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The Flamingo ME

The Flamingo Magic Ear uses an extra large ear-shaped transducer which provides a unique, resonance-free, warm and full vocal sound. The irregular shape of the capsule removes circular resonances and reflections. As a result, it has a warm, clean, more dense and natural tone without the typical round capsule resonance effect.

The Flamingo ME is the top-of-the-line vacuum-tube studio microphones designed for high-end quality audio recording.

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5 690 €

Flamingo ME have unidirectional cardioid polar patterns and introduce a new physical design in the industry. The large, acoustically-transparent head construction keeps sound details as close to unaffected as possible. The combination of massive body, internal capsule shockmount, integrated head shockmount and the included compact external shockmount work together to reduce rumble and outside infrasonic interference as well as mechanical shocks.

The internal vacuum tube pre-amplifier is based on class-A fully discrete electronics, built using the best quality components and carefully selected and tested 6267 vacuum tube. All circuits are designed under the highest audio standards and provide linear audio frequency range, very high dynamics, ultra-low self-noise, and very low audio distortion of all types. We use custom wound large size balanced audio transformer at the output to provide maximum of symmetry and separation of the output signal.

Flamingo ME microphone comes with sequential, soft starting power supply unit. At first step after switching on it provides stabilised DC voltage with limited current for tube heater's protection. Only after heating of cathode the stabilised plate and polarisation voltages begin to raise from zero until full nominal of application voltages. The audio output of the microphone is muted until end of above sequential starting process. Sequence is under changing LED indicator control, but digital display shows actual plate voltage.

Rugged microphone construction with multilevel internal shock-mounts - separate for the capsule, head, electronics board and tube itself effectively reduce tube microphonic's, stand rumble, outside infrasonic interference and mechanical shocks. Flamingo ME comes with compact external shockmount for maximum of performance.

Special highest quality multi wire audio/powering cable is included for microphone to power supply unit connection. We recommend to use our audiophile quality microphone cable for further connection from power supply unit output to preamplifier or mixing console input. That cable will minimize external noise, signal loss and maximize contact quality and is available as option.

The internal vacuum tube pre-amplifier is based on class-A fully discrete electronics, built using the best quality components and carefully selected and tested 6267 vacuum tube. All circuits are designed under the highest audio standards and provide linear audio frequency range, very high dynamics, ultra-low self-noise, and very low audio distortion of all types. We use custom wound large size balanced audio transformer at the output to provide maximum of symmetry and separation of the output signal.

Flamingo ME microphone comes with sequential, soft starting power supply unit. At first step after switching on it provides stabilised DC voltage with limited current for tube heater's protection. Only after heating of cathode the stabilised plate and polarisation voltages begin to raise from zero until full nominal of application voltages. The audio output of the microphone is muted until end of above sequential starting process. Sequence is under changing LED indicator control, but digital display shows actual plate voltage.

Rugged microphone construction with multilevel internal shock-mounts - separate for the capsule, head, electronics board and tube itself effectively reduce tube microphonic's, stand rumble, outside infrasonic interference and mechanical shocks. Flamingo ME comes with compact external shockmount for maximum of performance.

Special highest quality multi wire audio/powering cable is included for microphone to power supply unit connection. We recommend to use our audiophile quality microphone cable for further connection from power supply unit output to preamplifier or mixing console input. That cable will minimize external noise, signal loss and maximize contact quality and is available as option.

Under the special order Flamingo ME microphones are available in matched stereo pairs to provide balanced stereo recordings.

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

VSM47-FL - Shockmount

PSU - power supply unit

VTC-06 - tube microphone cable 6m

IEC - grounding mains cable

 

Specifications

Transducer type

electrostatic

Operating principle

pressure gradient

Diaphragm's active diameter

26 mm

Frequency range

20 Hz to 20 kHz

Polar pattern

unidirectional - cardioid

Output impedance

50 ohms

Rated load impedance

1000 ohms

Suggested load impedance

>500 ohms

Sensitivity at 1000 Hz into 1000 ohms load

21,5 mV/Pa

S/N Ratio CCIR 468-3 weighted

76.5 dB

S/N Ratio DIN/IEC 651 A-weighted

87.5 dB-A

Equivalent noise level DIN/IEC A-weighted

6,5 dB-A

Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD at 1000 ohm load

133,5 dB

Dynamic range of the internal preamplifier

127 dB

Phantom powering voltage on pins #2 & #3 of XLR

+48 V (+/-4 V)

Current consumption

<2 mA

Output connector

3-pin XLR male, gold plated contacts

Dimensions

160 mm x 220 mm x 140 mm

10 YEARS WARRANTY

Violet Design handmade microphones have been on Pro Audio market for the past 10 years. We have extend our warranty to 10 years, because we are confident that Violet microphones are the most durable on the market.

We are also extending warranty on those microphones that were sold before 2007 (for which the 5 year warranty has already been expired)

We are constantly improving our products quality investing in our people education, researches, technologies and manufacturing tools.

In the past few years, after an extensive research and testing period, we have introduced numerous innovative technologies and designs to the microphone industry, such as the "Magic Ear" capsule, our latest capsule diaphragm technology "Golden Drops", a new design of shock mount as well as metal mesh pop-filter, and last but not least, the “Global Pre” - the most compact microphone preamplifier body for vintage bayonet heads.

ABOUT

It is almost impossible to picture today's pro audio and recording industry without technological innovations introduced by Violet™ microphones.

For end users, Violet's vast experience in microphone technologies coupled with graceful designs adds up to unprecedented quality. All Violet Design microphones are hand made in Latvia.

Violet Design was founded in 2003 to facilitate the manufacturing and worldwide distribution of Violet™ and Flamingo™ branded microphones.

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Violet Design Ltd.
P.O.Box 3393, Tallinn, 10506, Estonia