V1S PENCIL CONDENSER KIT
The Vanguard V1S is a matched pair of multi-capsule FET pencil condenser microphones. Eight matched custom small-diaphragm capsules in 4 pickup patterns allow for a cornucopia of tonal variations for virtually any sound source. With premium cryogenically-treated FET componentry, an unparalleled selection of capsules, and a true heavy-duty shockmount, the V1S will be your new “go-to” set of pencil condensers, whether you’re in the studio or the field.
cardioid, wide cardioid, omni
of critical components
with premium-grade components.
at least half as good as it sounds.
easy switch access
minimal resonance and
We’ve already mentioned the eight capsules, but let’s list them again here:
- 22mm Cardioid – matched pair
- 22mm Hypercardioid – matched pair
- 22mm Omnidirectional – matched pair
- 22mm Wide Cardioid – matched pair
When you buy a V1S kit, you also get a pair of VSSM Heavy-Duty Shockmounts. We wanted to improve on the standard “tube” design that was popularized by our chief designer in the late 2000s.
First, we created a windowed design for the shockmount. This allows you to access switches on your microphone without affecting your carefully-placed positioning.
Second, we source aerospace-grade suspension bands that won’t break, sag, crack, or stretch over time. The bands can be positioned either vertically/horizontally or diagonally, to tightly hold microphones of varying diameter. The V1 microphone has slight insets machined into the body, so the suspension bands “lock in” easily to the microphone for a more secure hold.
The main body and knob are precision-cast from a high-grade zinc alloy and finished with a durable powdercoat. The pivot is injection-molded from high-impact ABS to keep your mic placement locked in place. The pivot is also inset with both 5/8″-24 and 3/8″-16 threads to be compatible with any microphone stand.
This shockmount was designed to fit any microphone with a diameter below 30mm, so it can be used with several brands of microphone, including almost any pencil microphone – and even ribbon microphones.
Also included: a 300mm (11.8″) stereo microphone bar for easily setting up ORTF and XY configurations.
When not in use, your V1S should be stored in its padded pinewood storage case.
We offer a four different V1 systems to suit your needs. Check the links below for mono kits, as well packages that include the V34C Removable Multi-Pattern Large-Diaphragm Capsule Head(but we just call her “LOLLI”).
For details about each track, follow the “View Track” link in the SoundCloud player for available notes about preamp, placement, etc. as well as a link to a high-quality WAV file hosted via Dropbox.