Telefunken ELA M 251E Diamond Series
3-pattern Large Diaphragm Vacuum Tube Mic System with rare NOS GE JAN 6072A Vacuum Tube
Arguably the most beautiful sounding microphone ever produced, the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E has been featured on countless hits and classic recordings over the decades. By virtue of its smooth, yet present and "open" sonic character, the ELA M 251E large diaphragm tube microphone is a true classic with very few rivals.
Today, prime examples of vintage ELA M 250 / 251 [both "E" and "non E"] microphones have become rare and highly sought after jewels, commanding tens of thousands of dollars on the vintage market. TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's historic recreations of the ELA M 251E exemplify the best qualities of the finest specimens of these legendary beasts, and while more expensive than most modern microphones, they are true to the heritage of their 50+ year old brethren.
The TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E includes an edge terminated, dual backplate CK12 capsule capable of cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional polar patterns, a New Old Stock 6072a vacuum tube and a Haufe 14:1 ratio output transformer (the same found in the AKG Acoustics GmbH C12). Each reissue is 100% true in every detail to the original [the parts are interchangeable with the 50+ year old originals], and will deliver the same sonically opulent response that made the ELA M 251E one of the world's most sought after recording tools.
Each ELA M 251E microphone system comes complete with M950E power supply, M850E 25' quad-shielded Accusound ACX-7 tube microphone cable, M750 elastic shock mount, FC50 locking flight case and WB50 wooden microphone box.
A Meticulous Reissue of a Glorious-sounding Classic
The Telefunken ELA M 251E large-diaphragm tube condenser mic is a faithful rendition of a legend. The original, introduced in 1960, is reverentially considered to be one of the most gorgeous sounding mics ever made. With rare working-condition vintage '251s going for major ducats, this meticulous reissue is a no-brainer if you're after that uniquely smooth, present, and open sound you've heard on countless hits. Sporting three pickup patterns and a max SPL of 138dB, this microphone delivers sumptuous results on any instrument. Stock your mic locker with a classic: the Telefunken ELA M 251E.
Achieve sonic opulence (without a second mortgage)
Made from 1960 to 1965 with an estimated total production run of fewer than 3,700 units, the original Telefunken ELA M 251E is highly coveted. Rare working-condition vintage examples fetch well into the five figures, when you can even find one for sale. So, Telefunken did something very intelligent: a meticulous reissue. But first, as there were no available blueprints or schematics for the original, they had to reverse-engineer from prime vintage samples. The results are jaw-dropping: pure sonic opulence.
Three polar patterns accommodate any recording task
With its three pickup patterns, the Telefunken ELA M 251E is ideal for a range of (stereo) recording techniques, including Spaced Pair (A/B), XY (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and Mid-Side (MS). Read on for a few examples to get the creative juices flowing.
A few examples of what you can do with this incredible mic
Two singers, one mic: grab the Telefunken ELA M 251E, set it to figure-8, and you're good to go. Record a sax solo overdub with natural "slap": position the ELA M 251E (again, on figure-8) between the sax player and the control room window and adjust mic position to taste. Ginormous Val Garay-style toms (two racks and a floor): three '251s on cardioid, fairly close-in, just don't let the drummer hit the mics! Full symphony orchestra, Bob Fine's Mercury Living Presence technique: Three '251s, set to omni, across the proscenium arch; record to three tracks panned left, center, and right. Set your levels for peaks, then leave those faders alone and let the conductor balance the orchestra. We could go on, but you can already see how the Telefunken ELA M 251E can be used in any number of ways to produce incredible sounding tracks.
- A glorious sounding reissue of a glorious sounding classic
- Meticulously crafted to historic detail
- Edge-terminated, dual backplate CK-12 capsule
- 1" dual-sided gold sputtered membrane
- External power supply (supplied)
- 3 polar patterns: cardioid, omni, and figure-8
- 138dB maximum SPL
- Includes locking flight case, lunchbox-style power supply, and wooden microphone box
- Handbuilt in the USA
|Type||Condenser Pressure Gradient|
|Frequency Range||20Hz / 20kHz|
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid & Omni and Figure 8|
|Sensitivity||17mV/pa +/- 1 dB|
|THD at 1kHz at 1Pa||<0.2%|
|Output Impedance||200 ohms|
|Maximum SPL||130 dB|
|Non Linear Distortion||Less than or equal to 0.5% at 100 dyne / cm sq|
|Tube Type||GE JAN 6072a|
|Power Type||Dedicated American-made power supply with slow-ramping filament voltage|
|Size||8 1/2" (216mm) length x 2" (51mm) diameter|
|Weight||20oz (567g), 34oz (960g) with swivel|
|Supply Current||<1mA, <150mA|
|Connected Via||Historic stand mount swivel, XLR-3 (M) output|
|Supplied Accessories||Locking flight case, power supply, wooden mic box, clasping shock mount, 25' Accusound quad-shielded cable with swivel connector|