Manley Reference Cardioid Tube Condenser Microphone


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The Manley Reference Cardioid Tube Microphone has that “finished” sound right out of the box, making it the favorite vocal mic of top producers and voiceover artists alike.

This is modern pop music’s go-to mic: flattering, present, and larger-than-life. Some refer to the Manley Ref C as the “Just Add Talent” microphone.


“The merit of the Manley Reference Cardioid is its extreme openness and high-end response. If you normally reach for the “air band” when EQing tracks, you probably won’t have to with this mic.”
– Ty Ford, Pro Audio Review, March 1998 –


Record Warm & Smooth Vocal From The 12AX7 Tube

The Reference Cardioid Microphone shares the same electronic attributes as the Gold Reference Series, but has a center-fixed cardioid-only capsule with a thicker gauge (6 micron) gold sputtered diaphragm. With the similar film thickness and construction, similar high frequency resonance (a little edge), similar proximity effect and pretty good immunity from pops and sibilance problems, our Reference Cardioid more closely recalls how many of the vintage European tube mics such as the beloved U47 sounded like when they were new. Its rich tonal balance and liquid character is consistently admired for instruments such as guitars, drum overheads, saxophone, and especially vocals. With your present mic, if you find yourself leaning on your compressors and boosting 5 or 10K to score a bit more testosterone, then the Reference Cardioid just might be the mic you’re looking for to cure what ails ya. If you seem to be constantly boosting 12-18K and trying to get a clean, intimate sound, then probably the Reference Gold would be the safest bet.


If you want to sound like God, then use the mic Don LaFontaine used! The Manley Reference Cardioid mic. And have a voice like his, too.



  • Traditional Manley tube circuitry for Warm, Clear, & Smooth sound
  • All-tube design with dual triode 12AX7 (Previously used 12AT7 and 6072)
  • Custom-wound output transformer with nickel laminations and humbucking bi-filar windings
  • Switchable 10dB pad to reduce incoming extra-hot signal
  • Highest-quality components used throughout
  • External PSU and 20′ power supply cable with locking 6-pin connectors
  • Locking flight case with key, and leather capsule protector included
  • Warranty: 5-year parts and labor, 90-day vacuum tubes (upon registration)
  • Fully handcrafted in Manley Labs’ Chico, California facility



Capsule Type : Dual Edge Terminated Large Diaphragm
Capacitor (Condenser)
Polar Patterns : Continuously Variable
(omni through cardioid through Figure of 8)
Diaphragm Size : 1 Inch; 1.25 Inch Overall
Diaphragm Thickness : 5 Micron; Gold Sputtered
Frequency Response : 10Hz-30kHz, AMP to 60kHz
Maximum Input SPL : 150 dB SPL at Capsule
Sensitivity : 19mV/Pa
Amplifier Type : 2 Triode Gain Block Lo Z Output
Active Components : (1) 12AX7 Dual Triode Vacuum Tube
Output Type : Transformer Coupled, Manley IRON® 7227
Output Polarity : Balanced XLR, Pin 2 Hot, Pin 3 Low
Amplifier Distortion : Less Than 0.05 % THD+N BW
22-22 kHz (1kOhm Load, 1kHz -40dBV Output)
Amplifier Noise: Typically – 101 dBV “A Weighted”
Body : 24 Karat Gold Over Machined Brass
Mic Weight : 2lbs
Mic Weight : 2.25 lbs (mic)
PSU Weight : 2.5 lbs (PSU)
Mic Size : 4.5″ x 9.7″ x 4.5″ (mic)
PSU Size : 5″ x 8.2″ x 3.4″ (PSU)
Shipping Weight : 15 lbs


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