Neumann M 149 Tube

Neumann M 149 Tube

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M 149 Tube, Large diaphragm condenser tube microphone from Neumann in the M 149 series.

8 user reviews
Prices starting at $5,000 Average price: $5,000

Neumann M 149 Tube tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Neumann
  • Model: M 149 Tube
  • Series: M 149
  • Category: Large diaphragm condenser tube microphones
  • Added in our database on: 03/27/2004

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Neumann M 149 Tube user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 8 reviews )
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moosers's review

Neumann M 149 Tube
The Neumann M 149 is a tube condenser microphone designed and used in the recording studio setting. It comes with a power supply and a special cable that can only be used with this mic. It has a switch for a 9 different polar patterns and has seven position bass roll off. These both come in handy as it increases the versatility of the mic. I'm not sure what type of tube it has but it adds a tremendous bit of warmth to the mic. It is also nice to have the shockmount as it is a heavy microphone and needs to be protected and held up strong.


I've been using the Neumann M 149 for a little bit under a year and it is really a great sounding mic. It is full sounding and works with a number of different instruments. I like it best on stand up bass, acoustic guitar, vocals, and cello. It really picks up the low of a stand up bass or cello and is definitley is my go to mic for these applications. It also sounds great when placed near the resonator of an acoustic guitar as it picks up the low mids and the mids well. It has a rich tone to it and its versatility with rolloff and polar patterns makes it a great all around mic. The warmth that the tubes give off gives this mic a special quality. While I wouldn't say that it colors the sound as it is a pretty clean tone, it picks up a wide range of frequencies and acts with the tube to create a unqiue sound. While it costs a pretty penny if you're looking for a high end tube microphone. Neumann's reputation is well known throughout the recording industry and this mic is as good as any I have used!

jctroyes's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The micro spares you the thing debates VS Tip"

Neumann M 149 Tube
How not to have an opinion other than positive and inverted find real major flaws in this mic will demonstrate some bad times.

The question is, as a result, how you offer an opinion other than praise and built the M149!?

Why Neumann? Other alternatives (nine)?
So yes, there are some alternatives, I think:
- Brauner VMX (I have long hesitated) less "heavy" and beautifully elaborate on the control of wheezing.
- AKG C12VR, the VR version is not identical to the original, but what a microphone!
- Josephson C716, beautiful but also capricious according to the source!
- Sanken Cu44X sometimes steep but so "transparent".
- ...
While this level of budget, why switch over to a Neumann M149?

Is at the risk of shocking you, for it is a Neumann !!
Let me explain: I have not the chance to pay me in the studio all these great references are all magical in addition to the M149 (I already dream of two M150). And that a group, a prod, a musician learns about my studio as per the list of my hardware (it is a reality) implies that if I had taken a Sanken or AC Josephson does not always speak and we are left to speak of the microphone (his life, his work ...) as if they were going to sell it.

Let's be realistic as the M149 is really an impressive micro and the fact that it is called Neumann rassuruer guarantees a regular production standardization.

A studio to work must also do rentals, and Neumann is easier to rent a Brauner, for example ...

A good look, this is a good price for its quality report or a VMX C12VR are no prizes above (in general). Character different but equally magical.


The problem with such a beautiful micro is that we tolerate more use another micro devices or of lesser quality ... which is a mistake (youth). On the contrary my work with this micro returns easier on dynamic microphones (not voice) therefore the sound work plans, the mix is ​​much easier. What is difficult is to accept not put anything like treatment (go to comp ... -3 dB EQ and 2 points for that ...). And you'll find that even the frankly very good plugins will not give you satisfaction, whereas before it was your magical COMBO. The phrase "we'll see ca mix" is no longer an option.

If you've always wanted this magic in the sound of your albums, sometimes in a long hours of intensive and sometimes a little luck work (and experience) from the right source with the right microphone (provided you have the park) ...
NOW it's over ... everything becomes simple, obvious. You place your microphone, you adjust the distance and the polar curve ... a good preamp (I confirm Fearm for DW) and converter.

Sound starts here, in this price range and its quality (ok a little before too)
Coherence spectrum (which has nothing to do with color or neutral), but detailed retailer, versatile (to my surprise), accessible price (it's not Wunder Audio)

No debate possible (or really relevant) VS thing thing ...

A captivated silence falls in the studio while listening. Close eyes and ears open. Your work and know how little finally speak freely.

rroland's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann M 149 Tube
THE ultimate vocal microphone lamps. All directivity are possible, with 9 not to spend omni hypercardio. SPECIFICATIONS Alim and suspension adapts books in the box (phew!)


The M149 has impressed me so much that I bought. It is true that the price is somewhat prohibitive, but it is well known: when you love it does not count! This micro possde a prsence incredible, as if a "Aphex" well rgl silent Intgr to MODEL. No breath, every nuance of restitution (as singers apprcient). I possde an old U47, which alleged the M149 is inspired. Okay, I hear the same thing too. The breath is gone, it was clear, but the sound is not the same at all. Not better, not worse, Different. Dare I critique? Yes! I find the M149 a supper aggressive when the cost alone. In the mix by gnial against it: the voice comes out good, even mix "at the bottom." on the other hand, if I had to record voices a capella, I think I will be happy with a U87. But what prsence for the M149, what looks too (not shown in photo, but it is really big). In short: a must that dcevra person (not paid advertising :-)

OdysseyV's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann M 149 Tube
Very difficult to notice, depending on its use, and what you want ressortir.Je personally had a good shure, but I got the world neumann, the enthusiasts and collectionneus.
Certe its price is exorbitant but everything has a price and Neumann received to exit from a new microphone, the M 149 tube was crowned in 1995, so respect my friends ... Let's hope that the final solution D.
He takes very well since it's grave frequency between 20 Hz-20kHz, for up to 114 db of cashable. The M 149 is a tube microphone directivity variable.C DOUBLE capsule is the capsule K49, of the legendary U 47 and M 49, which is utilisée.Contrairement to old designs, the tube is associated with a transformerless output circuit . The M 149 Tube can be used on cables for long distances, eg 20 m without any deterioration.


Is there to listen, his only complaint being too sensitive to the slightest background noise, there must be space that will receive, and provide a high performance car, but purists prefer the U47 for its warmth ... again Tartavez thank you, I never forget you

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