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c-37, Large diaphragm condenser tube microphone from Sony.


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Sony c-37 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Model: c-37
  • Category: Large diaphragm condenser tube microphones
  • Added in our database on: 06/29/2005

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Sony c-37 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
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 1 user review33 %
ericthegreat09/21/2011

ericthegreat's review

Sony c-37
This is a tube based condenser that sony has put out a few years ago but its still used in today‘s fast paced music work. . I was surprised initially to see this microphone in the studio where I work, as I didn't really know Sony had any kind of reputation for making microphones. However, I soon discovered that it is in fact a fine piece of equipment.
I wouldn't take this microphone out of the studio at all. If you can even find one nowadays, it's going to be really fragile, and definitely really expensive to fix. Depending on the injury it might even be impossible to fix. It also doesn't really have much use out in "the field" if you will, as it's warmth and response render it better for relatively close-mic'd situations. It comes with it's own power supply, as most tube mics do. The power supply has a bass roll-off option on it.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, I really enjoyed using it on a guitar amp, as it provided a round, fat tone that didn't lose any clarity or feel too bright (even though I was using my Strat, which is the brightest sounding guitar I've ever heard). This worked better for cleaner guitars, not heavily distorted ones. I have likewise enjoyed it's use on acoustic guitars when I need a similarly warm response. If you can find a C 37 used it will cost you a pretty penny, but is probably a good price if you are considering buying this as your go to all around, all purpose microphone. This being said, it is probably out of the price range for the home studio owner, and is generally suited for professionals. This is a highly sought after mic with a great reputation and the sound quality to back it up. Sony has been making high quality products forever, and the C-37 is one of their best microphones.
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mooseherman09/27/2010

mooseherman's review"Rare, expensive, wonderful mic"

Sony c-37
This is a tube based condenser microphone made by Sony. I was surprised initially to see this microphone in the studio where I work, as I didn't really know Sony had any kind of reputation for making microphones. However, I soon discovered that it is in fact a fine piece of equipment.
I wouldn't take this microphone out of the studio at all. If you can even find one nowadays, it's going to be really fragile, and definitely really expensive to fix. Depending on the injury it might even be impossible to fix. It also doesn't really have much use out in "the field" if you will, as it's warmth and response render it better for relatively close-mic'd situations. It comes with it's own power supply, as most tube mics do. The power supply has a bass roll-off option on it.

OVERALL OPINION

I love the warmth and tone of this microphone. I assume that the tube based technology is the primary reason for its phenomenal sound. The microphone has aged really well, too, as it tends to give a sound and response that really doesn't come around so much any more.
I really enjoyed using it on a guitar amp, as it provided a round, fat tone that didn't lose any clarity or feel too bright (even though I was using my Strat, which is the brightest sounding guitar I've ever heard). This worked better for cleaner guitars, not heavily distorted ones (more Elvis Presley than Metallica). I have likewise enjoyed it's use on acoustic guitars when I need a similarly warm response.
I also really like its use on vocals. I've had good sessions with female singers, especially with the bass rolled off (depending on the singers range). I haven't used it on any male vocalists other than myself but I really liked it there, too. I would say that if you are older (ahem...richer) and you really want a great microphone, this mic would definitely be worth it. I've used a couple other tube mics and while they were all great in their own way, this one had an elusive flavor to it that was unique (probably due to its being made by a Japanese company rather than a German or American company). I highly recommend using this mic.
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moosers03/13/2009

moosers's review

Sony c-37
The Sony C-37 is a tube condenser microphone best suited for use in the recording studio. I have only used this mic in recording studio and wouldn't recommend using it in any sort of live situation, as these are old mics and are fragile. The C-37 comes in its own swivel mount holder that makes it sturdy and easy to place. It has its own power supply that has bass roll off on it.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the classic Sony C-37 tube condenser mic for about four or five years and it is truly a great microphone. The sound comes in crystal clear with a warmth that not many microphones have. Due to the tubes and older parts it has, it has a unique tone and cannot be replicated by something other than the real thing. I have used the Sony C-37 for all types of applications and have found it highly effective on vocals, guitars, stand up bass, horns, and woodwind instruments. It has a fullness to its sound that makes it great on such a variety of different instruments. Due to its extraordinary sound and how long it has been around, the C-37 has become pretty rare and is prone to injury because of how fragile it is. If you can find one used it will cost you a pretty penny, but is probably a good price if you are considering buying this as your go to all around, all purpose microphone. This being said, it is probably out of the price range for the home studio owner, and is generally suited for professionals. This is a highly sought after mic with a great reputation and the sound quality to back it up. Sony has been making high quality products forever, and the C-37 is one of their best microphones.
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