We're going to be taking a look (and a listen) to the TM-125C Supercardioid Condenser Stage-Floor Microphone from Bartlett Microphones.  Starting this Monday (5/3/10) I'll be putting up some images fo the microphone and relaying some information off the data sheet. 

In the meantime, post any idea that you might have on things you'd like to know more about the microphone or tests that I or my sound geek friends might run for you.

Much more soon.

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A quick check in to throw some pictures of the microphone up. Like stated previously it is a stage floor microphone. It does come with a six foot permanent cable on it (which you can plainly see in the below picture).


At here is a picture of the bottom for those that need it. It does have four little rubber pads in case you can't see them clearly in the picture.


I recently saw a show that had floor mics similar to this. I swear that they were bigger though. I like the size of the Bartlett model. I'll see if I can get some measurements of what I saw. In the meantime I took a couple of pictures to show scale. The first picture will make sense to a percentage of you, the second to the rest of you.



Actual dimensions: 5" long, 3" wide and about an inch at tallest point. Comes in black (shown) and white.
The white model TM-125W has been discontinued.
I would like to see what the mini connector joint looks like on the inside. I would also like to see what the low end frequency response is on different surfaces-wood (hard and masonite), marley, linoleum, etc.
Thanks
B
Here you go Brad (if I didn't quite get a good angle for you let me know, photography isn't exactly my forte):


The studio that we'll have the easiest access to has a hardwood floor, maso is easy to come by, marley maybe, and linoleum we've got. I was also planning on doing industrial carpet like you would find in an office with and without pad.
Hi Trevor,

Are you testing the mic in a studio or in a theater? It's designed for sound reinforcement use in theaters as an area mic for picking up actors. it's not a studio microphone.

If the mic is used on carpet, I'd recommend putting the mic on a foot-square piece of thin masonite so that high frequencies are not absorbed.
This photo gives the impression that it's okay to remove the cover. That voids the warranty. A microphone is a precision instrument, assembled in a certain way, and if the cover is removed the microphone may no longer meet its specifications. Trevor, please return the disassembled unit to me and I will send you a new unit for testing.

It's kind of like taking a violin apart and reassembling it before playing it.You're not testing the factory-assembled product.

Thanks, Trevor!
On the TM-125C, there is no mini connector. The cable is trapped by a strain relief. That is prevent accidental breakage of the mini XLR cable connector that plugs into the TM-125 or PCC-160.
I would like the basics, price, and what makes it different/better/worse than the PCC 160. Could you guys test it against a PCC and tell us what you thought?

Thanks
Doug
The price I can answer right now: according to the packing slip the price per unit is $199.00.

Since we have two I'm contacting two different independent/freelance designers to try them out. I'll get back to you on the differences between this and the PCC 160. Is there any particular area of comparison you like to focus on?
I am most concerned with boundry micing in live theater (non-musical). So I am interested in the pattern, and the sensitivity to footfall, I sometimes have to put the mics on a pit cover-Very boomy fun.

Thanks
Doug
If you pick up somebody walking across the stage with the TM-125C, and lift the mic slightly off the stage for perfect isolation, the walking sound does not get any quieter (please verify this, Trevor). That shows that the mic is not sensitive to floor vibrations. It picks up the sound of walking as your ears do. If you see someone walking, you expect to hear them walking, too.

The microphone diaphragm is perpendicular to the floor, so floor vibrations do not make the diaphragm move in and out. I hope this makes sense.
The polar pattern is supercardioid in the horizontal plane and half-supercardioid in the vertical plane.

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