Sanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun Microphone

Sanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun Microphone
Sanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun MicrophoneSanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun MicrophoneSanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun MicrophoneSanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun Microphone

Sanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun Microphone

The unique CMS-50 is a 5.4′′ compact stereo condenser shotgun that weighs only 130g. The mic is especially suited to users that require the versatility and smooth stereo that an M-S design provides. Tight or wide patterns and premium sound, it can be camera mounted without interfering with even a short lens, yet still provide the quality of audio demanded by today’s professionals.

It is an M-S (Mid-Side) configuration which makes it possible to adjust the stereo width from mono to stereo at the mixer or in post production. The shotgun includes two outputs, a cardioid and figure of 8, which can be fed into the mixer for width adjustments. If both outputs are recorded then width can be managed in post.

Like all Sanken shotguns it is rugged and dependable with a wide range of applications where sound clarity and noise rejection are critical requirements.

High Quality M-S Stereo Microphone Suitable for Ambient Recording

The CMS-50’s lightweight, rugged design and unique components assure optimum resistance to humidity and adverse temperature changes.


  • Unique Sanken lightweight design
  • Sharp directivity
  • M and S component outputs to compose Stereo signal, convenient for pre and post processing
  • High sound quality, suitable for ambient recording such as Field Sports, Movies, Operas etc.
  • Beautiful Cardioid and Figure-8 patterns provide smooth and coherent Stereo
  • Short 5.4″ length, lightweight (less than 130oz) for easy operation
  • Ideal for boom pole operation on drama and film shoots
  • Ideal for mounting on cameras with short lens
  • Advanced RFI rejection
  • HPF Switch to change low frequency characteristic
  • Wide 60Hz – 20kHz frequency range
  • Rugged and dependable design

What's Included

  • CMS-50 Stereo Shotgun Microphone
  • WM-MS50 Foam Windscreen
  • CMS-50 Vinyl Case


Model Name CMS-50
Transducer Self – polarised condenser
Directivity M: Cardioid,  S: Figure-8
Frequency response (60Hz – 20kHz)
Sensitivity (at 1kHz) -28dB (40mV) (0dB = 1V/Pa)
Equivalent noise level (A weighted) 18dB SPL  (A weighted)
Max SPL (1% THD) 138dB SPL
Output impedance( 1kHz ) 140 ohms
High pass filter cut off freq. 60Hz
Powering +48V ± 4V Phantom U.P.F
Current consumption 4 mA (each channel)
Weight 4.6oz (130g)
Dimensions 5.4″ (137mm) length
0.87″ (22mm) diam.
Surface finish Matte Black
Connector XLR-5-12C(M) equivalent
( 1: GND, 2: M-Hot, 3: M-Cold, 4: S-Hot, 5: S-Cold )

Polar Patterns

Decoding M-S Signals from CMS-50

The CMS-50 outputs M and S signals. These can be decoded to Left and Right using the optional MB-2D decoder or can be decoded in the mixing console…

To derive the left and right channel outputs from M-S coincident microphone sources use the following summing and difference:

L ch: Sum of M and S
R ch: Difference between M and S

By connecting the outputs to the mixer as shown, both M and S signals can be decoded as L ch. and R ch. The angle between L and R can also be varied by the adjustment of the S ch. fader volume. When levels of M and S are the same, the stereophonic angle is 127°.

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UK Offshore Royal Mail 2-4 Days £9.99
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UK Express Courier Next Day £7.99
International Shipping From 1-8 Days (Full Details) From £15.00

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Items must be packed suitably and insured for full loss in the event of a delivery problem. Pinknoise Systems will not be responsible for lost or damaged return goods. Lost or damaged goods may effect the level of refund you receive.

Used items: Please note this does not apply to used item unless they are deemed faulty.

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Model:  SANK-CMS-50
Part No.:  CMS-50
Manufacturer:  Sanken

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Sanken CMS-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Shotgun Microphone

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