Sanken CMS10
Shotgun Stereo Mic w/Mount, Mono/L-R Output Selection


The CMS-10 provides extremely high-resolution audio to match today’s advanced picture quality. This versatile microphone is switchable between a very sharp directional Mono and rich Stereo in environmental imaging. Stereo angle is 127°.

Unlike conventional shotgun microphones, the CMS-10 uses a unique second-order pressure gradient design, enabling precision directional response through multiple cardioid elements in a front-back array. The capsules combine line microphone performance and second-order gradient response in a single compact system.

Stereophonic localization depends primarily on signal accuracy and channel separation in the 400Hz to 3kHz range. Pattern control of the CMS-10 has been optimized in this range. Very low and very high frequency response has been optimized along the frontal axis so that the "target" on-axis sounds are clearly delineated.


  • Switchable very sharp mono-shotgun and stereo mic
  • Very short length (210.5mm) and light weight (170g)
  • Using PPS diaphragm, it maintains high durability and quality even in high humidity environments.
  • By use of a specially designed suspension holder, it can isolate camera motor noise in camera mount use.
  • Basic design is M-S, but it includes M-S to L-R circuitry, and allows a direct L-R signal.


  • Directivity  Mono=Super Cardioid / lobar
  • Stereo=Hyper Cardioid
  • Transducer  DC biased condenser
  • Frequency range  150Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity (nominal at 1kHz)  STEREO 50mV/Pa ( -26dB,0dB=1V/Pa) , MONO 32mV/Pa ( -30dB,0dB=1V/Pa)
  • Equivalent noise level (A-weighted)  STEREO 20dB-A , MONO 22dB-A
  • Max SPL (1% THD)  120dB SPL
  • Output impedance at 1KHz  240 ohms
  • Powering  +48±4V phantom X 2ch
  • Current consumption  less than 2.5mA/ch
  • Weight  170g
  • Dimensions  211mm X 27.8mm (mesh part diameter)
  • 26.5mm (suspension cylinder diameter)
  • 19mm (grip diameter)
  • Surface finish  matte black
  • Connector  Cable direct out from the microphone, 30cm, XLR-5M

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