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LMike
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Ok, prepare to crack open the piggy bank.

http://www.lewitt-audio.com/LCT-Series/LCT-940#Features



The LCT 940 combines the specific characteristics of a premium large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone and a top-notch tube microphone in one housing. Basically, users can choose between the two main settings "FET" and "Tube". These two signal paths have been incorporated separately and work independently of each other.

"Tube" delivers the classic, warm and rich tube sound, while "FET" stands for the clear, exceptionally rich and nuanced sound LEWITT condenser microphones are renowned for. However, the LCT 940 offers another unique feature that true recording enthusiasts will swoon over: As the characteristics of the two main settings can be mixed and merged continuously variable, the LCT 940 opens up huge creative possibilities for artists and producers.

Furthermore, the LCT 940 features a total of nine different polar patterns – our five "standard" polar patterns omni-directional, cardioid, figure-8, wide- and super-cardioid and four additional intermediate patterns. The microphone features four levels of attenuation and four switchable high-pass filters, LEDs and push buttons for noiseless handling on the PSU. Automatic attenuation and clipping history round off the outstanding feature list of the LCT 940.

Rich in advanced technological features, the LCT 940 opens up a new dimension of sound reproduction in demanding professional studio applications. Its unrivaled set of qualities makes this microphone a must-have for recording pros who strive for nothing less than perfection.
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WOW!
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Hope it sounds as good as it looks.
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All for the low low price of $1500!

Just kidding...good quality costs money...can't wait to see more reviews.
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I'm always skeptical about products where the tube is shown like this, a mic should sound and not just look good. But maybe it does sound good, who knows, just seems a bit desperate..

Tubes are overrated anyway!

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i have pondered the thought of maybe trying to build me a tube mic because i LOVE the old sound... ( to Old Farts) but i would NEVER buy one... i would have to sell the house and my dignity too! maybe when one of you guys kick the bucket you can "Will" me one of yours! lol j/k
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Lewiston mice are quite amazing. Trust me when I say they sound even better than they look, and they look fantastic! Their mics definitely contend with the top ranks of better known boutique mics. Well worth a listen.
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"Lewiston mice are quite amazing."

A typo apropos of your avatar.
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Oops! Ipad spellcheck strikes again. Guess I should learn to proofread!
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haha! Purrrrrrrfect.

@topic: My dopey thought is that for a one and done it's kinda pricey. Still, I guess I don't know mics that well.
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I like all the specs. SPL of 140 dB... nice.
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The fake 'Tube Glow' is ridiculous. Worthy of a bling-covered toy, not a professional tool.
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66d35 wrote:The fake 'Tube Glow' is ridiculous. Worthy of a bling-covered toy, not a professional tool.


Why are you assuming it's fake? It just looks like window that allows the tube to be visible to me. Gimicky maybe, but it doesn't make it unprofessional. What would make it unprofessional is a lack of quality, something which Lewitt isn't known for. I'm not sure I understand why you would make such a judgement without ever having tried the microphone in question...seems unprofessional.
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You are assuming that I was assuming. I wasn't. I've handled one and tried one. It is an yellow-orange LED that is giving that 'glow' not the tube.

The microphone sounds quite nice. I would not call it up there with the best established brands (Lewitt has only been around since 2009), but it is a respectable sounding microphone. I would say not vastly dissimilar to the SE Electronics tube mics when in that mode - and those can be very good indeed. The FET mode is also entirely workable. Personally, I did not think it stacked up too well against the U87 I tried it with, and in tube mode I thought Brauner, Neumann (M-147) and BeesNeez all had it beat, but it certainly was not bad. There were a few things turned me right off it, however.

1) Unnecessarily complex (and long-term, untried) circuitry and multiple switches of a rather sensitive nature (illuminated, push type)
2) Very unusual 11-pin XLR/Cable. Looked quite fragile to me. Very thin pins. Easy to bend.
3) Styling. Trying too hard to look 'vintage' and using cheap fakery to do it (just like Behringer have on occasions).
4) Again, complex and unnecessary 'auto' controls for pads, clipping. Given the specified headroom, it is hardly required (unless you are going to record gunshots at close range, possibly). Seems to be there for marketing reasons...

As I said, decent, good sounding microphone. Designed by ex-AKG guy (hence the Austrian connection), but built in China. Clearly they must have identified a market for something like this... but it isn't me. Might appeal to the kinds of studio where impressing clients is important, however....it does look kind of nice with the room lights turned down.

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I wouldn't call it unprofessional (as I'm sure you can get professional results with this mic), but it does seem a bit desperate. The window is clearly not there for technical reasons but simply for marketing, geared towards the folks who believe anything with a tube in it will sound better and warmer and smoother and all that bullshit. Also it appears to be a transformerless design and if I want tube mojo, I certainly want transformer mojo to go with it!

I've only seen this kind of "look I have a tube and it glows in the dark!"-design from cheapo manufacturers, usually even with starved plate designs (this doesn't seem to be the case here though), so Lewitt are in bad company here..

Also I think it's simply too cheap to be a top notch tube and FET mic in one, proper tube design and components cost money, not to mention a top capsule.

I'd steer away from this. There are plenty of good mics out there whose designers don't feel they have to shove it down your throat that there's a tube inside. Just seems to be more about marketing than actual performance. But as always, YMMV.
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