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The Amethyst Vintage

The Amethyst Vintage uses dual diaphragm capsule VD67 and is designed for that classic warm sound we know from the best vintage microphones. It has a little bit wider cardioid polar pattern.

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1 315 €

The Amethyst Series of studio microphones utilize capsules with 6-micron gold sputtered Mylar diaphragms tensioned and adjusted on precisely made brass backplates. They possess very fast impulse transient response without sound coloration or low frequency reduction, as well as the ability to handle louder sound pressure levels.

The Amethyst Vintage has a grey/blue body and uses a dual large-diaphragm, center terminated dual back plate capsule which provides a classical, wide-spectrum, vintage microphone sound. Both models have a unidirectional cardioid polar pattern with minimal proximity effect and are linear over the wide frontal incidence angle. An acoustically transparent head construction reduces internal resonances and reflections. The internal capsule shockmount along with the massive body construction, reduces stand rumble, outside infrasonic interference and mechanical shocks.

Both The Amethyst models are based on our own original true electrostatic capsules. Large size diaphragms are made of the highest quality 6-micron Mylar film. Using our original technology the diaphragms are tensioned and adjusted on precisely made brass backplates. The diaphragms are sputtered with our special formula of gold mixture. It gives them faster impulse transient response without sound coloration, low frequency reduction, and adds possibility to handle louder sound pressure levels. At the end of the manufacturing process each capsule is carefully checked for all parameters and measured in an anechoic chamber for optimum of performance.

Unidirectional cardioid polar pattern is reducing ambient studio noise. Both microphone models have minimal proximity effect and are working close to linear over the wide frontal incidence angle. The microphones headgrill is made as acoustic filter of multilayer brass mesh that reduces plosive sounds, breath, pop and wind noises, minimizes internal resonance effects, but keeps high frequencies and sound transparency unaffected. Additional metal mesh studio pop filter and polyurethane open cell foam windscreen is available as option.

The internal solid state preamplifier of the microphone is based on class-A fully discrete transformerless electronics circuit, built using only the best quality selected components. The circuit is designed under the highest audio standards and provides linear audio frequency range, high dynamics, ultra-low self-noise, and very low audio distortion of all types. "The Amethyst" requires quality and stable 48 V phantom power. It is available from external microphone preamplifier and mixing console inputs or from separate phantom power supply units, but some units, though rated as 48 volt sources, may supply inadequate or unstable phantom power, which can result in distortion and degraded performance. Please check your phantom power source under real microphone load.

The Amethyst is ready for direct mounting on the standard microphone stand. Rugged microphone construction and two internal shockmounts, separately for the capsule and for the electronics, effectively reduces stand rumble, outside infrasonic interference and mechanical shocks. The additional external elastic studio shockmount is available as option. We recommend to use our audiophile quality microphone cables with gold plated contact connectors to minimize external noise, signal loss and maximize contact quality. The cables are available as option. Under the special order "The Amethyst" microphones are available in matched stereo pairs to provide balanced stereo recordings.


ASM - shockmount



Transducer type


Operating principle

pressure gradient

Diaphragm's active diameter

25 mm (1")

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 mV/Pa

S/N Ratio CCIR 468-3 weighted

76 dB

S/N Ratio DIN/IEC 651 A-weighted

87 dB-A

Equivalent noise level DIN/IEC A-weighted

7 dB-A

Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD at 1000 ohm load

134 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


168 x 63 x 41 mm, 350 gr


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.


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.



Violet Design Ltd.
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