The CMIT 5 is SCHOEPS' shotgun microphone which has set a new standard for
shotgun microphones since its release. The CMIT 5's directionality increases
smoothly with higher frequencies, which results in a very balanced sonic
character. In addition to this, the microphone's sound level decreases softly
yet steadily for off-axis sounds, allowing these to be recorded neutrally as
well as reducing the effects of movement during boom operation. The CMIT 5 also
has a much stronger directionality than one might expect from a microphone of
its length. If required, the CMIT 5 can also be used for music recordings, for
example opera recordings.
- unusually low coloration of off-axis sound
- suitable for music recording as well as dialogue
- rotationally symmetrical polar patter
- even greater immunity to wind noise than a SCHOEPS supercardoid
- very lightweight, robust all-metal housing
The sound quality of the CMIT 5 remains consistent even if the microphone is
rotated on its axis, since its directional pattern is the same in both the
vertical and horizontal planes.
Three pushbutton-activated filters allow
the microphone to adapt to the recording situation:
- High-frequency emphasis (+ 5 dB at 10 kHz) enhances speech intelligibility,
and compensates for high-frequency loss caused by windscreens;
- A steep low-cut filter (18 dB/oct. below 80 Hz) suppresses wind and boom
- A gentle low-frequency rolloff (6 dB/oct. below 300 Hz) compensates for
Pairs of LEDs next to each pushbutton indicate
the status of the filters. Even in darkness the user can read the settings and
see that the microphone is operational. The settings are retained when the
microphone is switched off.
The capsule and amplifier of the CMIT 5 U are
built as a single unit, unlike microphones of the SCHOEPS ”Colette” series.