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A quality large-diaphragm condenser
mic is the accepted standard for delivering the goods on these sources, and
prices range from the high end of our
previous "workhorse" range to more
than the cost of a car.
Tube mics are often praised and
prized for their full-bodied lower
midrange and extended upper highs, as
well as their extremely focused and
detailed upper mids-sort of a "smile
curve" with a slight bump in the range of
vocal intelligibility. Solid-state mics tend
to have a different tonality, one that's
neither better nor worse than what you
get from a good tube mic.
While some folks may be willing to
mortage their houses for a vintage
Neumann U 47 tube mic, the rest of us
have so many fantastic options at more
approachable prices that the options can
make our heads spin. Hopefully without
slighting anyone too badly, here's a
selection of mics we've used and loved.
If you've always wanted a largediaphragm Neumann but balked at the $2900 a
new M 147 tube mic would cost you, there are
now some solid-state Neumanns that offer great
value. The TLM 107 ($1700) is a modern design
with a great sound and easy-to-select options for
polar pattern, pad, and highpass filter. The TLM
103 ($1100) was famous as the first "affordable"

Neumann, but in recent years it's been
overshadowed by the $700 TLM 102, a
compact and exceptionally versatile cardioid mic.
The MXL Genesis ($600) has been a
personal tube mic of choice for a few
years now. I call it "Ketchup", not just
because of its bright red body, but
because it tastes good on everything.
Mojave Audio makes tube and solid
state mics that boast many of the desirable qualities of vintage designs at way
more approachable prices. The tube MA200 ($1100) is the best known of an
expanding range of great choices.
Lauten Microphones is well known for
its lush-sounding mics. A real standout is
the Atlantis ($1500), a FET condenser
mic which features special electronics
that allow for multiple voicings for different sources.
Audio-Technica's AT5040 ($3000) is
stunning on vocals, a result of a unique
diaphragm made up of four smaller elements in a grid. If that's too rich for your
blood, consider the solid-state AT4047MP
($850).
Telefunken has made its name on amazing
mics over a history of many decades. One of its
most popular modern designs is the AR-51
($1900), a rich-sounding take on the classic
(and nearly priceless) ELA M 251 mic of yore.


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