Studio & Stage MIcrophones
More than thirty years of innovation go into the Series Seven from
Josephson Engineering, a range of side-address large diaphragm
microphones for demanding pickup applications. The original model is
the C700, which is based on the concept of sampling pressure and
pressure-gradient separately so that each component can be recorded on
an individual track and mixed down later to derive the desired pattern
and direction in production
rather than at the session. The C700S is the full
stereo version, with a central omni element for pressure and figure-8
elements for front-back and left-right gradients. From these three
signals, any number of directional patterns can be derived, pointing in
any direction. You can read the Series Seven Users Guide
for more details. The C700A is identical to the C700S except that it
lacks the left-right gradient capsule. While the C700A was intended for studio use where only a mono pickup is required, many studios use the C700S in that role, as the left-right gradient capsule permits the resulting mono pattern to be steered in any direction after the session. It also provide room ambient with spatial cues that may be very useful even for an essentially mono pickup.
Our newest microphone is the C705 using the large single-diaphragm capsule of the C715, in a rugged hardened-steel housing. The C705 is intended for the same studio vocal application as the C715, with its extended proximity effect and freedom from extra sibilance, but in cardioid only and with the transparent transformerless circuit from the C700 and C716.
The C715 is a special microphone with a
large single diaphragm. The element
has an adjustable shutter that allows it
to function in cardioid or omni (or any pattern in between). The C715
is especially intended for studio vocals where the utmost of detail and
nuance is needed without ever being harsh. It's also excellent for
instrument pickup, particularly where other mics sound too strident.
Besides the capsule design, this mic gets it particularly smooth sound
through the use of an aluminum foam basket (patent pending) that
provides shielding and protection without adding any internal
reflecting surfaces near the diaphragm.
Introduced in 2010, the C716 which uses the dual-diaphragm element from the C700 series in a cardioid-only configuration. This combines the warmth and accuracy of the C700 series with the transparency of the metal foam basket used in the C715. It's a unique go-to microphone for any studio application where cardioid would be the preferred choice.
A special microphone intended for maximum flexibility in studio recording, the C725 uses the dual-diaphragm capsule from the C700 and C716, with a hybrid vacuum tube/FET cascode circuit, remotely switchable directional pattern, and a mode control to permit either a clean "tube sound" with some compression, or a more neutral and linear sound retaining some tube characteristics.
Two microphones are offered in the Series Six, the C617SET and the e22S. The C617SET is
the ideal microphone for any pickup whenever an pure pressure
omnidirectional pickup can be used. The capsule is a nickel-diaphragm
instrumentation type from Microtech Gefell in Germany and the internal
electronics, operating from 48 volt phantom, provides 200 volts
polarize for the capsule. The e22S originated as
a special-purpose drum
microphone, developed in cooperation with Steve Albini of electrical
audio in Chicago. It's a small-diaphragm side-address cardioid designed
use close up to the sound source. Besides drums it's also found wide
application for any close-up instrument pickup where natural sound
(including the sound that leaks into the pattern from the rear)
The most popular of Josephson mics is the C42, which is an
all-around low cost cardioid mic suitable for many tasks in the studio
and field recording. It has particularly low coloration off-axis and is
suitable for distant pickups from drum overheads to overall ensemble
miking. The C42 is available in single or matched pairs.
Addresses and Contacts
Josephson Engineering's phone is (831) 420-0888, fax
(831) 420-0890, and our office and workshop is 329A Ingalls Street,
Santa Cruz 95060.
Or you can always email