The Black Knight

Violet Design - The Black Knight, shown with optional VSMD-BK Shockmount

"The Black Knight" uses a large dual-diaphragm, side-terminated, condenser capsule. It possesses a natural musical sound with transparent highs, smooth midrange with a subtle vocal presence bump at 3kHz, flat low-frequency response and a unidirectional cardioid polar pattern. The acoustically open transducer head minimizes internal resonances and reflections so that even the most minute sound details are authentically captured. An integrated swivel-mount allows for fast and handy positioning of the transducer head. The internal phantom powered preamplifier's Class 'A' fully discrete transformerless circuit provides very high output, flat audio-response and ultra-low distortion and noise. Gold-plated contacts on the output connector provide a noise-free connection.

"[The Black Knight] sounded great on anything I put it in front of. The swiveling head is the most convenient feature I've ever seen on a mic."

Connor Smith
The Studio Files

"The Black Knight" microphone is also available in matched stereo or surround sets as a special order.


"The Black Knight" microphone has a very detailed and uncolored sound. It is perfect for overheads, acoustic guitar and many other instruments as well as vocal applications. The swivel mount head allows for easy minor re-positioning, without adjusting the stand. It is an excellent solution for broadcast studios, film and video production, sound reinforcement and other professional applications. It has a very open, single layer head grill so use of a pop-filter or foam windscreen is recommended when working the microphone closely.

Frequency Chart:

The Black Knight Frequency Chart

The Black Knight Technical Specifications:

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Diaphragm's Diameter (inch/mm) 1"/27 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 33 mV/PA
S/N Ratio CCIR 468-3 Weighted 76.5 dB
S/N Ratio DIN/IEC 651 A-weighted 87.5 dB-A
Equivalent Noise Level 6.5 dB-A
Maximum SPL (<0.5% @ 1000 Hz) 134.5 dB
Preamplifier's Dynamic Range 128 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) 8.2 x 1.7"/208 x 44 mm
Weight (lbs/grams) 1 lb/450 g
Included Accessories Microphone comes in a solid wooden box, with a stand holder and a manual.
Optional Accessories VSMD-BK Shockmount
BKS Shockmount
GSM Shockmount

Additional Product Images:

The Black Knight The Black Knight, in Stand The Black Knight, w/ Shockmount

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"This mic [Amethyst Vintage] is an amazing discovery! It has all the detail you would expect with a condenser mic, yet it has a body and warmth that I love from tube mics."

- Joe Barresi
(Kyuss, The Melvins, The Jesus Lizard)


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