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Soundelux 251 or Lawson 251

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Tolkki, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. Tolkki

    Tolkki Guest

    Which one would you buy?
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I'm also very interested in this question - especially since isn't there at least a $1000 difference in the prices?
  3. Malpasoman

    Malpasoman Member

    What would you use it for? What type of recording gear are you planning on using it with? Give us some details.

  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I can't speak for Tolkki, but if i had one, what wouldn't i use it on! ;)
  5. Tolkki

    Tolkki Guest

    I would use for the vocals, mainly.
    I have Focsurite producers pack, manley massive passive going through Nuendo 8 I/O converter to Nuendo.
    I am about to get Pro Tools, because I am tired of the pc problems and Nuendo converters sound very harsh to me.
    I probably get Prism, dB or Apogee and then go to bankruptcy, but at least with style :)
    I am also wondering if U99 would be good (perhaps better overall than 251).
  6. faganking

    faganking Member

    This is so funny. I thought this was going to a gag post.

    The person you are asking the question BUILT the Soundelux 251.
  7. MMazurek

    MMazurek Guest

    This reminds me of a thread where someone asked George Massenburg... "Can anyone recommend a REALY good parametric EQ?".
  8. Tolkki

    Tolkki Guest

    take this with sarcasm: perhaps there are other people in this forum who have some knowledge about these mics.
    Of course I am not asking this question from the guy who built the mic!
  9. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member


    My opinion is that unless you are a commercial studio or a hire firm -- in which case you would usually buy classic or vintage mics -- it's better not to listen to anyone's opinions other than your own.

    Buy or borrow the mics and listen for yourself in your favorite studio. Use your ears and make your own judgement.

    I know the Lawson mic can be returned if you are not happy and I would be surprised if that was not the case with the Soundelux. You will have to pay for the return shipping on the mic(s) you don't keep. So what. That's far cheaper than buying a mic on hearsay that doesn't work for you. Good luck!

  10. riconga

    riconga Member

    I have the lawson, my friend has the soundelux. were both extremely happy. neither one of us would trade but we love both mics. they do sound different but like everything else at this level the differences are subtle. with offerings like this from these two excelent companies I see no reason to invest in any new AKG or Nueman. I think you would be happy with either one.
  11. MadMoose

    MadMoose Active Member

    Originally posted by riconga:
    I have the lawson, my friend has the soundelux. were both extremely happy. neither one of us would trade but we love both mics. they do sound different but like everything else at this level the differences are subtle.

    What kind of differences have you heard?
  12. bnewsommfic

    bnewsommfic Guest

    I have the Soundelux and I like it a lot. I have a couple people that come and do certain stuff like vox and drums here just because they wanna use that mic.
  13. riconga

    riconga Member

    I would be hesitant to try to quantify the differences. we havent done a direct a-b and I dont think we have the technical resources to achive any repeatable test result.The infinite pattern selection gives so many different responses its impossible to charcterize the sound without specifically referring to a pattern, distance ect. The thing I like the best is all the different possibilitys. I think the lawson may be a little brighter in cardiod but I dont know for sure. So far I like them on everything weve tried. male voice, guitar(nylon & steel) congas, flute, bass(upright),chekere,cymbal,sax.Im going to try the lawson on a trumpet next week. Between the two of us we have the standard selection of 414 c3000 sm81 4030 4050 57 re20 451 ect nothing really appropriate for comparison but I will say I want to use the lawson on everything mabey because its new but to my ears through my pres it sounds fuckin incredible so does the soundelux. If your looking for a "go to" mic and dont have a huge selection these are great because of the many possible responses and the very high quality of both mics. ^#$% it buy em both!
  14. Stephen Paul

    Stephen Paul Active Member

    I don't suppose in a million years you guys'd want me to stick my nose in this one!

    No? Si? No.
  15. SlideMan

    SlideMan Guest

    I'd love you to stick your learned nose in on this one, and hope that no one feels a need to punch it.


    PS-how about those apples?
  16. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    :w: We want Stephen! :w: We want Stephen! :w: We want Stephen! :w:

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