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applications, it has a cleanliness that
brings the source front and center.
This is not a mic I would choose when
I need a source to cut through (like a
C12 or a U47-style mic). This is a mic
that is perfect for sources that will lay
the foundation of your mix, like kick
drum, bass cabinet, or as a front of kit
mic blended with the other kit elements.
It's also nice when you have an acoustic
guitar, piano, or a vocal take that your
mix will be built around.
I would not pick the TC-49 as a room
mic, which is interesting to me as the
original M49 found a lot of use as just
that. However, that use case involved
the M49 in an omni pattern; since the
TC-49 is cardioid, you'd need to look at
ADK's multipattern Z-49 for such a task.
The big question, of course, is "How
close is the TC-49 to an M49?". My
simple answer is: I don't really play the
clone game, since once you change a
tube, head basket, capsule, etc., the
mic is no longer a clone. Also note that
ADK does not market its mics as 1:1
clones, but as carefully tuned mics that
offer classic voicings.
Having said that, I did have a chance
to try out the TC-49 alongside a fullyrestored original Neumann M49 owned
by Chandler Limited's Wade Goeke.
Yes, we compared a $12,000 vintage
mic to a $1,000 mic. Was the sound an
indistinguishable spot-on match? No, of
course not, but I walked away with the
confidence that ADK has crafted a mic
that falls squarely in the M49's familial
sonic ballpark. It actually had a noticeably
better noise floor than the vintage mic,
and it's that cleanliness that gives the TC-49
its natural yet front-and-center nature.

Bottom line

At this approachable price, the TC-49
is a very useful mic that uses its numeric
designation as a touchstone or as a
starting point. As I mentioned above, it's
a great mic for building the foundations
of tracks, and it's nice to hear a mic that
hints toward a great vintage flavor that's
something other than the usual suspects.
Assuming that all of the Custom TC
mics in the line are of this caliber, ADK
will have some real contenders on
their hands. They are hammer-and-nails
tough, priced right, and sound great.
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