Contact microphone, removable installation, 45 to 65 cm microphone cable, XLR output, operates on phantom power, high levels on stage ...

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Contact microphone for various instruments, piano, double bass, cello, harp, oud, kora, n'goni, banjo, guitars, zithers ...


  • Contact microphone, 45 to 65 cm cable depending on the instrument
  • 9- to 48-volt phantom power operation
  • Double-sided XLR fixing plate, adhesive paste, scratch according to the instrument.
  • Curved cello plate for attaching the XLR to the front of the tailpiece
  • XLR internal low cut 3 positions: Flat / 180 Hz / 360 Hz
  • Balanced XLR output
  • Audio adhesive paste for contact microphone Ischell provided
  • Double sided, Velcro scratch
  • Storage bag

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Weight 0.25 kg
Dimensions × × 20 3 10 cm

15 reviews for X48C

  1. 5 on 5

    Emmanuel N. -


    Excellent microphone for instrument. Its natural and very pleasant, not at all “electric” on a bouzouki.

  2. 5 on 5

    Thomas L. -


    Easy to order, fast shipping, easy to install, may fit any mandolin (perfect for mine), sounds really great!

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  3. 4 on 5

    David Chevallier -


    Very efficient and easy to use on my banjo. However, a fairly precise equalization is necessary for the instrument to be fully expressed.

  4. 5 on 5

    Michel Devillers -


    A rich and balanced sound on my viola da gamba. A very “realistic” stamp. Gray paste is more suitable.
    The position I have adopted is very close to what is indicated on the instructions. I looked for other possibilities, this is the best.
    On the table (Yamaha and Yamaha amp) I attenuated the bass a little.
    In short, excellent. Thank you

  5. 5 on 5

    Jean-Francois Comba -


    Used in a Church in Angoulême for a semi-grand piano, in order to make a sound recording for a live broadcast on YouTube of worship gatherings. Not easy, because the assembly sings hymns in the hall, and we wanted to capture the sound of the hall and the sound of the piano separately. The contact microphone solution seemed ideal to us.

    I admit that we are quite amazed by the result, given the low cost and the very small size of the microphone. We fumbled a bit to position the microphone, but the staff at Ischell was very available by phone to guide us.
    In the end, the sound captured is impeccable, well balanced, and it keeps all its “acoustic” color.

    Thank you very much for your great material!

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  6. 5 on 5

    Oscar Widegren -

    This is a nicely made product that gives me the clarity and sound I've always wanted, but never quite acheived with the amplified double bass before. I prefer to mix it with a piezo pickup: the pickup brings the bottom and the Ischell the sound!

    It does require some experimentation with placement, height over top and settings on the hpf to give the best results. Once installed properly it stays put and has pretty much the same feedback resistance as a piezo.

    For a double bass mic, it is also fairly cheap.

  7. 5 on 5

    Bertrand GARCIN -


    I only use him!

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  8. 5 on 5

    Jessye S. -


    Easy installation in my harp thanks to a precise description. The sound is impeccable.

  9. 5 on 5

    Air.H -

    I bought this microphone for an Oud, and this is the best piezo microphone, I confirm by contribution to the comments above, we have a lot of acoustics of the instrument but there 'has piezo anyway, it does not replace an aerial microphone, but good for feedback it's over, I even tried it on a large sound system for more than 3000 people with low drums ... and there we can hear more his piezo as the acoustics but hey no Mr Larsene, more of him on stage and that feels good.

    Then lately I had a concert where I play the violin, I test it for the first time on it, and there I am amazed, really, I did not expect to have such a good sound, I recommend it to everyone violinists, who seek a purely acoustic sound with zero feedback, no hesitation, this is what is best for the microphone that sticks to the instrument (Piezo).

    Good luck to the Ischell team

    I greet on the way the gentleman that I had such and who took the time to explain everything to me in detail before the purchase.
    The microphone was recommended to me by a sound engineer who heard this on a harpist.

    Reply Ischell :
    Thank you for your comment! We wanted to clarify that this is not a piezo but a condenser contact microphone of the type Ischell AirBag-C. Also, finding the best placement and placing it on an oud is not always easy. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss it, it is possible that it will help you to improve the positioning. Best regards from the team.

  10. 5 on 5


    Excellent value ! excellent service, installation, live testing etc. The sound is really very close to reality (installed on a 1909 cello), and the relationship with the other instruments on stage is perfect!
    Thank you ! I recommend it 100%

  11. 5 on 5

    Jerome De Cuyper -

    Installed under the bridge of my Kora 32 strings, the sound is really very clean. Used to the sound of the piezo ... that's ithange life! However a mixture of the two is also nice, it all depends on what you want to achieve. This is my first “real” mic for performing live and I recommend it if you like pure sound.
    When my means allow it, I will buy another one but I would very much like that there is a model with XLR to be recessed because I make my instruments, so advise the manufacturer 😉

    thank you for your work

  12. 5 on 5

    VULLI -

    I ordered this mic for my 12/7 zither / psaltery. It suits me perfectly - it gives a good rendering of the zither sound: a large audience can thus benefit from it.
    Thank you very much to ISCHELL for availability, responsiveness and very professional advice: when you are interested for the first time in the sound system of a musical instrument, these are particularly important points.
    Thank you!

  13. 5 on 5

    Michel saulnier -

    I rehearsed today with the microphone Ischell that I have just acquired, I was surprised and delighted to see the fidelity and the power without feedback and without compression of the microphone X48C. 3 low cut settings are installed in the XLR socket. I chose the 360Hz cut-off. I did some tests and I compared the sound by mutating the channel. The result is surprising, the acoustic sound of my double bass is almost 95 percent the same with and without the microphone. So I can play hard enough without distorting its true sound. The fact that it is a static must have a lot to do with it, a piezo only transmits mechanical vibrations, with this real microphone, we can hear all the ancillary sounds or even parasites of the instrument: glissendi, curly, string clicks, without it getting in the way, quite the contrary.
    The second point of satisfaction is the fact that no other instrument in the orchestra re-enters this microphone, thanks to its sound insulation.
    The third positive point is that this material is made in France by a competent man with whom we can talk about his sound and musical research.
    This is the first time that I am really satisfied with the amplification of my double bass. thank you so much

  14. 5 on 5

    Johnny-Amitafa -

    I first bought this pickup for the harp, it's just terrible really. I bought another one for the Cello, it also works great. And finally I bought another one for the violin. In all sincerity, here are finally microphones that allow you to take sound in concert with groups that play hard or very loud. No repisse, a very important level of return without feedback. And a very nice grain, it's not at all a cell sound, closed, unusable, it's aerial microphone and it sounds like such. Well done and thank you !!!
    Johnny Sound engineer.

  15. 5 on 5

    ElisaB -

    I've had this mic in my harp for a while now. I can say that the sound is really nice, very acoustic from bass to treble and with few settings, it's a pleasure to hear on stage without risking feedback at any time. the sound engineer of the group is delighted and so am I. Thank you !

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