The Wedge

Violet Design - The Wedge

"The Wedge" condenser microphone from Violet Design is meticulously designed for the highest quality of studio recording. Re-engineered from Violet's original "Dolly" model, The Wedge produces deep, dimensional sound, and boasts a wider range of applications than its predecessor. Its multi-layered, wedge-shaped head effectively reduces plosive sounds and other noises such as wind or breath. The Wedge's capsule is made of high-quality, 6-micron Mylar film, and it's innovative freestanding design results in a more open and detailed sound. The critical first stage circuit is located close to the capsule to further improve sound quality. The large dual-diaphragm is precisely tensioned, adjusted on back plates, and sputtered with Violet's exclusive gold alloy mixture. This process allows The Wedge to give a faster impulse transient response without sound coloration or low-frequency reduction, and also makes it capable of handling high sound pressure levels.

The internal solid-state preamplifier of The Wedge is a Class-A fully discrete transformer-less circuit, built using high quality, hand selected components. The circuit is designed to achieve the highest audio standards and provides flat frequency response, high dynamics, low self-noise, and very low audio distortion of all types. The Wedge should be used with high quality, regulated 48V phantom power. Gold-plated pins on the XLR output provide a clean and noise-free connection. The Wedge has a dark red body with black trim and comes in a fine hardwood box.


Applications:

The Wedge has a warmer tone with very high output and low noise. It is designed for a wide range of studio recording situations. The fast transient response, crystal clear highs and loud SPL handling make it excellent for recording drums, especially for snare drum, overhead and hi-hat. The recommended placement is 2" to 4" from the drum rim, but you will want to experiment with different positions and angles. It is also excellent for piano, electric and acoustic guitars, bowed strings and brass instruments. For the clarinet and soprano saxophone use the microphone 4" to 12" above the horn and lowest pads. For other saxophones place the microphone 2" to 6" in front of the lip of the bell. For the flute place the microphone above the middle of the instrument. Place within 20" from the bell of trumpets, trombones, French horns, tubas and other brass instruments.

When used as a vocal microphone, position The Wedge 1/2" to 4" away to get the best results. There is no need to worry about overload but using a pop-filter in the studio or a foam windscreen in live applications can help reduce plosive sounds and breath, pop or wind noises.


Frequency Chart:

The Wedge Frequency Chart


The Wedge Technical Specifications:

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Transducer Type Electrostatic Condenser
Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Diaphragm's Diameter (inch/mm) 1"/27 mm
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Polar Pattern Unidirectional, cardioid
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Rated Load Impedance 1000 ohms
Suggested Load Impedance > 500 ohms
Sensitivity @ 1000 Hz into 1000 ohms Load 33 mV/PA
S/N Ratio CCIR 468-3 Weighted 76 dB
S/N Ratio DIN/IEC 651 A-weighted 87 dB-A
Equivalent Noise Level DIN/IEC A-weighted 5.5 dB-A
Maximum SPL (<0.5% THD @ 1000 ohms) 133.5 dB
Dynamic Range of Microphone Preamplifier 128 db
Phantom Powering Voltage on XLR Pins 2 & 3 Relatively Pin #1 +48V (±4 V)
Phantom Current Consumption < 2mA
Output Connector 3-pin XLR Male, gold plated contacts
Dimensions (inch/mm) 8.66 x 1.7"/307 x 68 mm
Weight (lbs/grams) 12.6 oz/357.2 g
Included Accessories Comes in a solid wooden box, with stand holder & user's manual.
Optional Accessories VSMD-BK Elastic Studio Shockmount
PSM Elastic Any-position Shockmount

Additional Product Images:

The Wedge Microphone w/ included Stand Holder The Wedge Microphone w/ optional Shockmount The Wedge Microphone in included Solid Wood Box The Wedge Microphone - Close-up of Capsule

Choose Violet!



"Violet microphones -- the Amethysts in particular -- have become my go-to mics on almost everything."


- John Paterno
Engineer/Mixer/Producer
(Robbie Williams, Soraya, Lustra, Badly Drawn Boy)

 

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