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CU-51 New High-End Studio mikrofone for acoustical instruments

CSS-50 Light weight, small size outstanding directivity pattern, wide/stero/mono

CU-55 New High-End Microphone for acoustic instruments

CO-100k according to METAlliance best Mikrophone ranging up to 100 kHz

CU-44X MKII according to METALLIANCE unsurpassed in clarity and linearity.

CS-2 Shotgun with full natural sound

CU-44X MkII. Linear high-end microphone ranging 20Hz to 40KHz

COS-11D New Version meeting the demands for digital transmitters

COS-11x Lavalier Microphone now water resistant and with new color

WMS-5 Double M-S technique 5.0 surround microphone

COS-22 Dual Omni-Capsule Lavalier Microphone...

CUW-180 two 180 degree angle adjustable cardioids in one body...

CO-100k Super wide omni condenser microphone till 100kHz, new improved quality...

HAD-48 Easy Level Upper for Dynamic Microphone using P48 ...

CS-1 Very short(180mm) Shot-Gun microphone...

Juni 2016


Wide Stereo, Stereo and Mono, Three Mode Operation Shotgun Microphone
Thanks to original thin square capsule design, capsules can be installed
in a short acoustic tube,maintaining basic shotgun performance equivalent
to the CSS-5 in 215mm length compact body.

Newly designed high-performance electret condenser capsules is adopted,
providing equivalent frequency response, sensitivity and noise level to
DC-biased capsules.

Adopting X-Y stereo method, featuring precise localization effect and
less wind/vibration noises.

Selectable three distinct operation modes:

MONO : Offers sharp shotgun directivity.
NORMAL: Provides precise stereo localization.
WIDE : Allows for expanded wide stereo effect.


Februar 2016


Wide frequency range with twin capsules for Bass and Treble
Two way capsule design for Bass and Treble which provides transparent and high
resolution sound acquisition, comfortably.

Provides ideal polar pattern at wide frequency range. Frequency characteristic
curve moves in parallel even removing microphone from front axis direction.

PPS(Poly Phenylene Sulfide) which cannot be easily influenced by humidity and
temperature change is used as a diaphragm of the capsule, resulted in highly
reliable microphone.


Juni 2012


SANKEN bringt einen neuen Mikrofontyp auf den Markt: Das SANKEN CU-55
- Klein, leicht, hohe Empfindlichkeit, problemlos in der Anwendung.
- Natürlicher, unverfärbter Klang, unversell einsetzbar. Besonders für akustische Muskinstrumente
- Hervorragende ausgewogene Nierencharakteristik auch bei seitlichem Einsprechwinkel.

Oktober 2011


Das SANKEN CO-100k wurde von der METAalliance als hervorragendes Mikrofon ausgezeichnet. Es liefert eine unübertroffene Klarheit

Nashville, TN, July, 2011 - Sanken Microphones' CO-100K microphone has been certified by the Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (METAlliance). The CO-100K super wide-range omni-directional microphone is the world's first 100kHz microphone designed specifically for professional hi-resolution recording.

"The C100 is one of those rare microphones that instantly impressed me because it's unlike anything else I've ever heard," remarked METAlliance co-found Chuck Ainlay. "It's neutrality is stunning as though there is nothing between the instrument and my ears."

Applications include the recording of music with a wide dynamic range, especially acoustic instruments, as well as capturing a new world of detail in the recording of sound effects. It's compact size and unobtrusive appearance also makes it ideal for orchestral and other live recording environments.

George Massenburg commented, "The CO-100K's are my choice for the Decca tree and the surround array, for drum overheads and for live percussion, as well as for taking impulse and room acoustic measurements. They're the only choice when flat, wide-range and uncolored is a priority."

Designed by Sanken Microphones in conjunction with Japan's NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories, the CO-100K is the ultimate microphone for extended dynamic range and heightened response. Because of the way in which analog to digital converters operate, the CO-100K takes advantage of the heightened frequency response of the new hi-resolution digital audio formats. The absence of brick wall filters in the conversion process eliminates certain noticeable artifacts and anomalies commonly generated within the standard audio bandwidth.

"I love these microphones," said Frank Filipetti. "It's just exciting to think about putting the 100K's in front of an orchestra."

The benefits of working with a superb high-resolution omni-directional microphone are numerous. The CO-100K features very fast transients with an extremely smooth response curve, resulting in great clarity and unprecedented transparency. With the ability to capture sounds in the ultra-high frequency range, the microphone also produces very rich results in the low and mid-range of the audible frequency range.

Al Schmitt sums it up: "The Sanken 100K's are just great mics. Period."



Das SANKEN CU-44x wurde von der METAlliance als hervorragendes Mikrofon ausgezeichnet.

Tokyo, Japan, November, 2009 - Sanken Microphones, manufacturer of a wide range of products for broadcast, film, studio and live recording, has been granted Music Engineering & Technology Alliance certification for the CU-44X MkII transformerless condenser microphone. The new CU-44X MkII is the latest dual-titanium capsule microphone from Sanken, offering the best of both worlds: a small capsule for high frequencies and a large capsule for low frequencies. mehr

The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. The METAlliance founders are Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.

METAlliance co-founder George Massenburg remarked, "Sanken's visionary research & development efforts consistently give me microphones that exceed my expectations. Their CO-100K and the new CU-44X MkII are part of my 'must-have' kit."

The unique CU-44X MkII design with dual titanium diaphragms is a meticulously engineered microphone which produces a completely transparent and high-resolution sound suitable for today's advanced high-sampling digital recordings.

Frank Filipetti explained, "On a list of mics I would never want to be without, my Sanken CU-44X MkII is at the top. In a world of specialization, it simply does everything well. It's my first choice on vocals, drum overheads, pianos and strings. The dual capsule design, coupled with high SPL durability make it second to none." Phil Ramone stated, "After Mr. Filipetti introduce me to this new Sanken mic, I have found that vocals come alive and artists love their sound. Chuck Ainlay added, "The Sanken CU-44X MkII is an improved version of one of my already favorite microphones."

The CU-44X MkII also features a unique capsule mounting scheme to ensure phase coherency between the two capsules. The titanium membranes of the CU-44X MkII are immune to the effects of humidity and temperature change, resulting in a totally consistent response, regardless of the recording environment

Ed Cherney said, "My Sanken is my problem solver. If my singer is honking, or too sibilant, I get out my CU-44X MkII and 9 times out of 10 our problems are solved. I also like to use them on woodwinds, pianos, bass amps and percussion. Usually, if you just push up the fader, the only other thing you have to do is hit RECORD. My Sankens are an integral part of my studio arsenal." Al Schmitt added, "I just love the new Sanken mic, an essential addition to my collection."

The CU-44X MkII's frequency response is totally flat, not only on axis, but also at 90 degrees, and even at 135 degrees. This capacity is essential in maintaining absolute sonic transparency. The smooth cardioid polar pattern and uniform response over the entire frequency range allows the CU-44X MkII to capture both the designated audio target as well as the naturally reflected sounds, with identical optimum response.

Established in 2005, the METAlliance is a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production. Recognizing the industry's success in bringing products offering convenience and low cost, the METAlliance is dedicated to the passionate commitment of securing the art of music through recording technologies that best deliver the music in all its many modern forms. To accomplish this goal, quality requires recognition and support.

Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain. To date, only a handful of products have achieved this accolade.

About the METAlliance
Established in 2005 by renowned music producers and recording engineers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner, and Al Schmitt, the METAlliance is a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production.

Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain. To date, only a handful of products have achieved this accolade.


April 2010


Das neue Richtmikrofon ist gerade mal 25cm kurz. Im Innern wirkt die von Sanken entwickelte recheckige Kapsel, welche eine superscharfe Richtwirkung erzielt. Ganz im Sinne des CS-1 ist dieses Mikrofon entwickelt worden. Verbessertes Eigenrauschen, und höherer Ausgangspegel. Noch mehr Richtwirkung für weit entfernte Schallquellen wie sie typischerweise bei Aussenaufnahmen wie z.B. bei location sound, Sport, Film, Inberviews usw. Mit dem "high boost switch" lässt sich der störende Hochtonverlust von Korb und Windjammer kompensieren.


April 2009


Jetzt gibt es das transformerlose High-End 2-Weg system in studiofreundlicher P48 Ausführung. Es hat eine geniale Impulstreue und schluckt auch lauteste Klänge mit 140dB Schalldruck. Der aalglatte Frequenzgang überzeugt nicht nur on-axis sondern auch bei 90° und bei 135° Seitebesprechung. Mehr Informationen finden Sie auch im Datenblatt (engl).


Feb. 2009


Die neuesten COS-11 Anstecker von SANKEN werden ab Februar 2009 auch in einer RFI festen (Radio Frequency interference) Ausführung geliefert. Mehr Informationen finden Sie auch im Datenblatt (engl) Natürlich sind die COS-11D weiterhin wasserfest und in 4 Farben erhältlich



Okt. 2007

SANKEN COS-11x New features. New color.

Sanken releases the new series COS-11x with water resistant front mesh. The cos-11x series are available in black, grey, beige and white. More details


Nov. 2006, IBC Amsterdam

SANKEN WMS-5 Double M-S technique 5.o surround microphone

The SANKEN WMS-5 design is baded on famous M-S method. It has 5 surround ouput signals. "M" capsule is used for both "C" and front LR. "S" signal is for both front L,R and rear LS, RS. Rear "M" capsule is used for LS and RS. In order to keep precise phase coherence, capsules are set vertically on same axis theoretically. Front "C" has shotgun directivity.



April 2005, AES Barcelona

SANKEN COS-22 Dual Omni-Capsule Lavalier Microphone

The new COS-22 is the world’s first dual capsule lavalier microphone. In the tradition of the popular Sanken COS-11s lavalier, the ultra miniature COS-22 measures only 31.6mm(1.25”) in length but boasts a full frequency response up to 20,000 Hz.
The two-channel, dual-omnidirectional COS-22 is designed for a variety of applications, including stereo applications for ambience of nature sound and music recording, redundant lavalier live broadcast usage, e.g. speech for news anchor.
As a special usage, it can be used for “noise cancel” microphone when you reverse phase of ch2 and sum ch1 & ch2 under noisy circumstances.

Transducer: Pre-polarized condenser with vertical diaphragm
Directivity: Omni-directional
Sensitivity: -35dB +- 2dB/Pa (17.8mV)
Level difference: Less than 1dB(1ch/2ch)
Output impedance: 180 Ohm
Equivalent noise level: Less than 28dBA
Max. SPL: 137dB SPL (THD 1%)
Powering: 48V phantom X 2
Consumption current: Less than 2.0mA/ch
Output connector: XLR5-M
Ch. indication: 1ch:grey, 2ch:black (front mesh color)
Cable length: 3m
Standard accessory: Holder clip (HC-22)
Pin Layout: 1-G, 2-Ch1 hot, 3,-Ch1 cold, 4-Ch2 hot, 5-Ch2 cold
Weight: Microphone 20g(including cable), 48V I/F 70g


CO-100K New Quality An omni-directional ultra-wide range condenser microphone with a frequency response from 20Hz right up to 100kHz !

100kHz microphones do exist in the field of acoustic measurement but the Sanken CO-100k is the first such device for use in the professional recording world. Designed in conjunction with the NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories, this microphone is Sanken's solution for those exceptional engineers who want to record a complete sonic picture from 20Hz to 100kHz.

Sanken has already carried out a number of test recordings with the CO-100k using specialist hardware that can preserve such a wide bandwidth. These tests amply demonstrate the exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and the stunning frequency response of this microphone, and we are confident that it will gain a very warm welcome from those in the fields of classical and acoustic instrument recording, and from specialists in sound effect work.

Within the conventional "audible frequency" band of 20Hz to 20kHz the performance is exemplary, with rich lows and a tasteful mid range -clearly different. But the CO-100k also gives us the opportunity to experience musical sounds far beyond that somewhat arbitrary upper frequency limit.

This is a new step, a new adventure into the realms of musical detail and nuance that we have never been able to reach before.

Transducer: DC bias condenser microphone
Directivity:   Omni
Sensitivity: -25dB +- 2dB (56.2mV)/Pa
Frequency Res: 20Hz ~ 100kHz
Output impedance: 150 Ohms
Equivalent Noise: less than 19dB-A (re.20 μ Pa)
Max. Input: more than 125dB SPL(THD 1%)
Powering: 48V +-2V phantom
Consumption current: less than 6.0mA
Weight: 150g

NOTE: energy of more than 20kHz especially near 100kHz decrease unexpectedly and severely, therefore, in order to record music sound, frequency 20kHz to 100kHz, the mic has peak at 20kHz to 70kHz on axis.  It's omni design, but from physics theory, higher frequency has comparatively sharp directivity.


Sanken CUW-180 is designed with stereo X-Y recording in mind.

Each cardioid pattern condenser capsule can be independently adjusted through any angle up to180 degree freely with 15 degree detent.
The feature is unique to this microphone and provides the simplest and most direct method of adjusting X/Y recording angles.
The close coupling of the capsule pair allows perfect phase coherence between X and Y signals.
The microphones feature a very clean frequency response also off-axis, can support 137dB SPL and deliver a high output level. Their membranes are made of titanium and are reliable under the most difficult climatic conditions.

For Surround recording pairs of CUW-180 in dual X/Y mode can also provide a conceptually simple method of recording both Front L/R and Rear L/R (Ls/Rs) signals.

Surround Setting
Each microphone capsule can be rotated freely with 15 degree detent to give full surround configurations using independent angle adjustability of front and rear . CUW-180 Surround system is formatted from two CUW-180. For 5.1 surround, one CS-1 short shot-gun is added as a hard center microphone.

5.1 Surround setting with CS-1
In case of this system, it has 5 fully independent signals from 5 microphones. The system is easy to set on a specially made suspension, and it makes surround shooting at outdoor quite easy. It is held by one microphone stand or boom pole.

April 2003 NAB Las Vegas

CS-1 Very short (180mm) Shot-Gun microphone

The SANKEN CS-1 is an answer to big demand from many engineers in video and film industry. It is easy to be hidden from camera eye because of its small length. Although only 180mm long, the CS-1 has very sharpdirectivity and good clean sound for real professional application.

The CS-1 is ideal for boom operation. Thank to its reasonable price, it is affordable for everybody.


March 2003 AES Amsterdam


The Sanken CUW-180 is designed for x-y angle adjustable recording origianally.

Both condenser microphones have cardioid polar pattern, and the angle can be adjusted between 0° and 180° freely. It is the very unique feature of this microphone and makes it much easier to adjust angles of X-Y stereo arrays.
For surround recording application, the CUW-100 can be used for front L,R and rear L,R very easily.
When you aim one microphone to front and another to rear, then you can use the two signals front and rear independently. Use this setup for face to face talk show.



HAD-48 Easy Level Upper for Dynamic Microphone using P48

This new product from SANKEN is increases the low signal level from dynamic microphones by switchable 20db or 40db to avoid hiss especially when using long cables. Very low power consumption, small size and high reliability are some other features.



CUB-01 New,Small,Cardioid Boundary Microphone

THE SANKEN CUB-01 produces an extremely rich and full-bodied sound. Although small (32mm diameter, 12mm height, 55g weight) the sound is comparable with much larger microphones. It is designed for use in many situations, from TV and film field shooting to broadcast studio production and conference table recording.
Due to the CUB-01's cardioid directional characteristics, human narration and dialogue are clearly recorded while eliminating unnecessary background noise.


CO-Z The Perfect Omni Directional Condenser Microphone

Sanken has the distinction of creating the CO-Z, a revolutionary microphone with a perfect OMNI polar pattern from 20Hz to 20kHz. Many microphone manufacturers have attempted to make the perfect omni, but because of the physical existence of the microphone itself, it has been a considerable challenge. Now, Sanken's exclusive technology permits the perfect omni microphone -- one which seems to have no physical body -- with a "virtual" diaphragm hovering in space.



SANKEN CS-3e replaces CS-3

The specifications of CS-3 have been improved. Roll-off is now at 70Hz instead of 200Hz to have a more powerful low end. The redisigned electronics result in less loise and a even more transparent sound.



CMS-10 New Generation Stereo/Mono Shotgun

The SANKEN CMS-10 is an excellent choice for creative engineers working in HDTV and HD-Cam for movie production, and has been designed in conjunction with NHK. The CMS-10 is switchable between a very sharp directional mono shotgun response and a specialized stereo shotgun mode that delivers a rich "Environmental Stereo Sound."
The CMS-10 is small and the PPS diaphragm provides optimum durability in locations with high humidity and extreme temperatures.



For the olympic games at Nagano SANKEN hasintroduced a completely new dynamic microphone system which is installaed directly into the ice-field to pick up the sound of the blades. Thanks to this new technology you can hear the movements on the ice and have at the same time the playback of the music with no sound degradation. For more information please contact t.buser@RTG.ch


WSL-11 Large Windshield

In addition to the standard windshield WSL-11 vor COS-11 lavalier series, there is no a larger model, which brings improved quality for outdoor use where there is more risk of wind.


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