Electrovoice BK-1

The Electro-Voice BK-1 is a condenser cardioid microphone. It came highly recommended back in the 80s when I got mine. It needs power to work well and has a 4.5 volt battery in its housing. This batteries were really expensive I remember. When it is low on juice the sound quality goes down hill.

Some say it is one of the best condenser mics ever made and with today’s modern mixing consoles you can feed it with phantom power that supposedly makes it sound much better. I haven’t tried that though.

I used the BK-1 (and a lot of batteries) for all my songs until I got my Shure SM58 in 2012.


2 Responses to Electrovoice BK-1

  1. Cory says:

    We recently acquired 2 of these. I noticed a switch under the pop filter, could tell me what it does? I’d hate to flip the switch and find out it’s a built-in self-destruct.

    • George says:

      Hi Cory,
      what switch do you mean exactly? The only switch I have on mine is the one outside (see photo above). You move it up towards the top to switch the power on and down to switch it off. When I unscrew the top I don’t see any other switch there.
      Best regards,

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