Brauner Phantom Classic FET Microphone
The Brauner Phantom Classic FET Microphone embodies a reduction to the absolutely essential without compromise in performance.The design philosophy of this large diaphragm FET microphone - which works purely in cardioid characteristic, guarantees a sound quality otherwise found only in Brauner's tube microphones. Its capsule is based on the ideal of the VM1 giving the Phantom C a very natural and pristine sound character.
The Phantom's success was most recently augmented through the release of the limited edition Phantom AE (anniversary edition). This edition was released to mark the occasion of Brauner's 10-year anniversary and was comprised of 1000 nickel colored as well as 1000 black microphones. After the paramount success of the limited Phantom anniversary series, Brauner now delivers the legitimate successor of the Phantom C with the Phantom Classic.
The Phantom was nominated for TecAward in 2003 and received various awards by associated audio magazines.
Brauner Phantom Classic FET Microphone Features
- Aluminum Case
- Vovox XLR Microphone Cable
- Suspension BMS2 Shock-Mount
Brauner Phantom Classic FET Microphone Specifications
- Equivalent Noise: < 11 dB A (IEC651)
- Signal to Noise: > 83 dB (1 Pa/1 kHz-Cardioid)
- Sensitivity: 28 mV / Pa-Cardioid
- Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 22 kHz
- Maximum SPL: 142 dB SPL @ 0,3 % THD
- Power Supply: 48 V phantom power
What We Think - Brauner Phantom Classic FET Microphone Review
"To put it simply when it comes to the Brauner Phantom Classic, when I played back the results of a recent vocal mic shootout that I did, each person who heard the clips (at different times from one another) invariably asked, 'Which microphone is THAT ?!?!?' The high frequency of the Phantom is really interesting in that it is open and airy but maintains a presence and control that is a remarkable feat for a microphone in any price range. The Maximum SPL capability of the Phantom is very high at 142dB but you should consider picking up a Pad to use with it if you're planning on using it on drums as the Phantom sports no switches for Pad or HPF. I placed one about 3 feet in front of the kick and about a foot off the floor and the sound is just killer; like a boot right in the chest. On acoustic guitar, it really shows off the natural character of the instrument in a nice tight and flattering package... which really sort of sums up the Phantom - Natural Sounding Flattery. There is just the perfect amount of character happening with this mic that just tingles the senses. Listening to this mic, it becomes quite clear to understand that there is a true passion of genius at work behind the design and fine-tuning of these microphones. As Brauner states, 'Brauner Microphones has got nothing in common with industrial mass production'. Making microphones for the folks at Brauner is a passionate obsession and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. To get the sound of a Brauner, you have to get a Brauner microphone; there simply is no substitute."
- Front End Audio
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I own one and use it often in a smaller commercial facility. This is my go-to first choice vocal mic. I've used it on both male and female vocals with great success. Mid range seems to sit well in the mix without being harsh and the top end is smooth without being brittle. Of course it all depends on the source. Will it work for every vocal? No, no single mic does. But when it works, wow! I tend to try and use as little as eq as possible when tracking and prefer to switch mics to find what works. Its unusual that I have to switch from the Brauner. Value seems to exceed the price.