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The Garnet

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.

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2 850 €

The Violet Design Garnet is an electrostatic vacuum tube microphone. Its vintage sound is warmed by vacuum tube circuitry and an output transformer. The Garnet uses a specially designed large dual-diaphragm transducer, which can be adjusted to nine different polar patterns. The Garnet's multi-layer brass mesh grille keeps frequency response and sound details clear while its massive body construction provides low mechanical noise and solid bass response. An external elastic suspension shockmount is included to protect the Garnet from stand rumble, subsonic vibrations, and external shocks. Its Class 'A' fully discrete internal vacuum tube preamplifier provides high output, low impedance and low distortion. The Garnet has a large humbucker, custom-wound audio transformer that balances the microphone's output, separating it from external interference and providing additional analog warmth to the sound. A soft starting, smart power supply is included.

The Garnet microphone is based on our 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 our 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 our original technology the diaphragms are tensioned  and  adjusted on our 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.


JSM - elastic studio shock mount

PSU-5 - power supply unit

VTC-06 - tube microphone cable 6m

IEC - grounding mains cable


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

7-pin XLR male, gold plated contacts


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


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.
P.O.Box 3393, Tallinn, 10506, Estonia