METAlliance Certifies Sanken Chromatic CU-55 Microphone

Natural, Transparent, Uncolored Sound

Nashville, TN, June, 2013 – Sanken Microphones’ new CU-55 cardioid microphone has been certified by the Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (METAlliance). Featuring a modern, compact design, the CU-55 provides a rich vintage sound in a small, lightweight, easy to position package.

METAlliance director Frank Filipetti remarked, “The CU-55 has just about the smoothest mid-range I’ve ever heard in any microphone. Whether using it on strings, vocals or drum overheads this mic has a wonderful presence without any harshness.”

Sanken Chromatic CU-55 Press ImageThe CU-55 houses a side-firing 16mm capsule with a resonant chamber that has been tuned to create a perfect cardioid pattern, and is omnidirectional below 50 Hz. This new generation microphone is flat at 90 degrees and flat on axis, with very little proximity effect. Ideal for acoustic instruments like guitars, cello, harp and piano, the CU-55 can also handle the explosive levels of big brass and pounding tympani’s.

Fellow METAlliance director Chuck Ainlay added, “Sanken’s new CU-55 is very warm and natural, not hyped at all, and very musical. It’s really great as a compact side-address mic and easy to maneuver into tight spaces.”

The CU-55 joins the Sanken CO-100K and CU-44xMkII as METAlliance Certified®, all part of the new Chromatic Series of studio mics from Sanken.

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: Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone.

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.

METAlliance : strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to the highest standards of audio and delivery of music, securing the art through recording technology in all its evolving modern forms.

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