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C2 or C3 contact microphone, removable installation, 65 cm microphone cable, operates on phantom power, high levels on stage...



Contact microphone for various instruments, piano, double bass, harp, kora, n'goni, zither...

Can be used detachably with the module attached to the top or inside the instrument


  • Contact microphone C2 or C3  Microphone characteristics
  • X48C2 Low cut 3 positions available on the box: Flat / 180Hz / 360Hz
  • X48C3-T New through-hole electronics mounted in France, very high-end components, low cut 2 positions available on the case: Flat / 180Hz
  • Cable from 45 to 65cm depending on the instrument, 2mm in diameter
  • Double-sided module fixing plate or Velcro depending on the instrument.
  • Balanced XLR output
  • Operates on 9 to 48 volt phantom power. Requires XLR/XLR cable available here
  • audio adhesive putty for contact microphone Ischell provided
  • Microphone dimensions: Height 12/13 mm with the putty - Diameter: approximately 25 mm
  • Module dimensions: 95 x 30 x 25 mm
  • Online user manual
  • Semi-rigid storage case

29 reviews for X48C

  1. 5 on 5

    Natasha Rogers -

    X48C3-T Piano

  2. 5 on 5

    Philippe Maudet -

    Following the purchase of X48C3-T and some placement difficulties, I finally found the most suitable place for my n'goni and which best corresponds to what I expected.
    I placed it in the center on the back of the bridge and there it is magnificent, I have never had a sound as faithful to the instrument in acoustics as with the microphone from Ischell.!
    A big thank you to you for the professionalism, the quality of the product and the echangare telephone.
    I am attaching two photos of my n'goni to see the placement of the microphone.
    Philippe Maudet.

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  3. 5 on 5

    Martin Christensen -

    Dear Fischer, thank you for finally making my amplified Double Bass sound just like it does acoustically. It is much more feedback resistant than a mic, but still sounds like one. I've tried every Piëzo pickup under the sun and nothing comes as close as the X48C3-T from you. The sound is so natural and blends perfectly with a minimum of EQ (mostly just a high pass filter). Goodbye Piezo, I will never go back. In fact, I think I'll have to get me a spare/backup X48C3-T.

    I found the placement on my bass was perfect if placed right between the G-side bridge foot and the sound post, without touching the bridge. I'm extremely happy with this purchase and can highly recommend it to Double Bass players seeking a natural amplified sound, without the dreaded 'Piëzo-quack'; and without the feedback pitfalls of using a microphone through an amp for Live use.

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  4. 5 on 5

    David Aebli -

    After a few months of trying out my X48C I finally find the time to give a feedback. To make it short: I’m 100% happy with it! After using many different pickups over the last 30 years I finally have an amplified sound on my 150 years old Bohemian bass which sounds like a double bass ;-) Last but not least I got feedbacks from several sound engineers who declared this system as totally easy and stress-free to handle. Thanks a lot for your work!

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  5. 5 on 5

    Angel VASSILEV -

    Really a good solution for piano. I use it as the main signal for FX routing. thinking of expanding to 2 units at some point.

  6. 5 on 5

    Markku L. -

    The amplified sound of my bass has not been this good before. You have a great product and great customer service, thank you very much.

  7. 4 on 5

    Stéphane -

    reReunion, Reunion

    Very nice sound

  8. 4 on 5

    Lionel Gonthier -

    frHaute-Garonne, France


  9. 4 on 5

    Knut Eirik Hult -

    No.Telemark, Norway

    Easy to use, but I needed a few different positions before I got the sound I wanted. This on upright piano. I also think it is a bit too must “leak” from other instruments on stage, but overall satisfied.

  10. 5 on 5

    Aaron -

    nlNorth Holland, Netherlands

    After a few months of use, I would highly recommend the C3 for double bassists. It retains clarity and a natural tone at high stage volume while being resistant to feedback. Placement partially over the bass bar, level with the lower portion of the f hole, yields the most even response between pizz and arco on my bass.

  11. 5 on 5

    Anonymous -


    The new version of the micro contact Ischell C3 is definitely an improvement. I use it for several months live on a double bass. It has all the advantages of the piezo (no repisse, no feedback) but the sound is really close to a “classic” microphone placed very close to the instrument, in the bridge for example.
    Compared to the old version: more beautiful bass, much more treble, which clarifies the sound and above all a much more natural dynamic which is closer to the acoustic playing experience.
    Obviously the sound is not to be compared to what you can get in the studio with a nice condenser microphone! You have to find the right placement on the instrument and take care of the equalization a bit. But for the live, it is for me the best compromise sound / efficiency.

  12. 5 on 5

    Christophe -

    frnull, France

    Excellent, thank you very much. I find my Kora!
    X48C2 9v battery option

  13. 5 on 5

    Michel HUDRISIER -

    frNew Aquitaine, France

    In the studio it works very well let's wait July 1 for the first test in public

  14. 5 on 5

    Melanie Panaget -

    frBrittany, France

    Excellent! Fischer really takes the time to listen and feel each instrument (in my case a Saz), until he finds the optimal sound! Thanks again for this moment!

  15. 5 on 5

    Emanuel N. -


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

  16. 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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  17. 4 on 5

    David Chevalier -


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

  18. 5 on 5

    Michel DeCityrs -


    A rich and balanced sound on my viola da gamba. A very “realistic” stamp. The gray putty 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

  19. 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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  20. 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.

  21. 5 on 5

    Bertrand GARCIN -


    I only use him!

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  22. 5 on 5

    Jessye S. -


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

  23. 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 continuation to the team Ischell

    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.

    Response, 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.

  24. 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%

  25. 5 on 5

    Jerome De Cuyper -

    Installed under the bridge of my Kora 32 strings, the sound is 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, therefore notice to the manufacturer;)

    thank you for your work

  26. 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!

  27. 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 manufactured 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

  28. 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.

  29. 5 on 5

    Elisa B -

    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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