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Brauner VM1 Variable Pattern Valve Mic

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To Dirk Brauner, his VM1 was the first real fulfilling of the dream of the perfect sounding tube microphone. A micro...  All product info

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Brauner VM 1 Tubemicrophone

To Dirk Brauner, his VM1 was the first real fulfilling of the dream of the perfect sounding tube microphone. A microphone to keep the spirit of the glorious old tube microphones alive, whilst complying with the high technical standards of modern high-tech microphones in the same way. Tradition and progress join up in this top of the line Brauner product. Without any doubt, Brauners fame today was founded with this microphone.

The Brauner VM1 is the ultimate solution for detailed orchestra and strings, neutral vocal (usually female) and acoustic instruments such as guitar, violin and cello. Designed as a high resolution "general purpose" (meaning low color) mic for the high end German recording market, the VM1 was conceived as a mic that records with a minimum of coloration to get the total sound on track, for coloring later in post production. Many engineers consider this to be the finest acoustic guitar mic of all time. Hundreds of movies have been scored with the Vm1 on the decca tree including The Pianist, Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Armegeddon and many more. If high resolution is the goal, the VM1 is the answer.

The VM1 is unique amongst peers in that inside, there are no semi-conductors in the signal path. There are no connectors between the capsule and the control grid of the tube, avoiding parasitic capacitance in the high impedance area. No switches or filters are used for the same reason, avoiding audible phase shift and transient distortion. The mic amplifier is a pure Class A, and a Brauner designed, hand wound, twin core transformer with specifically chosen core material assure the user of the highest possible performance. A heavy machined frame holds the VM1 workings solidly inside the heavy anodized case. Even the popscreen is a work of art. Designed to be acoustically transparent, it has a specific design that does not shift phase of the incoming acoustical signal, so it is completely neutral - unlike the popper stopper screens. The pattern control which is infinitely variable from figure eight to omni, is located on the power supply so you don't have to get up and disturb the artist or climb a ladder to change pattern. The Shock Mount is very heavy duty, with fail safes built in to prevent accidental dropping of the mic during set-up. There's a even a little spring loaded wrench built-in to adjust the shock mount angle too.


  • Continuously variable pattern from Omni to Figure 8
  • Variable pattern pot, -10dB pad and Phase Invert located remotely on the Brauner "PS1" power supply
  • Hard, soft or ground lift located on the Brauner PS1 Back Panel
  • Very unique Brauner "SM" Shock Mount with built-in spring loaded torque wrench
  • Brauner SM shock mount grip design prevents accidental drops of the mic
  • Custom designed, acoustically transparent Brauner "WS1" 360 degree Superscreen
  • Hand Built to order
  • Designed for close work as well as distant miking


  • Type - Pressure Gradient Transducer
  • Equivalent Noise - 9 dB A (IEC651)
  • Signal to Noise - 85 dB (1Pa/ 1KHz-cardioid)
  • Sensitivity - 28mV/ Pa- cardioid
  • Pattern - all, infinitely variable
  • Frequency Range - 18 Hz-24 KHz
  • Type of Amplifier - Ultrawide, Ultralinear, Class A
  • Tube Type - EF 732
  • Maximum SPL - 142 dB SPL @ 0,3 % THD
  • Supply - 115V or 230 V
  • Accessories - Suspension, aluminium case, power supply, windscreen, cable, manual

Scope of Delivery:

  • incl. Accessories: Shock mount


  • Manufacturer: Brauner
  • Application: Studio
  • Input: XLR 3 Pole
  • Converter build: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Signal: Vocals
  • Frequency Response from (Hz): 18
  • Frequency Response to (Hz): 24,000
  • incl. Accessories: Shock mount
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