It’s hard to determine what’s the best of the best, but in this shootout, we tried to do that with 4 of our top tier mics. Here are the LDC tube mics we put head to head: The Manley Reference Gold, the Bock Audio 47, the Telefunken 251E, and the Telefunken U47.
The LDCs chosen for this shootout are mics that have come through Sound Pure Studios that we feel really passionate about and feel we can recommend with no reservations, whether you’re just getting started with a home studio or adding to your recording studio collection.
Can you tell which LDC is which? Does a clear winner stand out to you?
Once you’re ready for the answers, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook). Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.
Why Do We Do Our Shootouts Blind?
Good question! In our own experience as recording engineers and musicians, we’ve found we have unconscious biases that favor one microphone, preamp, instrument, etc. over another based merely on preconceptions and brand associations. We’re often surprised at the results and want to present that same unbiased listening opportunity for you.
Also, we hope you request the hi res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.