The CMC 1 is a compact mic preamp body, about one-third the size and 40% lighter than the CMC 6. It is compatible with all components of the Colette system and can be used in place of the CMC 6 without compromise, for all applications in which the size and weight of the microphone play a role.
The electrical characteristics of the CMC 1 are equal or better than those of the CMC 6.
The CMC 1 U can be used in many suspensions (e.g. Cinela OSIX) that have a rigid orientation of the XLR connector and thus the amplifier. The alignment is also fixed in the compatible MS and dual MS setups (e.g. Rycote Cyclone). As a result, the microphone cannot be rotated arbitrarily in such a suspension. For axially aligned capsules (like the MK 4) this is not important, but a vertical capsule (like the MK 8) has to be aligned radially.
In such cases, the O-ring for radial alignment of a MK capsule (part 800540) is helpful. This O-ring is placed on the thread of the amplifier and makes the MK capsule permanently stable in any orientation. The O-ring is included with the MK 8 and all other vertical capsules (MK 4V, 41V).