Lauten Audio LA-320 by BMGLoftStudios
This mic has a very smooth sound with a non hyped upper midrange and top end. Most other tube mics close to this price range have an over hyped top end usually due to an improperly matched Chinese capsule. It has the slight rounding of transients that we all love from tubes. The noise floor is quite good and wasn't an issue at all for me. The build quality of the mic and power supply is very solid with quality caps and resistors, etc being used. The addition of a low pass feature along with the high pass is very nice and tuned to be very practical in real world practice. I would love to see this mic with variable polar patterns and pad but for 499 pricing this is a fantastic tune mic. I've had good success using it on various sources from vocals to guitars and horns. I've included a link to a video I made for my YouTube channel when Lauten sent this item for review.