The ADK Z-49 is a 9-polar pattern valve microphone, that is handmade in the USA. The ADK Z Series, are their premium, custom product line; and incorporate the finest materials and components. All Z series microphones are authentic tributes to some of the most legendary studio microphones from the 1950’s and 60’s. The Z-49 has been styled to be a vintage 1950’s microphone, inspired by the “7” capsule. Smooth frequency response overall, with a darkish top-end and full and flat mids. If you like tube microphones, but feel they can be overly bright - then the Z-49 is the microphone you should get. The Z-49 excels on vocals, strings and high brass.