The Sony Model ECM-MS957 (1996)
Electret Condenser Middle-Side Stereo Microphone
When the power/directive angle switch is turned from OFF to ON, the LED lights momentarily.
When the battery becomes weak, the LED indicator remains dimly lit or does not light at all.
Two sets of specifications, both obtained from the Sony Corporation, are somewhat redundant.
The Sony ECM-MS957 Stereo Microphone for Digital Recording is equipped with a stereo condenser microphone for live ambient recording. Compatible with both balanced and unbalanced inputs, this model has flexible image and positioning capability. This is a “prosumer” model for advanced amateur and professional use. It is suitable for instrumental recording thanks to Sony’s sensitive Electret Condenser microphone design. With one-point stereo design—the ECM-MS957 has a single mic for stereo recording—it is like having two microphones in one. This model is ideal for portable DAT or MD digital recorders and camcorders with frequency response to 18,000 Hz and 90 dB dynamic range to complement digital recording systems. Mid/Side (MS) capsules allow for natural stereo panorama. Mid/Side (MS) switch selects pickup angle between left and right channel. Choose 90° for a single voice or instrument, or 120° to pick up many voices and instruments, arranged across the stage. Rotating Mid capsule allows the user to adjust the stereo pickup pattern for the widest range of recording situations. Cannon XLR connector from microphone body to supplied cable provides secure, reliable, low-noise connection. Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) Litz cord gives superlative conductivity, minimum loss, minimum noise. L-shaped stereo mini-plug fits portable recorders.
The “Mid” capsule is rotatable.
The ECM-MS957 can be side-addressed (b) or end-addressed (c)
by turning the “Mid” capsule so that it faces the sound source.
Download the Service Manual for this mic.
Courtesy of Torben Larsen.