This is part three of my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd gen studio bundle review. This part will be focusing on the microphone, the Focusrite Scarlett CM25 MKIII cardioid condenser microphone.
The review of the Scarlett CM25 MKIII is mostly in video form so for the full review please check out the video. However, if you prefer to read, I have outlined the main features below.
The Focusrite Scarlett CM25 MKIII can only be obtained by purchasing either the Scarlett Solo Studio or Scarlett 2i2 Studio bundles.
The microphone itself is fairly compact, well built and has a decent amount of weight to it at 496g. It seems pretty sturdy and has a stiff mesh that shouldn’t dent easily.
The CM25 MKIII comes supplied with the DCZ-16 stand mount
that threads on to the bottom of the mic. Also included is a 3/8 to 5/8 thread
adapter. There is no shock mount and as such the microphone is quite susceptible
to handling noise.
Element: Electret Condenser
Capsule diameter: 20mm
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sensitivity: -36dB +/- 2dB (0 dB = 1 V/Pa at 1kHz)
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20Khz
Impedance: 200 ohms +/- 30% (at 1kHz)
Recomended load Impedance: >10 kohms
Equivalent Input Noise: 16dB(A)
S/N Ratio: 74dB
Power Requirement: 48v Phantom Power
Current: 3 mA
Weight: 496g Including DCZ-16 stand mount
Body Dimensions: 49.5mm (dia), 158mm (length)
Check out the video above for a test of the performance of the microphone.
All in all, this seems like a pretty decent microphone that adds a superb value to the studio bundle. The bundle itself cost me £230 in the UK whereas the interface alone would have cost £150 at the time. If you divide the £80 that’s left between the headphones and the microphone you are looking at £40 for the microphone. I very much doubt you would be able to find a microphone of this quality for £40. The usual recommendations for beginners are the Audio-Technica AT2020 and the Samson Q2U which cost around £70-£80 in the UK. I think the Focusrite Scarlett CM25 MKIII is on par with either of these choices and thus represents excellent value for money.