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  • UA-SD3

    Universal Audio SD-3 Dynamic Microphone with Hemisphere Modeling

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    Universal Audio SD-3 Dynamic Microphone with Hemisphere Modeling

    Universal Audio’s SD-3 is a compact cardioid dynamic microphone for drum and instrument recording featuring Hemisphere mic modeling technology, high SPL tolerance, and included accessories.

    A modern classic for snare, percussion, and guitar amps.

    Easily capture snare and tom drums, loud guitar cabs, brass, and more with SD-3 — a classic dynamic mic with high SPL handling, cardioid polar pattern, and best-in-class Hemisphere mic modeling giving you pro sound in any environment.

    Key Benefits

    • Get studio-quality instrument recordings with a UA-designed dynamic modeling microphone
    • Harness the authentic sound of the most popular microphones ever made with Hemisphere mic modeling technology
    • Get pristine results in any environment, from pro rooms and home studios to stages
    • Find your perfect sound with ease using filter, proximity, and axis controls

    Record Through Workhorse Mics

    The SD-3X3 mic bundle is powered by the same mic modeling technology found in Universal Audio’s award-winning UA Sphere microphones. With the included Hemisphere Mic Collection, it’s the only modeling mic bundle that gives you the authentic sound of famous dynamics from Shure, Sennheiser, and Audix.*

    Modeling Mics That Work for You

    The SD-3X3 mic bundle and included Hemisphere Mic Collection plug-in work with or without UA hardware, and go way beyond subtle EQ curves to give you precise control over filter, proximity, and axis — an industry first. Just set up SD-3 mics in front of your source and use the plug-in to find that “sweet spot” for a brass instrument, or tame harsh frequencies on snare drums and toms.

    Easily Capture Your Best Sounds

    Universal Audio fine-tuned the cardioid polar pattern on SD-3X3 mics for a wide range of environments. Whether it's your bedroom, project, or pro studio — or even the stage — their ultra-high SPL tolerance and exceptional isolation give you iconic sit-in-the-mix sounds heard on countless hits. Plus, their compact size lets you zone in for perfect mic placement in tight spaces.

    Included Hemisphere Mic Models


    Introduced in 1965, the ubiquitous “57” is very likely the best selling microphone of all time. It can be a particularly good option when blended with other mics, such as ribbons and large diaphragm condensers, to achieve a more balanced sound. The DN-57 is based on a recent production model.


    A predecessor to the mighty 57, this model employed the Unidyne III capsule. It was used extensively on The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, including Brian Wilson's lead vocal, and countless other recordings of that era.


    The DN-604 model is based on a current production European-made 604, which has become a standard on stages and studios around the world. This compact clip-on mic has a variety of uses, most notably snare and tom drums.


    The 409 shines on many sources, but is particularly well-suited to electric guitar amps. It has a smooth top, and its low-end response below 100 Hz can help instruments and vocals sit nicely in the mix.


    The DN-4 is based on a modern compact instrument mic that works great on toms, but is equally at home on guitar cabinets and snare drums. Universal Audio included a three-position filter to allow you to further sculpt the sound.

    Key Features

      • Compact dynamic microphone bundle for snare and tom recording
      • Cardioid polar pattern rejects off-axis sounds
      • Get the sounds of popular dynamic mics with Hemisphere mic modeling
      • Hand-selected dynamic capsules to handle extreme SPL
      • Includes standmount and storage pouch
      • Rugged all-metal construction and stylish UA craftsmanship