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The Black Knight

The Black Knight uses VD27 a large dual-diaphragm, side-terminated, condenser capsule. It possesses a detailed and natural musical sound with transparent highs, smooth midrange with a subtle vocal presence bump at 3kHz, flat low-frequency response and a unidirectional cardioid polar pattern.

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370 €

The acoustically open transducer head minimizes internal resonances and reflections so that even the most minute sound details are authentically captured. An integrated swivel-mount allows for fast and handy positioning of the transducer head. The internal phantom powered preamplifier's Class 'A' fully discrete transformerless circuit provides very high output, flat audio-response and ultra-low distortion and noise. Gold-plated contacts on the output connector provide a noise-free connection.
This microphone is in a totally different league than most other products at the same price point. The Black Knight is a very accomplished and well-balanced design, offering real value for money, and would make an excellent first mic for anyone setting up a home studio on a reasonable budget, easily delivering quality results from any source.

The Black Knight is based on dual diaphragm large size true electrostatic capsule. Highest quality 6-micron Mylar film active diaphragm is sputtered with our special formula of gold mixture, and tensioned on precisely made brass backplate. It provides faster transient impulse response, minimum sound coloration, better low frequency response, and lets capsule to handle louder sound pressure levels. Each capsule is carefully checked for all parameters and measured in an anechoic chamber for optimum of performance.

Unidirectional cardioid polar pattern effectively reduces ambient studio noise, but the frontal incidence angle is optimally wide. Integrated head's swivel mount lets you possibility to position microphone head without stand adjustments. The microphones head-grille is made of brass mesh as very open acoustic filter that minimizes internal resonance effects and keeps high frequencies and sound transparency unaffected. Please us studio pop filter to protect diaphragm if you use it on vocals.

The internal solid state preamplifier is based on class-A fully discrete transformer-less electronics circuit, built using 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 Black Knight 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. Some units, though rated as 48 volt sources, may supply inadequate and/or unstable phantom power, which can result in distortion and degraded performance. Please check your phantom power source under real microphone load.

The Black Knight is coming with compact external elastic shockmount. Rugged microphone construction effectively reduces stand rumble, outside infrasonic interference and mechanical shocks. The large external elastic studio shockmount is available as option.

We recommend using of 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 Black Knight" microphones are available in matched stereo pairs to provide balanced stereo recordings.


Mic holder


VSMD-BK - vintage style spider type elastic studio shockmount

BKS - spider type elastic studio shockmount

PSM - elastic any position studio shockmount

GSM - compact vertical position studio shock mount

PF-DC-B - Dual-Cone Metal-Mesh pop filter


Transducer type


Operating principle

pressure gradient

Diaphragm's active diameter

27 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

33 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

134 dB

Dynamic range of the internal preamplifier

128 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


208 mm x 44 mm 450 g

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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.



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