The Amethyst Series

Violet Design - The Amethyst Standard w/ Optional ASM Shockmount

"The Amethyst" Series of studio microphones utilize capsules with 6-micron gold sputtered Mylar diaphragms tensioned and adjusted on precisely made brass backplates. They possess very fast impulse transient response without sound coloration or low frequency reduction, as well as the ability to handle louder sound pressure levels.

"The Amethyst Standard" has a dark amethyst red body and uses a single large-diaphragm center-terminated capsule to provide a modern, detailed sound with airy highs, medium vocal presence and accentuated low-end response. The internal phantom powered preamplifier is a fully discrete Class 'A' transformerless circuit which provides high output, flat audio response and ulta-low distortion and noise.

"It's clear to me that Violet Design has a winner on its hands with the Amethyst Vintage."

Randy Poole
Pro Sound News

"The Amethyst Vintage" has a grey/blue body and uses a dual large-diaphragm, center terminated dual back plate capsule which provides a classical, wide-spectrum, vintage microphone sound. Both models have a unidirectional cardioid polar pattern with minimal proximity effect and are linear over the wide frontal incidence angle. An acoustically transparent head construction reduces internal resonances and reflections. The internal capsule shockmount along with the massive body construction, reduces stand rumble, outside infrasonic interference and mechanical shocks.

Both microphones can be mounted directly on a standard microphone stand or in the optional ASM elastic shockmount. Gold plated contacts on the output XLR connector provide a noise-free connection.


The handy compact size and versatile mounting, combined with high SPL capability make these microphones ideal for close instrumental situations. "The Amethyst Standard" is particularly recommended for percussion and stringed instruments. For vocal applications "The Amethyst Standard" is more oriented for a male voice and "The Amethyst Vintage" for a female voice. Use them up close, within 2" to 4" to get best results. The internal amplifier and capsule are hard to overload and are well suited for close miking of vocals.

Frequency Charts:

Amethyst Standard Frequency Chart
Amethyst Vintage Frequency Chart

The Amethyst Series Technical Specifications:

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Diaphragm's Diameter (inch/mm) 1"/26 mm
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Rated Impedance 1000 ohms
Suggested Load Impedance > 250 ohms
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity @ 1000 Hz 21 mV/Pa
S/N Ratio CCIR 468-3 Weighted 76 dB
S/N Ratio DIN/IEC 651 A-weighted 87 db-A
Equivalent Noise Level 7 dB-A
Maximum SPL (<0.5% @ 1000 Hz) 134 dB
Preamplifier's Dynamic Range 127 db
Electronics Type SS
Powering +48V Phantom or PSU PH
Polarity pin 2 in phase
Output Transformer N
Output Connector XLR-3M
Dimensions (inch/mm) 6.6 x 2.5"/168 x 63 x 41 mm
Weight (lbs/grams) 12.3 oz/350 g
Included Accessories Microphone comes in a beautiful wooden jewelers box, with a manual.
Optional Accessories ASM Shockmount

Additional Product Images:

The Amethyst Standard The Amethyst Standard w/ Shockmount The Amethyst Vintage The Amethyst Vintage w/ Shockmount

Choose Violet!

"I bought Violet's 'Black Finger' and it is now a permanent fixture, set up in my studio to mic an upright Bass."

- Randy Kohrs


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