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Do you want to acquire a microphone that allows you to record any sound source at a high level of precision and detail? A microphone that is both versatile and offers professional quality sound reproduction? Why not opt ​​for the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE? It is a professional condenser microphone that features a cardioid polar pattern. This is the right choice for you, as this studio equipment offers great versatility. This microphone is effective for use in a home studio as well as on stage, as well as for voice recording or for audio recording of various acoustic instruments. Discover in this guide our complete test of this studio microphone.

Test and review of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone

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Summary of the Test 👇

The condenser microphone is an piece of recording equipment for any audio professional. Such a type of microphone remains effective in capturing all the subtle nuances that a sound source is likely to emit over a specific frequency range . The sound that emerges is clear, more detailed and consistent.

However, not all condenser microphones are created equal for versatile and much more demanding uses. Some are better suited to vocal recording in the studio and dedicated exclusively to recording certain instruments such as guitar and acoustic piano.

Others display a much greater ability to withstand acoustic pressures, making them particularly effective for recording percussion and bass . In both cases, a condenser microphone remains much more fragile and demanding than a dynamic moving coil microphone , ribbon microphone, or any other dynamic instrument to meet the needs of outdoor use.

Uniquely designed and high-end, the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE differs from all the aforementioned types of condenser microphones. Featuring a large diaphragm , this professional condenser microphone has a high-end capsule integrated into a robust, elegant and compact housing.

Its ultra-thin 1-inch , gold-plated and hyper-light 3-micrometer-thick diaphragm provides perfectly defined and detailed sound reproduction with a precise and accurate transitive response. This studio microphone features a cardioid polar pattern that effectively suppresses all sounds that are off-axis.

This allows for perfect isolation of the audio source from all surrounding sound waves and various interferences. So is the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE sophisticated and efficient enough to complete your professional studio equipment ? This test and review reveals everything!

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Lewitt LCT 440 PURE Microphone Overview

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE is a specific condenser microphone since it is not quite designed in the same way as usual condenser microphones. The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE condenser microphone benefits from a large diaphragm design . The same condenser microphone integrates a high-end capsule in an elegant, robust and compact housing.

Significant reduction in self-noise, high sensitivity, exceptional dynamic range… The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE provides high-precision sound capture , thus providing more detail and content to the voice.

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE has the unique ability to record any sound source at an extremely high level of detail and precision. The singing voice thus captured will continue to preserve its melodious character.

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE can also be used to record the voice of a presenter and its use can be practical in a home studio for operating various audio jacks. In a recording studio, you can use the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE to record the sound of various instruments : acoustic guitar, grand piano, bass, drums and other percussion.

You will be surprised to find that the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE offers more versatility and clarity than its peers. The compactness and robustness of its case make it as effective for use in a home studio as on stage. With this condenser microphone model, Lewitt will never tire of surprising you with more qualitative , better refined and very high fidelity .

Note in fact for the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE, that it integrates high-end components and benefits from a capsule design as ingenious as that of all Lewitt microphones. The result is that with this microphone, we obtain a pure and detailed sound with a fair and precise transient response thanks to its , gold-plated and low mass diaphragm

Providing optimal audio isolation from off-axis sounds, the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE's cardioid polar pattern ensures perfectly effective rear rejection . This type of microphone, ideally suited to the studio and home studio, can also be used perfectly for sound system purposes. The open face at the front of the microphone makes it easy to bring it closer to the source for both vocal and instrumental recording.

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Over a wide response curve of between 20 Hz and 20 kHz , the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE wonderfully captures all the nuances of tones, whether vocal timbres or instrument sounds. Its great versatility makes it easy to integrate into any audio recording and recording environment.

Displaying a low signal-to-noise , the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE is also capable of withstanding fairly high sound pressure levels. Whether in a studio or live, it can easily be used to capture the voice, the sound of acoustic instruments, that of a guitar amp and various percussion instruments.

In addition to giving its microphone an ingenious and robust design , Lewitt also took the step of equipping the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE with the appropriate accessories. Thus, we can further improve the rendering and sound quality of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE by equipping it with:

  • An LCT 40 SH shock absorber : this accessory dedicated to the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE is recommended to increase the sound quality of home studio recordings. This anti-shock suspension significantly reduces handling noise and all unwanted noise. The front of the shock mount being open makes it easier to place the microphone in relation to the source to take better advantage of the proximity effect. We should still avoid holding this microphone by hand, as it remains extremely sensitive.
  • An LCT 50 PSX magnetic pop filter : designed to integrate perfectly with the design of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone, this pop filter reduces the nuisance caused by plosives and sibilance during recording; thus purifying the voice as best as possible without making it lose its content.
  • An LCT 40 WX windscreen : this remains particularly effective when you plan to use the microphone outside of its initial use (in a home studio). It can thus be used outside to protect the capsule from the wind and to carry out vocal recordings free from annoying noises caused by a breeze blowing.
  • A DTP 40 LB carrying bag : the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE being particularly fragile must be stored in its carrying bag (after use) to protect it from humidity and dust.
  • A DTP 40 MTS microphone support (supplied as an option): the use of this rubber support is recommended to obtain firmer audio pickup and a significant reduction in background noise.
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The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE is characterized from other types of condenser microphones by:

  • Its unique large membrane design, benefiting from high-end technology.
  • Its ultra-thin ( 2.5 cm ), gold-plated, low-mass diaphragm ( 3 μm thick ), providing detailed sound with a fair and faithful transitive response.
  • Its cardioid polar pattern suppresses off-axis sound for optimal sound capture both in a studio room and on stage.
  • Its great versatility makes it equally effective for voice recording as well as for audio recording of various acoustic instruments.
  • Its low noise level .

Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone: what is it made of?

Understanding the mechanism of a condenser capsule remains imperative in order to differentiate the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE from other types of condenser microphones (for example the Blue Bluebird SL microphone ). Thus, a capacitor capsule consists of a diaphragm placed near a solid metal plate and forming what is called: “ a capacitor ”.

The diaphragm of a condenser microphone is electrically conductive and all types of condenser microphones have it. However, not all electrostatic microphone diaphragms have the same mass or the same width. The lighter the diaphragm of a condenser microphone, the more sensitive it is to variations in sound pressure.

In a frequency range between 20 Hz and 20 kHz (that which is normally audible to us), these variations in acoustic pressure are perceived as being an audio signal (commonly called “sound”). LCT series large-diaphragm condenser microphones , Lewitt uses 3 μm ( micrometer) thick gold-plated Mylar

The sound wave comes into contact with the diaphragm and causes it to oscillate. When the intensity increases or decreases depending on the rhythm of oscillation of the secondary sound waves, the electronic system of the microphone transforms these variations in intensity into an alternating voltage, that is to say into electrical energy . The sound waves thus transmitted are then converted into an electrical signal.

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Although the terminal voltage is relatively high and can in theory be heard in monitoring at its output, the electrical signal weakens at some point due to the internal impedance of the capsule. The manufacturer of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone then uses an impedance converter and various other high-tech electronic components.

This makes it possible in particular to guarantee that this transmission of the electrical signal can take place in complete safety. Therefore, any condenser microphone (including the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE) absolutely requires an external power supply to operate it.

This power supply provides bias voltage to the capsule as well as the entire electronic circuit of the condenser microphone. This power source is commonly called: “phantom power” or “Phantom power”.

But why is phantom power so essential for operating the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE and all types of condenser microphones? Indeed, unlike a dynamic moving coil microphone (often low impedance ), a condenser microphone requires a specific external power source called “Phantom Power”.

This provides electrical energy or “ bias voltage ” to its capsule and its electronic components. Without phantom power the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE (and any other condenser microphone for that matter) will not work.

The Phantom Power allows you to power the sound dynamics of a condenser microphone by generating a direct voltage from a microphone preamplifier , a Fet brand audio amplifier (for example), a mixing desk, a mixing console, an audio interface , a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or any other audio processing device equipped with phantom power.

These studio equipment are typically equipped with a 48 Volt phantom power switch at their mic input. These switches are easily identified by the indication “P48” or “Phantom Power”. LED lighting (Electro-Emitting Diode) lights up on amplifiers, mixers or preamplifiers which are equipped with it when this function is activated.

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Once activated, this button provides the necessary voltage to the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE (or to a large diaphragm microphone of the Neumann type with the M149 model, Se electronics or the Aston microphone from the Origin brand ) to operate it correctly without showing any drop or loss of signal.

To ensure perfect transmission of this signal, any condenser microphone, including the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE, must always be equipped with a standard three-pin XLR cable ( XLR-3 ). Moreover, any type of condenser microphone does not require any other type of cable apart from the XLR to do this.

Although a Rode NT USB or Blue Yeti type micro-USB is easier to configure than an XLR microphone, such a type of microphone only provides a signal rate whose quality is relatively modest compared to the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE.

Much more efficient than a USB data cable in fact, an XLR cable optimizes the transfer of analog to digital audio signals, via a DAW or a computer's audio interface.

The quality of the diaphragm design of a condenser microphone is as important as the phantom power, but it is also essential to understand how its directivity works . A perfect understanding of the directivity principle of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE allows you to make the most of it.

The polar pattern or even the directivity of a microphone determines its sensitivity from various angles. Note in fact that all types of microphones (whether condenser or moving coil) do not necessarily all display the same directivity.

Depending on its polar pattern or polar diagram , a microphone will be able to determine the signal rate it will pick up in different directions. A cardioid microphone does not have the same directivity as a bidirectional microphone, nor will the latter be able to display the same polar pattern as that of an omnidirectional microphone .

A microphone is said to be cardioid or unidirectional when it only picks up sound waves coming from one direction, and generally therefore from the front. A microphone, on the other hand, is called an omnidirectional microphone or ambient microphone when it allows sound to be captured uniformly and in all axes.

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Halfway between these two types of microphones, a bidirectional microphone perceives sound in both directions . The cardioid microphone and the bidirectional microphone are called pressure gradient microphones insofar as these two transducers are equipped with proximity effect.

This allows sound frequencies at the lower end of the audio spectrum to be emphasized when the sound source is placed near these voice recording devices. The advantage with a cardioid microphone, therefore unidirectional like the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE, lies above all in its very great ability to focus on only a single audio source .

This makes it possible to isolate the voice of the solo singer or that of the presenter much better than a gooseneck microphone or a wireless lavalier microphone. Thus limiting as much as possible the exposure of the microphone to interference with any type of external microphone and wireless microphone (like the AKG D5 for example) on stage or in a home studio.

Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone: for which applications?

A condenser or electrostatic microphone is audio recording studios Unlike a dynamic moving coil microphone, a condenser condenser microphone offers very high audio pickup accuracy. Thus, it allows you to capture all the subtle nuances of the sound source.

The sound that emerges is more nuanced, detailed and significantly better pronounced. The advantage of using a large diaphragm condenser microphone like the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE also lies in its versatility .

Not only is the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE aimed at recording studio professionals, but can also be used for many stage applications . This microphone can be used perfectly for capturing audio from various types of instruments such as: clarinet, trumpet, trombone, cymbals, snare drum, bass drum, etc.

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The vocal take

We start by attaching the LCT 50 PSX magnetic pop (supplied with the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone) to the LCT 40 SH shock mount. This will filter the source audio signal before it reaches the microphone input. This will avoid saturating this microphone (which remains very sensitive to plosives and hissing). The capacitor capsule being also sensitive will be protected against exposure to humidity.

Once this is done, we can define the location distance of the singer in relation to the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone. This distancing (even during recording) can vary more or less depending on the tonality of the sound, but also the vocal timbre of the solo singer.

Generally speaking, we always start with a short distance of around 10 cm . The closer you get to the microphone, the more the sound is clearly defined in the low and mid frequencies, the further you move away from it, the more you perceive the ambient sound of the room. Thus, we will be able to take better advantage of the proximity effect to test the full potential of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone.

The important thing is above all to find the right balance and to rely above all on your ears to better define the sound and refine the audio quality of the voice recording or voice-over recording to be carried out. The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE being cardioid also gives the advantage of allowing clearly defined audio capture , isolating the sound source from any surrounding noise.

This greatly improves the audio quality of the recording we intend to produce. We can thus optimize sound processing in post-production in studio software such as: Cubase, Logic or Sound Forge.

The guitar amp audio jack

To audio capture sound emanating from an electric guitar or electro-acoustic bass guitar amp, start by pointing the microphone head towards the center of the speaker . From then on, we can move the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE slightly outwards so that we can capture the sound as appropriately as possible.

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When you place the microphone in the center facing the speaker cone, you get a brighter sound. Some small location modifications may be necessary to optimize the sound reproduction . In all cases, you can always place the microphone at various angles and distances from the speakers to improve the quality of the sound you want to obtain.

Sound recording of an acoustic guitar

The simplest, most convenient and most effective way to record the sound of an acoustic guitar using a single condenser microphone is to place the transducer at a distance of approximately 20 to 30 cm from the acoustic instrument (see also our selection of the best microphones for guitar recording ). We will point the microphone towards the area where the neck and the body meet.

We can even optimize the sound quality of the instrumental recording and capture the sound much more subtly by using a pair of Lewitt LCT 440 PURE condenser microphones. In this case, we can point the first microphone towards the twelfth fret and the second towards the rosette .

Audio recording of drums

It is common to find that most drums and drums are often captured using multiple microphones. However, it is possible to obtain good percussion audio recording results using a single large diaphragm microphone such as Lewitt LCT 440 PURE.

This is especially useful in pre-production for demo recordings. It is also a simple, quick and effective way to materialize your song concepts and structures. We therefore recommend positioning in front at a distance of approximately 25 to 35 cm for qualitative and uncluttered audio recording.

Of course, and unlike the vast majority of condenser microphones, the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE can be used both in a studio and on stage. Although the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE can provide high-precision audio capture , it remains fragile.

This is why you should always equip it with a windscreen every time you plan to use it outside of a studio room. Whether in a studio or on stage, you must always make sure to handle it with the greatest care.

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Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone: quick and easy to use

On its own, and as efficient as it is, the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone cannot be sufficient to guarantee qualitative and unique audio recording. We will therefore have to gather all the materials and audio equipment necessary to get the most out of this studio microphone.

The simplest and most effective solution is to acquire the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE XLR microphone and acquire an appropriate audio interface . In particular so that you can easily connect it to your laptop, gaming PC or Mac. This configuration remains the best possible solution to guarantee professional quality audio recording .

We will then ensure that the audio interface to which we will connect the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE has an XLR input and can also provide 48 Volt phantom power. You will also need to equip yourself with a suitable 3-pin balanced XLR cable and a suitable, perfectly solid and stable microphone stand.

You will also have to be careful to choose your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) if you really intend to optimize the recording and audio processing of your digital vocal and instrumental recording.

Configuration of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE comes with a LCT 40 SH shock absorber . This limits vibrations as much as possible. First, we attach the shock mount to a stable and sturdy microphone stand. Then, we will install the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE on the LCT 40 SH shockproof support dedicated to it.

To do this, you will have to fix it by tightening the threaded nut by turning it counterclockwise. Likewise, you should make sure to place the microphone so that the Lewitt logo faces the open side of the dedicated shock mount.

If you plan to use the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone to record singing vocals or lyrics LCT 50 PSX magnetic pot filter provided by the manufacturer. This pop filter will prevent plosives and sibilants from being heard on the microphone, but will also protect the microphone capsule which remains extremely sensitive to humidity.

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You can then adjust the positioning of the microphone by slightly loosening the adjustment screw at the back of the shock mount (and taking care to secure it securely afterwards). The Lewitt logo is on the front of the mic. This part must always face the sound source that you intend to record, whether it is an instrument sound or a voice.

We will then connect the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE via its own three-pin XLR cable to the recording device or to the audio interface equipped with Phantom Power at 48 Volts. We will make sure to cut the channel coming from the microphone before activating this phantom power.

From then on, we can adjust the input gain on the interface according to the sound source we intend to record. To test the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE, you start by playing an instrument, or speaking directly using the microphone.

This large diaphragm mic delivers peaks around 12 dB FS . However, you will still need to have a good signal-to-noise ratio by making a few small adjustments via an audio interface, a preamp, a DAW or a mixing desk.

Zoom on the sound quality of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone

To get the most out of the sound quality of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone, you will need to be able to correctly read a polar diagram pattern . This index tells you everything you need to know about the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE's ability to perceive, convert and transmit the audio signal.

Above all, this will ensure better results when recording audio from a voice or instrument. Let us therefore consider a global field of 360 degrees . Zero degree is the front angle of the mic and is the ideal location for the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE to pick up voice or audio optimally.

The scale of this 360° imaginary circle is also made up of tiny circles, each representing a 5 dB reduction in sensitivity . The decibel (dB) being the unit of measurement used to compare these values.

In this case, when the specification of the cardioid microphone provided by the manufacturer indicates a rear rejection of 25 dB , this means that the most sensitive part (0°) is compared to the least sensitive , therefore at the opposite angle ( 180 ° ). Regarding sound pressure, the current and voltage of +6DB are equivalent to double the signal strength.

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At +20 dB the signal conduction is increased tenfold. For a Lewitt LCT 440 PURE type cardioid microphone, the rear rejection is approximately -20 dB . No need to use a -20 dB attenuation pad for a Lewitt LCT 440 PURE condenser microphone. The sound coming from the back of the microphone will therefore be picked up at a sensitivity of 10% compared to the signal from the front.

For the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE, and for all microphones with cardioid directivity like the TF-47 from Telefunken , the most sensitive part is at 0° (therefore at the front of the microphone) and the least sensitive part is at 180° (at its rear). This type of microphone only focuses on one direction and therefore guarantees optimal audio capture of the source.

With a Lewitt LCT 440 PURE type cardioid microphone, it is easier to obtain a precise sound signal that eliminates any surrounding noise .

The specifications of a Lewitt LCT 440 PURE condenser microphone

There are a number of technical aspects that need to be considered to get the most out of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone.

The sensibility

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE displays a sensitivity of 27.4 mV/Pa , i.e. -31.2 dBV/Pa . We can always consider that, unlike a dynamic moving coil microphone, a condenser condenser microphone displays much higher sensitivity . Concretely, what does this mean?

In a simpler way, we can say that a more sensitive microphone is “warmer” and requires less gain (or amplification) to reach a certain output signal level. You can specify the sensitivity of the microphone in two different ways: either in mV/Pa or in dBV/Pa (or dPa).

A microphone that displays a sensitivity of “27.4 mV/Pa” like the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE is capable of producing an output signal of 27.4 mV when exposed to a sound pressure of 1 Pascal (this is i.e. 94 dB SPL ).

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A microphone with a sensitivity equivalent to “ -31.2 dBV/Pa ” means that it is capable of generating an output signal of -32.7 dPa when exposed to a sound pressure of 1 Pascal. One pascal is equal to 94 dB SPL .

This value in dPa remains more practical from a technical point of view since it is easily convertible and comparable. Now consider that another condenser microphone shows a sensitivity of " -51.2 dBV/Pa " versus " -31.2 dBV/Pa " for the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE.

This means that the condenser microphone with a sensitivity of “ -51.2 dBV/Pa ” will need an additional 20 dB of amplification to achieve and generate the same output signal level as the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE.

The equivalent noise level (or self-noise)

For the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE, the equivalent noise level is 7 dB (A) . Self-noise is the sound pressure threshold of the same value as the RMS power measurable at the output connector of a microphone. And this, without an external sound source being captured.

Concretely, there is a sound pressure level corresponding to the microphone's own noise. This sound pressure level is none other than the equivalent noise level or self-noise of the microphone. For a microphone that displays a self-noise of 10 dB (A) SPL, and capturing a sound source of 10 dB (A) SPL , the signal-to-noise ratio will be 1:1 or 50/50 .

A low noise level allows you to keep a clean sound signal when you have to pick up sound from a very quiet source. The range between the equivalent noise level and the sound pressure level is called the dynamic range or dynamic description of a microphone.

In simpler terms, low background noise does not affect your headroom or freedom of mic positioning. If you are dealing with a noisy microphone, you will need to make sure to locate it as close as possible to the sound source in order to obtain a good signal/noise ratio.

Conversely, for a microphone with low background noise, we can optimize pickup even at a greater distance. With a self-noise level equivalent to 7 dB (A) , the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE guarantees , precise and significantly firmer sound pickup .

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Frequency response

Frequency response determines the microphone's ability to pick up sound waves over a very wide audio frequency spectrum. The frequency response of a microphone mainly determines its subtlety in capturing sound precisely and accurately in a very wide range of frequencies: bass, low-mids, medium, high-mids, and high frequencies.

The maximum sound pressure level or SPL (Sound Pressure Level) max

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE is capable of withstanding a maximum sound pressure level of 140 dB Spl at 0.5% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion). The sound pressure level expressed in dB Spl (Sound Pressure Level) determines the maximum capacity of a microphone to withstand this sound pressure before the signal begins to distort.

In terms of sound reproduction, we often aim for a “pure” signal, therefore not distorted. Most microphone manufacturers, including Lewitt, list their Maximum Spl as 0.5% THD (total harmonic distortion), measured at 1 kHz .

Tips for getting the most out of the sound quality of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE

A certain number of points must be considered to configure the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE optimally and make the most of its potential. Whatever configuration you use with this microphone, however, don't be afraid to break some rules! Above all, rely on your listening skills; trust your audiophile ears!

The soundscape of the room

Regardless of the size of your studio room or the way it is arranged, you always have the possibility of exploiting a wide range of configurations . Each location may sound different. A room perfectly isolated from outside noise and surrounding noise will provide a soft and relatively neutral sound.

A room with several shelves, equipped with different furniture and a carpet will offer a warmer and more balanced sound reproduction. A room with a tiled floor, quite spacious and sparsely furnished will offer more echo and can in certain cases improve the natural sound reproduction depending on the socket to be used, the type of instrument and the sound source to be captured.

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In all cases, creativity and ingenuity are required to produce , high-quality sound recording using the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone.

The positioning of the microphone in relation to the sound source

This aspect remains the most crucial since it determines the sound quality of your vocal or instrumental recording in the studio using the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone. This microphone is very sensitive, so any change in location and distance (no matter how insignificant) can have a huge impact on your final results .

Indeed, any change in location and positioning of the studio microphone remains decisive, because once the recording process is completed, there is no going back. Whatever the microphone location to choose in relation to the source, you must ensure that all the equalization parameters are first flat (i.e. at the same level) on your DAW , on its external equalizer, on its audio interface or on its mixing console.

In this way, we will be able to isolate the sound much more easily at different frequency levels and process the audio to be captured in conditions most suitable for listening.

Microphone sensitivity

Like the Sontronics STC-20 Pack , the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that differs from a dynamic moving-coil mic due to its relatively high sensitivity . This means that this type of microphone picks up all sounds (i.e. all surrounding noise) in a room, notwithstanding the cardioid polar pattern it displays.

This is why we always recommend positioning this cardioid microphone so that audio capture is optimal, therefore at zero degrees relative to the sound source . Since the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE displays a cardioid polar pattern with very good rear rejection, we can always ensure that it focuses on capturing a single source.

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The proximity effect

The proximity effect allows an audio source to gain a few more decibels when placed very close to a Lewitt LCT 440 PURE type cardioid microphone. The closer we place this microphone to sing to the source, the more pronounced the frequency range which is at the bottom of the audio spectrum (i.e. in the low frequencies). You won't even need to turn up the microphone volume to capture the sound of the voice in the Bass.

This allows for more warmth and roundness to the voice, but it is always necessary to find the right balance when recording the voice by juggling this distance, because the tones and nuances always vary relative to the moment at which the voice is recorded. we sing, or also when we play a specific piece with an acoustic instrument.

The technical characteristics of the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone

  • Brand: Lewitt
  • Model: LCT 440 Pure
  • Type: Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Diaphragm: 3 µm gold plated Mylar
  • Transducer Ø: 25.4 mm ≈ 1 inch
  • Polar pattern: cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 27.4 mV/Pa, -31.2 dBV/Pa
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 87 dB (A)
  • Dynamic range: 133 dB (A)
  • Equivalent noise: 7 dB (A)
  • Maximum sound pressure: 140 dB Spl for 0.5% THD
  • Phantom power voltage: 48 V +/- 4 V
  • Power consumption: 2.63 mA
  • Internal impedance: 110 Ohms
  • Rated load impedance: 1 kΩ
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR gold plated
  • Mic Housing: Die-cast zinc
  • Dimensions: 138 x 52 x 36 mm
  • Weight: 310g
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Our opinion on the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE microphone

Condenser microphones are essential equipment when it comes to audio recording, but not all of them are created equal to serve as quality studio microphones. The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE stands out from other types of condenser microphones due to its specific large diaphragm design and benefiting from high-end integrated technology.

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE also has an ultra-thin 25.4 mm gold-plated and very low-mass diaphragm of 3 μm thick. This makes it possible to obtain a nuanced and more pronounced sound with a fairly correct transitive response and very high fidelity compared to the audio source captured or recorded.

The Lewitt LCT 440 PURE features an exceptional cardioid pattern that allows this mic to suppress off-axis audio significantly better than other types of unidirectional condenser mics. The sound capture carried out using the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE always remains optimal whether inside a studio, in a performance hall or even outdoors.

Its versatility makes it a first choice condenser microphone for use in many applications and not just for voice recording. Unlike other microphones, the Lewitt LCT 440 PURE effectively allows you to carry out various audio recordings, whether recording vocals or recording instruments of different kinds.

Its low noise level also allows this microphone to purify the audio signal and firm up the sound reproduction as best as possible. The purchase of a Lewitt LCT 440 PURE studio microphone therefore remains ideal for music production in the studio and sound reinforcement in a performance hall.

We recommend the purchase of this microphone to singers, show hosts and musicians. This type of microphone will also ideally be suitable for use in a broadcast studio.

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