Wunder Audio CM49 S Tube Microphone  From Wunder

Wunder's Suprema Seires CM49 tube microphone is a great improvement upon the original: an honest tribute to the Nuemann M49

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Manufacturer's Description from Wunder

The Wunder Audio CM49 S is very true to the vintage Neumann M49 and is an outstanding microphone due to its unique characteristic of having the ability to switch to three different directions; omni, cardioid and a figure eight pattern. The CM49 S is a pressure-gradient microphone consisting of two equal cardioid condenser capsule systems mounted back to back. Its directional characteristic may be changed continuously by remote control, which permits an easy adaptation to various acoustical environments and enabling it to cope with almost any scenario likely to arise.

 

The CM49 S has an incredibly rich and round tone that has the ability to make even harsher sounds much more pleasant and warm. It is especially a great choice for female vocals; the CM49 is the go-to mic for Alicia Keys. It has a smoother high-frequency range with more warmth and less of that beautiful grit that the CM7 is known for.

 

GRILLE

 

The CM49 S has a slanted grille to limit the effect of grille resonance on the response. Because the grille is slanted and presents a continuously varying profile to the capsule, there are fewer standing waves generated. This gives the most natural sound obtainable my any microphone, very pure and pleasantly warm. In every way, the Wunder Audio CM49 Suprema grille is true to vintage and identical to the original M49. It has been used as historical replacement parts on the vintage M49s. The size of the grille forms a larger-volume enclosure giving the capsule more breathing room and contributing to its openness. It has a way of rendering the female vocal with an immediacy and presence not found in any other design.

 

TUBE

 

Wunder Audio CM49 S uses and original MSC2, which is the preferred tube and an upgrade from the ultra-miniature AC701 that eventually replaced this fine tube in the original M49s due to the demands of the German Broadcasting industry. The original Telefunken GmbH German-based company, which no longer exists, made a high-end version of the MSC2, Wunder Audio has secured a supply of this version which was a superior grade and was originally designed for military use.

 

CAPSULE

 

The CM49 Suprema uses the same M7 capsule as the CM7 Suprema, and yet because of the completely different housing and the triode electronics, there are few similarities in the sound of these microphones. Both mics are superb vocal mics, though neither was designed for the purpose of close-miking, the CM49 S and CM7 S really shine when placed close up with a loud source and creates a very desirable proximity effect.

 

CONNECTOR

 

The Wunder Audio CM49 Suprema uses an M249 style seven-pin Tuchel connector, introduced by Neumann in 1961, that screws on and holds tighter than an eight-pin bayonet Tuchel connector, improving its performance with superior EMI/RF rejection.

 

POWER SUPPLY

 

The new generation tube Microphone PSU is proprietary to Wunder Audio and is an upgrade from the vintage tube mic PSU’s used for the 1960's era Neumann design. the upgrade gets a clean and stable DC voltage to the mic and shields the influx of Wi-Fi and RF interference with 100 percent reliability. Wunder has engineered the PSU to the equivalent of the technology incorporated in top tier audiophile systems, using a duel-pole neutral-fusing design. The PSU can be plugged into any voltage in the world without having to jumper a voltage setting switch.

 

Inside, Wunder has incorporated extremely accurate 30 turn trim pots so Wunder is able to fine-tune all of the voltages. Most other power supply designs either do not have a voltage trim or use a single turn pot, which is susceptible to drifting. For the most reliable pattern switching, the CM49 S PSU uses a military spec Grayhill switch.

 

BOX AND CARRYING CASE

 

Your Wunder Audio CM49 S is nestled in velvet and softly secured in place in a foam-lined quarter sawn oak box that is clasped and hinged. This box then is safely incased in a precision velvet-lined thick foam tweed case that also holds your PSU, your improved one-piece newly designed yoke mount, and your cables. The tweed carrying case is a work of art in itself; it uses the same Fender tweed found in a vintage fender guitar case which amplifies the vintage period of the vintage-style CM49 S microphone, and it is trimmed with top grain leather and fine stitching. The CM49 S case has a strong leather handle and combination lock to keep your mic secure. This case can be sold separately.

 

UPGRADE YOUR MIC

 

All previous versions of the Wunder Audio microphones can be upgraded to the Surprema.

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About Manufacturer

We Live, sleep, dream and breath audio and the engineering that refines detail to an obsessive edge. The PEQ1 series was born when we began to ask, "If price and market were no object, what is the absolute best mic-pre/equalizer we're capable of producing?" What we came up with is probable overkill for 98 percent of the engineers in the world, but if you are part of the small demanding group of people that are as passionate and curious about pursuing the ridiculous best as we are, have we got the gear for you. The Wunder Audio PEQ1 and it's History "From the very beginning we looked at the transformers. All of our transformers are still hand made and wound one at a time. We realized that "off the shelf" transformers will never do." The project started when we were joining together and refurbishing two Neve 80 Series consoles. In 1999 we aquired 24 modules that were custom made for a console for John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. This was a one-of-a-kind console, and these modules were only ever made for this one desk. We noticed the Zeppelin modules sounded far better than anything we have ever heard. The amplifier circuits were very similar to the 1073s, so the sound had to be attributed to the transformers. We had the idea of making new modules that fit into our 80 Series frame based on those very same transformers. The key to the incredible sound of the PEQ1 are the huge Mu-Metal transformers. They are the exact ones that the old Zeppelin desk had used and are 80% nickel! We did a little detective work and contacted the maker of the original transformers who still had the old plans available and the original winding machine. They did have to re-tool to make the pressed metal transformer can used in the original module. These transformers are physically larger than the ones in a 1073 and just fit in the PEQ1 module housing with .5mm clearance! "The Incredible Sound" The PEQ1 is only similar to a 1073 in that it is a Class A discrete fully transformer floating circuit with an inductor based "British style" equalizer. Compared to a 1073, the PEQ1 has more equalizing power with better lows and more presence in the mids and highs for a sound that lifts the veil off your input signal. The reason for this is simple: the PEQ1 has eight Class-A gain stages where the 1073 has four. The extra gain yields more Class-A headroom resulting in a wider pure path audio. The PEQ1, however, is NOT a 1073 close. It has its own unique circuit, and over the last four years we have made about 20 modifications in the prototype. The only way to explain the sound is that is it like a 1073 with a deeper low end "that goes all the way to China" and more depth overall in the mids and highs without that phasey boxy sound. The 3db roll-off points are 8.7Hz on the low and 118KHz on the top end. The EQ is the best we have ever heard, reminiscent of a powerful Pultec, but with more frequencies. The drum sounds you can dial up are invincible, and nothing can make the vocals stand out in a mix like the PEQ1. There are twice as many amplifier stages in the PEQ1, which provides 60db line in gain compared with the 1073s 30db! This gives you more sonic headroom. The 60db of line in gain also allows for a wide range of instrument/line levels. You can plug a bass guitar, guitar or keyboards directly into the Line Input for a huge, better than any direct box sound. One can also use the Line input as a totally separate microphone input utilizing the large Line transformer. With 42 dB of gain, the Line input stage works great as a 2nd Mic Pre! "Solid in Solid out" All the Gain and EQ switches used on the PEQ1 series are custom made by Elma, which were designed for us at their factory in Switzerland. The custom made (long shaft) potentiometers are Vishay audio-grade, made with conductive plastic for a long life (one million cycles). You can't beat this switch/pot combination. The EQ and Phase switches for the PEQ1 are by Isostat, giving a vintage touch. The PEQ1R uses C&K toggle switches. We have been using huge Sprague "Orange Drop" capacitors for years and seems the obvious choice for the equalizer circuit. We have recapped so many consoles and tape machines in the past and found the Panasonic FC 105?C electrolytic capacitors to be our favorite so that's what we are incorporating. Vintage-style, rare polystyrene foil capacitors are used throughout. High-current Metal can, not plastic, BC107B and BC109C transistors imported from the UK are used throughout the amplifier stages. These metal transistors are better than their plastic counterparts when used in an Audio circuit. A single circuit board offers a vast sonic improvement over 5 separate boards found in a 1073 eliminating the use of multiple edge-board connectors and redundant wiring. The hook-up wire is also imported from the UK and is hand assembled to "Military Spec". The enclosures are CAD designed to 1/1000" tolerance and are bright-nickel plated with PEM nut hardware throughout for solid construction. Finally, we CNC mill the custom-designed anodized aluminum knob-set which gives the module character. The boost and cut knobs are solid brass with shiny nickel plating. The knob markers are white plastic dowels embedded in the knob so the white mark will never wear off. We also provide an optional "Vintage Look" faceplate in RAF grey. Additionally one person, our best master craftsman, builds every single PEQ1 series, from PCB to testing. A PEQ1 series Mic-pre/EQ is one of the best pieces of gear made anywhere in the world, in any given year. For those who want to listen and can't make it to our showroom in Austin, we really encourage that you A/B test our PEQ1 with any other Mic-pre/EQ. Finally, If you want the absolute best Wunder Audio has to offer, if you want to use the best sounding mic-pre/equalizer in the world, if you get as flat-out hyped up about chasing perfection and embracing the ultimate in excellence like we do, you have to consider the PEQ1.

Specifications

Length 6.42 in
Diameter 3.15 in
Transducer Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Omni-Directional
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Impedance Electrical: 200 Ohms
Frequency Range 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity ~-40 dBV/Pa (10 mV)
Max. SPL 128 dB