Vanguard V44S Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Performance

The Vanguard V44S is a stereo, large-diaphragm, mutli-pattern FET condenser microphone. The V44S is crafted by experts and designed with the character of a classic stereo microphone, while utilizing modern technologies to meet the demand of today’s recording professionals. With a pair of coincident twin custom-voiced multi-pattern capsules, you can utilize X/Y, Mid-Side, Blumlein, and other less conventional stereo microphone techniques in a single microphone.

The splitter box included with the V44S contains an additional phase-reversed top capsule output, which is perfect for less-than-ideal recording conditions such as concert taping. This allows mid-side recording with no additional mixer patching.

Design

One of the biggest frustrations from users of stereo microphones is the flaws of current and past headbasket rotation assemblies. Too often, the current designs are fragile and prone to noisy operation, breakage, and signal loss. Vanguard designed a heavy-duty, punched-steel rotation mechanism which detents every 15 degrees for reliable, durable operation.

Aesthetically, the precision-machined brass body is coated with Vanquard’s signature Pinot Noir, finished with a deep, lustrous gloss, and accented by polished nickel trim and a precision-cast Vanguard badge. Your V44S’s serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.

The V44S was designed by a team of experts with more than 65 years of experience and vetted by award-winning engineers and producers.

Quality

Vanguard as a company performs a 100% quality control – Ensuring that every piece of the microphone kit undergoes a series of stringent audio and visual tests before being distributed.

Every part of the V44S has been intricately designed to ensure it’s robust and reliable; using over-specced components wherever possible to ensure the highest of quality. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment process involved with each vanguard microphone improves the lifespan and performance of the critical electronic components and each microphone is backed with a FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.

Capsule & Electronics
  • Twin custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 3 independently selectable polar patterns per capsule
  • Electronically-balanced solid-state circuitry loaded with premium-grade components
  • Ultra-low-noise JFET design
  • Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
  • 90º rotatable top capsule with 15º detents
  • Versatile splitter box for mobile & live recording conditions
Construction
  • Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc construction
  • Robust punched-steel capsule rotation mechanism
  • Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
  • Each V44S comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
  • Over-spec componentry
  • Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
  • Polished nickel trim
  • Precision-cast Vanguard badge
  • Final Assembly & 100% Quality Control in California, USA
  • 5-Year Warranty
Accessories Included
  • VLSM Large Shockmount
  • V44S Splitter Box
  • 5-Pin Heavy-Duty Microphone Cable
  • Removable windscreen
  • Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
  • Locking Aluminum Carrying Case
Specifications
  • Transducer Type: Condenser
  • Capsule Size: 1.34″ / 34mm (dual-capsule)
  • Diaphragm Size: 1.04″ / 26.4mm
  • Capsule Diaphragms Thickness: 3µm
  • Electronics Type: Solid-state, electronically-balanced output
  • Output Impedance: 200Ω
  • Max SPL: appx. 135dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
  • Equivalent Noise Level: <=14dBA (A-weighted)
  • S/N Ratio: >=80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Sensitivity: TBA
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 5-pin, gold-plated
  • High-Pass/Rolloff Switch: N/A
  • Attenuation/Pad Switch: N/A
  • Finish: Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir
  • Weight (microphone): 1.11 lbs / 0.50kg
  • Weight (in case): 9.43 lbs / 4.28kg
  • Dimensions (microphone): 9.41″ long, 1.82″ max diameter / 239mm long, 46.25mm max diameter
  • Dimensions (case): 16.92″L x 12.60″W x 6.02″H / 430mmL x 320mmW x 153mm
  • Voltage Requirement: Phantom Power (+48V ideal)