The Copperphone


Price: $259.99


 


Specs

Features

FAQ

WHAT DOES THE COPPERPHONE SOUND LIKE AND WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER MICROPHONE?
The Copperphone, unlike full range high fidelity microphones, operates within a limited bandwidth of frequencies which lends a nostalgic quality to the signal. Some might compare the sound to an AM radio or a telephone (please listen to the sound samples provided). The sound is achieved through a combination of vintage telecommunications components and a mechanical filtering effect. The microphone’s element is rear ported into a hollow resonant chamber. As sound passes through the diaphragm and into the hollow chamber, upper mid range frequencies are accentuated while low and high frequencies are reduced. An everyday example of this mechanical filtering effect can be demonstrated by pressing a paper towel tube up to your mouth and talking into it.

DOES THE COPPERPHONE COME WITH A MOUNTING SYSTEM AND HOW DO I ATTACH IT TO A MIC STAND?
Yes the Copperphone comes with a rugged adjustable aircraft aluminum mounting bracket that can be attached to any standard North American mic stand (5/8 inch). If you have a European style mic stand (3/8 inch), the Copperphone can be attached with a threaded adapter insert (see here). This type of insert is not provided with the Copperphone but can be easily obtained at your local music store for a nominal cost.

Installation is done by simply screwing the Copperphone and its bracket onto the mic stand. A few words of caution – do not over- tighten the bracket on the stand as damage to the mounting bracket can result.

DOES THE COPPERPHONE USE PHANTOM POWER AND WHAT SORT OF CONNECTION DOES IT REQUIRE?
The Copperphone does not use phantom power as it has a passive dynamic element. It uses a Switchcraft 3 pin male XLR connector and can be connected to any audio gear with a 3 pin female XLR connector via an XLR cable. Accidentally applying phantom power will not harm the microphone or affect its performance.

CAN THE COPPERPHONE BE USED IN THE STUDIO?
Certainly. Because the sound of Copperphone has a character unlike many other traditional mics, it makes a great addition to any recording enthusiast’s arsenal of microphones.

CAN THE COPPERPHONE BE USED LIVE? WHAT ABOUT FEEDBACK?
Yes it can be used live and many vocal performers use the Copperphone as a specialty effects mic in conjunction with their regular microphone. As with any microphone, feedback can be an issue. Results will vary depending on the application, the overall volume of your band, the quality of the sound system and the experience of the engineer running the sound system. However very careful adjustment and equalization of the Copperphone in the monitors can yield acceptable results.

IS THE COPPERPHONE OR ITS DIAPHRAGM FRAGILE? WILL IT STOP WORKING IF IT IS DROPPED OR MISHANDLED?
It should not. The Copperphone is constructed from quality rugged materials and is likely to withstand a high degree of shock or other physical impacts. The Copperphone can also withstand extremely high sound pressure levels without damage to the diaphragm. However a high SPL is likely to overdrive the diaphragm resulting in a clipping style distortion that may be desired for some applications.

BECAUSE THE COPPERPHONE IS HOUSED IN COPPER, WILL IT CORRODE OR TARNISH OVER TIME?
With careful handling and storage, the Copperphone will not corrode or tarnish. All copper housed Placid Audio microphones are treated with a protective clear lacquer finish that keeps the elements from reacting with the copper housing. However if the finish gets scratched or chipped that small area may become discolored over time so delicate handling of the mic is recommended.

DOES THE COPPERPHONE REALLY COME WITH A LIFETIME OPERATIONAL WARRANTY?
Yes and the warranty covers any part of the microphone’s operational performance. The warranty does not cover general wear and tear on the cosmetics of the microphone. If for any reason your Copperphone stops working or seems to be working improperly please contact us and let us know the problem. If a repair is required please ship your mic to us and we will fix it free of charge.

I HAVE AN EARLY MODEL COPPERPHONE THAT I PURCHASED BEFORE THE WARRANTY WAS OFFERED. IS MY COPPERPHONE STILL COVERED?
Absolutely!

I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A PLACID AUDIO PRODUCT. WHAT PAYMENT METHODS ARE ACCEPTED?
The easiest form of payment can be done securely through Placid Audio’s shopping cart feature with a credit or debit card, as well as PayPal. For the best online security, all credit and debit card transactions are handled through PayPal but you do not have to sign up or have a PayPal account in order to use your credit/debit card.

I DON’T HAVE A CREDIT/DEBIT CARD OR A PAYPAL ACCOUNT. I WOULD PREFER TO PAY WITH CASH, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER. CAN I STILL PURCHASE A PLACID AUDIO PRODUCT THIS WAY?
Yes. Please contact us and let us know what products you wish to order and what form of alternative payment you wish to make. We will get right back to with details on where to send your payment.