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Old 2nd November 2018
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Lewitt MTP 940 CM microphone.

The Lewitt MTP 940 CM hand held condenser microphone was designed for both studio and stage use. It has a large 1” diameter condenser capsule, with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, 9dB (A) self noise…lower than some dedicated studio microphones and a 134dB dynamic range, and a rear rejection of -25dB. You can change the pattern, from wide cardioid, cardioid and super cardioid, the high-pass filter between flat, 80Hz and 160Hz and switch between three pad settings, 0dB, -6dB, and -12dB using control switches under the grill.

I’ve been using and testing this mic for just over a month now and I am very pleased with its sound and performance. The microphone has a modern, clear sound that is neither hyped, or brittle and it sounds very natural, in fact, the first thing most people say about it is how natural it sounds…one guy remarked that it sounded like the mic was in the singers throat after a concert. Very clear, natural/accurate sound, very good feedback and proximity performance, it will withstand very high SPL, plus all the control features, make this a very versatile microphone that can be tailored for different situations…within reason of course.

I’ve only used it live and on singers so far…haven’t made any serious studio recording or tried it on instruments or guitar cabs yet, I did used it as the only microphone on a smooth folk singer and his acoustic guitar who sat almost a meter away from it, a gravely voiced blues singer in front of a rocking four-piece band, a female pop singer in front of a tight but (a tad) loud five-piece band, and a rapper in front of a four-piece band who cupped the mic during his entire performance. I got some questions about the mic and compliments about the sound of the lead vocal almost every night, none of the shows were especially loud and there was never a problem with feedback. I’m pretty sure it would sound good on acoustic instruments…especially strings, percussions and guitar cabs, in fact anywhere fine detail and naturalness is important.

The biggest thing for me though was how little EQ I needed with this microphone…a tool sounds good and performs well without a lot of fiddling, suites me fine. The MTP 940 CM sounds really big and balanced…with a nice low-end, really nice mid and high, nothing jumps out at you except the naturalness of the sound.

With its performance and feature-set, this microphone is definitely unique, I can’t think of another hand-held condenser microphone that offers the control options and level of performance of the MTP 940 CM. If you’re looking for a versatile, top performer, this mic should definitely be on the short list.
Old 2nd November 2018
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Can you "compare and contrast" this mic to the obvious competitors, eg Sennheiser 965 and Shure KSM9 ?
Old 3rd November 2018
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Sam, you're making me curious..
I've recently heard the senny e 965 at a small venue.. I was pleasently surprised.. On that female vocalist was working incredibly well..
How you described the lewitt is how I'd have described the e965..

I have to admit that I was attending the concert, so I didn't "work" on that mic..
Have you used the e965 Sam?
How did you use the lewitt 940..which polar pattern? Filters?

It looks like Lewitt have some tricks up on its sleeve..




Cheu
Old 3rd November 2018
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Originally Posted by S21 ➡️
Can you "compare and contrast" this mic to the obvious competitors, eg Sennheiser 965 and Shure KSM9 ?
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Originally Posted by cheu78 ➡️
How you described the lewitt is how I'd have described the e965..
The Sennheiser e965, the Earthworks SR40V and the Shure KSM9 are the microphones that come closest to the Lewitt MTP 940 in my opinion. Maybe because they also use large, true condenser capsules like the MTP940, the e965 and the Sr40V are similarly detailed and and translates nuance like the MTP940. It is however the extreme detail/clarity, naturalness and fast transient response of the of the MTP940, coupled with all the control options that allow more detailed fine tuning of the mic which gives the Lewitt the edge over the others for me.

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Have you used the e965 Sam?
How did you use the lewitt 940..which polar pattern? Filters?
I tested the Lewitt against the e965 but didn't actually use it for shows. I mostly used the the Lewitt in Cardioid mode with no pre-attenuation...because nobody can sing loud enough to distort this mic and I set the HP filter at 80Hz for everybody but the blues singer...no HP for him.
Old 3rd November 2018
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Thanks so much for posting your experiences with this mic Sam

I currently have Audio Technica AE5400 and ATM710 vocal condensers. I tend to find myself using the ATM710 a lot more than the AE5400 so am considering trying something different to possibly replace the AE5400.

I’m particularly interested in the Sennheiser E865, E965 and Shure KSM9 as I wasn’t really aware of the Lewitt 940. Am very interested to hear how the Lewitt compares to these mics.
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I’m particularly interested in the Sennheiser E865, E965 and Shure KSM9 as I wasn’t really aware of the Lewitt 940. Am very interested to hear how the Lewitt compares to these mics.
You can read my comments above about the Lewitt compared to the E965 and the Shure KSM9. I didn't do a side by side with the e865 but I don't think it's in the same league as the others...the true condenser topology, large diaphragms with special suspension and all the other control functions really make a difference.
Old 8th November 2018
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...even if I would possibly not value my pair of MTP 940 less if someone on a forum would not like them, well-grounded positive experiences are always a confirmation for own practices

I agree that the versatility of this mic is impossible-to-have in your toolcase with any other microphone (that I know of) - at least a pair of C414XLS (or similar) and a pair of very good handheld vocal mics would be necessary, and neither of them is a "safe bet" in front of a semi-pro or amateur gospel choir, for example.

The Lewitt is the great polished LDC sound in front of a well-behaving choir, but also is the lead-vocal-mic if somebody steps up closer, and also the speech mic that is not bursting into pops and breath noise if a self-appointed moderator (oh the horror) enters the stage, bends down the mic stand and speaks directly into the capsule (while the outer appearance of the mic may be the reason for that, it would probably not happen with a 414, but you never know).

For me, "versatility" also means that the awful "We have an instrument or artist that is not on the rider, we would need one or 2 mics extra" situation, that we all know too well probably, is just answered with how I adjust the response pattern and the lowcut. I have not had a situation where the 940 did not perform well and predictable (perhaps even more important) yet.

@ Samc , thank you for taking the time to write down your experiences.
If you plan to add a second mic, I would encourage you to try them in a stereo scenario, like on a grand piano or in front of a choir.
For me, besides being a great mic for vocalists, the wide-cardioid mode has led to stunning and surprising results so far, like I already wrote on the MTP550 thread, and besides their versatility, I often prefer to take them with me over "real" LDCs simply because of their sturdyness and their unobtrusive appearance and their outdoor-usability (wind noise)
While I did not have the need to own something like a SM/Beta 58 for myself, I will surely try a 550 if that would change.
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For me, "versatility" also means that the awful "We have an instrument or artist that is not on the rider, we would need one or 2 mics extra" situation, that we all know too well probably, is just answered with how I adjust the response pattern and the lowcut. I have not had a situation where the 940 did not perform well and predictable (perhaps even more important) yet.
Yes, the control switches allow you to change the character and performance of the mic to the point that you can set it up for a lot of different things, and it will work well. I don't know any other mic in the category that can do this.

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@ Samc , thank you for taking the time to write down your experiences.
If you plan to add a second mic, I would encourage you to try them in a stereo scenario, like on a grand piano or in front of a choir.
For me, besides being a great mic for vocalists, the wide-cardioid mode has led to stunning and surprising results so far, like I already wrote on the MTP550 thread, and besides their versatility, I often prefer to take them with me over "real" LDCs simply because of their sturdyness and their unobtrusive appearance and their outdoor-usability (wind noise)
While I did not have the need to own something like a SM/Beta 58 for myself, I will surely try a 550 if that would change.
I intend get more of these mics and to use them on a lot of different things in the future, With the high performance and low cost of the 550 I have no need for a 57 or 58 anymore...they are being replaced with the MTP 550.
Old 23rd January 2019
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I just came back from recording an album in Jamaica where I used this microphone extensively. It’s versatility (and other attributes) made it great for different recording tasks...vocals/choir, drum kit, percussions, guitars and horns.

I expected it would work well on certain things, but I didn’t expect it would work this well...the tracks sit well together, clean and precise. The DTP 640 dual element kick drum mic worked great for the recording too, Sly Dunbar was the drummer and after a few tests with some other mics we chose the DTP 640.

Unfortunately, I can’t post audio samples on the forum for obvious reasons.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Samc ➡️
I just came back from recording an album in Jamaica where I used this microphone extensively. It’s versatility (and other attributes) made it great for different recording tasks...vocals/choir, drum kit, percussions, guitars and horns.

I expected it would work well on certain things, but I didn’t expect it would work this well...the tracks sit well together, clean and precise. The DTP 640 dual element kick drum mic worked great for the recording too, Sly Dunbar was the drummer and after a few tests with some other mics we chose the DTP 640.

Unfortunately, I can’t post audio samples on the forum for obvious reasons.
Although Sly would sound fantastic even on a fisher price plastic mic..


Cool.. Who's the band/artist if I may ask?

I have to admit that lewitt is everyday more interesting..

They should build (and market) a no compromise mic for the studio to get some more grab..



Cheu
Old 24th January 2019
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Sam...

My 1" diaphragm handhelds are the AT AE5400's. Sounds like Lewitt have grabbed that ball and run with it. The switchable pattern/response looks to be a great upgrade and I suspect the transient response has improved in the years since the AE series was brought out. Have you any experience with the 5400 for direct comparison?
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Sam...

My 1" diaphragm handhelds are the AT AE5400's. Sounds like Lewitt have grabbed that ball and run with it. The switchable pattern/response looks to be a great upgrade and I suspect the transient response has improved in the years since the AE series was brought out. Have you any experience with the 5400 for direct comparison?
I've used the AT AE5400 in the past but unfortunately I don't have one available for a direct comparison with the Lewitt. There are a few high quality hand-held microphones that the MTP 940 compares to very well, but then it has all these features that allow you to change its performance characteristics which makes it so versatile.
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Although Sly would sound fantastic even on a fisher price plastic mic..
True, but he's such a great drummer that you always want to capture every detail of his playing...

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Cool.. Who's the band/artist if I may ask?
Unfortunately I don't have permission to get into too much detail about the project and I'm obliged to respect that.

I have to admit that lewitt is everyday more interesting..

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They should build (and market) a no compromise mic for the studio to get some more grab..
There is the LCT 940 Tube/FET studio mic that offers tons of features. I've not used it yet, but I would love to put it through its paces one day.
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True, but he's such a great drummer that you always want to capture every detail of his playing...


Unfortunately I don't have permission to get into too much detail about the project and I'm obliged to respect that.

I have to admit that lewitt is everyday more interesting..


There is the LCT 940 Tube/FET studio mic that offers tons of features. I've not used it yet, but I would love to put it through its paces one day.
Totally understand that, of course.. sounds like a very cool Project though.. congrats!

I know and the lct940 it's a nice and quite versatile microphone (works indeed well on several vocalists, might be not always the best depending on the vocalist and the goals of the production, but it always deliver, sort of like a good old u87), although I believe it's somewhat built "to a price", plus there is the orange led for the tube which is somewhat ridiculous (although that doesn't stop the mic to being a nice and versatile mic).

My point was that they might "market" (and build) a top notch studio mic, to gain "reputation" across their entire line.. (at the eyes of the customers)..

Anyway should be built with a very high quality capsule, high quality components and transformer (like lundahl, cinemag, haufe or Jensen), GREAT power supply (in case of a tube mic) and a nice head basket design, maybe M49-like..

if you know what I mean..

take care,



Cheu
Old 25th February 2019
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I'm glad I found this thread about the MTP 940, there's not a lot of user info out there. Speaking of mic'ing guitar amps you guys need to try the MTP 440 DM, it sounds really great on guitar amp cabs both live and in the studio, super smooth and true to the amp kind of sound, none of the shrillness you get with the usual standards on live guitar. I'm one of those guys who brings the guitar cab mic to the gig and so far engineers love the sound they get with the 440.

I've used the 440 with other dynamic mics costing four times as much and the 440 just sounds better, on a recent snare mic shootout we did at my studio the 440 was our favourite on both snare top and bottom, really remarkable mic.
Old 1st March 2019
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We did a direct to vinyl, live broadcast today in a London radio station and at first the radio guys didn’t want the singer to use the MTP 940 Because they didn’t know it. We had a shootout with it and their preferred mics, and we ended up using the Lewitt MTP 940...now the radio guys want to buy a couple of these microphones.

I should point out though that I have met one person who prefers the SM58 to the 940...
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I should point out though that I have met one person who prefers the SM58 to the 940...
The wife? The 940 is 5x the price. :^)
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The wife? The 940 is 5x the price. :^)
A singer who prefers the sound of his voice through the 58...said he would rather use the money to buy three or four 58s. People like what they like.
Old 2nd March 2019
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Was listening to a kid the other night. When he sang the Lewitt was gorgeous. When he rapped the 58 had the right sound for that.
Old 2nd March 2019
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The Lewitt has very different accuracy, clarity and proximity performance...the closest I’ve gotten is when it’s set in hypercardiod mode with no low frequency roll off and with vocalist cupping the microphone. Sometimes it’s hard to step away from what we know and the clarity and accuracy of the Lewitt MTP 940 and the MBHO 219 might actually throw off some people.

The first time I used the mic at a festival, the FOH babysitter said despite the fact that it sounded good, he wasn’t sure he liked it because he could hear every sound that came out of the singer’s mouth...
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A singer who prefers the sound of his voice through the 58...said he would rather use the money to buy three or four 58s. People like what they like.
I have a client who tours with a famous Latin singer who has used the AKG 535 for 30+ years and searching for a update if there is one. On tour now with thumbs down on DPA d:voice..KSM 8 & 9.
Diificult and demanding he knows what he likes.
Any experience with the 535 and should I get him a Lewitt to try ?
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Originally Posted by MIKEHARRIS ➡️
I have a client who tours with a famous Latin singer who has used the AKG 535 for 30+ years and searching for a update if there is one. On tour now with thumbs down on DPA d:voice..KSM 8 & 9.
Diificult and demanding he knows what he likes.
Any experience with the 535 and should I get him a Lewitt to try ?
If it's very happy with the 535 why changing?
Anyway testing out the lewitt and the sennheiser e965 will be for sure a good move (at least he knows his options and can decide if it's on par or better than what he uses now).
As you rightly said, it's also a matter of taste and context..



Cheu
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Any experience with the 535 and should I get him a Lewitt to try ?
I haven't used this AKG mic in a long time and don't have a specific memory about its sound and performance...I would try the Lewitt MTP 940 because of its versatility alone. I do not guarantee that it will sound like his current mic but I also don't think someone changes a mic just to get a new one that sounds like the old one.

This condenser microphone will certainly give him a nice pallet (of sounds) to choose from, while still offering good gain before feedback, clarity, naturalness and great proximity performance.
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I do not guarantee that it will sound like his current mic but I also don't think someone changes a mic just to get a new one that sounds like the old one.

This condenser microphone will certainly give him a nice pallet (of sounds) to choose from, while still offering good gain before feedback, clarity, naturalness and great proximity performance.
I actually am a bit shocked and pleased he is even considering changing.

This should be included in his search while he is still searching

Thanks
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I actually am a bit shocked and pleased he is even considering changing.

This should be included in his search while he is still searching

Thanks
It shouldn't be hard to find someone who likes it if he doesn't...
Old 21st March 2019
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This was my gig a few hours ago, live stream and audio/video recording for TV broadcast. Lead singer is using the Lewitt MTP 940, guitar/BGV is using an MTP 550, the pro 7 kit mics are on the drum kit and there’s an MTP 440 on the trumpet.

the Youtube video was removed because it was only supposed to be a live feed so here is another link. I was told that the Youtube video (and this too) used my house mix.

https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/video/...ee-me-100.html

Last edited by Samc; 25th March 2019 at 12:48 PM..
Old 21st March 2019
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Thanks for sharing--a lot of depth & detail in the mix. What's going on with that oddly positioned mic on the Nord? I would've guessed a vocoder but doesn't seem like it would work where it is . . . Something Nord-specific?
Old 21st March 2019
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MTP 940 sn001 arrived Tuesday...leaving today for trial at a show in Chile...followed by 2 in Mexico.
Hope the artist is in a mood to try it.
His last trial saw the KSM 8 & 9 rejected and same for DPA but that one will at least get a second try to dethrone the 535
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Originally Posted by Jason Valentine ➡️
Thanks for sharing--a lot of depth & detail in the mix. What's going on with that oddly positioned mic on the Nord? I would've guessed a vocoder but doesn't seem like it would work where it is . . . Something Nord-specific?
Not a lot of processing going on mix wise...very little dynamic processing and EQ, just mostly balancing.
The mic is just his vocal mic, nothing trick or Nord specific, it’s an MBHO 219SC dynamic mic.
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MTP 940 sn001 arrived Tuesday...leaving today for trial at a show in Chile...followed by 2 in Mexico.
Hope the artist is in a mood to try it.
His last trial saw the KSM 8 & 9 rejected and same for DPA but that one will at least get a second try to dethrone the 535
I’m really interested to hear how this all turns out too Mike and would appreciate an update if possible.
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