Mic brand Soundelux USA have announced the U99 — a brand new multi-pattern tube mic inspired by the studio stalwart Neumann U67.
Featuring a k67 dual symmetrical backplate, dual-membrane capsule along with the signature Soundelux USA ‘fat' switch featured on the U195 microphone and an unusual high frequency 'boost-flat-cut’ switch for a variety of tonal characters. According to mic makers Bock Audio, the U99 has enough proximity effect to sound full, but not so much that it sounds ‘boomy'. As a result, they say it is suitable for vocals, acoustic instruments, and also drums thanks to an onboard pad switch.
"Just about anything you would use a vintage U67 for can be captured with the Soundelux USA U99, but with the warranty and reliability of a new mic without the maintenance headaches of a vintage mic," said David Bock. "For vocals, it provides creamy warmth with nice air, without an overwhelming proximity effect. It delivers breathtaking realism to acoustic guitar tracks and preserves the subtle timbral characteristics of acoustic pianos. Whether close up, overhead, or as room mics, the U99 brings sparkle and depth to drum kits without the midrange 'boxiness' of small diaphragm mics. For ADR and VO use, it is prized for its articulation and ability to grab dialog without unwanted artifacts. And for premier live sound, this mic is great on sax, piano, and overheads."
The Soundelux USA U99 is hand made in the USA by David Bock and its components have been carefully auditioned and selected for the best sound and lowest noise, rather than to to reach a price point. The mic comes with it's own proprietary N470 power supply, six pin XLR cable, and bottom thread shock mount. It will be available in March and has a US MSRP of $2599.