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Sony’s New C-80 Studio Recording Mic Takes Inspiration From Past Microphones


The new Sony C-80 studio recording mic has combined the best features of the well-loved C-800G and C-100 microphones.

Sony has worked alongside professionals for over 50 years and through experience, the brand has been able to create a household name for itself when it comes to producing studio-quality products and equipment. Having created excellent products and wanting to maintain said credibility, Sony has patterned the new C-80 recording mic after its predecessors.

The C-80 is a uni-directional condenser microphone that is suitable for vocal and voice recording applications. Succeeding from the C-800G and C-100 microphone series, the C-80 can also prevent any acoustic vibration to make any vocal recording clear and stand out. Similar to its predecessors, the C-80 has a “Noise Elimination Construction” making the microphone all the more ideal for vocal and voice recording even when mixed with instruments.

Protecting the C-80 recording mic is a capsule that uses the same material as the C-800G’s diaphragm. The two-metal body construction helps give the C-80 durability and a strong structure that will assure you it cannot be easily damaged when dropped. Much like the C-800G, the C-80 also has a dual-diaphragm configuration that helps in vocal stability and in suppressing the proximity effect from sound characteristic changes.

Sony's New C-80 Studio Recording Mic Takes Inspiration From Past Microphones

When it comes to sonic features, the C-80 inherits the low-cut filter and pad switch characteristics of the C-100. The low-cut filter of the C-80 allows the recording mic to help eliminate low-frequency noise and again, the proximity effect. On the other hand, the -10dB pad switch that can also be found on the C-100 gives the C-80 added headroom while minimizing any sound distortion that can come from transient peaks.

Albeit, the C-80 recording mic also has a defining characteristic that can set itself apart from its predecessors — an upgraded sound quality that is powerful and rich with mid-low frequency. The tight mid-range gives the vocal recording a strong, stable, and clear presence that is as realistic as possible. The C-80 recording mic can maintain the natural reproduction of a vocal recording while eliminating noise and boomy low frequencies.

Sony's New C-80 Studio Recording Mic Takes Inspiration From Past Microphones

If you’re looking at purchasing the Sony C-80 as your new or next recording mic, you may have to wait out a bit more if you live outside of Europe. Sony has yet to release when the C-80 will be available in other countries. In the meantime, you may want to check out our guide on the best studio recording mics first.

Ash Burnett

Hailing from Chicago, IL - Ash made his break into journalism at the age of 23 writing music reviews for a local website. Now in his late 30's and after being pulled closer towards the technical side of the music and live gig industry, he founded Shout4Music to write thorough microphone reviews.

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