For ultra-detailed studio recordings.LCT 540 SUBZERO

  • 1" true condenser studio microphone
  • Self-noise below the threshold of human hearing 
  • Ideal for extreme processing
  • Low-cut filters and attenuation
  • Cardioid polar pattern
LCT 540 S

  

 

LCT 540 S
540 S LEWITT

Experience a whole new level of musical detail.

Your mic for ultra-detailed studio recordings.

Our unique approach towards electronics and capsule design makes the microphone better than human hearing. With the LCT 540 S, we set a new benchmark in terms of capturing fine-grained details of your recording source. 

Record details of your voice and instruments that usually wouldn’t even be audible. Make every detail count.

Rediscover your instrument and voice

Capture even more details than human hearing.

LCT 540 S ultra-detailed studio recordings

Fit for extreme processing

Even the subtlest nuances sound crystal clear.

With its cutting-edge circuit and capsule design, the LCT 540 SUBZERO  features an impressive dynamic range of 132 dB to capture everything from loud to subtle. You won’t hear the self-noise of the mic even after heavily compressing the signal.

Material recorded with the LCT 540 SUBZERO is fit for extreme processing.

How is this mic better

Self-noise values below the threshold of human hearing

Our hearing threshold is very frequency-dependent. It is less sensitive towards low and very high frequencies and most sensitive around 2 – 5 kHz. With our specific and unique approach towards circuit and capsule design, we were able to realize self-noise that'll stay below the threshold of hearing across the entire frequency spectrum.

LCT 540 SUBZERO graph better than human hearing mobile
LCT 540 SUBZERO graph better than human hearing

Yes, we like science

We had to elevate measurement to a new level.

To measure the self-noise of the LCT 540 SUBZERO, we built a unique device. It's ten times more massive than conventional ones, weighing over 4500 kg or 9900 lbs in total. This amount of mass will dampen frequencies up to a 1/10,000th of their sound pressure. The frequency range from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz is dampened by 60 dB, up to 80 dB on the higher frequencies. 

Measurement device LCT 540 SUBZERO

Reviews

Audio Media International

“Overall its technical ability is sublime; it sounds warm, clear (not yet clinical), smooth and dynamic. I would look forward to further using a pair for a live classical recording - lessening the need for noise reduction tools in the mix stage. Thank you to LEWITT for pushing innovations and setting new benchmarks for microphone manufacturing.”

Ross Simpson

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Musicradar.com

“This cardioid condenser shows its quality right away, sitting effortlessly next to a mic more than twice its price across a range of sources. For vocal work it ticks all the boxes, possessing great clarity along with an easily worked proximity buildup, a smooth high end and all the low-end richness you need for voiceovers or in-your-face breathy vocals. The condenser mic HF lift is subtle and free from phasey peaks, keeping sibilance natural and easily controlled.”

Robbie Stamp

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Recording Magazine

“It’s not too crisp, has zero muddiness, and is best described as detailed, full, and musically honest. [...] Also, due to its clean nature, the LCT 540 SUBZERO makes not only an incredibly detailed vocal mic, but also a great closeup/intimate mic on the quietest of sources.”

Paul Vnuk Jr.

Sound on Sound

“Given that it is a mid-priced mic with a somewhat lower price tag than I expected from its performance, the LCT 540 SUBZERO represents extremely good value and is capable of taking on a wide range of recording tasks.”

Paul White

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How does it sound?

Specifications

Acoustical operating principle

Pressure gradient transducer, externally polarized

Diaphragm

3 micron gold sputtered Mylar

Transducer Ø

25.4 mm, 1 in

Polar pattern

Cardioid

Sensitivity

41 mV/Pa, -28 dBV/Pa

Equivalent noise level

4 dB (A)

Max. SPL for 0.5 % THD

136 dBSPL, 0 dB pre-attenuation

Signal / noise ratio

90 dB (A)

Dynamic range

132 dB (A)

Pre-attenuation pad

 0 dB
-6 dB
-12 dB

Low-cut filter

linear 
80 Hz (6 dB/oct)
160 Hz (6 dB/oct)

Internal impedance

68 Ω

Supply voltage

48 V ± 4 V

Current consumption

3.6 mA 

Mic enclosure

Zinc die cast

Connector

Gold plated 3-pin XLR

Microphone dimensions

158 x 52 x 36 mm, 6.22 x 2.04 x 1.42 in

Microphone net weight

371 g, 13.1 oz

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Microphones measured according to: IEC 60268-4 | Phantom power according to: IEC 61938 | Noise measurement according to: IEC 60268-1

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