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Is the neumann m149 the best vocal studio microphone ?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Gabriel Sousa, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. Is the Neumann m149 the best vocal studio microphone, in the world ?

    what is or opinion ?

  2. sign

    sign Guest

    No, but it certainly is one of the best LD tube condensers.

    I've used it for almost anything and always had great sound from it.

    Most vocalists sound great with a 149 though (IMHO)
  3. What's LD ???

    And whats the best studio vocal mic for you ?


  4. rpowell

    rpowell Guest

    ld = large diaphragm

    and the answers you received for this question on the other forum were 100% correct..

    it's a great mic but there's no perfect vocal mic

    every voice is different..and the mic has to suit it and the style and etc etc etc

    there's nothing like using the most expensive mic/pre you can find only to record a great vocal that won't sit with the mix at all
  5. ckevperry

    ckevperry Active Member

    Nov 7, 2001

    There is no best....but the Klaus Heyne VM-1 might deserve the crown more than any other I know of.
  6. ok, the real problem that i am from portugal, and here the stores that have in stock that kind of mic, for testing

    and i want to buy a exelent mic for vocals. i thought that m149 was a good choise....
  7. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    No. It's dope, don't get me wrong. The Sony 800G works much, much better for me (as long as you get the right pre with it).
  8. ok , ok

    know, i am thinking to buy Brauner VM1a tube :D

    what you think ?

    thanks for the TIPS
  9. Guest

    Other candidates, depending on how much money you've got:

    Korby Convertible
    Blue Bottle

    The first two have multiple capsules, which gives them a better chance of being the "best" on a wider variety of sources.
  10. daif

    daif Guest

    Trade a member of your family for an AKG C12... :roll:
  11. sign

    sign Guest


    You might get confused by all that good advice.
    You really should try the mics yourself and let your ears do the work they're made for.

    The M149 is a very nice mic, but only for vocals?
    There are very nice vocal mics for less money.

    Search the forums, there has been very much discussion about mics.

    If budget is not an issue, go ahead and buy a DPA 4040.
  12. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    That Klaus Moded Bruner VM-1 is awesom....allmost like a real good ELAM 251 (or 250)....oh yeah, and an SM7.
  13. The MPCist

    The MPCist Guest

    I've got a Brauner VM-1, Soundelux 251, Manley Gold Reference, and a 149.

    The 149 never sees any work at all. It sits in the mic cabinet all alone.

    I usually end up with the Brauner or the 251 for recording vocals. Nothing comes close!
  14. Mario-C.

    Mario-C. Active Member

    Nov 17, 2002
    Mexico City
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    don't throw me to the lions for saying this but I'm not a big fan of the m149, of course it's a great mic but I think it's overpriced, take a look at the early power supplies (construction sucks IMHO) and I wasn't too crazy about the sound either, I got better results with a Manley cardiod (about $2000 cheaper)
  15. doug_hti

    doug_hti Guest

    I've used the m149 a lot. I actually like this mic a lot. What I don't like about it, is that it has a very hot output and can distort your pre input, in where the output and record levels are fine.
    If I were to buy a 149, there is no way I would buy it new, it is NOT worth it. However, these sell used at very reasonable prices all the time.
  16. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    There's no such thing as THE BEST microfon in the world. Mic has to match the singer's voice characteristics and style. If there was the best mic then all singers would use the same mic. And yet Bono is still using his shure sm 58 a lot:)
  17. beatles

    beatles Guest

    My 2 favorite mics to use for vocals is a Neumann U47 and Telefunken 251 Elam, and of course all u47's don't sound the same. I here that soundelux is making U47 copies and 251 Elam's. Both have gotten rave reviews, a couple of people said that they liked it better than their original u47's Has anyone tried these new mics from soundelux?

  18. Guest

    Wow! You sure got some fancy mics for someone brand new to the recording field (re: your post in "small steps"). Damn! You must be doing something right... what's your secret? (Are you using an original e-LAM or the $10,000 reissue?)
  19. Jbuntz

    Jbuntz Guest

    The reason Bono sings through a 58 is because he's more comfortable holding the mic and gives a better performance, which is more important than sound quality.
  20. emedley

    emedley Guest

    That's like asking, "what's the best color red to use in my painting." The two major issues to consider when choosing a vocal mic are 1) how does this mic sound on the vocalist? and 2) How well does the vocalist work with this mic? the 149 is certainly a great mic to choose. I'm also not a snob who says you should go out and blow thousands of dollars and get everything made on planet earth. Having said that, however, it's not a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket. I'd at least try to score a couple or three good mics to choose from. (Yeah, like I got all the money in the world.) :w:

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