The legendary tube microphone of the 1950s and 60s is finally available again. In the original.
- Reissue of the legendary M 49 with detail improvements
- Superb vocal microphone for male and female voices
- Versatile microphone for all types of instruments
- Classic tube circuit with output transformer
- Continuously variable polar pattern, remote controlled
- Made to original specifications using archived documentation
- New pattern control unit automatically adapts to mains voltage
- Handmade and hand soldered in Germany
- Handmade vintage case manufactured in Germany
Introduced in 1951, the M 49 revolutionized studio technology with its continuously variable, remote-switchable polar pattern. And, of course, with its incomparably full, silky sound, which has made its mark on countless recordings to this day. The M 49 V is what many have been eagerly waiting for: a reissue according to original specifications!
THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING BIG
The M 49 is a great microphone in every respect. For as impressive as its physical appearance is its incomparable sound. With its revolutionary technology, the M 49 has set new standards altogether. The M 49 is a true Neumann legend.
EVERYTHING AND MORE
The objective itself was grand: in the early 1950s, a reference microphone was developed in cooperation with the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (Northwest German Broadcasting) that was to replace all previous ones. Instead of having to replace the capsule in order to change the directional characteristic, the M 49 allowed remote controlling the polar pattern from the power supply – continuously. With its balanced frequency response in all directional patterns from omnidirectional to cardioid to figure-8, including intermediate settings, the M 49 is a truly universal microphone: be it orchestra, piano, trumpet, or vocals, the M 49 is suitable for recordings of all kinds to the highest standard. As a result, the M 49 was, and still is, in great demand. No other Neumann microphone of the tube age was manufactured for a longer period: from 1951 to 1971. Countless legendary recordings from cool jazz to present day pop bear its elegant sound signature. The M 49 is an inseparable part of the Neumann DNA.
THE BEST OF THE BEST
At last, the legend is available again! The M 49 V is a reissue of the last revision c. Over the years, the M 49 was continuously improved: the originally installed Hiller tube MSC2 was replaced by the Telefunken tube AC701 and then the AC701k. This and other circuit changes improved the signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range, and immunity to interference. In parallel, a broadcast version, the M 249, was issued with an RF-proof connector.
The M 49 V uses the same circuit as the M 49 c, but with an even lower noise subminiature tube. Since high-frequency interference has increased dramatically due to mobile phone networks and WiFi, the RF-proof connector has been adopted from the M 249.
The included NM V pattern control unit is designed to automatically provide the optimal heater voltage for both the M 49 V and any historical M 49; it also automatically adapts to the local mains voltage. Additionally, the M 49 V set includes the iconic yoke mount, whose flexible positioning has contributed to the M 49’s enormous popularity. The M 49 V set is delivered in a high-quality case, which, like the entire microphone, is handmade in Germany.
Like the M 49 c and also the M 49 b, the M 49 V has a 1st order high pass filter at 30 Hz, which suppresses low frequency interference such as impact noise. The high-pass frequency can be lowered to 12 Hz via an internal switch S4. This reproduces the low frequency response of the early M 49 (without suffix) up to 1957, which did not have this high pass yet. At the same time, a certain protection against infrasound is retained.
The M 49 b variant had an additional switch S2, which could be used to set the microphone to fixed cardioid characteristic. To ensure full compatibility with historical M 49 b microphones as well, the M 49 V also has this internal S2 switch. This deactivates the pattern switching; the sensitivity increases by about 2 dB, and the equivalent noise level decreases by about 3 dB. This setting is useful if the M 49 V is to be used exclusively in cardioid mode, e.g. for vocals or speech.
In the default delivery state, the high-pass filter is set to 30 Hz and pattern switching is activated. The internal switches should not be operated by the user, but only by Neumann Service. The M 49 V can be ordered in the desired switch configuration.