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Stagg MCO-7 microphone specifications

The Stagg MCO-7 is a large-membrane condensor microphone that was available on the Dutch/European market for a while around 2001. This page provides a bit more information about the microphone.

Stagg MCO-7 Stagg MCO-7, open
Stagg MCO-7W microphone.

Manufacturer specifications

(From a copy I got from my vendor (Stand-by, Utrecht, Netherlands) when I purchased mine)

Stagg MCO-7 frequency response, according to manufacturer. I'm not completely sure that the vertical scale isn't +/-5 dB instead of +/-10 dB. I suppose that the flat curve is the on-axis (0 deg) response in cardio mode, while the other one might be the response at 180 deg.

Review 1

The Dutch magazine Gitarist published a rather enthusiastic review in January 2001. The text of the review is available in Dutch, but you'll have work around an annoying redirect on that web site (switch off javascript). Here are the main points of the review:

Review 2

Also available in Dutch from the link above. By Luc Henrion, "Meet Music magazine 08/2000". Summary:

The manufacturer-supplied numbers should not be taken too seriously. The microphone looks similar to the Neumann U-87. In comparison with an Audio Technica 4033 (large-membrane cardio, around 500 EUR): similar response; some difference in clarity in the 10--15 kHz range; response up to 20 kHz (better than the 16.6 kHz from the specs). The sound is slightly less bright (maybe more natural). The signal level is 6 dB lower than the AT4033. The noise level seems to be slightly worse than the AT.

Listening test: voice, brass instruments, piano, violin, guitar, percussion. Overall very good results, both in omni and cardio mode. The piano results were slightly less, the brass instruments were excellent.

My opinion

I'm a bit skeptical regarding subjective listening tests as in the second review. The noise/distortion figures and the frequency-response curve are by far the best indicators for the sound quality of audio components. In addition, for microphones and loudspeakers, one has to look at the response curves at different angles. Large-membrane microphones typically do not have a flat off-axis response, which makes them less suitable for uncolored recording of physically wide sound sources.

I am certainly satisfied with the sound quality. However, I had to get it exchanged in the store twice shortly after I bought it because something broke in the electronics. After that, I stopped using the phantom power supply of the same brand and upgraded to a mixer board with a built-in phantom. I don't know whether it was the power supply, my old mixer, or that I simply was unlucky, but since then it never gave any problems.

I must say that I don't use it very often because it is so big and dependent on a power supply: unsuitable for making quick recordings outdoors with a minidisc player. For that purpose I have a stereo pair of good quality mini electret microphones. Maybe a bit noisier, but infinitely more convenient.

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