G.R.A.S. 41CN Permanent Outdoor Microphone System for community noise

Dyn response: 20 to 156
Sensitivity: 50 mV/Pa
90° incidence (community noise)

Typical applications and use

  • Permanent outdoor-noise monitoring
  • Community-noise monitoring
  • IEC 60651 Type 1 noise measurements


It complies with IEC 651 Type 1 and ANSI S1.41983 Type 1 requirements and can be used with any suitable electronic sound or vibration measurement system. It is PTB approved as part of an IEC 651 Type 1 system.

A 1/2-inch precision condenser microphone and thick-film preamplifier ensure maximum stability and performance. Both microphone and casing are made of stainless steel.

Precise in-situ calibration checks at 1000 Hz are enabled any time via a built-in electrostatic actuator and test oscillator.

The 41CN is fitted with anti-bird spikes, a windscreen, and a rain cap which do not impair its acoustic omnidirectional characteristics. The rain cap, which contains the electrostatic actuator, remains in position while calibrating the microphone with a pistonphone. The large dynamic range of the 41CN is obtained via a twin circuit board with a DC converter for supplying 200 V for microphone polarization as well as a 120 V supply for the preamplifier. The sensitivity of the amplifier can be adjusted by 12 dB and the gain set to -20 dB, 0 dB or +20 dB (via a pair of circuit-board jumpers) to give optimum signal-to noise ratios on long cables. The gain is normally set to 0 dB on leaving the factory.

An A-weighting filter for increased dynamic capability is included. A circuit-board jumper is used to select either the A-weighting or linear frequency response. A-weighting or linear response can be specified when ordering, otherwise Lin-weighting will be active on delivery.

The built-in calibration oscillator can be switched on or off by short-circuiting a pin to ground in the output socket of the 41CN. The electrostatic actuator is factory set to a calibration level of 90 dBre. 20 μPa at 1000 Hz. A calibration level of 94 dB can be specified when ordering.

The electrostatic actuator and microphone assembly is electrically isolated from the casing of the 41CN; thus eliminating EMC and ground loops.

A silica-gel desiccator is located inside the lower half of the casing and a humidity-indicator window for checking the condition of a second desiccator is located in the top half.

The internal venting of the 41CN is via a capillary tube which terminates under the rain cap, it also carries the calibration-signal connection to the electrostatic actuator. By removing the rain cap (left-hand thread), the connection to the actuator is accessible.

With the windscreen removed, the unit can be readily re-calibrated using a pistonphone (fitted with Adapter RA0041); though rarely necessary since actuator calibration is normally done on a regular basis.

The Pole Adapter has a G 1 1⁄2-inch thread (ISO228/1). The Tripod Adapter can be screwed directly to the Pole Adapter. The output connector of the 41CN is located under the Pole Adapter and both plug and cable are well protected.

Among the available accessories is a CalibrationControl Box AC0001. This has a lead which plugs directly into the output socket of the 41CN. The AC0001 has sockets for signal output, Remote-control calibration and external power (12 –18 V DC, e.g. from a G.R.A.S. Mains/line Adapter AB0002/AB0003 *). It also has an on/off switch for local calibration control.

* AB0002 for 230 V AC; AB0003 for 120 V AC

Dynamic range lower limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier dB(A) < 20
Dynamic range upper limit dB > 156
Set sensitivity @ 250 Hz (±2 dB) mV/Pa 50
Output impedance Ω < 50
Temperature range, operation °C / °F - 40 to 50 / - 40 to 122
CE/RoHS compliant/WEEE registered Yes/Yes/Yes
Weight g / oz 1300 / 45.856
According to IEC 651 Type 1 and ANSI S1.4-1983 Type 1

Frequency response, 90° incidence, re. 1000Hz:

20 Hz - 80 Hz: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   ± 1.0 dB

80 Hz - 4 kHz: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   ± 0.7 dB

4 kHz - 8 kHz: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ± 1.0 dB

8 kHz - 12 kHz: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ±1.5 dB

12 Hz - 20 kHz: . . . . . . . . . . . .   + 1.5 dB, – 5 dB

Included items

G.R.A.S. AM0052

Complete Windscreen for 41AM/CN

G.R.A.S. AM0038

Multi spanner/wrench (tool for dismantling the microphone assembly)

G.R.A.S. AM0037

Transport protection cap

G.R.A.S. AM0033

Tripod adapter

G.R.A.S. AM0029

Pole adapter

G.R.A.S. AE0001



Optional items

G.R.A.S. AC0001

Calibration Control Box for 41AM/CN

G.R.A.S. AB0002

Mains/line power supply (230 VAC/EU connector)

G.R.A.S. AB0006

Mains/line power supply (230 VAC/UK connector)

G.R.A.S. AB0003

Mains/line power supply (120 VAC/US connector)

G.R.A.S. AA0003

3 m LEMO 6-pin - LEMO 6-pin Cable for outdoor microphone

G.R.A.S. AA0002

10 m LEMO 6-pin - LEMO 6-pin Cable for outdoor microphone

G.R.A.S. AA0001

20 m LEMO 6-pin - LEMO 6-pin Cable for outdoor microphone

G.R.A.S. AA0004

50 m LEMO 6-pin - LEMO 6-pin Cable for outdoor microphone

G.R.A.S. AA0015

100 m LEMO 6-pin - LEMO 6-pin Cable for outdoor microphone

G.R.A.S. AA0016

200 m LEMO 6-pin - LEMO 6-pin Cable for outdoor microphone

G.R.A.S. AA0086-CL

Customized Length LEMO 6-pin - LEMO 6-pin Cable for outdoor microphone

G.R.A.S. 42AP

Intelligent Pistonphone, Class 0

G.R.A.S. 42AB

Sound Calibrator, Class 1

G.R.A.S. RA0041

Adapter for Pistonphone calibration

G.R.A.S. RA0087

Special key (tool for dismantling the microphone assembly)

G.R.A.S. AM0009

Windscreen for 41AM/CN (5 pcs, foam only, as spare for AM0052)