Founded by Roman Perschon in 2009, the Vienna-headquartered LEWITT Microphones is one of the fastest-growing companies in the market, on track to become the industry’s not-so-best-kept secret. The design philosophy and manufacturing techniques behind all their products challenge the legacy companies of yesteryear, paving the way for the future of recording.
LEWITT Microphones Challenge the Status Quo of Microphone Design
During the research phase of every microphone, designers involve actual microphone users: engineers, producers, and musicians. There’s an open discussion about features people would like to see, as well as about common audio frustrations and how those could be solved. That’s the backbone of every new product, with the goal of making each microphone user-friendly and exceptional sounding.
Another major part of the brand’s philosophy is making high-quality recording tools which are actually accessible. After undergoing thorough engineering and testing in Vienna, the manufacturing process goes to China to keep costs low. The end result is affordable microphones that sound incredible.
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The 440 PURE is one of the most popular LEWITT models. A true studio all-arounder, it has a sound that’s modern and clear, but it doesn’t get overly bright like many condensers in the same price range. It features a 1″ true condenser capsule with a fixed cardioid polar pattern and sounds great on just about anything. Try it on vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, wind instruments, guitar cabinets, and anything else.
On the higher end of LEWITT microphones is the brand new LCT 1040. It’s a revolutionary microphone system that combines many of the brand’s groundbreaking design features into a single unit. Similar to the 940 (see below), it offers mixable FET and tube circuits, but it also lets you select one of four different tube settings for coloration. The 1040 also provides five seamless polar patterns. Using the dial, you can run omni, wide cardioid, cardioid, supercardioid, and figure-8 — or anywhere in between!
Finally, another fantastic feature for flexibility is the option to run two separate outputs. The Mix output takes the blend of FET and tube, while the dedicated FET output runs independent of the tube circuit. You can take both for each and every recording, so you always have a relatively “clean” copy should you need it later.
Remember how we talked about challenging the status quo? This exemplifies that philosophy. The LCT 940, initially developed in 2012, combines a FET condenser and a tube condenser in a single housing. The tube part gives us that richness we love, while the FET part provides clarity and punch. You can blend them at any ratio you’d like to find just the right balance for the sound source. It comes with a total of nine polar patterns for unrivaled versatility.
The LCT 640 TS is the definition of a next-generation microphone. On a basic level, it’s a 1″ multi-pattern condenser. The sound is full, crisp, and balanced. That isn’t just all, of course. It features a Dual Output Mode which engages both the front and back sides of the capsule’s diaphragm and sends them to independent outputs. This makes stereo recording a breeze; just turn the mic sideways to the source with Dual Output Mode on.
Last but not least, you can actually change the polar pattern after recording. Whatever you recorded in Dual Output, you can load a LEWITT plugin called Polarizer on the track to dynamically change the pickup pattern.
No solid mic locker would be complete without a versatile pair of small diaphragm condensers. The LCT 140 AIR are a perfectly matched stereo pair featuring two selectable sound capture modes: AIR for top-end sheen that’s album-ready, and FLAT for a natural, accurate recording. They also come with high-pass filters and pads, which you don’t often see at this price point. The 140s are lightweight, rugged, and built with every bit of precision we’ve come to expect from LEWITT.