The Marantz Pro MPM-2000 is a large condenser microphone built for top-quality studio recording. This article discusses some of the popular questions about it's features and specifications.
- What is included?
- What type of polar pattern does it have?
- What is the frequency response?
- Do I need to use phantom power or a power supply?
- How do I mount the microphone and shock mount?
- The included mount won't fit on my microphone stand. Is it compatible?
- Which side is the front?
- Further Technical Support
The MPM-2000 comes with the following:
- Custom pop-filter
- Thread adapter
- Aluminum branded carrying case
- User Guide
The MPM-2000 has a standard cardioid pattern that will be the most sensitive directly in the front of the capsule and reject any sound from directly behind the capsule. Here is a graph depicting the capsule's response at 1kHz:
The MPM-2000 has a full 20-20,000Hz frequency response that emphasizes the tonal character and clarity of your source, while not being overly harsh.
The MPM-2000 is a standard condenser microphone and will require 48vDC power, either supplied by phantom power through the interface or mixer, or through an external phantom power supply. Check the specifications for your mixer or audio interface to find out if it can provide phantom power on it's own, or if you will need to supply this through an external adapter.
Here is a simple procedure for connecting the microphone:
- Make sure that the gain or volume on your pre-amp, speakers and headphones are all turned down.
- Use an XLR cable and attach the female end securely to the MPM-2000. Connect the male end to your microphone pre-amp or phantom power supply.
- Once the MPM-2000 is fully connected to the pre-amp, turn on the phantom power.
While disconnecting, always be sure to turn down your pre-amp, speakers, and headphones before turning off phantom power. Wait approximately 30 seconds after turning off phantom power to disconnect the MPM-2000. This can help avoid damage to your equipment.
The MPM-2000 comes with a custom shock mount for mounting to your microphone stand. It's always recommended to mount the included shock mount first before attaching the microphone to prevent any accidental damage to the mic. Here is a simple procedure to follow:
- On your microphone stand, loosen the screw that holds the boom arm in place. This is the final arm where you will be attaching the microphone. After loosening the screw, this arm should be able to easily spin in place.
- Loosen the screw on the shock mount's mounting piece and move the mounting piece up so that it is free to attach to the microphone stand
- Hold the shock mount firmly in one hand and bring the mounting piece up to meet the threaded end of the arm on your microphone stand
- Instead of spinning the shock mount, continue to hold it in one hand while using the other hand to spin the arm of the microphone stand, screwing it into the shock mount's mounting piece.
- Once the shock mount is secured firmly to the microphone stand, position the shock mount for recording and tighten the screws on the shock mount and microphone stand so that they stay firmly in place
- Place the microphone in it's shock mount
- While holding the microphone in one hand, gently spin the microphone mounting piece on the shock mount to secure the microphone in place
Important: Always, make sure that the screws on the microphone, shock mount and stand are loosened before making any adjustments to their angle. Forcing any joint without properly loosening it's screw can damage and strip the joint, affecting it's ability to remain secure. The joints should also never be made too tight and should never require more pressure than can be provided by one hand. Again, this can damage the joint and affect it's ability to remain secure in the future.
The MPM-2000 comes with a thread adapter that may come left inside the shock mount and can be easy to overlook. This can be used to adapt the microphone to fit on microphone stands with different threading. Most often this is associated with a difference in microphone stands between the US (5/8" threading, without the adapter) and Europe (3/8" threading, with the adapter).
The piece should be easy to screw in and out using a flat head screwdriver, or even just a guitar pick.
The MPM-2000 is a side-address microphone, meaning the capsule is parallel to it's body. The microphone will accept sound from sources perpendicular to the microphone body, as opposed to a front-address microphone, like the Shure SM58, that accepts sound from it's top or end.
When positioning the MPM-2000, the front will be the side marked by the Marantz logo. Point this side towards your source for the best results.
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Marantz Professional product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Marantz Professional technical support team is available to help!
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