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Publié le 12/16/10 à 06:08
Originally written by fabrice.fargues on Audiofanzine FR.

Condenser mic with different polar patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional, figure 8)
Low cut and 10dB pad
Sold with case, wind screen and suspension


OVERALL OPINION

I bought it twice: the manufacturing quality, the easy handling and the price appealed to me...
I use it to record choirs. The sound precision is ok. The definition is very good in high frequencies without being harsh. Very good for female vocals. The mids sound a bit too "hard." It captures the deepness of male voices but has a slight lack of warmth. A good preamp will compensate that a bit...
I was pleasantly surprised by the timbre reproduction of rich and complex sounding instruments like a clarinet or a flute, when close miking (otherwise the high frequencies are too emphasized). It can handle loud sources (trombone, trumpet) and is very versatile. Good product considering its very affordable price.
Of course, it's not a Neumann U87 (I'm a fan): it has neither the precision nor the warmth, but the value for money is very good.

Pros:

- comprehensive set of accessories
- Selectable polar pattern
- All-round mic
- Value for money
- Clean sound

Cons:
- Mids are a bit "hard"
- Overemphasized high frequencies
- Lack of warmth and roundness

It has never failed (no defects) after four years of use. With a good EQ and a good preamp, you'll get satisfying results but don't expect the same sound as an M149 because there is a huge difference between them... Very useful to learn and understand miking techniques (polar pattern, position, etc.) without going bankrupt... High-quality products will come later...
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