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Oktava MK-101-8



  • Figure-of-8 directional pattern
  • Large diaphragm true condenser capsule
  • Vintage character of the popular MK-219/319 capsule
  • Transformerless MK-012 preamp
  • Capsule fits all MK-012 / 100-series preamps

The MK-101 is large diaphragm condenser microphone with interchangable capsule. Introduced as a transition from earlier Oktava models, it retains some of the vintage character of the popular MK-219/319 capsule but offers transformerless output clarity.

The Capsule
The Oktava MK-101 uses the successful 26mm 219/319 capsule much loved for its classic midrange presence and sibilance-free top end.

The Headbasket & Body
The MK-101 head basket features a large open area “forehead” for excellent off-axis response in the vertical as well as horizontal planes. Vertical asymmetry of the head basket allows the recordist to explore different polar responses when using the mic upright or inverted. The small head basket and body size make for easy placement and minimal reflection between the sound source and microphone body.

The Circuit
Building on the marketplace success of the legendary MK-012, the MK-101 uses the same impedance converter/output circuit and body design made famous by the MK-012.

The Sound
On Axis – The MK-101 offers a powerful midrange presence and natural top end response with excellent rejection of sibilance.
Off-Axis - The MK-101 has moderate attenuation at 90 degrees giving the mic a wide cardioid pick up pattern. 180-degree response has a warm spectral balance with the strongest output below 200Hz, smooth amplitude reduction to 3 kHz followed by a moderate high-frequency ambient sound presence peak. The MK-101 excels on vocals or guitar cabinets where the recordist wants classic midrange presence, sibilant-free top end and a warm room sound with just a touch of top-end room presence.

These ship direct from Russia.

Freq. Response, Hz 20-20000
Output sensitivity, mV/Pa 16
Max SPL, dB for 0,5% THD 122
Self Noise (DIN), dBa <18
Output impedance, ohm 150
Powering, V 48
Switches -10dB Pad
Weight, g 260
Length /  Max diameter / body diameter, mm 155 / 55 / 20