Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 Microphone


An impressive Vacuum Tube microphone in both appearance and sound, the Oceanus features a modern twist on the classic "47" tonality. Exceptional on both male and female vocals and acoustic instruments.

What we think:

The Lauten Oceanus is truly a work of art - not only in appearance, but most importantly, in the way that it sounds. Just to hold it in your hand leaves a big impression. Time after time my clients are always blown away by the impressive form factor of the Oceanus. Moreover, all the accesories feel solid as well. From the shock mount to the included flight case, it’s clear that a lot of care and consideration went into the entire package.
This mic’s secret is its relatively unique dual tube design which really gives it a special sound. It is warm, smooth, but surprisingly articulate as well. If I know that the material is calling for a 47-ish sound, but I want more of a modern twist, then the Oceanus is my clear choice. On a male vocal, the mid range is super smooth and almost enhanced, but it doesn’t end there. This mic’s warm, present sound lends itself perfectly to female vocalists as well as being surprisingly good on acoustic guitar, drum overheads, and various other acoustic instruments. 
Although the Oceanus has proven itself to be very versatile, It’s not what I would consider a “desert island” tube LDC. By that I mean it has a specific sound that slants more toward the vintage vibe and that sound may not be ideal for all applications. Recording a modern pop vocal? Give the Miktek CV4 a try or a Peluso P12. All in all the Oceanus’s price point (under 2k!), impressive appearance and unique sound have solidified its place in my mic locker as a flavor that I cannot be without!

Manufacturer Description:

Clear the air for big revealing sound. Visually stunning, the LT-381 Oceanus is a fantastic vocal mic. It's an original high-performance transformer-less tube condenser microphone that produces full and detailed recordings.

Our new 31.25mm dual-diaphragm capsule captures minute details of the sound source. With the unique circuit topology and body design you will notice increased clarity as well as subtle tube character. Being a transformer-less mic it also minimizes feedback and signal loss, while the unique signal path eliminates the harshness often associated with transformer-less mics.

The LT-381 Oceanus features a variable polar pattern selector allowing you to choose omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8 as well as six intermediate positions. This variable pattern selector provides the ability to achieve many variations of sound characteristics. The rugged vintage style external power supply houses the polar pattern selector and supplies a consistent voltage to the microphone to achieve optimal performance. There are two features designed to reduce vibrations and noise. First, the capsule is internally shock mounted. Second, each microphone has a custom heavy-duty shock mount that securely holds the microphone and reduces external vibrations and noise.

Internally the LT-381 Oceanus is a innovative blend of classic and modern day components. This microphone features our new 31.25mm dual-diaphragm capsule designed to capture minute detail. It also contains one of the most unique circuit topologies of any microphone on the market today. It utilizes a NOS military-grade pentode tube with a carefully selected operating point as the input and gain stage, and a transformer-less tube output stage. Finally, our unique vacuum tube isolation chamber reduces component temperatures as well as noise.

*Large 31.25mm dual-diaphragm capsule
*Variable-step Omni, to Cardioid, to Figure-8
*Vacuum tube input & output
*Internal shock mount
*NOS Military grade tube
*High resolution capacitors

Included Accessories
*Vintage style power supply
*Heavy duty shock mount
*Sustainably farmed wood mic box
*Premium Gotham 7-Pin tube mic cable
*Deluxe flight case

*Circuit: Transformer-less Vacuum Tube
*Type:Dual-diaphragm condenser
*Polar:PatternCardioid, Omni & Figure-8 (variable)
*Dimensions:8.8 x 2.4in
*Freq. Response:20Hz to 20kHz
*Dynamic Range:100dB minimum
*Impedance:<200 ohms
*Max. SPL 0.5%THD@1000Hz: 120dB
*Self-noise level:20dB(A)
*Sensitivity:16mV/Pa OR -36v 2dB 0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz
*Connectors:7-pin XLR & 3-Pin Standard XLR
*Power Requirement:Custom power supply 100 to 230v

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