The M 150 Tube is a unique item in Neumann’s catalog: an omnidirectional small diaphragm tube microphone, specifically designed for orchestral recordings and classical instruments. Jazz singer, songwriter, and record producer Ola Onabulé has tried it on vocals – and is excited!
“It sits perfectly with the low midrange that is the essential character of my voice,” Onabulé asserts, “it’s the most solid midrange that I’ve come across in a microphone.” As a microphone connoisseur, the British Nigerian artist, who runs his own studio north of London, is well aware that the Neumann M 150 was never conceived as a vocal microphone.
Onabulé: “I bought this microphone with the specific intent of using it for the purposes for which it was designed. And it was sitting there one day, the most expensive microphone in my arsenal. I’ve got it right here in front of me, on a mic stand, and I thought, why not try it on a vocal? And when I did, I discovered that its vast range and high SPLs meant that I could do just about anything in front of this microphone and it would always sound big and full-bodied. I discovered that I was also able to get really up close and personal to this microphone without inducing the dreaded and destructive proximity effect, which is the bane of my life as a male with a low tenor-baritone voice.“