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moosers 07/22/2010

Wunder Audio CM7 : moosers's user review


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The Wunder Audio CM7 is a tube condenser microphone that is basically a copy of a Neumann U47. It isn't just inspired by it, it's literally a piece by piece replica. It's actually a replica of the earliest U47's, which are the most sought after ones because they feature a different transformer, which is in the CM7. The CM7 has two possible pick up patterns - either cardioid or omnidirectional. It picks up frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz as well, which is the full range of human hearing. It also comes with it's own shock mount, power supply, cable, and wood carrying case.


While I've never had the opportunity to try out a Neumann U47 and a Wunder Audio CM7 side by side, I can say that the CM7 is a phenomenal microphone regardless of what it is trying to live up to. It has a really pure tone, with a really rich and thick lower end that you'll get with tube microphones of this caliber. I've only used it for recording male vocalists, but for this application it really shines. The vocals come in thick and smooth, and it sounds like the person is singing right into your ear. I don't know too much about the technical aspects of the CM7 when compared to the U47 beyond what I've already mentioned, but from what I've been told the mic is pretty much an exact clone of a very hard to find U47 microphone. Of course with such a high quality is going to come a high price, but the CM7 is certainly nowhere near as expensive as a U47 in general, let a lone an original U47. If you are a professional engineer or studio owner looking for that go to, all purpose, tube microphone, you simply can't go wrong with the CM7. You can certainly spend more if you'd like, but why do so when you can have the CM7! Just a really stellar microphone in every way...