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Sony ECM-MS957 Stereo Microphone with Rotating Mid Capsule

by Sony
12 customer reviews

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  • Quality microphone for digital media recording; ideal for DAT, NT and MD recorders
  • Rotating mid capsule to adjust the stereo pickup pattern
  • Canon XLR connector for low-noise connection
  • Mid/Side (MS) capsules with switchable pick-up angle
  • Best for instrumental recordings
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Product Description

1-Point Stereo Microphone Ideal For Instrumental Recordings Electret Condenser Microphone Design Works With Sony Md Walkman & Dat Walkman Portable Stereos Mid/Side Capsules For Natural Stereo Panorama Set Directive Angel To 90 Or 120 Oxygen-Free Copper Microphone Cable Gold-Plated L-Shaped Stereo Mini Plug Includes Stand/Holder Windscreen & Carrying Case Turning Capsule Mechanism

Product Details

Product Manual [1.02mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 1.6 x 7.2 inches ; 11.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00001WRI0
  • Item model number: ECMMS957
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,627 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 7, 2004

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Usleton on January 5, 2010
I do a lot of field recording and studio work both. I got this mic strictly for field recording. I typically record on a Marantz PMD661 (Oade Brothers with Super MOD). I wasn't sure I'd like a set stereo width pattern for field recording (I'm used to setting up whatever alignment I want for a given situation, either indoors or outdoors (ORTF, MS, XY (90-140 degree), etc.) Well, I tried this mic out, tested my recorded results, and I can now say I like it *very* much. I wasn't entirely sure of what type of stereo image it was giving me, though, so I did some analysis with different stereo imaging plugins (Ozone phase correction section) and software (wavelab, samplitude, speclab, etc.) and observed the following elements:


- Rotated the Sony ECM957 mic capsule forwards in order to get better bass pickup. I was recording at the edge of a stream over cobblestones (of sorts) on the day in particular. Aimed back of mic at water at about 45 degrees to the ground. This mic has descent stereo width coming off the top of the mic at 90 to 120 degree angles to the mic, but bass pickup seems rather thin at those points. However, bass pickup has fairly nice pickup a touch lower down the far side of the mic facing away from me (I had the switch facing me). I tried to angle the mic over the water and stones such that the bass, mids, and highs balanced smoothly in my headphones. Had width switch set to 120 degrees.

- Marantz PMD661 recorder (from Oade Brothers with the Super MOD for field recording. Makes for much quieter preamps than the stock ones. Tested this with Rode NT1-A mics. Very quiet results indeed.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Iver E. Peterson on January 26, 2004
I bought this mike for use with my minidisc recorders, mainly to record choral concerts at church and in other places. It has a nice stereo directionality and separation choices, but I advise you to watch your record levels or mike sensitivity setting because the sound levels tended to overload on loud passages or with percussive music like piano when used with my recorder's default (high) mike sensitivity setting.
It's very solid and well made. I'd rather have a boxed carrying case instead of the soft pouch provided, but that's a quibble.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. LOWE on September 29, 2005
I have taken this mic from the tropics of Puerto Rico to the London Underground and it has worked superbly. Once I figured out the sensitivity adjustment, I got louder recording levels. Remember to set it to max if you are recording ambient sounds outdoors. Super sensitive mic. Remember to hold it still and don't let the cable rub against clothing. Also, watch your breathing. It all gets picked up! I was trying to record nature sounds and picked up the cars on the road and dogs barking 1/2 mile or more away. I like the capsule adjustment as I can record sounds above me without turning the mic. Doesn't need phantom power which is nice.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. J. GIAMMARINO on June 29, 2006
First of all, this is not just a vocal mic, granted it works excellent for vocals, but you can record anything with this. My new minidisc recorder (Sony MZ-RH10) works great with this mic, I also use the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 headphones that way outside interference doesn't affect recordings, plus, it's a great way to check how your recording sounds AS YOU RECORD.

I use the microphone to record vocal overdubs (rap artists) acoustic guitar, traffic, sirens, concerts, and nature sounds.

The included wind mic is great when you record a storm and it's windy because the wind goes away, or your hear just a low frequency rumble which is actually quite pleasing. Excellent at recording thunderstorms.

Always use the manual setting when using a microphone like this, people these days like using AUTOMATIC settings, but when you are in a room with 20 people drinking, and you only want to record the person with the guitar in front of you, this mic works great. If your maximum manual setting is 30, record with this on 12-16, that's it, trust me on this, it's that good.

Check out a picture I posted with my microphone and the Bose Quite Comfort 2 headphones. By the way, everyone tells me the same thing, "Where can I get a pair of those headphones?", trust me, they sell them online, just expect to pay $300. I have used them for a long time, and I can't go back to using regular headphones. Regardless of what reviews tell you, they are perfect headphones as long as you are not stupid and fall asleep with them on.

Get this mic now, and while you are waiting for it to come, get a AA Lithium battery, if a standard AA normally lasts 2000 hours, imagine what a Lithium will get.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. on December 16, 2010
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I bought this mic specifically for my Sony PCM-M10 Recorder which I use for double-system video sound. The built-in mics on the PCM-M10 are OK for grabbing quick sounds, but they are omni electrets and don't capture adequate separation for a good stereo image. The ECM-MS957 works with a Mid/Side configuration and give an excellent stereo image. I am blown away by the realism this mic provides. I have used many mics in my lifetime, most of them pro studio types with phantom power, all of them orders of magnitude more costly than this mic and I have to say I have never heard a more accurate and realistic "just like being there" experience. I shared some recordings with friends who are pros in film, video, and music, and they couldn't believe the realism too. If you do any field recording with a portable recorder, please consider getting one of these. I don't think you will be disappointed. (Consider also the PCM-M10 recorder - they are made for each other for field recording.)
I have only a few small complaints with this unit (none of them performance issues). One is that the supplied mic stand, although handy, has no provision for connection to a larger stand or a tripod. The only thread that can be used is an obscure Japanese straight-pipe thread at the base of the holder. I can't find any kind of adapter that will fit. It would have been so easy for Sony to incorporate a standard 1/4-20 or 5/8-27 thread in the stand.
The other complaint is with the wind screen. It is of the foam variety and is not very effective outdoors except on rare occasions when there is only a slight breeze. The first thing I did was make a "dead cat" wind muff out of faux fur to cover the business end of the mic. - it's much more effective in the field and also works as a 'pop' screen for vocal work.
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