Using a kit supplied by that microphone guru, Matt McGlynn, we recently built and road-tested a tube powered condenser microphone that uses the same capsule design of the famous C12 and Ela M251 microphones.

The hand-built C12 Tube Microphone














With help from Trevor Howard we did a microphone shootout for the newly-built C12 (bottom), a Pearlman TM-1 (top), a Pearlman TM-LE (left) and a Neumann U87i (right). We tested them on vocals and acoustic guitar running each through a Universal Audio preamp. The C12 shined on vocals and we’re looking forward to deploying it on future recordings.

C12 Microphone Tree

C12, U87, TM-1 and TM-LE