Soundelux USA U195 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-Diaphragm Cardioid FET Microphone
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From Soft Vocals to Heavy Drums, the 195 Excels!

The Soundelux by Bock Audio 195 large-diaphragm FET microphone is practically two mics in one, as it lets you select between "fat" and "norm" modes for bass response tailoring, as well as providing a lo-cut switch. A unique variable pad allows the 195 to operate in even the highest SPL situations. This handmade premium microphone has great extended high and low frequency response, fantastic dynamic impact, and no typical FET mic high end "fizzle". If you need a no-compromise "go-to" mic that sounds amazing and won't break the bank, Sweetwater engineers never hesitate to recommend the Soundelux by Bock Audio 195!

Soundelux by Bock Audio 195 Large-diaphragm FET Microphone at a Glance:
  • Built with quality in mind
  • No FET fizzle
  • The "do-it-all" mic
  • Handcrafted excellence
  • Soundelux by Bock Audio modern vintage mics

Built with quality in mind
The 195 provides a pad (-15dB) and bass roll-off (10dB ) - further enhancing this microphone's extraordinary versatility. Component selection and construction reflect Bock Audio's dedication to lasting quality. The capsule uses a premium-quality 1-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm.The electronics package has no surface mount components. Instead, it incorporates Roderstein resistors, low ESR elecrolytic capacitors, polypropylene coupling capacitors and a unique FET circuit exhibiting remarkable low noise, low capacitance, and extended high frequency characteristics.

No FET fizzle
Ample headroom throughout prevents the FET "fizzle" plaguing other designs, while a massive output transformer maintains coherent signal integrity across the full audio bandwidth.

The "do-it-all" mic
For budget-conscious studios facing a wide range of demands, the 195 serves as a "do-it-all" premium condenser microphone. It delivers superb results on lead vocal tracks as well as in VO/ADR use, providing remarkable fullness and presence with exceptionally low background noise.

Handcrafted excellence
195 capsules are hand-picked by David Bock. Each capsule must meet his criteria or they are rejected. The other microphone parts in the assembly are all sourced locally in Los Angeles and hand assembled, one at a time, by David Bock himself in his production area in Los Angeles, CA.

A note about Bock Audio:
Soundelux by Bock Audio 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 re-create 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.

Soundelux by Bock Audio 195 Features:
  • FET w/ Stable Bias, medium to low gain
  • Pattern: Cardioid
  • Transformer: Bock design, US made, very large
  • Proximity effect: +8 to +16dB at 100Hz, mode dependent
  • Fat switch, low cut switch, 10dB pad
  • Wide applications, guitar, amps, vocals, drums
  • Capsule: 1" LD Classic center terminated K67 design
  • Frequency range: 10-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 14mV/Pa Equiv.
  • Noise: 23dB (unweighted) 12dB ("A" weighted)
  • S/N ratio: 71dB (unweighted) 82dB ("A" weighted)
  • Max SPL: 125dB @0.5%
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Dynamic range: 115dB
  • Dimensions: 2.09" x 7.7" (5.3 x 19.5 cm) Weight: 1.75lbs.
  • Power consumption: 0.5mA @48vdc
  • Power supply: Phantom powered, user provided
The Soundelux by Bock Audio 195 large-diaphragm FET microphone does it all and sounds incredible!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-16kHz
Max SPL 111dB SPL
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 20Hz, -10dB
Pads -10dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.6 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand mount, Wood box
Manufacturer Part Number U195

Customer Reviews

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Great Mic

Purchase this to use as my main vocal microphone. It does a stellar job on female vocals but I am particularly blown away by this microphone on cello. So far I have only used it on female vocal and cello, but I can only imagine that it will be incredible on most acoustic instruments . U195-API -Distressor-
Music background: Musician/engineer/producer

Bock Audio 195

A friend of mine has this mic and I went to his house the other day to record a track. He showed me this mic and it was all downhill from there. I used this microphone on literally everything I recorded that day. From upright bass, to dobro, to violin to vocals and acoustic guitar. I barely had to do any mixing after the session!!
Music background: Lead Audio Engineer, Springwood Productions

Does it all

This is an incredible microphone. Great for woodwinds, seriously, try this on a tenor saxophone! It's great for vocals too, and I recently mic'd a bass drum with it and loved the sound of it. I can't imagine it would sound bad on anything really. The mode switch is a definite plus, and it goes from a clean 'norm' mode to a more vibey 'fat' mode that i prefer most of the time for my purposes. It's like two mics in one and you really can't go wrong here! I'm seriously considering saving up for another! I will say however, that I'm not a huge fan of the mic clip/mount and am looking into getting a shockmount for the microphone. Besides that, the functionality and sound of this thing is still worth 5 stars to me!
Music background: Engineer/Drummer

Great Vocal Mic

I did a blind A/B vocal test with this mic (the Soundelux U195 version) against vintage rebuilt U47s, U67s, and U87s. I was STUNNED. The 195 was the CLEAR winner to everyone listening. How could this be? I'm a male baritone. The bass response was deep and had just the right strength (it was beautiful). The high end was perfectly airy. How could this FET mic do this? Well, it did. Great vocal mic.
Music background: Pro musician, composer, performer

Bock 195

Great spectacular sound I loved it
Music background: Recording engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Robby Resnick

The Bock Audio 195 is an amazingly clean, slightly vintage-sounding, switchable FET mic. It's clean, crisp, and very transparent, yet has a lot of character. Definitely one of my personal favorite FET mics for vocals.
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