Telefunken U47 Diamond Series
2-pattern Large Diaphragm Vacuum Tube Mic System with VF14K Vacuum Tube (Cardioid, Omni)
Every great singer deserves an amazing microphone, and for more than 60 years the U47 has been that microphone. Its authoritative mid-range and extended low-end response have made the TELEFUNKEN U47 the "go to" standard for any serious recording studio.
Upon first glance of the new U47 from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, it's easy to see the "family resemblance." The large, chrome head grille houses a newly manufactured M7 capsule. Its matte nickel finished body houses a new BV8 output transformer and a newly developed VF14k vacuum tube; a "plug and play" replacement for the rare VF14M tubes found in the original. The classic "TELEFUNKEN" diamond logo proudly adorns the front of the body tube. All of these accoutrements show that this microphone means business.
Since its original development in 1946, the TELEFUNKEN U47 has been the microphone of choice for generations of recording professionals. The first condenser microphone to offer selectable polar patterns (cardioid and omnidirectional), the original U47 also featured the famous M7 capsule which had been developed in 1928 by Georg Neumann. To this capsule was added an amplifier built from military surplus VF14 tubes (they had been used in field and aircraft radios), and BV8 output transformers. The combination of these components created a sonic quality that was absolutely unheard of in the English speaking world of the mid-1940s when darker sounding, less detailed ribbon microphones were the standard. The introduction of the U47 brought a new level of fidelity to the audio world, and is still considered to be one of the finest microphones ever produced.
Whether you're recording a symphony, a "crooner," or any facet of modern music, you'll find a great tool in the U47. Its authoritative mid-range and extended low-end response dance from your ears . . . much as a vintage wine dances from the palate. Everything, from vocals to the loudest of guitar sounds, full on orchestral recording, beautiful backing vocal arrangements, or a chamber ensemble will benefit wildly from the rich and vibrant tone of this stunning microphone.
Each U47 microphone system comes complete with M940 power supply, M840 25' dual-shielded ACX-7 tube microphone cable, M740 elastic shock mount, FC40 locking flight case and WB40 wooden microphone box.
The Classic Telefunken Tube Mic!
Few microphones are as iconic as Telefunken's U47 tube condenser microphone. This vintage-style tube studio microphone gives you the smooth and sweet sound that made the classic crooners of the 1950s come to life all around the world. In addition to vocals, the U47 is a long-time favorite for classical recordings, where its robust low-frequent handling, airy high end, and switchable cardioid/omnidirectional pattern make it ideal for Decca tree stereo mic arrangements.
A classic studio workhorse condenser for vocals, amps, and instruments alike
Whether you're recording the soulful crooning of a baritone vocalist or the open and airy sound of a chamber string quartet, the Telefunken U47 will provide you with the commanding midrange, extended low end, and glassy highs that have made this microphone a household name since 1946. From the loudest drums to the subtlest strains of nylon-string guitar, the U47 captures all of the beauty of any source you throw at it in exquisite detail. No matter which tube microphones you've recorded with, until you get your hands on a genuine U47, you'll never know what all the fuss is about.
Dual pickup pattern modes provide you with ideal recording options
One of the things that made the original U47 such a smash hit in the first place was its switchable polar pattern. Loaded with a dual-diaphragm capsule, the Telefunken U47 condenser microphone lets you choose from either cardioid or omnidirectional polar patterns. In addition to shaping the pickup area, these patterns also subtly change the sound of your mic, giving you the ability to fine tune your tone to best match your source.
Old-school engineering and modern electronics deliver timeless U47 tone
Technology has changed quite a bit since the Telefunken U47 first hit the street, and the original M7 capsule, as well as the military surplus VF-14M tubes that formed the heart of the U47 are long gone. But Telefunken has remained steadfastly committed to providing that classic U47 sound. That's why they developed amazing new components, ranging from the plug-and-play VF-14K vacuum tube to the BV8 output transformer. Hold them up side-by-side and you'll be hard pressed to tell a vintage U47 from a modern one. Plug them in and all you'll hear is pure amazing tube-microphone tone.
- Telefunken's classic large-diaphragm tube studio condenser microphone updated for modern recording
- Classic smooth midrange, robust bass, and airy treble make this a real go-to microphone for any source
- Based on the microphones used on countless vocal and classical recordings from the 1950s and on
- Dual-sided M7 capsule provides you with both cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns
- VF14K metal tube and BV8 output transformer provide smooth sound and tons of headroom
- Locking Case, NG Style power supply, shockmount, and wooden box included
|Type||Condenser Pressure Gradient|
|Frequency Range||20Hz / 20kHz|
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid and Omni|
|Sensitivity||24.5 mV/pa +/- 1 dB|
|THD at 1kHz at 1Pa||<0.3%|
|Output Impedance||<400 ohms|
|Maximum SPL||127 dB|
|Non Linear Distortion||less than or equal to 0.5% at 100 dyne / cm sq|
|Self Noise||9dBA +/- 1dB|
|Power Type||Dedicated American-made power supply with slow-ramping filament voltage|
|Size||(248mm) length x (57mm) diameter|
|Connected Via||Large Tuchel/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|