People argue about whether attempts to recreate the famous Neumann u47 tube mic sound like the original or not. When it comes to the Lawson L47, I don’t really care. This is an all time favorite microphone for recording voice. Some alto voiced females sound a little stuffy or chesty on the L47, but otherwise it’s a slam dunk on actors and singers. I especially appreciate this mic with sibilant voices, which are magically tamed. It’s great for recording things other than voice too. The continuously variable pattern adds versatility to the mic.
The gold finish seems to draw scorn or adoration. But you can order in silver, if you prefer. The gold bling certainly invites some glamour shots…
If you notice a hint of blue near the capsule, it’s not just lens flare. There is a blue LED inside the wire mesh that illuminates then you set a switch on the mic body to fixed cardioid. In the other switch position the LED shuts off and the continuously variable pattern selector is active.
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