Neumann M 150 Tube

Omni Tube Microphone with Titanium Capsule and Membrane
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Neumann M 150 Tube
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Vintage Sound - Modern Technology

Though the M 150 Tube is based on Neumann's classic M 50, the similarities between the two microphones end with their wonderful, warm sound. In terms of design, the M 150 Tube is thoroughly modern. Utilizing a unique 12mm pressure omni capsule mounted in a 40mm sphere, the M 150 Tube has a unique polar pickup, unparalleled transient response, and a low noise floor of 15 dBa. The membrane and capsule are constructed entirely of Titanium. The dynamic range of the M 150 Tube is 119 dB, allowing reproduction of the full musical expression, without restraint. With its low self noise, more gain can be used without risk of adding noise to the final product. Still, the M 150 Tube's rich, expansive sound - ideal for orchestral and small acoustic ensemble recording, in addition to capturing full-bodied vocals - might fool you into thinking you're hearing a classic vintage microphone at work.

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern Omni
Diaphragm Size 0.47" (12mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 134dB
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 79dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 15dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 40Hz
Pads -10dB
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 1.76 lbs.
Included Accessories Power Supply, Shock Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number 008457

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Awesome Mic Neumann M-150

Well folks Arend Raby was right again (as if you could doubt that)... The Neumann M-150 is the most pristine sounding Mic I have every heard. Along with the Amek Purepath preamp, the warmth and clarity of this Mic adds a dimension to the digital recording of vocals (Pro Tools TDM) that is only rivalled by the sound you can get on analog tape and top of the line analog boards. Trust me - it's well worth $4,500! Sweetwater does it again! --Al Moskowitz, Starbound Productions

Neumann`s answer to high fidelity?

Neumanns successor to the old classic M50. Taking the mic out of it`s aluminum case was an anticipated experience i`ve had for a long time. At almost 2 pounds a piece you`d better buy some good stands to go along with it. I`ve never tried any of the old M50`s, but based on what i read, this mic had a lot to live up to. I own most of the new Neumann mics, so i was anxious to try the M150`s out. The M150 capsule is an all-Titanium true pressure type, and the diaphragm is a small 12mm in diameter. The microphone has a very a low noise floor of 15 dBA (better than most solid state mics) and an outstanding frequency response, especially in the lower range (only -3 dB down at 16 Hz!). I first did a shoot out against a U87 with a male vocalist. I used an Focusrite Isa 110 pre amp through a Mackie D8b at 24 bit 48k .Monitoring was done on Mackie HR824`s. The U87(cardio) was clearly fuller on the bottom end but that was about it. The M150 sound was bigger and more pristine sounding. It made my friend sound like a totally new singer, definitely a step or two up in quality. Then was the M 149(omni), very close in terms of fidelity. The M 149 was a little warmer sounding but lacked the transparency of the M150. It would really depend on the singer between the two mics. Next i used a stereo pair M150`s on my Taylor 714ce. The room i recorded in was very small and very dry. I spaced the mics about 2 ft apart and 3ft back from the guitar. The first was aimed at the 10th fret of the guitar and the second mic was about 8 inces to the right of the Taylor`s bridge. I used the Focusrite pre`s again into a Lexicon Pcm 91 using a hint of a large room effect. After mixing down to 16 bit`s i usually disappointed at the loss of fidelity i get, but i have to say it is the best sounding acoustic guitar recording i have ever heard and i`ve been in the music field for 16 years. It has a sonorous richness in the frequencies I usually want to get rid of - that muddy area between 120 Hz to 280 Hz. The high end was crystal clear and very open sounding, something that can`t be said about those cheap Chinese imports. It`s midrange was warm and articulate and the bottom was full and focused. The imaging is the best i`ve heard and if you can afford a stereo pair you won`t be disappointed. Warm rich midrange. Yummy.

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

When you have that special session coming up, or you finally get that gig working for a major orchestra, the M 150 will be an astounding choice. There is a reason Neumann is considered one of the best mic manufacturers on the planet, and this is one of them. This mic is great for surround use and use with a DECCA tree.
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones, Neumann Condenser Microphones