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Advanced audio microphones, what's the word?

...shimmer. Female vocals sit in the mix better than my Neumann U87 or Pearlman TM2. Now, just waiting for the CM48 to be available...Dave, any info on ETA? KIDVYBES...thank you for all the information you've been sharing on these mics...much appreciated. Cheers

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Affordable Tube Microphone

...endorsements and that I "polish turds"?. I wish Dennis was still on Planet Earth as I would have sent him a CM48TUBE to try since I believe he was partial to plate output tube circuits. I think he would have really liked it. it would have been good to get his blessing. ...

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2nd vocal Mic $500 (ish) budget

...C800 is popular for rap. they have a great clone but it's out of your budget. They do have a CM48 that is in budget. other good used mic at about that price point: AT 4050 Groove Tubes MD1A (any of there FET stuff is crap), the MD1B is just ok. Sony C450

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Product Description

The Advanced Audio CM48 fet is a large diaphragm, 3-pattern fet condenser microphone featuring our AK47 capsule, which is based on the venerable Neumann U-47fet. The CM48 has the same response as the U-47fet but with the added advantage of three pickup patterns. We have also improved the stand attachment by fitting the threaded isolation mount that we use on our CM87 and CM47 microphones. The CM48fet can be successfully used to record vocals and bass and guitar amps, and is also an excellent room microphone. Capsule The CM48 features a double-sided, single back-plate 32mm K47 type capsule with a response identical to the original K47 capsule used in the U-47fet. Circuit The CM48 uses the same discrete, two-stage Class A transformer amplifier design found in our CM87 microphone. The AK47 capsule is 3-4dB less efficient than the AK67 capsule and features the cylindrical U-47 type head grill. This combination allows the microphone to handle higher sound pressure levels than the CM87. The CM48 also has a -10db pad as well as a 100Hz rumble filter. It comes in a rugged aluminum flight case with a very robust shock-mount.