Bock Audio 407 Tube Condenser Microphone


Cardioid only Tube mic that blends the best of a Vintage 47 with Modern detail and presence

What we think:

This is the 47 clone that brings everything we love about modern mics (detail, presence and forwardness) with everything you love about vintage 47's (mid range warmth, smoothness and tame top end).  Looking for the premier vocal mic for your studio, here she is.

David Bock is known from his SoundDeluxe days as an incredible builder of Vintage style mics as well as his own new microphone design.  The 407 (and 507) are exactly that, he has taken his love of the vintage u47 and brought it forward with a modern mic twist. People who have heard this mic kept telling us "you just have to hear it", and we weren't disappointed when ours arrived.

For us, the most noticeable difference between the 407 and a more Vintage inspired 47 was the detail.  Both microphones had that wonderful thick midrange that really helps vocals "pop" up in a mix.  Both microphones had that big proximity effect that can be worked with a great vocalist.  But what impressed us the most was how smooth the 407 was, but it never went harsh or over the top with color and distortion.  For us, this means the 407 can be pushed and pulled to exactly what we want it to be after the fact with EQ.

Overall, this mic is going to be a killer vocal performer for both male and female vocalists, especially if you need more of a 1 size fits all mic.  It does have the typical response you would see from a 47, but the 407 does it with a bit more detail and openness



Manufacturer Description:


Bock Audio is known for its for using modern methods and readily available components to build microphones with a sound akin to the great microphones of the past. The 407 continues in that mode by using the Power Supply and Amplifier from the flagship 507 microphone and combining a custom made k47 type capsule to bring the performance of the original 50's era German tube 47 in an all new 407. The Bock 407is a "cardioid only" mic, as the original was used nearly exclusively in cardioid. The 407 comes with a remote power supply and professional spider type shock mount and a special custom 20 foot cable between the mic and power supply.



For about half what you'd expect to pay for a vintage original, with replacement parts and "new-old-stock" tubes that are readily available, the 407 enables a range of sounds and tonal characters previously not available through any other means. The Bock 407 embodies all the most important characteristics of the original while offering consistency, reliability and long term serviceability that is a requirement for today.



The 407's primary use will likely be male or female lead vocals due to its signature proximity effect. The original 47 had proximity effect behavior that was part of its sound and why it defined "big vocals". With up to +12dB of boost at 100Hz when used at 1 inch working distance, the 47 signature was "the sound" of many great artists such as Frank Sinatra. Led Zeppelin 1 used a 47 on nearly every vocal track. Tuesday Night Music Club and Cheryl Crowe was a classic application of a 47 for vocals. The key application was then and still is close worked vocals, male or female.

Tube 47's were never really flat even at distance (beyond 18 inches) due to its signature head grille sound. Brass instruments were a favorite 47 application (the classic jazz signature of the most famous records from the 1950's) and small ensembles (of nearly any instrumentation) saw the 47 as the "go to" mic. Cello and violin at short distance gain intimacy and acoustic or electric bass will find a perfect warm tone without muffling using the E47C. Individual drums or drum kits will have astounding impact with no overt artificial high end found when using some small diaphragm mics. Solo performers who sing while playing acoustic guitars may be recorded with just this one microphone.

Includes 507 power supply, custom cable between supply and mic, LB Pro Spider suspension and shipping carton.

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