The MK5g is a switchable Omni & Cardioid capsule that fits any of the Schoeps modular Colette series amplifier body.
The MK 5 offers two selectable directional patterns, but uses only one membrane - a no-compromise approach. The fact that full response is maintained to the highest audible frequencies is unusual for a switchable-pattern microphone.
In its omnidirectional setting the MK 5 is a true pressure transducer with smooth, extended low-frequency response, low sensitivity to most wind and breath noise, handling noise or mechanical vibration, and no proximity effect.
Unlike conventional, dual-diaphragm multi-pattern microphones, its cardioid setting retains its full directionality even at very low frequencies. The benefits of this design in purity and clarity of sound are immediately audible.
The MK 5 has a slight high-frequency emphasis as compared with the corresponding single-pattern omni (MK 2) and cardioid (MK 4).
The MK 5 is nearly an all-purpose capsule. It is what we recommend for those starting out with the Colette series, unless particular circumstances (such as the need for greater directivity or a bidirectional pattern) would indicate a different choice.
(Please note: The pattern selector should be definitely set to one position or the other; in-between settings will yield undefined results.)
omni and cardioid patterns, mechanically switchable
slight emphasis of the high frequencies
broad range of applications
preferred uses similar to those of the MK 2 or MK 2S and the MK 4:
in the cardioid setting: for use with singing or speaking voices or most instruments, as a spot microphone, and for stereo recording with coincident, ORTF or M/S microphone arrangements
in the omni setting: for recording instruments, singers, etc. at relatively close range
MK 5 - omni
Frequency range : 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity : 10 mV/Pa
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted) : 14 dB-A
Equivalent noise level (CCIR) : 26 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted) : 80 dB-A
Maximum sound pressure level at 0.5% THD : 133 dB-SPL
MK 5 - cardioid
Frequency range : 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity : 13 mV/Pa
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted) : 15 dB-A
Equivalent noise level (CCIR) : 24 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted) : 79 dB-A
Maximum sound pressure level at 0.5% THD : 132 dB-SPL