This is a rugged near-field version of our popular BM9 ribbon microphone. The 2.5 micrometer ribbon is designed to withstand higher sound pressure volumes found close up in front of guitar amps and other louder instruments – and voices. It has a black label and grills to distinguish it from the standard BM9.
For the Black Ops microphone, we made a special transformer with a higher iron content in the laminations. It takes a high signal level before saturation, and has a reduced inductance to compensate for the bass proximity effect. This gives a flatter, detailed low-end response when working within a few inches of the sound source.
Black Ops microphones are tough enough to take on the road and have recently been used on major tours with the bands Foals and Snow Patrol.
Output impedance: 250 ohms at 1KHz
Directional Pattern: True figure-8
Transducer Element: 2.5 micrometer aluminum ribbon
Frequency range: <30 Hz – 15 kHz @ ±3dB
Maximum SPL: 135dB @ 20 Hz
Proximity effect: Medium
Electronics: Passive. No power required
Output Transformer: Custom Black Ops iron-rich transformer
Output Connector: XLR3, Pin 2= +ve, Pin 3 = -ve, Pin 1 = Ground
Weight: 355g (microphone only)