L251 Vacuum Tube Condenser Microphone
The Lawson L251 Vacuum Tube Mic delivers the coveted character of vintage microphones costing 10x more. Patterned after the Elam 251, the Lawson L251 is lauded as a superior vocal microphone renowned and coveted for its sparkling "airy" highs and warm solid lows. Male artists with voices similar to Vince Gill and Jason Mraz and female voices similar to Alicia Keys and Celine Dion sparkle on the L251 Tube Mic or L251FET. In addition to male and female vocals, the L251 excels on all acoustic instruments and captures room ambience magically. Couple Gene Lawson's recreation of the Elam 251 capsule with Lawson's infinitely variable polar pattern control (cardioid, omni, figure 8, and infinite intermediate patterns), the L251 receives top honors and rave reviews. If ever a microphone deserved the title "magical," the L251 is it. Mix magazine reviewer Stephen Murphy says it like this: "While [the L251's] sound is impressively similar to the Telefunken original, its stellar build quality, low shelf bypass, variable patterns and reasonable price make it even more impressive."
• Lawson L251 Quick Change™ Capsule (compatible with Lawson FET Electronics)
• Lawson Vacuum Tube Electronics
• Lawson Universal Tube Mic Regulated Power Supply
• 30' Vacuum Tube Mic Cable
• Swivel Mic Holder
• Power Cord
• Spare 6N1P Vacuum Tube
• Pelican Carrying Case
• Operating Instructions
• One Year Warranty extended to five years with product registration
Vocal and Acoustic Guitar on L251--"There and Then"--by Singer/Songwriter Mitch Malloy by Lawson Mics
Upright bass recorded on L251 by Lawson Mics
Saxophone recorded on L251 by Lawson Mics
Male Vocal recorded on L251 by Lawson Mics
"I've been in the studio business for thirty years and it doesn't get any better than this!'"
Kerry Crawford, Ontario Canada
"Wonderful company and the L251 is gorgeous in both sound and appearance. Thank you!"
Anthony Gravino, Chicago IL
"The L251 tube mic is the icing on the cake for our studio. We love it!"
Reggie Young, Franklin TN
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John Gatski, editor of Pro Audio Review, presents Gene Lawson the PAR Excellence Award for the L251 microphone at the AES 2000. Each year at the AES, Pro Audio Review writers and editors peruse the aisles to find the latest and greatest pro audio gear. Sequestered in a secret location, the judges then nominate and vote on their choices for the coveted PAR Excellence Award based on the following criteria: innovation, value, performance and potential.
"While its sound is impressively similar to the Telefunken original, its stellar build quality, low shelf bypass, variable patterns and reasonable price make it even more impressive."
Stephen Murphy, Pro Audio Review, November 2002
"Recording [a] male vocalist with the L251 set to cardioid-only and -BASS/L251 modes, I was struck by the mic's warm, velvety character and sweetly articulated highs . . . The end result sounded gorgeous, brimming with sweet tube character."
Michael Cooper, Mix, February 2004
"For Gene Lawson, Microphones are Golden."
Frank Beacham, Pro Audio Review, January 2007
"The finest compliment I can pay to the Lawson Tube/FET combo package is that it proved to be so versatile and near-limitless in its applications that I bought it."
Stephen Murphy, Pro Audio Review, January 2006