Chameleon Labs TS-1 MKII Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone


"Bottom line, every recordist should have at least one SDC in their mic locker, and the TS-1 is a versatile and excellent sounding mic. If this were your only SDC, you'd be in great shape." John Baccigaluppi, Tape Op


" puts in an impressive performance, combining versatility with a subjectively pleasing sound quality that should appeal to the more serious hobbyist and the professional alike." Paul White, Sound on Sound

The TS-1 MKII is a small diaphragm tube condenser microphone system, unique in design (by mic guru Terry Setter), and versatile in application. Driven by newly designed vacuum tube electronics, the TS-1 MKII provides an unmatched combination of sparkle and warmth without the overly bright sonic qualities of other leading pencil condensers. The power supply's unique adjustable Heater Voltage control customizes the tube to allow tailoring of the microphone to your tonal requirements. A precision voltage meter provides repeatability.

The TS-1 MKII package includes:

• TS-1 MKII small diaphragm tube condenser microphone
• TS1L Large Diaphragm capsule (picture)
• AC power supply
• Cardioid capsule
• Omni capsule
• TS-1 MKII shock mount
• 25-foot 7-pin microphone cable
• AC power cable
• Windscreen
• Aluminum carrying case
• One year warranty


The TS-1 MKII is excellent for accurately capturing a wide variety of instruments including stringed, percussion, wind instruments, and more. This microphone responds extremely well to transients. It performs flawlessly when recording toms and snares, or being used as an overhead pair.

Included with the TS-1 MKII are three interchangeable capsules, one cardioid, one large diaphragm (switchable) and the other an omni. The cardioid capsule is best used when you desire to pick up specific sound sources, such as one guitar within an ensemble. The omni capsule is used when you wish to pick up a wider area, such as a group of instruments. The large diaphragm is great for vocals and close micing.

Electronic Features

The TS-1 MKII is a plate loaded, triode-strapped, pentode design using the 5840 tube. With its capsules designed to withstand up to 130dB SPL, the TS-1 MKII can be used in very loud sonic environments without significant distortion.

Model TS-1 MKII Specifications

  • Transducer type: Gold sputtered; 3 microns thick
  • Vacuum Tube: Mil-Spec 5840 (U.S. Made)
  • Output impedance: 200 ohms
  • Sensitivity: -35dB (@ 1 KHz, re 0dB=1V/Pa)
  • Noise: 19dB-A
  • Maximum Output: 130dB SPL
  • Frequency Response: Cardioid capsule 70Hz - 20 kHz +/- 4 dB
    Omni capsule 30Hz - 20 kHz +/- 4 dB
    Hypercardioid capsule 80Hz - 20 kHz +/- 4 dB