May 14, 2004 12:00 PM


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August 2008—Taking off in a more “variable” style where its cardioid-only big brother, Phanthera, leaves off, Brauner ( introduces the Phanthera V, offering cardioid, omni and figure-8 patterns, and a switchable -10dB pad. It ships with a shock-mount and case.

June 2007—Dirk Brauner Microphones are now distributed in North America by Network Pro Marketing (, including the affordable new Phantera ($2,129). This solid-state (FET), German-made studio condenser has a cardioid response, low 11dBA noise spec and a max SPL handling of 142 dB. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE

May 2007—For the engineer who wants high-end Euro mic performance at an affordable price is the Phantera from Dirk Brauner Microphones. This solid-state (FET), German-made studio condenser has a cardioid response, a low 11dBA noise spec and a max SPL handling of 142 dB.

October 2005—The Phantom AE is Brauner’s ( new high-quality, single-pattern FET microphone. This limited black with gold lettering edition comes with a certificate of authenticity and microphone cable.

November 2004—The Brauner Phantom V is a multipattern phantom-powered microphone voiced with Brauner's “A” technology for a warm, but very detailed sound. Retail: $1,900.

November 2003—Dirk Brauner showed VMA at AES NYC, an upscale (!) version of his $5,000 VM1A tube studio mic. Priced about 30% higher than the original, the new model has a switch that kicks in alternate circuitry for a choice of original or a more “vintage” sound.

October 2002—The first non-tube (FET) large-diaphragm mic from legendary German mic builder Dirk Brauner, the Phantom C is a phantom-powered cardioid condenser. The Phantom offers 8dBa self-noise, 28mV/Pa sensitivity and 142dB max SPL at 0.5% THD. Intended for lead vocals and voice-over applications, the mic's sound has been tailored for "big" up-close recording, with trademark Brauner transparency at a distance. MSRP: $1,380. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

May 2002—At Musikmesse, tubemeister Dirk Brauner unveiled Phantom, his first solid state mic, built into the same body size as his tube Valvet model. This large-diaphragm cardioid condenser has a minimalist (no-pad-/no roll-off) design and a squeaky-clean self-noise of 8 dBA. Phantom pricing was not set at press time (probably around $1,100—with flight case and shockmount).

March 2002—German microphone craftsman Dirk Brauner has introduced the Valvet Voice® Limited Edition tube vocal microphone. The Valvet Voice LE offers a cardioid polar response and features selectable phase invert, hard ground, soft ground or ground lift. Technicians hand-assemble each microphone from Class-A amplifiers, custom-built Lundahl transformers and JAN tubes, and Dirk Brauner himself hand-tunes each production unit. No more than 500 Valvet Voice LE microphones will be manufactured.

July 2001—Designed to take the performance of the Brauner VM1 to the ultimate level, the VM1 Klaus Heyne Edition ($7,000) is the result of a collaboration between Dirk Brauner and audio hot-rod specialist Klaus Heyne. Surrounded at the “waist” by an elastic-suspended shock-mount, the VM1 features a 79dBA signal-to-noise ratio and comes with a case for the mic, a control unit for remotely setting polar patterns, and a -10dB pad switch, cables and suspension mount. Using Telefunken AC 701 k or EF 806 S tubes, the VM1 features a handmade, gold-plated, large-diaphragm capsule. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

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