Neumann M 149 Tube
Neumann M 149 Tube

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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.

Querelle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"In the lineage from the M 49 ?"

Neumann M 149 Tube
Tube microphone appearing together with the M 147 in 1995 to meet the aspiration for coming back to the warmth of the sound of tube microphones, abandoned 20 years earlier (the M 49 was discontinued in 1974) because of of the advantages from FET microphones: no external power supply, lower noise level, less maintenance. The capsule K 47/49 is acoustically identical to the K 47 and K 49 capsules that most of the U 47 and M 49, those produced from 1956, are fitted with.

In contrast to M 49, M 149 has no output transformer. The nine directivity patterns, from omni to figure eight, are accessible through a sliding switch located on the front of the microphone.(End of the revised translation, follow-on is automatic translation.)

They typically result from combinations of signals from the half-capsules in and out. For the cardioid, there is a small contribution of the half-capsule back contrary to the rule that maps this position to operate the single signal of the half-capsule before. Neumann has taken into account so the user experience in excess of 49 million just cardioid position towards the omni on the continuous adjustment of the directivity in the power supply to achieve a minimum level of uptake in the opposite direction of maximum sensitivity. In the M 147, the single directivity resulting from the operation of the single signal of the capsule before half corresponds to the directional link between cardioid and hypercardioid M 149's. The two microphones are also electrically identical, except resistance added to the M 147 to decrease the sensitivity in response to complaints from early users of the M 149 with high sensitivity can cause problems with some pre-amps (start the pad is almost a mandatory Fearn for example), their difference in sound reproduction possible directivity for this could be due to the different shape of the M 147, especially his head. The shape of the grid the M 149 is identical to that of M 49, but according to the instructions it is more acoustically transparent, which is likely because it reveals the capsule easily unlike that of M 49 (see photo). A switch on the rear panel to select the cutoff frequency of the low-cut filter from 7 values ​​of 20 Hz to 160 Hz Some specifications (omni / cardioid / figure eight): Sensitivity 34/47/62 mV / Pa Equivalent noise level 16/13/11 dB Noise level to less than 0.5% THD 120 dB SPL Noise level to less than 5% THD 136 dB SPL Maximum output level 18 dBu Weight 730 g Diameter 70 mm Length 201 mm Note the high sensitivity, allowing to bypass preamp on high-level sources, such as a battery, and the noise level quite low for a tube microphone. Between the three versions EU, US and the United Kingdom, there is the power cord that is changing as the N 149 A power supply that came with the microphone is compatible with all mains voltages ( lang = en & id = & cid = current_accessories db_current_accessories &) dbid = 83: The Three available versions of the N 149 A just Differ in Their Hands enclosed power cable.)


I did some piano taken home with a pair of M 149. Neumann M 149 recommended especially for piano ( It is also the case of M 49, the microphone of choice Tacet label, including listening to the recordings of Yevgeny Korolyov.

The fact that the sensitivity is high does not preclude using this microphone in a non-treated and non-soundproofed. The sensitivity is the ratio between the output voltage and noise picked up by the microphone. If the microphone has a lower output level, must be compensated by a higher gain preamp, but it does not mean we will hear less noise and small defects of room acoustics. At that rate there would have to say below how mV / Pa microphone can be used at home. An original M 49 7 mV / Pa can he agree? But a Prodipe LSP to 20 mV / Pa, is probably better not? This is ridiculous!

Obviously I'd rather save the Salle Pleyel, rather than at home, regardless of the microphones ... Like here where we see a pair of M 149 on the piano Eschenbach:
# ws
Abbey Road, it would suit me well too:
(a pair of M 49 on the piano by David Fray. ... And always Mozart)
But ... I play well enough for that. ;)

But back to my experience as an amateur records in a common living room. So if you're pro, go your way, this can not interest you (thank you for reading so far, however). About 149 M, Neumann speaks of warmth and transparency. What is heat? Here are two takes, recorded a week apart, same piano, same piano, same Chopin nocturne, even mic placement, even cardioid (and Fearn VT-2 preamp, but it did not matter much , preamps built the Fireface 400 would do the following as well), which will give you an idea of ​​how the M 149 has the heat that no other microphones, however, very high quality but with a more " modern "here Brauner Valvet:

Brauner Valvet:

Neumann M149

And compared to 49 million, what happens? I can not say because I do not have access to 49 million. I could compare this pair of M 149 to a pair of 49 FLEA on the same socket (see photo), 4 microphones (specifically their power through which pass the signals) are connected to an interface MR816X Steinberg. The FLEA 49 is a clone of M 49, very faithful to the sound level according to the privileged few who were able to compare (and Plush fragilo on Gearslutz). The ones I have used one capsule F7, a replica of the capsule FLEA M 7 polyester membrane (see above for the historical legitimacy of the capsule). But the tube is not the AC701's 49 million tube became scarce and expensive.

Micro 1:
Micro 2:

Based on these few tests, I find the Neumann M 149 affirmed a relationship with the M 49. However, he draws the piano with a slightly finer line: If the M 49 is a pencil mine B, the M 149 would have a wealth HB. But the colors inside the line are surprisingly close.

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

Neumann M 149 Tube
Ultimate Micro? ... yes if we had to pick just. - For those who want a voice bigger than life, it's here!


I have a pretty good experience with this microphone, is sitting down, handsome, his nose just right, the overall balance is excellent, ... For those who want a voice bigger than life "is here! Placement is easy (like all good microphones) and rendering is simply BEAUTIFUL. It stands alone in a mix.

I naturally share the previous opinions on the high sensitivity of this mic: it is a pro mic, used in a pro environment: a good cab.

What I like least? its price! although justified.

fabrice.fargues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Neumann M 149 Tube
See other view says it all silent ....


For quite some time, I wanted to have one ... Rendering me more than once "sat" ... That's it, I, and the last fortnight, I do all my recording voice over ... Coupled a DW Fearn VT2, a "dchire" ... The natural dconcertant, we did not really used to these microphones that take a sound and restores the perfection, with a precision in microsurgery dtail worthy of the most advanced ... The man's voice is perfect, but the voices fminines, it is inevitable, I never happy with the n'tais rsultat got with my AKG, TLM103, U87 same, microphones tend EXAGRES medium up, artificially low, and the "Contents noise" found himself altre, and forgotten the sound is l. .. It's really trs natural, and how clearly how deep ... The sensitivity non-standard, this microphone is not carefree even when he takes ... So noisy environments, reasoning, problem will be much grate ... This micro likes the distance, if the location permits, antipop 80cm between the filter and mouth are Necessary for having the most natural sound ... L is magic ... It MRIT, this sensitivity will allow to capture the most subtle motions is not forcment Grable by the first comer, but with some patience and testing, when we start the taming, magic s'opre and all your other microphones, full of quality, however, seem bland and artificial ... A must, a REFERENCE for quite some years now for anything I do not spare ... The only downside is its price: prohibitive ... The quality has a price, of course, but, even if the game is worth it, 4000 is far from being given ... It must be seen as an investment, the value added that gives our work is undeniable, it touches the grail sound with this little gem ... and when one loves, one does not count ...
Angeldiam prod09/17/2005

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

Neumann M 149 Tube
With 9 directivity and 7 positions of low-cut filter, you can do anything with this micro tube.
Although sr voice will remain the domain of prdilection well as a cello you could imagine in (cello, not the micro ...).

Beware, if no booth, DANGER, it tends trs trs easily capture background noise, such as the fan of a PC in another pice derrire and even a door closed e, and following the prampli Employ one can have background noise - 50 dB!


I use it for six months day and night, and yes we can do without it APRS!

Well, I will not tell what was good dj t trs and also just to say I put my legendary U-47 on display that I have farm to avoid his breath does s'chappe.

For a woman's voice that we want to heat (voice, no ...) I have not found anything better.
What serious, how clearly what prsence, what sensuality (though the adpend ...)!
But watch out (again), even in the heart, it is a VERY good isophonisation (like a new word!) Otherwise you will hear a drop of sweat drops one of the singer (the one we will be heated e). While associated with a Pramp. DW Fearn VT, we hear the trickle of his skin, and stuck derrire the mix, the headphones on, we must not forget to attach to the chair and stuck the wheels!

As for the report qualitprix, a year of RMI is hard, if not even indcent. It's always the same with the gear "A" class, the proportionality is not linear, it is plutt indexes on the price of a barrel of ptrole! But the only one that is aligned, the Brauner VM-1 and the price (thanks Dirk), it feels as fuel oil, so ... May be that with the release of their famous "SOLUTION" .... NEUMANN review its prices down (it's nice to RVer).

Yes, I know, for much less was also the M-147, but choose, is far better U-87ai, even if there is no lamp!

So there not rflechir must borrow, it's like a ...

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

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 :-)