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Chameleon Labs TS-1 Small Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

$559.00 MSRP

"I love the TS-1 Microphones. Seems like every session I do, I find an instrument that they sound great on." -George Massenburg

Product Reviews


The TS-1 is a small diaphragm tube condenser microphone, unique in design, and versatile in application.  Driven by newly designed vacuum tube electronics, the TS-1 provides an unmatched combination of sparkle and warmth without the overly bright sonic qualities of other leading pencil condensers. 

Chameleon Labs' TS-1 and TS-2 Tube Microphones from Chameleon Labs on Vimeo.

Included with your TS-1

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

A hypercardioid capsule is also available as an optional accessory. An optional adaptor, model number ADP-1, will allow original CK Series capsules from AKG® to be mounted on the body of the TS-1.


The TS-1 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 are two interchangeable capsules, one cardioid, 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.

Electronic Features

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

Model TS-1 Specifications
Transducer type:          Gold sputtered; 3 microns thick

Vacuum Tube:              U.S. Made MIL SPEC NOS 5840

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

TS-1 Polar Pattern & Frequency Response Chart (pdf)


TS-1 Review by Paul White (Sound On Sound Magazine Sept 2009)

TS-1 Review by Jay Matheson (Studio Auditions Mar 2008)

TS-1 and TS-2 Dual Review by J.J. Blair (EQ Magazine Sept 2007)

TS-1 Review by John Baccigaluppi (TapeOp Magazine Jul/Aug 2007)

TS-1 Review by Mark Rubel (TapeOp Magazine Jul/Aug 2007)



Chameleon Labs TS-1 Manual (pdf)

Here are some mono .wav files that can be listened to or downloaded onto your computer. The files are named with the microphone that was used in the recording. To listen to a file, simply click on the filename. To download to your computer for comparison listening, right click on the filename and copy it to any location on your computer. You may then load these files into any audio program that will accept the .wav format.

:: Fiddle (FiddleTS-1.wav)
:: Fiddle (FiddleM147.wav)
:: Flute (FluteTS-1.wav)
:: Flute (FluteKM84.wav)
:: Acoustic Guitar (GuitarTS-1.wav)
:: Acoustic Guitar (GuitarKM84.wav)
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