P-49

Vacuum Tube Large Diaphragm Condenser

The Peluso P-49 recreates all of the features that brought the vintage M 49 the richness and high-end smoothness it is known for.
Produced from 1949 to 1974, the M 49 is best known for its use on Miles Davis' trumpet and vocalists Simon and Garfunkel, and Barbara Streisand. The M 49 was the first condenser microphone capable of remote pattern control, and of course our P-49 has a remote indexed 9-pattern selector. The unique slanted relationship of the head grille to the capsule reduces grille resonances. The miniature triode tube's design is particularly well suited for microphone use, with long life, low current consumption, and high input impedance. Despite the high cost and complexity of developing the right output transformer, this is the final crucial step in achieving the vintage '49 tonal quality. The P-49 makes a superb vocal mic. With mid-range detail and unique high-end smoothness the P-49 brings saturated warmth to vocals, violin, or drums.
  • Large Diaphragm Condenser
  • Center Terminated Capsule
  • 5744WB Vacuum Tube Amplifier Stage
  • Custom Wound Output Transformer
  • 9-Polar Patterns

MSRP $2,528 USD

Microphone kit comes as a complete system including:

  • P-49 Microphone
  • Wood Microphone Box
  • Power Supply
  • 8-Pin Screw-on Cable Assembly
  • Shock Mount
  • Locking Padded Flight Case
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A closer look

P-49 Front
P-49 Side
P-49 Back
P-49 Inside Split
P-49 Shock Mount
P-49  Split Top
P-49 Full Kit
P-49 connector
P-49 Wood Box
8-Pin Cable

    Features

    A few details that make the P-49 so special

    Peluso Tube Mic Conector
    Heavy-duty medical grade 8-pin screw-on connector and cable system
    P-49 5744WB Tube
    Vintage 5744WB sub-miniature glass triode vacuum tube is a super quiet and stable soldered-in tube. Replacement and spare tubes can be ordered here: 5744WB Tube
    P-49 Capsule
    34mm Center-terminated condenser capsule
    P-49 Transformer
    Custom wound output transformer
    P-49 Board
    Hand-built through-hole soldered circuit board
    Peluso Tube Mic Power Supply
    Power supply unit controls 9 indexed polar patterns, included. Replacements can be purchased here: MX-56
    8-Pin Cable

    Our 20' Heavy Duty 8-pin Connector Cable comes with microphone purchase. Replacement cable can be ordered here: 8-Pin Cable

    P-49 Vintage Pop Filter
    The P-49 Pop Filter is a popular accessory with this microphone.  A good pop filter will keep the capsule clean and reduce plosives.
    P-49 Had Mount
    The P-49 Hard Mount is a popular accessory with this microphone.  A hard mount is easy to use and firmly secures your P-49 to the mic stand

      P-49 Technical Info

      Detailed specifications

      P-49 Frequency Response

      P-280 Frequency Response Graph

      P-49 Technical Data

      • Capsule Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient w/ 34mm, center terminated
      • Frequency Range: 20Hz/20Khz
      • Polar Pattern: 9 - Switchable from omni- to bi-directional
      • Sensitivity: 15 mv/pa
      • Impedance: 200 ohms
      • SPL: 147 dB
      • Equivalent Noise: 14 dB(A)
      • Tube Type: 5744WB
      • Power Requirements: Dedicated Power Supply, 115V or 230V AC
      • Size: 59.5mm x 205mm
      • Weight: 731g

      Media

      Our community of artists, engineers, and reviewers have been busy putting the P-49 through its paces. We present the following content to help you better understand the unique nature of this microphone.

      P-49 YouTube Playlist

      The P-49 was used on the following sources in this playlist:
      Old Blue Dog - MSC vocal and guitar; Béla & Abigail - MSC Abigail vocal & banjo; Lake Street Dive - tambourine; Swept Away - Missy Raines vocal; Funeral Road Blues - steel guitar & blues vocal; Seldom Scene - bluegrass single mic (P-84SK at instrument level); The Price Sisters - bluegrass single mic; Upstate Rubdown - bass; Birds of Chicago - bass; High Fidelity - bluegrass single mic; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band - bluegrass single mic (P-84SK at instrument level); 49 Winchester - male country vocal; Eamon O'leary - MSC folk guitar & male vocal; Forlorn Strangers - drum overhead; Oliver the Crow - MSC Fiddle & male vocal; Keller Williams - MSC guitar & vocal; Mike & Ruthie - MSC female vocal & guitar; AHI - male soul vocal; ... and many more!
      Please note, some of the videos included here are using the the MSC - Mid-Side-Custom version of our P-49.  The MSC microphone is identical to the standard P-49, but with an added end-address cardioid capsule. This configuration is ideal for capturing a vocalist-instrument combination in a single  phase coherent mic giving independent editing control over the vocal and instrument. 
      Click the YouTube Playlist Icon in the frame to expand to see all the videos of the playlist.

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      Spotify P-49 Playlist

      This is a collection of fully produced songs on Spotify that employ the Peluso P-49.
      It was used for the following:

      • ForYour Memory Wins Again - Backing Vocals
      • Swept Away - Missy Raines Vocal
      • I'm Asking You - Rob Ickes' Dobro

      SoundCloud Content Samples

      These SoundCloud samples provided here are intended to provide examples of the selected microphone in use on specific sources and vocals. Some samples are provided both inside a mix and as isolated raw tracks. These samples are available for high resolution download to be experienced within your own listening environment and signal chain. We give credit and thanks to the artists who have provided these! If you find this helpful and have a sample you'd like to include please contact us!

      Reviews

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      "a smooth mid-range with a fairly creamy sound; the high end is open and airy with a gentle but even presence lift, and the low end is certainly weighty when used close up. With such generous headroom it’s much harder to push it into musical saturation, of course, but it does fill out a little in a nice way as things get hotter. I liked it a great deal, particularly on vocals (both male and female) and on acoustic stringed instruments like guitars and cellos, where it delivers a very attractive, full sound."
      -Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound 9-2014

      Reviews

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      Switching over to acoustic instruments with more high frequency content the P49’s extended treble response really shone through. Acoustic guitar, piano and even drum overheads are all possible applications for the capable P49, and in essence it gives you all the vintage Neumann flavours you could want with less need to ‘finesse’ the tone with equalisation.
      -Huw Price; MusicTech Magazine 4-2015

      Cut Sheet

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