheads, starting at some 70 cm distance over the drum set, try different polar patterns and orienting angles of capsules. There are very different methods to record drums - from one right placed stereo microphone pair for perfectly balanced drum set in an optimal acoustics room, until individually close miked every sounding drum component or even several microphones on such components as bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, etc.


    Like on the drum recording “THE GARNET” microphone provides transparent, clean, and real results in percussions recording. The distance of 30 cm is the best to start. Closer distance will add more details, tone and separation. Larger distance will add room ambience, naturalness and blending with other instruments.


    „THE GARNET” is an excellent choice for bowed string instrument recording. The distance of 30 to 50 cm above the instrument bridge is preferable for violin and viola. The distance of 10 to 25 cm in front of bridge is right for double bass or cello. Try different polar patterns.


    The warm, full, natural tone of “THE GARNET” microphones makes them the best choice to record saxophone and other brass and wind instruments. For the clarinet and the soprano saxophone use the microphone 10 to 30 cm above the horn and lowest pads. For the other saxophones place microphone 5 to 15 cm in front of the lip of the bell.
    For the flute place the microphone above the middle of the instrument. Use 10 to 50 cm distance for the trumpet, the trombone, the French horn, the tuba and other brass instruments.


    Transducer type
    Operating principle
    pressure gradient
    Diaphragm’s active diameter
    26 mm
    Frequency range
    20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Polar pattern
    9 selectable patterns
    Output impedance
    100 ohms
    Rated load impedance
    1000 ohms
    Suggested load impedance
    >250 ohms
    Sensitivity at 1000 Hz into 1000 ohms load
    25 mV/Pa
    S/N Ratio CCIR 468-3 weighted
    75 dB
    S/N Ratio DIN/IEC 651 A-weighted
    86 dB-A
    Equivalent noise level DIN/IEC A-weighted
    8 dB-A
    Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD at 1000 ohm load
    130 dB
    Dynamic range of the internal preamplifier
    122 dB
    Output connector ( microphone )
    7-pin XLR male, gold plated contacts
    Signal polarity ( microphone )
    toward pressure on a diaphragm produces positive
    polarity voltage on XLR pin #6 relatively to pin #5
    Microphones dimensions and weight
    H230 x 50 X 30 mm, 800 g
    JSM dimensions and weight
    H130 x W105 x D25 mm, 200 g
    PSU-5 dimensions and weight
    H55 x W225 x D185 mm, 1500 g
    Selectable mains voltage, frequency
    100/120/220/240 V AC 45-65 Hz
    Mains fuse
    250 mA (100/120V), 125 mA (220/240V)
    Power consumption
    <20 W