The Neumann Model M 149
multi-directional condenser microphone (1995)
The M 149 Tube is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with switchable polar patterns. It is the first new “Tube” microphone design from Neumann in over 30 years, and also the world’s first transformerless tube microphone. The head grille is instantly recognizable to vintage Neumann aficionados as that of the classic M 49/M 50. The capsule (K 49), also from the M 49, is a select version of the K 47 capsule from the famous U 47. The circuitry of the M 149 Tube includes a tube amplifier coupled with Neumann’s FET 100 transformerless circuitry as used in Neumann’s award-winning TLM 50 microphone. This is Neumann’s top of the line “flagship” model.
Danny Munro performs with an M 149 in 2008 at Rudisill Recording.
Neumann M 149 polar patterns and frequency response.
Top to bottom: Omnidirectional, Unidirectional, Bidirectional.