the t.bone SC 400

Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

  • 1" Gold diaphragm
  • Polar pattern: supercardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 - 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 23.3 mV/Pa
  • Output impedance: 200 Ohm
  • SPL: 132 dB
  • Internal low-cut switch at 100 Hz with 6 dB
  • +48 V phantom power required
  • Microphone weight: 351 g
  • Colour: Black
  • Incl. shock mount and bag
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Tube No
Switchable Polar Pattern No
Omnidirectional No
Cardioid Yes
Figure-8 No
Low Cut Yes
Pad No
shockmount included Yes
USB Microphone No

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onetw, 20.06.2018
Well, this thing is pretty cheap. It comes with a shockmount and although it holds the mic in place by a springsteel plate wrapped around the mic, rather than by screwing it in and the mic is not fimly attached to the mount, it is pretty good and reliable.
The mic itself feels, well, cheap. The housing is all made out of thick metal and the mic has a nice weight to it, but you can just feel that it's like the cheapest steel that you can get. Also the emblazed text is smudgy and faded and the finish is not very nice. At this pricepoint though you'll hardly find anything more premium-looking i guess.
Soundwise it isn't too bad. . Oddly enough, i like to use the mic for recording slightly overdriven Marshall plexi sound, for some reason it sounds stunning with single coils. However, the higher frequencies are slightly distorted which is very annoying, when you try to record something clean and relatively high pitched (female voice). There is a possibility that my unit is damaged, when it arrived there was a pretty deep dent in the membrane cover (most likely already from the factory as the packaging itself was intact) but I couldn't be bothered to complain about it and the damage is probably just cosmetical. Either way, I'd classify it as "usable".
Generally speaking, I'm slightly underwhelmed by the mic. The price is pretty low, but it isn't dirt cheap. For less than twice as much you can get some great sounding MXL mics that will last you a long time, an SM57 or the Rode Nt1 (that I've used and liked much more). My expectations were high, all of the other Thomann's own brand products that I've bought were such a bargain, but I can't really say that about this mic.
My reccommendation to you if you want to buy your first mic is to stretch your budget a bit more and go for something more expensive that you might keep on using for a bit longer (MXL, Rode or perhaps the higher tier t-bones). Make it a worthwile investment.
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Perfectly acceptable for studio use

Mark8610, 17.02.2016
This is a large diaphragm studio condenser microphone, albeit a small one. If you are used to using dynamic microphones for recording you will instantly notice the improvement - the crystal clarity that a large diaphragm condenser gives in comparison.
This is also a very cheap large diaphragm studio condenser microphone. In my experience, normally that cheapness would be reflected in the quality of the built-in pre-amp. I expected a relatively high noise floor - background hiss with the gain turned up to record quiet sources. I have to report it's not there.
According to the included specification sheet, this microphone has a better noise performance than my Audio Technica AT4033. It would be a complex process for me to actually measure if that is actually true, but in using the two side by side I have no reason to believe that the performance is worse.
I have used this mic to record vocals and acoustic guitar, both of which it does very well. It doesn't have a built-in pad, so I wouldn't use it for anything loud like horns. The low-cut switch is internal and requires unscrewing the body - but this is only required for close mic-ing, and these mics are best used with a bit of distance between source and mic (with a pop-screen for vocals).
The included shock mount is a necessity for this type of microphone, and the one supplied does the job quite adequately (considering you could spend the same money for just a shock mount on its own).
If you haven't yet recorded with a large diaphragm condenser, then get yourself one of these. Just remember though, the money you save on buying this (rather than a more expensive model) will have to be spent on acoustic screening once having a decent mic shows up how bad your room acoustics really are. But you'd have to do that if you spent more on a mic.
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