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Sanken CS-3e Supercarioid Shotgun Mic

Model: CS-3e

Sanken CS-3e Supercarioid Shotgun Mic
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About: Sanken CS-3e Supercarioid Shotgun Mic

Three directional capsules are arranged in a front-back array to combine line microphone performance and second-order pressure gradient response in a single system. With this unique design, the Sanken CS-3e achieves phenomenal supercardioid directivity in the lowest frequen-cies and throughout the full range in a microphone 27cm (10 inches) in length.

It is significant that the CS-3e picks up the targeted frontal sound sources with exceptional clarity over a wide frequency range – even in noisy ambient environments or in long reverberation spaces – by rejecting undesired noise and sounds coming from the rear and sides.

Innovative Technology with 3 Capsules for High Rejection

Conventional shotgun microphones use a line capsule array and a pipe with slits in front of the capsule to create high directivity by utilizing phase interference inside the casing. With this conventional design, high-directivity in the middle-low fre-quency range is not achieved, although high-directivity in the high frequency range is maintained. Conventional shotgun microphones are at a disadvantage because they invariably pick up unwanted sounds coming from the back and sides.

In order to solve this problem, conventional shotgun micro-phones designed for high directivity in the middle-low frequencies require a length of more than one meter (39 inches) in length. However, long shotgun microphones seriously affect mobility and are not ideal for field recording.

The remarkable performance of the CS-3e is based on the combination of a second-gradient and line microphone with three directional condenser elements, using new PPS (Poly-Gold-Phenylene-Sulfide) diaphragms to provide optimum humidity/temperature stability. The CS-3e is small and lightweight with a low-cut switch to satisfy the various needs of location and studio recording. The standard 19mm diameter permits use of a wide range of accessories developed for enhanced performance and field mobility.

The CS-3e virtually eliminates the proximity effect and maintains sharp directivity, while the sonic characteristics do not change with varied distances between sources and microphone. This is a significant advantage over all other directional microphones.


  • Unique three-capsule design
  • Super Sharp Directivity
  • Extremely low proximity effect
  • Long reach
  • Only 10.6″ in length
  • Low-cut switch (-3dB @ 100Hz)
  • Clear and natural sound
  • Standard XLR3 connector

Included Accessories:

  • Vinyl Case for CS-3e


  • Model Name: CS-3e
  • Transducer: DC biased condenser
  • Directivity: Supercardioid
  • Frequency response: 50Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity (at 1kHz): -28dB (40mV) ±1dB (0dB=1V/Pa)
  • Equivalent noise level (A weighted): 15dB or less
  • Max SPL (1% THD): 120dB SPL
  • Low Frequency Rolloff: -3dB at 10Hz, switchable
  • Output impedance( 1kHz ): 50 ohms
  • Powering: +48±4V phantom
  • Current consumption: 2.5mA
  • Weight: 4.2 oz (120 g)
  • Dimensions: 10.6″ (270mm) length, 0.75” (19mm) diam.
  • Surface finish: Fired Painted, Lusterless Black (Soft Touch Coating)
  • Connector: XLR-3-12C(M) equivalent - 1: GND, 2: Hot, 3: Cold

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