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Bock Audio 251 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone Reviews

5.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • Stuart Niven

    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!

  • Joseph Secu

    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.

  • from mark knudson May 18, 2015Music Background:
    Pro musician for 40 years, Studio Owner.

    the Bock Audio 251, So beyond all others.

    I've Been using the Bock 251 (Sound Deluxe 251) for the past 10 years and it is still my go to mic. I've been using it with a vintage lexicon 200 reverberator with stellar results. Unlike most, I record voice live with effects, and it is amazing the depth this mic delivers. It is absolutely true what they say, the bottom end is huge but defined, the high end is smoky with sparkle and it gives the vocal artist a whole new dimension to play in. If you can, you've gotta give yourself a break and test one of these baby's out.

  • from Austin, TX September 6, 2014Music Background:
    Producer, Recording Engineer, Teacher, Studio Owner

    Go-To LDC

    I've owned this mic for 4 years, and it's my go-to for everything from soul and reggae to punk rock. Sounds great on a well-made acoustic, as well as strings and horns. Hell, just put on some cans and try it on anything. Chances are it's going to sound stellar.

  • from December 2, 2013

    Bock 251 studio mic

    I've owned the Bock 251 for just over three months now, used it on a several vocals/piano/sax/acoustic bass all through my Manley Vox box,... amazing quality, stunning. I can't imagine anything better, perhaps just as good but certainly not better, I've used the AKG C12, Rode Original Classic, Neuman U87,Royer Ribbons, all have a slightly different character as you would expect... BUT... the Bock 251 for me just fits into my studio perfectly,... I'm very proud to have such a piece of equipment. If you can afford it, you won't be disappointed.

  • from Southeast, US USA May 11, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician, Recordist, Songwriter

    Best Vocal Mic in the world...for me....

    I'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.

    THIS 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".

  • from Tortola British Virgin Islands May 12, 2010Music Background:
    Recording Engineer,Sound Engineer

    That Sound I bin Looking For Why So Easy

    First 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 and 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.

  • from Detroit, MI January 16, 2008Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Hobbyist

    Sweet stuff...

    Absolutely 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 character. Granted, I own the Sounddelux version, but if Bock adheres to the same quality manufacturing standards, this mic will become a classic itself

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