METAlliance Certifies Sanken Chromatic CU-44X MkII Condenser Mic

New High Transient Response, Transformerless Microphone

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 in the Sanken Chromatic range of professional studio mics, offering the best of both worlds: a small capsule for high frequencies and a large capsule for low frequencies.

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.”

Sanken Chromatic CU-44X MK II Press ImageThe 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.

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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Pictured at AES 2009 in NYC are (L-R) Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Michiko Takeuchi (Sanken president), Yutaka Chiba (Sanken R&D), Ryoichi Asada (Gen. Mgr. Product & Marketing), Chuck Ainlay, and Frank Filipetti. Photo by David Goggin.

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