The Berserker from Extinct Audio is a low noise ribbon microphone aimed at recording voices, but which can be used for pretty much anything. The sound is somewhat 1940s vintage in character but with modern output levels and extremely low noise for a passive ribbon microphone. The Berserker gives voices a larger-than-life sound, perfect for jazz queens and rock gods of all eras.
It has internal windscreens to reduce sibilance and pops and sounds most natural around 6 to 12 inches away from the sound source, which makes it perfect for vocals.
The Berserker’s body and yoke are cast from solid brass using a traditional lost wax process. These bespoke parts were made in small batches in the south of England, and of course the rest of the microphone is made in our facility in York. We make these in very limited runs. Series Two is just nine microphones, and we have two left available at the time of writing.
About the name
In old Norse legend, Berserkers were fearsome warriors who (maybe) wore bear skins and (allegedly) ate magic mushrooms or other hallucinogenic substances to sustain them in battle. Our Berserker is rather better behaved! The looks of the microphone are inspired by an obscure 1940s ribbon microphone made by Birmingham Sound Reproducers. BSR gave us the name BerSerkeR.
Extinct Audio Warranty
The ribbons and cable carry a 1 year warranty. The body, mechanical parts and transformer are guarantied for life to the original owner. Paint, accessories and cosmetic appearance are not covered by the warranty but the Berserker will age gracefully.
- Output impedance = 300 ohms at 1KHz
- Directional Pattern: Offset figure-8.
- Frequency range*: <30 Hz – 15 kHz @ ±3dB. (excludes proximity effect)
- Sensitivity: -50 dBv/Pa
- Self noise (thermal): -131 dBV at 20ºC (20 kHz bandwidth)
- Signal to noise (1kHz at 1 Pa): 81 dB.
- Proximity effect: Strong
- Electronics: Passive. No power required
- Output configuration: Transformer balanced
- Output Connector: XLR3, Pin 2= +ve, Pin 3 = -ve, Pin 1 = Ground
- Weight: 1200g approx (microphone only). 2000g with box.
- Size: 220 x 90 x 60 mm approx. (microphone). 350 x 110 x 105 mm boxed.
“The Berserker sounds absolutely wonderful on everything I’ve tried it on, male or female, softly spoken or angry screamers! It’s gorgeous, thank you.” Ross Orton
“I love my Berserker, it‘s one of the best sounding and smoothest mics for vocals I‘ve used so far. Congrats on this one!” Christoph Brandner
“The Berserker, needs to be listened to in order to really grasp the beauty of it. So, it looks stunning in photos, it’s even more awesome in person and when you listen to it you feel mesmerised. This is not an ad, this is just the opinion of a very happy customer of this (almost) one of a kind wonder. Thank you!” Simone Coen
“This thing (Berserker) is amazing. “ Flat Black Studios
“Loving ours (Berserker), bit of a modern classic!” Ibibio Sound Machine