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Sanken CSS-50 any reviews?

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So I'm gonna be going to Africa for a gig and part of it is to record music from indigenous tribes. My mixer told me about this new mic and was wondering if anyone has any experience with it and how does it perform? Thanks!

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I wouldn't. Good thing for us the indigenous tribe is letting me record them.

The mic itself on paper is interesting. I was thinking of getting this mic to allow me to both mono and stereo record. I also use a mkh8060. I'm just wondering if the CSS-50 has similar qualities as a Sanken CS-3e or a Scheops CMIT-5.

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I'm currently using one as a camera mic on an Amira for a doc I'm doing. Overall I was surprised how low the high-frequency sensitivity seemed to be, at least through the camera's mic pre.  As a result, the reach wasn't all that impressive, though the stereo imaging was excellent with sources that were relatively close by.  I only monitored through headphones, but out of the box I was not totally thrilled with the sound. That said, I imagine post could boost the presence a bit in the mix, but we'll see when it gets there. For boom work I might look to go in another direction (CSS-5 or MKH-418S, or even a set of Schoeps in a Rycote)  

Have you 

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6 hours ago, johngooch said:

Any more thoughts on this mic?  How does it sound in mono mode?  Is it comparable to CS-3e? 

In Mono mode it's a bit more present, but it also wouldn't be my first (or fifth) choice in Mono mode, as it's just not that impressive. 

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21 hours ago, Derek H said:

I'd like to hear how it compares to the classic css-5

I don't know how the new one sounds but as a long time CSS5 I I can comment on the CSS5.

The CSS5 has a lot less low freq information compared to 2 DPA 4018 or 2 MKH8040s but that does not mean I don't use it especially in noisy environments where the Low information is not needed that much. Also in the same environment I use WIDE which introduces more noise but it is not noticeable. For quiet recording I avoid the Sanken CSS5.

But at the end of the day it is very convenient to use CSS5 1 mic stereo . I put it upside down in a Rycote WS4 with invision Lyre

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