Bock Audio 251Item ID: 251
Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone with Power Supply and Spider Shockmount
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A Sought-after Vintage Tube Mic RebornThe Bock Audio 251 large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone recreates the sonic beauty of the fabled Telefunken ELAM 251, one of the most sought after vintage mics ever built. Formerly known as Soundelux, Bock Audio makes incredible high-end mics that faithfully recreate the sound of some vintage classics. The 251 has a strong, powerful bottom and airy, unabrasive top puts this mic leagues ahead of others; its performance simply cannot be found in cheaper microphones. You'll hear the difference immediately when you put this mic on vocals; for clarity, full sound, and premium handbuilt quality, the Bock Audio 251 simply can't be beat!
Bock Audio 251 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
Though it's primary use will undoubtedly be on male or female vocals, the 251 is an extraordinary performer on other instruments as well. Drum kits will have astounding impact and transient response, with no overt artificial high end or midrange boxiness. Pianos will also benefit from the open top of this mic. It will also excel on acoustic guitars, percussion, and as a main ensemble mic. The 251 manages to capture the vibe of the legendary Telefunken ELAM 251, staying true to that mic's performance specs and unregulated power supply.
Bock Audio microphones are handcrafted, with point-to-point wiring, time-proven transformer circuitry, and an attention to detail that truly brings the sound of prized vintage mics "back to life." Bock Audio doesn't compromise when it comes to components, construction, assembly, or testing. These mics are hand-tuned, using strictly tested European capsules and premium-grade electronics.
A note about Bock Audio:
Bock Audio (formerly Soundelux) is a unique US manufacturer of true "professional level" microphones. Their mission is to restore the availability of the most important vintage microphones of all time without the vintage price and without the high maintenance. Bock Audio works to recreate as closely as possible the sonic signatures of the most important vintage microphones, using modern materials and assembly, hand workmanship and a very critical ear. The beauty of Bock Audio is that every microphone in the line is designed to work together as a team. The Soundelux line up provides the most important "colors" proven over time to be essential in all quality studio work.
Bock Audio 251 Features:
The Bock Audio 251 breathes new life into a classic mic sound!
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Patty, El Sobrante, CA
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
Best Vocal Mic in the world...for me....
by Jason Lee from Southeast, US USAI've been in music for 30 years. I've used uncountable mics. My voice is male, and somewhat "leonard cohen" like, but I also have a "pretty side" that I bring out with certain songs.
May 11, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician, Recordist, Songwriter
T... read more [+]HIS mic is the FIRST one ever that captures what I try to do. The bottom end, the warmth, the articulation, the "feeling"---it all comes through with this mic. I was literally in tears listening to the first playback from this thing. It's all I'd hoped for and more.
You may ask, is it worth it?
The answer is a RESOUNDING "yes". close [-]
That Sound I bin Looking For Why So Easy
by Samuel Rymer from Tortola British Virgin IslandsFirst of i like to say i was using a rode NT2A Microphone which work great for vocals but i wanted some thing more high end sounding so i called up sweetwater and talked to my sales rep Austin Moss an... read more [+]d ask bout the bock Audio 251 cause i was hearing some many great things about this microphone he told me this microphone will get you that sound your looking for so i went ahead and got this bad boy and am happy to say this microphone really has that big sound airy highs up front mids and that full low end in a vocal i bin looking for i dont know what i do with out my bock audio 251 any one of there thinking about serious vocal quality get a bock audio 251 you wont forget the day you record with it. close [-]
May 12, 2010
Music Background: Recording Engineer,Sound Engineer
by Back in the Lab Productions from Detroit, MIAbsolutely an amazing mic in every facet. I find myself using it for everything from vox to sax to a room mic. Anything you put through it will immediately pop out of the mix with unreal warmth and ... read more [+]character. Granted, I own the Sounddelux version, but if Bock adheres to the same quality manufacturing standards, this mic will become a classic itself close [-]
January 16, 2008
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Hobbyist
The Bock Audio 251 is truly a modern classic, founded in essence on the epitome of classic vintage microphones, the ELAM 251, which is regarded to this day as "The Vintage Microphone" to have - IF you are fortunate enough to even be able to find an original! The 251 delivers a full low end and a present mid with an articulated but open top end response, warm and Full with a majestic brilliance! This is no ordinary microphone. If you are serious about your vocal microphone, this is where the buck stops! This is an essential microphone for anybody who needs high-end sonic character for their tracks. Not only for vocals! Anywhere where you need a perfect sonic fingerprint of your source! I do not want to record without a Bock ever again!
What a deal! Finding an original 251 today is nearly impossible and if you actually do find one, you'll most likely pay five-digit figures or more for it. To a collector or to any musician/engineer who won't settle for mediocrity, Bock has answered your dreams - and for a quarter of the price.
Bock Audio 251
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