Bock Audio 195 by halcyo
The Bock Audio 195 is a versatile and character-filled microphone at a price point that puts it within reach for many project studios, but will hold its own in even the most impressive microphone collections.
The 195 is the updated moniker for what was called the Soundelux U195. When David Bock left Soundelux, he carried the mic with him. It is the exact same microphone. As you may or may not know, David Bock makes extraordinary mics that are held in extremely high regard among boutique microphone users. Instead of setting out to emulate classics of the past, he has always imbued his mics with a wholly original character, while using the highest of expertise and components, in hopes of creating what will no doubt become classic models in their own right.
The 195 is the most modestly priced Bock microphone, but it is also arguably its most versatile. It has fast become known for its versatility on vocals and instruments, and is one of the most sought after boutique 'all-rounders' on the market for pro and project studios alike.
The 195 has a classic FET design. No tube power supplies to mess with, and a single cardioid pattern. It is a mic that definitely has a 'sound', which is very classy and clean, yet imparts a sort of glassy sheen to many sources, which gives this mic a character all it's own. The top end is fairly bright, yet smooth enough to sound expensive. The mids are nearly transparent, and very accurate to the source.
One of the most distinctive features of this microphone are the switches that allow for manipulation of the low end frequencies. It has both a lo-cut switch and a 'Fat/Normal' mode switch, which when engaged boosts the low end response, giving a very 'fat' sound. This switch has the uncanny ability to allow this mic to sound like a few different beasts altogether. The low end boost can take you to some very vintage places when activated, and can allow the mic to sound very modern when disengaged. And then, in combination with the lo-cut switch, you have even more options. Try the 195 about 2 feet in front of a kick drum with the 'Fat' switch engaged AND the lo-cut switch engaged and you will provide a chest pounding thump of a low end without the need to scoop out all the sub frequencies come mix time.
I have used this microphone on many sources, including lead and background vocals, acoustic guitars, drum kits, and pianos. It is a remarkably versatile microphone that allows for easy capture of almost any source. It somehow also retains the character to sound anything but boring, like many other famously versatile mics.
I believe that in the years to come, this mic will still be a favorite of many for being their first foray into the world of high end boutique microphones, and it will still be in their collection for it's versatility even if they acquire even more expensive pieces.