WCM16 Hyper-cardioid Headworn Condenser Microphone

Hyper-cardioid Headworn Condenser Microphone
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Headworn vocal microphone offers a wide frequency response, low RF susceptibility, and reliability at temperature and humidity extremes. It features hypercardioid pickup for sound isolation and high input clipping level to eliminate distortion.


What is the WCM16 best suited to?

The Shure Model WCM16 headworn hypercardioid condenser microphone is ideally suited to professional performers, lecturers, and others who require the highest quality voice pickup with maximum mobility. Its wide frequency response, low RF susceptibility and reliable operation at temperature and humidity extremes make the WCM16 suitable for virtually any vocal application.


What is the best position for the mic?

Miniaturized active circuitry included in the cartridge assembly provides equalization that tailors the low-frequency response to resemble the warm proximity effect of larger vocal microphones. Because of this low-end response, it is not necessary to position the microphone directly in front of the mouth, thus avoiding popping and breath noise, even without the supplied foam pop screen.


Why Hypercardioid?

The microphone's hypercardioid unidirectional pickup pattern provides maximum isolation from ambient noise and from adjacent sound sources such as musical instruments, loudspeakers and other performers. This permits higher gain-before-feedback without loss or masking of vocals.




Extra lightweight, adjustable headband stays secure and virtually disappears while being worn

Response comparable to finest conventional vocal microphones

Hypercardioid polar pattern provides maximum isolation from vocalist's own instrument and those of other performers

Uniform polar pattern at all frequencies for maximum gain before feedback

High input clipping level eliminates overload distortion

Cable terminates as 4-pin mini connector

Supplied acoustic foam pop screen

Reliable at temperature and humidity extremes


(Measured using test circuit in Figure 4)


Condenser (electret bias)

Frequency Response

50 to 18,000 Hz

Polar Pattern

Hypercardioiduniform with frequency

Output Level (close-talked at 1,000 Hz)

Open Circuit Voltage -55. dBV (1. mV at 0. m1 Pascal=94 dB SPL

Maximum Sound Pressure Level

150  dB at 1%THD

Dynamic Range

121  dB

Output Noise

29  dB equivalent SPLA-weighted

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

65  dB at 94  dB SPL


MicrophonePositive sound pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pins 3 and 4 with respect to pin 1 (ground) of microphone output connector
Receiver--1/4 in. OutputPositive sound pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on tip of receiver 1/4" output connector
Receiver--XLR OutputPositive sound pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3 of the XLR output connector

Current Drain

0.35 mA

Recommended Operating Voltage

+5  V DC (positive on pin 2, negative on pin 1)

Environmental Conditions

Operating Temperature-18 to 60 C (0 to 140 F)
Storage Temperature-29 to 66 C (-20 to 150 F)
Relative Humidityto 95%


1.5m (5 ft), small-diameter, shielded, with 4-pin mini connector

Case Finish (Microphone/Headband)

Matte black enamel

Net Weight

36 g (1.27  oz.)





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