The Sontronics Hyper Capsule is a screw-on hypercardioid capsule for the Sontronics STC-1(S) pencil condenser microphone—available in black or silver
Why buy the same microphone three (or six) times to get different polar pickup patterns when you can simply add a Hyper or Omni Capsule to your Sontronics STC-1 or STC-1S stereo pair (hence three or six). Simply unscrew the cardioid capsule that comes with the STC-1, replace it with the Hyper Capsule and now you have the same stellar sound of the Sontronics STC-1 small-diaphragm condenser on your hi-hat etc., with the on-axis directivity and side rejection of a hypercardioid pickup pattern.
Sontronics Hyper Capsule—Just the Facts:
- Interchangeable capsule for STC-1 and STC-1S microphones
- Hypercardioid polar pattern
- Available in black or silver
- Covered by a lifetime warranty
Sontronics Hyper Capsule—Behind the Grille
The cardioid capsule head that comes standard with the STC-1 and STC-1S pencil mics can be easily unscrewed and interchanged with the optional Hyper and Omni capsules, essentially giving you three mics instead of one (or, in the case of the STC-1S stereo pair, six mics instead of two).
The omnidirectional Omni capsule is designed to completely open up the area of sound that the STC-1 or STC-1S can pick up. This allows you to position the mic higher up or further away from the recorded source than you would do if in its cardioid version. It also turns the STC-1S pair into an outstanding overhead or room mic, to be used on its own or as an additional tool that can be mixed in with other more closely positioned microphones.
Like all Sontronics microphones, the Hyper and Omni capsules are covered by Sontronics’ lifetime warranty.
PAD Tech Tip—If you’re new to microphone placement, it’s important to know that while the hypercardioid pickup pattern has the greatest amount of directivity among cardioid patterns (apart from shotgun mics), there is some rear pickup. The greatest rejection in the hypercardioid pattern is at the sides at 110° (toward the rear of the capsule. Therefore, if you’re using a hypercardioid vocal mic onstage with a single floor monitor directly behind the mic in front of the singer, you will get feedback. In this scenario, you’ll want to use two floor monitors placed on the left and right of the mic, aiming at the singer. A hypercardioid pattern is best used to achieve more isolation when spot-miking an ensemble of instruments or group of singers side-by-side or in a semi-circle.
Sontronics Hyper Capsule applications:
The hypercardioid Hyper Capsule is ideal for situations where you need a much tighter pickup pattern than the traditional cardioid. For example where you might want to record one instrument or voice in a group and reduce spill from the other instruments or voices.
- Acoustic guitar
Sontronics users report outstanding results from an STC-1 with Hyper Capsule when used on hi-hat (within a drum kit set-up), acoustic guitar (sometimes when paired with another Omni-equipped STC-1 as an overhead), solo strings within a trio or quartet, and piano.
What the pros are saying about Sontronics STC-1 capsules
Indispensable for any STC-1 user . . . they are amazing! — Jake D (studio owner-engineer-producer)
We were already getting fantastic results from our STC-1 mics, both live and in the studio, but with the addition of the Hyper and OMNI capsules, we could do so much more with them. They sound amazing! — David Prior (Falmouth University)
When recording London Contemporary Voices in a Shoreditch church recently, we did the whole thing using an STC-1S above the choir and a single STC-1 with OMNI capsule up high at the back of the church. The sound was absolutely incredible—no one could believe it came from three such small microphones! — Charlie Allen (Naked Noise Productions)
The Sontronics Hyper Capsule saves you from buying additional microphones, adding greater versatility and flexibility to the great sound of the STC-1 microphone. Order yours today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist today.
- Polar pattern: Hypercardioid (Hyper)
- Colors available: black or silver
- Dimensions (Hyper): 7/8" x 7/8" x 6/8" (22 x 22 x 20mm)
- Weight: 1 oz. (31g)