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Lauten Audio Microphone Comparison on male vocals – Sony, Telefunken, Neumann, Wagner

28th March 2019 4:02 pm

Listen to audio samples recorded with the Lauten Audio Eden & Oceanus, alongside mics from Sony, Telefunken, Neumann and Wagner

American microphone manufacturer Lauten Audio have put together a mic comparison playlist on Soundcloud, featuring a selection of male vocal recordings made at Studio Piccolo in Montreal. This session pitches two of their high-end Signature Series microphones, the Oceanus FC-387 and Eden LT-381, against a selection of other well-known microphones from the likes of Sony, Telefunken, Neumann and Wagner.

Lauten’s Eden has always come out very favourably in mic tests we’ve done – as the flagship of the range, and is often described as a ‘desert-island mic’.

Lauten’s founder, Brian Laudenslager, had this to say about the mic comparison. “Lauten Audio has always designed original sounding microphones, and never intended to ‘clone’ or try to be like any other microphone,” Brian explains. “However, we understand many users would like to hear our microphones in comparison to other models, thus we recorded these tracks for those interested.”

“The playlist contains a selection of carefully recorded male vocal samples through popular high-end studio microphones. The intent is to show how Lauten Audio’s flagship microphones; the Eden LT-386 and Oceanus LT-381, compare and contrast with these popular models.”

“You’ll notice multiple recordings of the Eden LT-386 with different names; e.g. Forward Vocal Shaper etc. These different recordings demonstrate the Eden’s Multi-voicing® feature, a feature built into the microphone that changes its timbre via a simple 3-way switch.”

You can listen to the comparisons for yourself below. The audio files are also available to download via WeTransfer, in case you’d like to switch between them in your DAW.


Microphones in the Shootout

• Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381


• Lauten Audio Eden LT-386 (in the following modes):
• Forward voicing
• Forward voicing w/Vocal Shaper
• Neutral voicing
• Neutral voicing w/Vocal Shaper


• Sony C800G


• Telefunken Ela M251


• Neumann M49


• Wagner U47

All files recorded at 48 kHz / 24 Bit by Patrice Pruneau at Studio Piccolo, Montreal, Qc. Vocals sung by Antoine Gratton.

All recordings were made via an SPL Gainstation MKII into Pro Tools (Avid HD AD), with no additional processing.

Huge thanks to Stephan Ritch!



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Lauten Audio Eden LT-386

The Eden LT-386 is a Multi-voicing™ vacuum tube, large diaphragm condenser microphone. The LT-386 is for discerning recordists in search of the most diverse and useful studio vacuum tube microphone.

Offering a unique blend of classic and modern design theory, the Eden exhibits a smooth, rich low and mid-range, as well as high-mid and high timbres reminiscent of premier classic vacuum tube microphones.

From its attached, semi-permanent suspension mount, to its three different switches housed on the microphone itself, the Eden offers an endless palette of sound.

Find out more about the Lauten Audio Eden LT-386 Microphone


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Lauten Audio Oceanus FC-387

Clear the air for a 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.

The 31.25mm dual-diaphragm capsule captures minute details of the sound source. A Lauten Audio original design, the Oceanus capsule is one of largest in the microphone world, making it part of the unique Oceanus sound.

Find out more about the Lauten Audio Oceanus FC-387 Microphone

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