The Flamingo Series

Violet Design - The Flamingo Microphone, Standard w/ Included Holder

"The Flamingo" Series are top-of-the-line vacuum-tube studio microphones designed for high-end quality audio recording. "The Flamingo Standard" uses a side-address, dual-diaphragm electrostatic transducer tuned to provide a classical wide-spectrum vintage tube-microphone sound with extended top end. "The Flamingo Vintage" is tuned to provide a sweet, warm vocal sound with high-frequency roll-off as associated with the most famous vintage tube microphones. "The Flamingo Magic Ear" uses an extra large ear-shaped transducer which provides a unique, resonance-free, warm and full vocal sound. The irregular shape of the capsule removes circular resonances and reflections. As a result, it has a warm, clean, more dense and natural tone without the typical round capsule resonance effect.

"The Flamingo is one of the best-sounding vocal mics I have ever heard."

Chris Neville
Downbeat Magazine

All models have unidirectional cardioid polar patterns and introduce a new physical design in the industry. The large, acoustically-transparent head construction keeps sound details as close to unaffected as possible. The combination of massive body, internal capsule shockmount, integrated head shockmount and the included compact external shockmount work together to reduce rumble and outside infrasonic interference as well as mechanical shocks.

The internal vacuum tube preamplifier is a Class 'A' full discrete circuit and provides very high output, flat audio-response and ultra-low noise and distortion. The carefully selected 6267 vacuum tube is mounted inside a massive heat sink on an isolated internal shockmount. The large custom-wound Permalloy humbucking audio transformer balances the output signal, isolates the microphone from external interference and adds even more "analog warmth" to the sound with wide frequency response and minimum saturation.

Violet Design - The Flamingo ME Microphone & Magic Ear Transducer "The Flamingo" microphones come with a sequential, soft-starting power supply unit which protects the tube from excessive currents while cold, and mutes audio until high voltage has been applied and the tube is stable. Sequence progress is indicated by LEDs while a digital readout shows actual plate voltage. The output connector uses gold-plated contacts for noise-free termination.

"The Flamingo Standard" has a polished violet body and "The Flamingo Vintage" has a black matte body. The "Magic Ear" version is available only by special order.


Applications:

"The Flamingo" is intended for the highest level of recording studio applications. It is a superb vocal and instrument microphone, limited in application only by it's large physical size.


Frequency Chart:

The Flamingo Series Frequency Chart


The Flamingo Technical Specifications

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Diaphragm's Diameter (inch/mm): 1"/26 mm
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Output Impedance: 100 ohms
Rated Impedance: 1000 ohms
Suggested Load Impedance: > 250 ohms
Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity @ 1000 Hz: 26 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: VT
Powering +48V Phantom or PSU: PSU
Polarity: pin 2 in phase
Output Transformer: Y
Output Connector: XLR-7M
Dimensions (inch/mm): 8.86 x 7.08"
307 x 68 mm
Weight (lbs/grams): 2.2 lb/998 g
Included Accessories: Power supply with cable, a wooden box and a manual
Optional Accessories: VSM47-FL Shockmount
VPF-FL Pop Filter

Additional Product Images:

The Flamingo PSU The Flamingo Vintage 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
Engineer/Producer
(Kyuss, The Melvins, The Jesus Lizard)

 

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