ES963

Three-Element Multidirectional Boundary Microphone


Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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  • Overview


    With three cardioid condenser elements in a single housing, the phantom-powered ES963 offers a remarkably versatile tool for surface-mount installations. Levers on the microphone base allow easy reorientation of two elements to offer 360° or 300° coverage. Since elements can be powered and used individually or in any combination, further flexibility is easily achieved. For example, with two elements powered, the microphone can provide a figure-of-eight polar pattern; with a single element powered, the microphone functions as a standard cardioid boundary microphone. Installation and repositioning are extremely quick, thanks to four recessed pathways on the base of the microphone that enable the user to route the cable as required to accommodate any installation requirements; no tools or disassembly are needed. The microphone also offers Audio-Technica’s innovative UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology.
  • Features


    • Three cardioid condenser elements mounted in a single housing

    • Easily reposition two elements (via levers on the microphone base) to offer 360° or 300° coverage; each element can be powered and used individually or in any combination

    • Also functions as a stereo boundary microphone

    • Provides full, efficient and flexible coverage—fewer microphones required

    • Small-diameter capsules near boundary eliminate phase distortion and deliver clear, high-output performance

    • Low-frequency attenuation improves sound pickup without affecting voice quality

    • Cable routes through any of four recessed pathways on the microphone base (or down for direct feed through a table surface); no tools or disassembly required

    • UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI)

    • Heavy die-cast case and non-slip silicone foam bottom pad minimizes coupling of surface vibration to the microphone

    • Low-profile design with low-reflectance finish for minimum visibility

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTSFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNHalf-cardioid (cardioid in hemisphere above mounting surface)
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE75-15,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL135 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)110 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO69 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS11-52V DC, 2 mA typical
    WEIGHT162 g (5.7 oz)
    DIMENSIONS85.1 mm (3.35") diameter,
    19.5 mm (0.77") height
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUnterminated–stripped and tinned
    CABLE7.5 m (24.6') long (permanently attached to microphone), 3.8 mm (0.15") diameter, 7-conductor shielded cable; unterminated
    ACCESSORY FURNISHEDSoft protective pouch
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    Three cardioid condenser elements mounted in the microphone housing are factory set with an angle of 120° between them to provide complete 360° coverage. Two positioning levers on the microphone base allow two of the three elements to be reoriented (with no tools or disassembly required) to offer angles of 90°/90°/180° between elements for 300° coverage.


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  • Downloads

    ES963 Submittal Sheet (pdf 512.51 KB)
    ES963 Specification Sheet (pdf 510.40 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
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    The description lists the ability to route the cable straight out the bottom and through a surface, but can the microphone itself be fixed to the surface below? ie. threaded rod and wing nut
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    Answer: 
    The U841a does have "key-hole slots" on the bottom of the microphone for permanent mounting.
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    No means by which to permanently mount the microphone either above or below the mounting surface is provided.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. This would be an excellent microphone for a grand piano. You may want to experiment with placement to find the sound that best meets your need.
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    Or would that require additional cables?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. There are a couple of things you would have to do to make this work with a computer. First, there are no connectors on this mic (Just bare wire) so you would need to add 3 XLRM connectors. Secondly, you would need A USB or firewire audio interface with at least 3 XLR inputs that provide phantom power. Please note this microphone is only available through our authorized contractors. I suggest using out dealer finder on our web page and find a sound contractor in your area to help with this.
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    Can the outputs of the ES963 be wired together for a single output?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. I would not do this. It will change the impedance and I'm not sure how it will hand the phantom power.
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