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Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Paladyne, Dec 7, 2003.

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  1. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    These LOOK like a 47 and an M49. I could live life w/o a 49, but something that sounds like a real 47 would be great. anyone had much experience with the new school Neumanns?
  2. anonymous

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    Feb 10, 2001
    THey're nowhere near the same...it's best to consider the M149 and M147 as entirely seperate entities when compared to the 49 and 47. Both the 149 and 147 are transformerless mics. The M149 is pretty decent, quite clean and clear in character (plenty of 'air'). The M147 is all about attitude (too much so in my opinion)...it's bold and forward, and bright.


  3. slicraider

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    Why do you knock the M49? It's a great vocal mic on certain singers and a slamming overhead mic. My assitants and the client were all greatly impressed with the sound of them on drums. :p:
  4. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    I love the M49, its just not that usefull for recording punk and metal, or at least I do not like it for my tastes in punk and metal. It is a great overhead on drums, for sure, but I like my 414's and 451's enough not to shell out $7,700(what we sold Norah Jones a M49 for at Sorcerer's going out of business sale).

    Now the 47's, thats another story. If I had 10 grand I might buy two of them. As far as vocals, I LIKE using a 421 or a beta 58 on vocals, like I said, its PUNK!!!

    I would buy a 49 down the line if I become very successful, I love some female vocals on the 49.(expesially Norah)
  5. denial

    denial Guest

    The M149 is a fantastic mic. Very clean, open, wide and 3D. It's not a hyped sounding mic. Great for vocals, overheads, room mics and acoustic instruments.

    With all its polar patterns and roll-off switches it makes for a very versatile mic.

    We're using a pair and couldn't be happier.
  6. theslickmick

    theslickmick Guest

    I have to say I'm totally disappointed with my M149 on vocals. It has been beaten in an A/B with my AKG C4000B, and that cannot be good. I've had to send it back to see if it is broken, but I have a feeling it's just bad.
  7. slicraider

    slicraider Guest


    Is it possible that the 149 is simply showing the vocalist's limitations in glaring detail? I once did two vocal sessions in one day. I used an AKG C12 on the first vocalist who is well known and insist on C12s because he sounds great on them. That night I tried the mic on a singer in a band I was producing and he sounded really throaty and bad. I put up a Shure SM7 and he was sounding great.

  8. ricknaqvi

    ricknaqvi Active Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    Baton Rouge, LA
    I own an M147 and used to own a Telefunken U47. The M147 isn't as extended in the low end frequencies as the U47. However, it is a nice flavor to have especially on acoustic instruments (guitar, upright bass). I also will use my M147 on the outside of a kick drum which is something I would be scared to do with the U47! :D

    I originally bought a pair of M147's for overheads, but I didn't care for them in that application so I sold one and kept the other for solo instruments and the occasional vocal.

    I would recommend trying one out before you buy it especially if you want it for vocals. It's not an extremely bright mic which may be good or bad for you depending on your need.


  9. theslickmick

    theslickmick Guest


    Well at first I thought it could be the fact that my friend and I aren't the best singers, but then I tried it on a really great female singer, and we all came to the same conclusion that it was grainy and not very pleasant on any of the 3 voices.
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