Milab DC-196 Microphone

Milab DC-196 Microphone

  • $ 1,654.00

Milab DC-196

A highly compact and versatile microphone offering three different polar patterns, low self-noise and excellent SPL handling.

Very versatile and refined.” – Sound on Sound

“[The DC-196] shines as a vocal mic, capturing a smooth, detailed and full-bodied sound that belies its small stature.” – AudioTechnology

The DC-196 LARGE DIAPHRAGM CONDENSER MICROPHONE is a versatile mic utilizing the latest version of Milab’s 2900 rectangular capsule. It offers low noise, selectable patterns (cardioid, omni, bidirectional), excellent SPL handling and an extremely smooth off-axis response – all in a very compact format.  The DC-196 is one of the smallest large-diaphragm microphones ever produced.

The DC-196 shines on transient-rich sources like acoustic instruments and thanks to the unique properties of the rectangular capsule, it excels in recording situations where a smooth off-axis response is crucial, such as string ensembles and choirs, but also stereo setups like X/Y and Blumlein where large-diaphragm microphones are usually avoided.

A matched pair of DC-196’s will fulfil the needs of even the most demanding recording engineers.

Package includes: 3227 shock mount, 3403 windscreen and an individual frequency graph.


  • Product name Milab DC-196

  • Type Condenser

  • Article number 1133

  • Frequency response 20 to 20,000 Hz

  • Polar pattern Cardioid, Omni, Bidirectional

  • Pre-attenuation pad -12 dB (switchable)

  • Max SPL (1 % THD at 1 kHz) 132 dB

  • Max SPL with 12 dB pad 144 dB

  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz 21,5 mV/Pa (± 1 dB)

  • A-weighted noise level (IEC 179-A) 11 dB (typical); 12 dB (max)

  • Power supply 48 ± 4 V Phantom (DIN/IEC)

  • Current consumption 4.2 mA

  • Output impedance <200 Ω

  • Minimum load impedance 1 kΩ

  • Connection 3-pin XLR

  • Length 145 mm

  • Diameter 27 mm

  • Net weight 230 g