LAWSON L251 FEATURES
Lawson L251 Capsule
The integrity of the capsule, more than any other element, determines the microphone's character as a transducer.
Lawson's L251 one-inch capsule design is based on the ELAM 251 (CK12) capsule originally manufactured by AKG for sale under the Telefunken name in 1959. The same capsule was also used in the AKG C12.
Lawson's L251 capsule features:
Assembled and hand-lapped in Lawson's machine shop located in Nashville TN
Critically tensioned with dual 3-micron diaphragms in the Lawson lab
Supported by Lawson's proprietary shock mounting system
Quick Change™-- May be used on Lawson TUBE or FET electronics
Lawson Quick Change™ System
Lawson capsules are universal or interchangeable. We call it the Quick Change™ system.
The L251 capsule will fit either the Lawson Vacuum Tube Electronics or the Lawson FET electronics. Here’s an example of how cool this feature is. If you have an L251 Tube Mic and an L47FET mic (check out the Lawson Tube/FET Combo), you can swap heads and voila! Now you have the L47MPII Vacuum Tube Mic and the L251 FET mic.
Here’s another scenario: purchase the L251 Quick Change Capsule, the L47MPII Quick Change Capsule, and one Lawson FET electronics. You can use either capsule on the FET electronics.
Lawson Tube Electronics
To impart a warm, classic sound, the Lawson L251 microphone utilizes the 6n1P vacuum tube. Each tube is stringently tested and individually selected to meet low-noise guidelines.
To further insure highest performance and stability, an innovative, low loss tube socket is utilized employing NASA approved, heavily gold-plated beryllium copper contacts, resulting in unparalleled grip, low contact resistance, low noise and long life.
The vacuum tube is coupled through an esoteric capacitor and a Lundahl transformer.
Lawson Tube Mic Power Supply
Infinitely Variable Multi-Pattern Control
Like the L47MPII, the L251 offers infinitely variable patterns that provide a wide pallet of character and utility. The pattern control is located on the power supply and adjusts very smoothly (similar to a volume control) without the limitations of preset switch positions. A blue LED inside the windscreen glows when the multi-pattern mode is selected via the switch in the mic base.
Bass L251 (6 dB per octave rolloff at 100 Hz)/+Bass L47 (Flat)
The Lawson Tube Mic Power Supply is universal: It may be used with either the L251 or the L47MPII. The normal switch position for the L251 is the -Bass L251. The +Bass L47 position may be used with the L251 if you want more proximity effect.
0/-10 dB Pad
With the two position pad switch, zero or -10 dB of attenuation can be accessed. The -10 dB pad lowers the sensitivity of the vacuum tube allowing for increased SPL's when engaged. The -10 dB pad should only be used for extreme sound SPL's.
Multi-Pattern/Cardioid Only Switch
The L47MPII also features a cardioid only switch on the base of the microphone which disengages the multi-pattern function increasing gain by 3 dB and thereby lowering self-noise.
"I really wanted to not spend the money and not have to buy this mic. But when I put it up against my best mics, I had no choice. Unbelievably smooth in all registers, but particularly in the high mids. Creamy and smooth would be good descriptions, but moreover, this mic just sounds right with every vocalist I've tried it on. I submit."
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 . In addition to male and female vocals, the L251 excels on all acoustic instruments and captures room ambience magically.