countryman b6 - Imagecraft Productions

countryman b6 - Imagecraft Productions
B6 OMNIDIRECTIONAL
LAVALIER MICROPHONE
Only one tenth of an inch in diameter, the B6 is the smallest lavalier in the world
and outperforms microphones many times its size.
The changeable protective caps provide moisture resistance and color options
and let you shape the frequency response for different situations or to match
other microphones.
With exceptionally low handling noise and rugged construction, the B6 is the
ideal choice for theater, broadcast, churches, and general lavalier applications.
Unobtrusive
Smaller than the cable of other
lavaliers, the B6 is easily hidden in
hair or on costumes, or glued to a
performer’s face. The B6 comes in
six colors to match clothing, hair, and
skin tones, or use a felt tip marker to
color the white caps for near-perfect
concealability. Never suffer the hassle
and degraded sound quality of underclothing miking again.
Rugged and Reliable
The B6 is exceptionally resistant to
makeup, sweat and moisture when
used with the supplied protective
caps and is well-suited to use in
hair or on the body. The protective
caps are easily removed for cleaning
or replacement when clogged with
makeup. The Kevlar-reinforced cable
gives it world-class survivability.
Versatile
Changeable protective caps let you
shape the frequency response for
different situations or to match other
microphones. Versions available for
different speaking or singing styles,
with up to 140 dB SPL capability.
Exceptional Sound Quality
The highest-quality audio available
in a lavalier mic. Low distortion at
SPL up to 150 dB on 48 V Phantom
Power. The Kevlar cable and ultrathin diaphragm combine to set a
new standard for low handling noise.
Excellent rejection of surrounding
noise.
Supplied with carrying case, black and white cable
clips, wind screen, and 3 protective caps.
Frequency Response : 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Operating Current : 500 µA
Operating Voltage : 1 to 2 Volts
Power Supply Voltage :
+3 V with 2.7 kOhm Load
+5 V with 6.8 kOhm Load
+9 V with 15 kOhm Load
Weight : .07 oz (2 grams)
The B6 lavalier is available in three sensitivities:
B6W4
standard (-0 dB, gray band) for most uses
Sensitivity: 12.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 24 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 120 dB SPL
B6W5
low (-10 dB, red band) head mic for theater
Sensitivity: 7.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 29 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 130 dB SPL
B6W6
very low (-20 dB, blue band) mic near user’s mouth
Sensitivity: 2 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 39 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 140 dB SPL
How Caps Change Frequency Response
measured at 6 inches
dB
+10
+8 dB Very Bright
0
+4 dB Bright
-10
-20
20
500 1k 2k
50 100 200
5k 10k 20 kHz
1 kHz Polar Response
30°
60°
0°
0
-5
-10
-15
-20
330°
300°
dB
90°
270°
120°
240°
150°
180°
210°
+0 dB Flat
B6 Lavalier: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose the right color for my skin tone?
Tan is the most popular color choice, because it works perfectly for average Caucasian skin
tones, as well as olive complexions. Light beige works well in theatrical applications due
to its slightly pink undertone, which is also appropriate for extremely fair skin. Cocoa is the
ideal choice for African American skin tones ranging from very light to chocolate, and black
is appropriate for extremely dark skin, or for situations where you want the mic to be visible.
When in doubt, choose the darker option. That’s because a mic that’s too light can resemble
a scar or blemish, while a mic that’s slightly darker than the background tends to blend
much better and draws less attention.
Which cap should I use?
Very Bright +8dB
Bright +4dB
Flat +0dB
The B6 lavalier should always be used with a protective cap in place to keep sweat, makeup
and other foreign material out of the microphone. The three omni caps each have a different
high frequency response characteristic that controls the amount of “crispness” or “sibilance”
(response at 15 kHz). To identify caps, compare size to the drawings.
The omni ships with the +4 dB protective cap fitted to the mic. We have found that this
cap’s frequency response meets the needs of the majority of users, providing a slightly
increased response in the 15 kHz range. This will boost the perceived amount of “presence”
in your sound, while leaving the lower frequencies unchanged. If you experience problems
with high-frequency feedback, you should switch to the 0 dB cap.
Which sensitivity should I choose?
Making a microphone more sensitive to catch soft sounds means it will overload sooner for
loud sounds. Because sound pressure levels vary between individuals and applications, we
provide three sensitivities with three overload or clipping characteristics.
s4HEMOSTSENSITIVE7GRAYBANDISFORGENERALSPEAKINGSUCHASPRESENTATIONSOR
sermons, where the mic is positioned on the chest or lapel
s4HEMIDDLESENSITIVITY7REDBANDISIDEALFORUSEASAHEADMICINTHEATER
s4HELEASTSENSITIVEMIC7BLUEBANDWITHTHEHIGHESTOVERLOADSOUNDLEVELISAGOOD
choice for applications where the microphone will be positioned near the user’s mouth.
Countryman Associates, Inc. 195 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (800) 669-1422 or (650) 364-9988 Fax: (650) 364-2794 Email: [email protected] Web: www.countryman.com
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