The Neumann CMV 551 is a bottle neck tube condenser microphone that is quite unique. Since it is indeed a tube condenser mic it comes with its own power supply and cable. I've only used this mic for recording and it is strictly designed for use in the recording studio.
I've only used the Neumann CMV 551 two or three times for recording vocals in a local professional studio and even in this limited use I was incredibly impressed. This is a very unique microphone because it is one of the only bottle neck microphones that Neumann has made throughout the years and at the same time is a tube condenser mic. As far as recording vocals with this mic, it really sounds great - especially for female vocals, but for male and female alike. It has a really crisp high end while at the same time has full and warm sound that ranges across the frequency spectrum. While I've only used the Neumann CMV 551 for recording vocals, it is absolutely capable of recording just about any type of instrument that you would want to use a tube condenser mic because it is quite a well rounded mic. Beyond the incredible sound quality of this mic, it has a really awesome look to it that no doubt will impress whoever is using it! It also has the Neumann seal so you can rely on it to be built well and to work as long as you treat it properly. You can also rely on it to have a huge price tag because it is indeed a Neumann and is a vintage one at that. While I can't say I would recommend going out and getting one of these to everyone because of the rarity and steep price, I can say that if you are ever at a studio that has one, you should definitely take advantage!
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zarce's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" bite"
I have a stereo pair with different capsule, cardio M7 M8 Bi, M9 omni for large membranes and a series of small capsules membranes ranging from cardio to omnis.
I used me for voice taken on a beautiful sax and lately I've dubbed the amp electric guitar piece from the bottom (of course) and I got great results.
this is a micro lamp body which supports different capsule and which has its own power supply.
it needs to heat several hours before use, I noticed optimum sound after 4-5 H heating.
on vocals gives many medium and that's when you go up the treble with a good EQ it becomes magic, suddenly the voice fills the space, because accuracy is gained in the high end without losing drop of biting in the midrange.
like all the microphones must be put in a position to see if it is suitable to the voice you are recording. But when a voice is beautiful, it just makes transcend it.
I have also taken the folk guitars with a tape recorder and got excellent results.
for the record, I just finished the album Jazz world of a cape Verdean artist, I did all the voices struggling with this microphone, and among all the titles, there was also a recorded title with equipment low end, this title was given to mix and I recorded the voice of the singer with the M7 at the replay, impossible to mix the voice was too bitter for reports dealing instruments .. I ' I re-recorded the vocals with an electrostatic micro AT 4040 and everything is back to normal
I use it for 5 months
I try the microwave range and entered lamp current without being very convinced.
what I love most: the bite that does not lose when you go up the treble.
what I like least: I can not move my coffee.