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Joe Meek JM27 Small Diaphragm Condenser
1.65 1.65 out of 5, based on 3 Reviews

The JM27 is a small diaphragm condenser microphone with a fixed Cardioid pattern. Building on the tradition of classic studio microphones, we combined an FET pre-amplifier with transformer-balanced output resulting in a low noise, high SPL mic - perfect for a variety of studio applications.

17th December 2011

Joemeek JM27 by NorseHorse

  • Sound Quality 2 out of 5
  • Ease of use 2 out of 5
  • Features 2 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 2 out of 5
  • Overall: 2
Joe Meek JM27 Small Diaphragm Condenser

The JM27 is one of the few mics I ever sold. It was colored, but not in a good way. It was not clean, clear, detailed, or vibey in a way that inspires you when you turn up the fader. Instead, the sound is veiled.

Having owned and used affordable cardioid condensers like MXL 990s, MXL 993s, Rode NT5s, and Sontronics STC-1s, I can confidently recommend them all above the JM27s.

The Joe Meek JM27 is the AKG C1000 of England. tutt

In the interest of reaching two hundred words, I would like to add that they came in a case (nice), with a stereo bar (nice), and with shockmounts (nice). These are cheap, but are still a better deal than the actual mics themselves. At the very least, you could sell the JM27s but keep the accessories for other mics. I repurposed the box to send two pieces of wood in the mail. The mics themselves seem decently built, so I guess that goes in their favor. The elastic on the shockmounts isn't that great. One positive experience – I recorded a bell choir with these mics. It sounded very interesting and since most people don't really listen to bell choirs, they couldn't tell that it was a poor representation of the ensemble.

20th December 2011

Joemeek JM27 by taturana

  • Sound Quality 1 out of 5
  • Ease of use 1 out of 5
  • Features 1 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 1 out of 5
  • Overall: 1
Joe Meek JM27 Small Diaphragm Condenser

Definitely one of the worst mics i ever bought, including the radio shacks of various kinds i had when i was a kid..... i sold mine too,it was pitch black dark, colored in a bad way ( like if the capsule was made of plastic, thick plastic)

...and not adept of high SPL levels, so useless for me on percussion or such

.. some times you do get what you pay for....

i never got any desired result on any instrument with this...i am certain that if used it as a hammer it might work...

keep away! run from it like the plague!

31st March 2021

Joemeek JM27 by gostallion

  • Sound Quality 1 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 2 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 1 out of 5
  • Overall: 2
Joe Meek JM27 Small Diaphragm Condenser

I ran across this JM27 review and I had to put my 2 cents in. I bought one of these Joe Meek mics way back, possibly when they were just coming out, from very flourishing, well written ads at a very affordable price which, if i remember right, was $30. So I ordered one and it came in on the day I needed it for a band recording session. I put it on the ride cymbal expecting great things as the ride bell was used alot. We got done recording and I was going through tracks and didn't like the ride track, it was worse than what I thought heard in set-up. It was so bad, kinda dark and dull for a cymbal but the worse part was it was breaking up and distorting. It was not useable so I had the drummer come back and overdub just the ride cymbal track with an AKG 452. Put the JM27 back in its little black bag and filed it away under bad choices in my life. I don't like to bash gear but this one needs a complete re-design or burial, you decide. I brought it back out recently just to try it again while different drums were being set up and the same thing happened so it got put away again.


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