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continuously variable pattern selectionBrauner VM1

Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

The Brauner VM1 is a large-diaphragm, multipattern tube condenser microphone. Designed to provide the most detailed and realistic sound possible, it is the flagship microphone within Brauner’s series of “natural” tube mics.

The capsule is a large-diaphragm, center-terminated design, reportedly built by MBHO.

The mic’s amplifier circuit is built around a NOS Telefunken EF806S (EF86-type) vacuum tube. This circuit produces an exceptionally low self-noise figure of 11dBA.

Switches on the VM1 power supply provide a -10dB pad and continuously-variable polar pattern selection. There is also a 3-position ground lift.

The VM1 ships with its power supply and cable, an elastic shockmount (Brauner p/n BMS1), a pop screen, and an aluminum flight case.

Joe Barresi - Sound On Sound 2005
[regarding Queens Of The Stone Age vocals] I rented a Brauner VM1, and that worked really well on pristine vocals. It’s a beautiful, very clear-sounding mic.

See links in the sidebar for information on derivative versions of the VM1, such as the VM1 Pure Cardioid, the stereo VM1S, and the VM1 KHE (Klaus Heyne Edition).

Mix Magazine 1998
Over the period of a month, I used the VM1 on everything from amp stacks to viola, with superb results. The VM1 is wonderful on strings, either as a spot mic or at a distance from an ensemble. I liked the VM1ís natural quality — just the right blend of rosin and bite. On percussion (temple blocks, triangle, congas and claves), the VM1 tracked transients perfectly with power and delicacy, while handling loud sources effortlessly. Speaking of high SPLs, the VM1 is ideal on horns and reeds, and captures punch without becoming shrill on sax, trumpet, trombone and French horn.

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The mic was released in 1994.

Specifications

Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (28 mV/Pa; 18 - 24,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
n/a Max SPL: 142 dB
Self-noise: 11.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a 222mm (8.74'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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