Sanken Chromatic

About Us

The Sanken Chromatic series of six professional studio microphones provide musicians, sound designers, engineers and producers with the ultimate set of pure, transparent sounding mics for a wide variety of applications. They are designed and meticulously engineered in Japan using the latest technology and include many innovative features such as membranes impervious to humidity and temperature change. The result is a set of mics that have phenomenal frequency response, accurate off axis response, exact patterns, minimal proximity effect, low noise and high SPL tolerance.

Sanken Chromatic
Sanken Chromatic Music Mics

Download Sanken Chromatic BrochureQuite simply they are the most natural sounding mics available today that translate the sound you hear and love in the studio to the actual recording. Capture that great voice, that amazing sounding piano, or that powerful acoustic guitar. There are many tools and choices to color the sound during the mix.

Sanken Chromatic mics capture what the musician is actually playing or singing with vivid reality.

plus24 logoSanken Chromatic is a division of plus24 based in Los Angeles, the exclusive distributor of Sanken Microphones and Accessories in the USA and Canada. Started in 1986 as Developing Technologies Distributors, the company was renamed in 2002 as plus24 to signify the full commitment to the highest possible standards. Today plus24 reaches out to markets worldwide and continues to work closely with manufacturers to design, develop and introduce truly unique and valuable tools for the wide world of entertainment production.


How to Buy

The six Sanken Chromatic microphones and accessories are currently available from these authorized dealers in the USA and Canada…

Cutting Edge


1226 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608-2618
T: (510) 654 8300

Audio Intervisual Design

Audio Intervisual Design

2930 S.Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
T: (323) 845 1155

Cutting Edge

Calistro Music

9532 Rainbow Trail
Orange, CT 06447
T:  (203) 891 8918

Dale Pro Audio

Dale Pro Audio

148-04 95th Ave
Jamaica, NY 11435
T: (888) 462-7828

Parsons Audio

Parsons Audio

11 6th Road Woburn
MA 01801
T: (781) 431 8708

Parsons Audio


4110 Cahuenga Blvd.
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
T: 1-855-632-1032

Studio Economik

Studio Economik

215 St-Augustin
Montréal, QC H4C 2N7
T: (514) 931 2000

Vintage King Audio

Vintage King

1176 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90012
T: (213) 984 4000

2826 Dogwood Pl,
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 866-5015

Westlake Pro

Westlake Pro

1005 W Isabel Street
Burbank, CA 91506
T: (323) 845 1145

515 E. Iris Dr
Berry Hill, TN 37204
T: (615) 806 7556

8974 Kramerwood Place, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: 323 845-1171


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  • Note: We only manage Sanken Chromatic Sales in North America. For other countries see the Sanken Japanese website.

Sanken History

Sanken Microphone Co., Ltd. is one of the leading professional microphone manufacturers in Japan. The company was established in 1926, creating microphones for professional use. In 1933, Rihei Takeuchi, a founder of the company obtained his first patent for the antiagglomeration of carbon particles in carbon microphones, and generations later the Takeuchi family carries on a tradition of scientific craftsmanship.

In 1975, the CMS-2 M-S type microphone was developed, the first in a range of high quality professional studio microphones known in the USA as Sanken Chromatic. The CMS-2 was their first mic to use a titanium diaphragm resistant to temperature changes and humidity. The CU-41 was introduced in 1982 with an innovative two way capsule for low and high end frequency capture. Other mics in the Sanken Chromatic range followed at the turn of the 21st century with the latest addition, the CU-51, becoming available in 2016.

In its 90 year history the company has mastered the art and technology of engineering the purest most transparent sounding mics.

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