The Garnet

Violet Design - The Garnet Electrostatic Vacuum Tube Microphone

The Violet Design Garnet is an electrostatic vacuum tube microphone. Its vintage sound is warmed by vacuum tube circuitry and an output transformer. The Garnet uses a specially designed large dual-diaphragm transducer, which can be adjusted to nine different polar patterns.

"Finally a microphone that can capture a vocal into the digital domain with a super-analog, warm, fat and clear sound that is as attractive as the Violet Garnet itself."

Ray Kennedy
Artist/Producer/Recording Engineer
(Stevie Nicks, John Anderson, Charley Pride, David Allen Coe)

The Garnet's multi-layer brass mesh grille keeps frequency response and sound details clear while its massive body construction provides low mechanical noise and solid bass response. An external elastic suspension shockmount is included to protect the Garnet from stand rumble, subsonic vibrations, and external shocks. Its Class 'A' fully discrete internal vacuum tube preamplifier provides high output, low impedance and low distortion. The Garnet has a large humbucker, custom-wound audio transformer that balances the microphone's output, separating it from external interference and providing additional analog warmth to the sound. A soft starting, smart power supply is included.


The Garnet is perfectly suited for hi-end professional recording. It excels when capturing vocals, speech, and choir, but also performs well for capturing musical instruments, orchestra and most other sound sources. The Garnet is a solid solution for broadcast and television studios, as well as the film and video industries. It can be used effectively for other professional applications including sound reinforcement and installed sound systems. Using the Garnet for project studio and home recording will upgrade your work to a higher quality, professional sound level.

Frequency Charts:

Garnet Omni Frequency Chart
Garnet Cardioid Frequency Chart Garnet Figure 8 Frequency Chart

The Garnet Technical Specifications:

Download the Spec Sheet PDF Spec Sheet
Transducer Type Electrostatic
Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Polar Pattern 9 Position Multi-Directional
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Rated Load Impedance 1000 ohms
Suggested Load Impedance > 250 ohms
Sensitivity @ 1000 Hz into 1000 ohms Load 25 mV/PA
S/N Ratio (CCIR 468-3 Weighted) 74 dB
S/N Ratio (DIN/IEC 651 A-weighted) 85 dB-A
Equivalent Noise Level DIN/IEC A-weighted 9 dB-A
Maximum SPL (<0.5% THD @ 1000 ohms) 130 dB
Diaphragm's Active Diameter (inch/mm) 1"/26 mm
Dynamic Range of Microphone Preamplifier 97 db
Powering PSU-5 Power Supply
Current Consumption < 2mA
Mic Output Connector XLR-7M, gold plated contacts
PSU-5 Input Connector XLR-7F, gold plated contacts
PSU-5 Output Connector XLR-3M, gold plated contacts
Signal Polarity Positive Pressure on Diaphragm Produces Positive Voltage on Pin #2 of Output XLR on Power Supply
Dimensions HxWxD (inch/mm) 9.06 x 1.97 x 1.18"/230 x 50 x 30 mm
Weight (lbs/grams) 1.8 lbs/800 g
Included Accessories Comes with a PSU-5 power supply with cable, mic cable & shockmount

Additional Product Images:

The Garnet w/ Shockmount The Garnet

Choose Violet!

"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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