Friday, October 7, 2022

Neumann M 49 V: The Return of an Icon

Ever since its introduction in 1951, the M 49 has been regarded as a studio microphone par excellence. With its continuously remote controlled polar pattern, it revolutionised studio technology and its incomparably silky sound has graced countless recordings, from the cool jazz of the 1950s until today’s chart toppers. As a result, the M 49 is in great demand not only among collectors, but also as a vital recording tool: The digital age has made its characterful sound even more desirable.

Now a new edition of this legendary microphone is available as the M 49 V.

The M 49 V is a reissue according to original specifications and design documents from the Neumann archive. It uses the same circuitry as the last and most popular historical revision, the M 49 c, but with an even lower noise, hand-selected subminiature tube. In our field tests, even renowned microphone experts could not detect any difference in sound. In timbre and dynamic behaviour, the M 49 V is identical to a historic M 49 in top condition. The circuitry and acoustic design have been adopted from the M 49 c. And the most important component, the classic K 49 large diaphragm capsule, has been manufactured by Neumann with no changes since the 1950s.

V for Variabel

Detail improvements have been made to the pattern control unit, which now automatically adapts to the mains voltage and is also compatible with old M 49 microphones. Instead of the old bayonet connector, the M 49 V uses the RF-tight connector of the historic broadcast version M 249. In addition, the M 49 V can be configured via internal switches, either as a made-to-order option or post-sales by Neumann Service.

Visit https://m49v.neumann.com

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