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Upton Microphones 251 Tube Condenser Microphone
The Upton 251 microphone is a condenser microphone based on the classic Telefunken ELA M 251 which was produced by AKG from around 1960 to 1965. The original 251 is widely regarded to be one of the finest microphones ever made and is great for many recording applications. The Upton 251 utilizes their own CK12 capsule, T14 transformer as well as the original circuit design.
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This mic is perfection. Built like a tank and sounds like a 251, smooth but crispy with balanced mid range. Very high quality and works amazing with processing and EQ- it’s sounds like what you expect to hear on a finished vocal.
An absolutely incredible microphone! You won’t be disappointed :-)
I’ve been owning this mic for the past 3 months and I couldn’t be happier to share my experience.
I was looking for the perfect Pop/rnb/rap/country vocal mic, but also a great solution to record acoustic guitars.
After multiple comparisons between, Mojave ma-1000, telefunken tf-51, sony c-800g, manley cardioid, telefunken elam 251 us and Upton 251
on both male and female singers every mic had a distinctive and different sound. I loved the Sony, the tf51 and obviously the tf elam251, but the Upton sounded always a little more “perfect” and finished than the others, especially in the mix, it always tends to find its space very easly.
I use it with a 1073 and a tubetech cl1b, this chain on this mic really gives me a huge body, presence and nice sparkle on the top end without ever being sibilant. From my tests the Upton sounds almost identical to the elam251 but with a little more body and I’d say more pleasant high frequencies. Amazing results also on guitars.
Totally digging it!!! Put a lot of time to research this with many varied opinions etc. taking about it is one thing actually using it is a whole other experience. Made the right decision and thanks to Josh for his patience and direction as always.
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