The Bill Putnam Mic Collection
Get the rich sound of hand‑picked vintage mics.
The Bill Putnam Mic Collection plug‑in for the UA Sphere modeling microphone system gives you the glorious tones of the legendary Universal Audio founder's personal mic locker — the same mics he used to record Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and many more.
Get the classic microphone tones used on legendary records by Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and more
Record through Bill Putnam Sr.'s hand-picked mics, including vintage models from Neumann,® RCA,® and AKG,® in realtime with Apollo*
Audition classic mics before, during, and after recording with any interface, in any DAW
Change mic type or polar pattern, and reduce room sound, even after recording
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Included Mic Models
BP-251E (Telefunken Ela M 251E)
BP-251A (Telefunken Ela M 251)
BP-47M (Neumann U47)
BP-67 (Neumann U67)
BP-12a (AKG C12A)
BP-37A (Sony C37A)
BP-405 (Sennheiser 405)
BP-44BX (RCA 44)
BP-545 (Shure 545)
Take A Listen
Get the Rich Sound of Vintage Mics
The Bill Putnam Microphone Collection gives you the multi-dimensional sounds of Bill Putnam's favorite microphones on your vocals, guitars, and drums and more — including the jaw-dropping tones of his prized Neumann U47, RCA 44, and Sennheiser 405.
Find your Perfect Mic in Realtime with Apollo
Audition classic mics before, during, and after recording with any interface, in any DAW. And when paired with an Apollo interface, you can do this with near‑zero latency.
Create Pro Sounds Before and After Tracking
With the Bill Putnam Microphone Collection plug-in, you can dramatically sculpt your tones by changing the proximity effect and polar pattern before and after recording.
Reduce Room Sound for Better Recordings
Easily tame room coloration for cleaner, more professional recordings using IsoSphere and its expert presets tailored for everything from your bedroom studio to popular isolation filters from sE Reflexion Filters, Aston Halo, Kaotica Eyeball,* and more.*All trademarks are property of their respective owners and used only to represent the microphones and sound treatment modeled as part of the Bill Putnam Microphone Collection plug‑in.
October 2, 2023
I tried it at a friends studio, it's gonna be my next buy!Read More
July 16, 2023
the selection of high-quality microphones is great, in most cases i use the BM47M , the sound is amazing for me. The many setting options are particularly good, it saves me a lot of time in...Read More
June 20, 2023
Quality at its finest!
Variety of the finest mic collection. You only choose which one works for your project.Read More
January 12, 2023
Amazing emulations of some amazing microphonesRead More
January 6, 2023
A bit of magic in the air!
The Mic sets are really amazing!Read More
January 4, 2023
I'm really enjoying this pack. Pick it up if you are able.Read More
Included Mic Models
The BP-251E model is based on a classic Austrian made microphone built for export to the US which has a 6072 tube and an original fully brass capsule.
The 251 is one of the rarest and most highly regarded microphones of all time. It is the go to vocal mic for many A-list artists, including Beyoncé.
The BP-251A model is based on a classic Austrian made microphone which has an AC701k tube and an original fully brass capsule.
Created in 1947, the U 47 has stood the test of time as the ultimate studio mic. The BP-47M model is based on one of Bill Putnam's 47s, with an M7 capsule and features a slightly warmer sound.
The 67 is a unique and wonderful mic that tends toward warm, yet without sounding dull. It really shines on distorted guitar amps where it can reduce harshness while maintaining detail.
The BP-67 model is based on a mid-1960s version with an EF86 tube. The particular 67 modeled is slightly warmer sounding than other 67s.
The high-pass filter and pad switch settings are fully modeled. In many older microphones the pad switch, in addition to lowering gain, can change the frequency response and overall sound considerably. Filter position 1 models the high-pass switch. Position 2 models the pad switch. Position 3 models the case when both high-pass and pad are enabled.
The BP-12a model is based on an early '60s C12A microphone, which has been put to good use recording vocals for Geddy Lee, David Bowie, and many others.
Under the hood the C12A is much like the legendary C12 but with a 7586 nuvistor tube. It still uses the same CK12 capsule which is a big part of the sound. On the outside, the body style changed from the classic C12 cylinder to a variant of the 414. Audibly, the end result of these changes is a little less sparkle and a more warmth than its predecessor.
The C-37A was released in 1955 and uses a 6AU6 tube. It's known for a darker sound which can be good for taming sibilance and harsh high-end. The mic has been used by countless artists, including Frank Sinatra. It's also often a good choice for snare or tom miking.
The 37 supports non-directional (omni) and uni-directional (cardioid) patterns which are both included in the BP-37A model. On the original, the pattern is adjusted by mechanically moving vents on the back of the capsule using a slot on the back of the mic, which is unusual.
The mic has a 4-position high-pass filter which is mapped to the plug-in's Filter knob. The M (Music) position is essentially flat, while the the M1 (Music 1), V1 (Voice 1), and V2 (Voice 2) settings provide progressively more bass attenuation.
Some might argue the 405 is a highly underrated microphone. It has been used on countless hit records, including as the overhead drum mics on The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." It was one of the first solid state microphones and is also unique in that it uses radio-frequency technology to interface with the capsule.
With the BP-405 model, when the pattern control is set to omni the model is based on the omnidirectional 105 microphone, which is in the same product family as the 405. When set to cardioid, the model is based on the 405 which has a native cardioid pattern.
The RCA 44 is visually and audibly one of the most iconic microphones of all time. In the 1930s and 40s it became a staple of broadcast and studio recording. Radio Corporation of America (RCA) developed the 44, in part, because they needed microphones for their own broadcast operations. Countless legendary artists have recorded with the 44, including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley. Bill Putnam Sr. often used the 44 to record pianos.
The BP-44BX model is based on a 44BX mic which has a slightly higher output level than previous versions. The original 44 has a fixed figure-8 polar pattern which results in a very warm sound due to the exaggerated proximity effect. To obtain the most accurate modeling, set pattern control to figure-8.
The 545 is a predecessor to the SM57, which was the first mic to use the Unidyne III capsule. The 545 is one of the first handheld end-address dynamic microphones and has a more uniform polar pattern than its predecessors.
The 545 was used extensively on Pet Sounds, including Brian Wilson's lead vocal, and countless other recordings of that era. Also, the 545 (and its 565 variant) were used extensively to record performances at Woodstock.
The Bill Putnam Mic Collection
I tried it at a friends studio, it's gonna be my next buy!
the selection of high-quality microphones is great, in most cases i use the BM47M , the sound is amazing for me. The many setting options are particularly good, it saves me a lot of time in the later processing with an EQ etc.
It is supposedly sold with an AAX DSP version. Too bad this version doesn't actually exist. I bought it and never used it. It’s useless for Pro Tools HDX users.
Quality at its finest!
Variety of the finest mic collection. You only choose which one works for your project.
Amazing emulations of some amazing microphones
A bit of magic in the air!
The Mic sets are really amazing!
I'm really enjoying this pack. Pick it up if you are able.
Love the classic fat full sound from this mic. Worth it alone!
The Bill Putnam Mic Collection - fantastic
A set of classic sound fiction, who are not with us yet, join us and be happy with a large suitcase of microphones, with patristic fantastic noise reduction,
What a difference
This definitely increased the ability to record amazing vocals. I'm really excited to try other mics for my project.
Sounds like a beetle farting.
Not that I actually can speak to this comparison from experience, but, sounds like a beetle farting. Ya know?
Really nice collection. All of the microphones are good. The 251e, U67 and U47 are particularly good in my opinion. They do sound different from the stock Townsend mics but without a doubt well worth the price. All of the mics have different flavours, the 251e really full yet cuts through the mix. The U47 is really smooth and airy and the U67 just sounds perfect and open. Five stars from me.
It is a nice to have Collection if you have the Sphere Microphone, but the diference is not far different from the standart Sphere Mic Collection , i think, i will try the Ocean Way Series also to compare.
World class mic locker at home
The best mic I’ve ever recorded on is a specific ELAM 251 at Blackbird Studios. Knowing I could never justify buying a real 251, especially a vintage one (and they do all sound different), I looked into the Putnam collection to get me close enough. The 251 E gets me pretty close. But I discovered that mixing in about 30% of the C12A in dual mode gives me the extra sparkle and compression that one at Blackbird has. The Sony mic is also unbelievable. For me, the Putnam U47 doesn’t beat the OW47 though. Owning these two mic collections makes me feel like I own a studio like Blackbird. Or at least, close enough for my ears!
Closest to real C37a's.
I'm still blown away by this mic. I recently purchased a recording studio, and 2 vintage c37a's were included. I did a shootout with the real c37a's for what has been their main job here: Drum overheads.
I positioned the Townsend in stereo 180 mode right with the 2 Sonys, fired up the stock Townsend models, and they...Fell flat on their face. TOO dark, the magic was missing. I was a bit disappointed. But then... I loaded Bill's models, and VOILE'...Dead on! I was hard pressed to tell the difference.
The C12 model sounds BETTER than the Avantone C12 here, to my ears. I will be testing the 47 against the Pearlman 47 soon.
Bottom line...If I get 3 Townsends I won't need much more to run this studio than dedicated close-mics for drums. They are amazing and I'm still discovering uses for this swiss-army MACHINE.
I am very happy with the mike emulations in the collection. "Dylan 67" is my new go to for vocals.
for various voices.
Another great collection
I have been running this collection, along with the Ocean Way and Townsend Labs, through some recording and listening sessions. All produce some really impressive results. While there are C12's, U47's etc. in each collection they sound different. Imagine that, vintage mics that sound different (he said, his voice dripping sarcasm). What I'm saying is that you could just do with the Townsend plugin and have some great stuff to work with but don't overlook the Putnam mic collection. There are some real gems here, at least for me, like the BP-12A. Don't take my word for it though, if you've got a Sphere mic then demo this collection as well as the others. Compare. Go back and forth between the same model mic from the various collections and see what I'm talking about. Do you need all three? How should I know? Maybe. I got all three and am not looking back.
Just buy it!
For me, the value of this collection of microphones isn't first how close to the originals they are (they sound absolutely great) but that you as a recording engineer, recording artist or home studio entusiast get a whole pallet of great microphones using a mouse click, yes, that adds great value for me. Owning the Ocean way Collection this now adds more flavours of sound. I love the workflow the Sphere creates and it is great to be able to change a microphone in post but be ware these microphone emulations are so good they interact with the singer the same way as when you change an actual microphone. The singer sings differently and interacts differently with the microphone using different typ of emulations (beautiful, if you ask me). I do not think of this pallet of microphones as better than the other packages rather they add new flavours, colours and vibe. It is a luxury to be able to switch between three different U47s (owning all three emulation packages). The U47 (BP-47M) in this collections is smooth like silk and has a beautiful top end, it takes EQ well and sometimes I am astound by the fact that I only used a high-pass filter and it already sounds great. The two 251 emulations (BP-251E and 251A) have great top end and a full sound each with a bit of different character. They shine on acoustic guitars and vocals and adds both sparkel and body to the sound. The Putnam U67 (BP-67) emulation is another gem, a guitars sits beautifully in the mix before you even reach for the EQ, it just sounds "right" and very natural to my ears. Great mic for guitars, electric guitars and vocals. In my opinion whether you buy it on a sale or at full price this collection is worth every dollar you spend. Don't take my word for it: try it, then, you'll probably end up just buying it!
Make a good thing even better
I've beem eyeing these expansions for a while but never pulled the trigger until I realized that they can be demoed! I've been loving the Sphere Telefunken 251 model, and this collection includes two more flavors of it.
I actually didn't like the U67 in Sphere, but the U67 in this collection is pure rock and roll. When I sing 90s rock songs through the Putnam U67 it's instant gold.