What kind of mic is the Periscope?

Periscope is based around a condenser capsule with omnidirectional pickup pattern.
The rest of the microphone is a brand new concept and required bespoke electrical design.

Is the Periscope a clone?

Not at all. Although it’s drawing inspiration from several units (not strictly microphones) from the past Periscope is a 100% new design and as far as we know a microphone like Periscope never existed.

Is the Periscope just another LoFi mic?

Periscope is neither HiFi or LoFi.
Most LoFi microphones rely on limited bandwidth capsules (generally dynamic, carbon, piezo, etc..) and because of this they all tend to be variations on “Telephone” or “Vocal Through an Amp” sounds.
On the other end HiFi mics use as-flat-as-possible capsules (or ribbons) and super-linear circuits.
Differently the Periscope employs a full range condenser capsule that feeds a bespoke circuit studied NOT to be linear in both frequency and dynamic domains. All housed within the mic body itself. It’s pretty awesome!

What’s Periscope Frequency response?

Frequency range is wide enough to let all your signals through: from kick drums to tambourines.
This said – even though Periscope is not a LoFi mic – it’s also definitely not an audiophiles’ piece.
In other words: expect excitement not linearity.

What application is the Periscope intended to be used for?

Being a non-linear response mic the Periscope can give great – and sometimes very unexpected – results on a very wide range of recordings: drums, piano, acoustic guitars, brass, woodwinds, percussions, strings… What we recommend is to be curious with it.
Stick it in front on anything that produces a sound vibration and see what comes out!

Can I use Periscope on loud sources?

Of course you can. Capsule and circuit can handle plentiful amount of sound pressure but be aware that due to circuit design the distortion factor will be quite noticeable :D

Can I use Periscope on quiet sources?

Due to its “sound-magnification” effect Periscope can give exceptional results on quiet sources such as acoustic guitars, toy piano, violins and so forth. You can think of it as an “intimacy multiplier”. Noise floor can be noticeable but we made our best for that not to be an issue on most cases.

Does the Periscope need phantom power to work?

Yes please make sure you use a modern phantom power supply (preamp or external box) with 48V@10mA

Does the periscope have variable settings?

No. The Periscope has been designed as a set and forget device which allows instantaneous vibe in the studio when set up. For this reason the compression or gain settings are fixed and cannot be changed.

Why does my Periscope look different compared to the one in the product photos?

Due to the handmade nature of the microphone and the variations between the different batches of copper, the surface finish and patina may vary from microphone to microphone. This is absolutely normal and a proof of the true artisan nature of it.

As the Periscope material is copper, will it age and change finish? Does it have a varnish on?

The copper we use is treated but there is no varnish on it, and as a result the colour and shade will change over time and like any instrument a tin patina will start to form. This is dependant on a number of factors including where the microphone is stored and how it’s handled. This has got no effect on the sound, operations, and longevity of the microphone and it is purely aesthetic. Imagine this as a way of making your microphone truly unique and different from any others.

Do I need to treat the Periscope body with anything ? Do I need to keep it clean?

The short answers to both questions is no. The microphone will do it’s thing and age accordingly. We do not recommend to use any chemicals on it, but you can use a dry cloth to keep it clean.

How can I order the Periscope and to which countries do you deliver?

The Periscope is now available through our SHOP. Free shipping worldwide.

Do I need to pay VAT for my Periscope?

EU customers need to pay VAT according to the EU regulations. If you’re a business outside of Finland, but within the EU and you have a valid VAT number, you don’t need to pay VAT. Just make sure you fill your valid VAT number at checkout page. Customers from outside the EU are not required to pay VAT.

Do I need to pay custom duties and / or import taxes of the Periscope?

No you don’t. We use DHL Express as international courier service. Through them we are taking care of all duties and tax fees. This means you have no headaches and all you need to do is sit back and enjoy.

I just placed an order for Periscope, how fast is shipping?

We normally ship orders within 24h from payment using DHL express (orders placed during weekends or national Finnish festivities will be dispatched on the next working day). Packages usually reach Europe in 2 working days, UK and US in 3 to 5 working days and the rest of the world in 5 to 10 working days. Please also remember that you might be subject to customs and that can add delays. Once package is shipped you will receive a tracking number via email and text message. We recommend to keep an eye on the tracking number provided and if the package takes longer than the above mentioned days we invite you to get in touch with your local DHL representative. If all else fails and your package has not turned up please get in touch with us

Can I return The Periscope?

Yes. We offer a free 30 days return of the Periscope from date of purchase. If you have bought the Periscope from us and decided that you want to return it, please contact us and we’ll email you a return label that needs to be printed off and attached to the parcel for the return.

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