The VM1 was the fulfillment of Dirk Brauner?s dream to build his vision of the perfect sounding tube microphone. A microphone that captures the spirit of the classic vintage tube microphones and at the same time, meets the high technical standards of today?s modern microphones. The VM1 was awarded the SSAIR Award in 1998, marking the beginning of a tradition of excellence in design philosophy, engineering and precision.
The VM1 is unique in the industry in that inside, there are no simi-conductors in the signal path. There are no connectors between the capsule and the control grid of the tube, avoiding parasitic capacitance in the high impedance area. No switches or filters are used for the same reason, avoiding audible phase shift and transient distortion.
The mic amplifier is a pure Class A, and a Brauner designed, hand wound, twin core transformer with specifically chosen core material assure the user of the highest possible performance. A heavy machined frame holds the VM1 workings solidly inside the heavy anodized case. Even the popscreen is a work of art, I call it the Superscreen- and it is unique.
Designed to be acoustically transparent, it has a specific design that does not shift phase of the incoming acoustical signal, so it is completely neutral-unlike the popper stopper screens.The pattern control which is infinitely variable from figure eight to omni, is located on the power supply so you don’t have to get up and disturb the artist or climb a ladder to change pattern. The Shock Mount is very heavy duty, with “fail safes” built in to prevent accidental dropping of the mic during set-up. There’s a clever little spring loaded wrench built-in to adjust the shock mount angle so you never have to bruise your fingers or knuckles clamping down a mic.
In our humble opinion, no other microphone has played a greater role in the renaissance of the tube microphone. As the archetype of all Brauner microphones it continues to serve as the inspiration for all Brauner products. The VM1 has a completely natural, modern sound with the highest resolution of sonic detail. Its transparent open character is predestined for vocal and instrumental recordings and is the first choice microphone of top artists and sound engineers all over the world.
This mic is built for the real studio, and I don’t think you’ve seen this kind of personal attention to detail in microphone construction or design in a long, long time.
|Directional_pattern||all, infinitely variable|
|Acoustic operating principle||Tube Condenser|
|Frequency range||18 Hz - 24 kHz|
|Equivalent noise level (A-weighted)||11 dB-A|
|Signal-to-noise (A-weighted)||83 dB|
|Max SPL (THD<0.5%) with preattenuation||142 dB|
|Supply voltage||Power supply|
|Matching connector||3 - pin XLR|
|Switchable options Filter/EQ||-10 dB pad|