Schoeps CCM 4 Classic Cardiod Compact Microphone

1,858.00 USD



  • classic cardioid
  • suitable for the widest range of applications, either as a spot microphone or for stereo recording with coincident, ORTF or M/S microphone arrangements
  • consistent directionality throughout its frequency range
  • often preferred for singing or speaking voices and most instruments

The CCM 4 is our best-selling compact microphone. It offers the highest sound quality, flat frequency response, optimal rejection of rear-incident sound, and a directional pattern that remains constant throughout the audio frequency range. In the diffuse sound field it shows only a mild rise around 10 kHz. The sonic impression is thus free of coloration whether sound is arriving at the front or at the sides of the microphone, as well as for diffuse sound (reverberation) in a room.

By design, the CCM 4 was optimised for rejection of rear-incident sound. As is typical of a classic cardioid, the attenuation at 90° incidence angle is 6 dB and at 180° it reaches 20-30 dB. Diffuse sound is reduced by 4.8 dB compared to frontally-incident sound – a value corresponding to the directivity index. The higher this value is, the less room sound the microphone picks up, thus lowering the risk of acoustic feedback.

Thanks to its directivity, the CCM 4 can achieve the same diffuse-to-direct sound balance from 1.7 times the distance to the sound source compared to a pure pressure transducer with the same sensitivity.


The CCM 4 is suitable for recording both speech and music. It is used equally often as a spot or studio microphone or as part of a stereo array. For example, the ORTF-Stereo technique with STC is realised using this microphone. Excellent results can be achieved with a CCM 4 as the mid microphone in a M/S arrangement or with two CCM 4 as a XY stereo pair.

This microphone type is exceptionally universal and thus most often used.


Frequency range see corresponding capsule
Sensitivity see corresponding capsule
Maximum sound pressure level (THD < 0.5 %)
  • 136 dB-SPL (P48)
  • 128 dB-SPL (P12)
Maximum output voltage 2,6 V (8,3 dbV) with 2 kΩ load
Low cut filter 20 Hz, 12 dB/Okt
Output impedance 90 Ω @ 1 kHz
Maximum cable length > 400m
Powering standard / Valid range
  • P48 / >40 V
  • P12 / >10 V
Current consumption
  • 4 mA (P48)
  • 3,6 mA (P12)
Common mode rejection ratio (at 1 kHz) > 55 dB
Minimum recommended load impedance 2 kΩ
Output Lemo (CCM-L) or XLR-3M (CCM-U), analog, 1 channel
Length 46 mm
Diameter 20 mm
Weight 45 g