Yes! The rumors are true: Neumann is releasing the M 49 V, a reissue of its classic M 49 tube microphone. In 1949, Neumann released the M 49 tube microphone and forever changed the landscape of recording. By 1951, the M 49 had become the industry standard, used in recording studios and broadcast environments worldwide. Now, with the limited release of the M 49 V, Neumann is again proving to audio professionals that the magic of this tube-driven, analog microphone remains unrivaled.
The M 49 was the first commercially available microphone with a remote-controlled variable pattern control. Recording engineers rejoiced since most bands or orchestras were recorded with a few microphones, often fixed installed. The remote control saved time and engineers could use the same microphone for different situations, such as for vocals or instruments.
Used throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, the M 49 set the reference sound for blues, jazz, pop, and classical music. If you’ve listened to legends such as Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, or Barbra Streisand, or to the top talents of today, such as Adele, you hear the M 49 at work. Anyone who is lucky enough to own a vintage M 49 treats it like a true treasure, like it is worth its weight in gold.
The reissue, the M 49 V, is a large diaphragm tube circuit microphone with a silky, warm, and magically rich, deep sound. The tube power supply houses the remote-controlled polar pattern (from omnidirectional to cardioid to figure-8). By today’s standards, the remote may seem like a secondary feature, but the signature sound remains unparalleled. A true workhorse, the M 49 V is a superb vocal microphone for all voices and is versatile enough for all types of instruments.
Neumann spent several years testing and refining this reissue with help from some of the most respected producers and sound engineers. The M 49 V is meticulously assembled by hand and is only available in limited quantities. The M 49 V Set includes the pattern control unit, the KC 5 cable, a shock mount, and a vintage-styled case.
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