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SANKEN CS-3eShotgun Microphone

CS-3e Short Shotgun Microphone

The CS-3e stands out among shotgun microphones - it maintains directivity over an extremely wide frequency range, especially in the low frequencies. Because of its unique design, the CS-3e is an excellent choice for use in difficult applications, such as close-to-ceiling positions or locations near a noisy camera. Even in such challenging situations, the excellent side and rear rejection of the CS-3e helps to capture only the targeted dialogue without any ambient reverberation.

The CS-3e delivers sharp directional sound even in the lower frequencies. SANKEN's original design results in a low proximity effect which facilitates working in a scene close-up and wide, while producing little change in sound character.

CS-3e is the new version of CS-3 sharp directional shotgun microphone with less noise and a flat frequency response also in the low end.

The Features of CS-3e

  • Very sharp definition on-axis with no phasing side-effects
  • Unique cancellation of off-axis sound also in the very low end
  • High mobility due to size and weight.
  • No Proximity Effect
  • Very reliable under the most difficult climatic situations.



The remarkable performance of the CS-3 is based on the combination of a second-gradient and line microphone with three directional condenser elements, using new PPS (Poly-Gold-Phenylene-Sulfide) diaphragms to provide optimum humidity/temperature stability. The CS-3e incorporates the revolutionary technology of the CSS-5 shotgun stereo microphone and the COS-11s lavalier microphone developed in conjunction with NHK.

The CS-3e is small and lightweight with a low-cut switch to satisfy the various needs of location and studio recording.
The standard 19mm diameter permits use of a wide range of accessories developed for enhanced performance and field mobility.


Anordnung der Kapseln

Non proximity effect

When a conventional shotgun microphone is near the sound source, proximity effect results in a boosting of certain low frequencies and slight masking of others. Some designs utilize this effect to reduce surrounding noises, but microphone response greatly varies with the changing distance between the source and the microphone. This effect becomes more pronounced when the directionality becomes greater. By contrast, the CS-3e virtually eliminates the proximity effect and maintains its sharp directivity, while the sonic characteristics do not change with varied distances between sources and microphone. This is a significant advantage over all other directional microphones.



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specifications CS-3e

transducer type: DC biased condenser
Directional Pattern: Supercardioid
Diaphragm: Gold Metalized 2 micron PPS film
frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Nominal Impedance: 240 Ohm
output level at 1 Pa: -28dB (40mV) +/-1db
max. SPL for 1% THD @ 1kHz: 120dB
noise (IEC 179): >15dB
transducer: goldbeschichtet, 2 micron PPS (Poly-Phenyl-Sulfid)
Supply voltage: 48V phantom +/- 4V 2.4mA
length: 27cm
weight: 120g (0.27lb)
Case: Brass


grafische Darstellungen
frequency response and polar pattern


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