Based in Connecticut, Telefunken began producing microphones in 2001 after acquiring the rights to use the Telefunken name for their products. By not being tied to having to exactly replicate classic designs, Telefunken have been free to strike a balance between cost and performance that brings the price of this new series more into range for us mere mortals, who might wish to add a high-quality tube microphone to their collection. Specifications In use, the TF51 has a noticeably different character to the other mics in the range, feeling a bit leaner and with a more pronounced top end. On the right voice or instrument, this forward–sounding mid-range can be just what is needed, however, to help something cut through a mix. Before finishing off my review, I set up a session with a female folk singer I know so that I could directly compare the three models. The TF39 is excellent value. Telefunken refer to the TF47 as the 'German–style' mic in the collection, and it draws its inspiration from the classic U47 and M49 microphones. Solid and stylish package including a case, mic holders and cables. For anyone not familiar with the U47 FET, I think it is fairly described as a ‘chunky’ microphone, measuring 160mm high by 63mm in diameter, and weighing a substantial 710 grams. The TF47 is the U47-flavored model in the line and a direct descendant of the R-F-T AK47 MKII, which we reviewed back in October 2011. The modern incarnation of the company are best known for their Diamond series of mics, which are meticulously accurate reissues of classics such as the ELA M 251, the U47/48 and the C12. I've been more critical of the TF47, but I think it should still be on your list of 'German–style' tube mics to audition, and its softer top end will appeal to some. Also included is a standard mount for when a shockmount is not necessary, and everything is housed in a modern-looking padded case, which I think works great and is a more practical solution than a traditional wooden box. I'll talk a little more about the differences between the three mics in the Alchemy range, but the Copperhead TF39 was a very useful mic indeed to have around the studio. I'm not the most qualified engineer to say how it compares to a U47 — although I have used a couple of vintage ones and plenty of clones over the years — but I don't recall the mid-range being quite so forward. although very close, a great representation of the original, especially at the price comparisons for a vintage 47 compared to a new 47.. a wonderful recreation and a great job at creating a classic.. Therefore, many early U47s bear the Telefunken logo. I didn't like it on female vocals as it just sounded a bit 'unbalanced', and despite it sounding good on the same male vocal I tried the Copperhead on, I found myself preferring the Copperhead as it was less sibilant. All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2020. The TF51 on room-mic duty for a piano recording. Re: Why does Liam Gallagher's vocals sound shit? Used on a female vocal, the top end has that extended, modern feel, along with a very tasteful amount of bottom end. First Look: Pro Tools | Carbon. www.soundonsound.com/reviews/telefunken-usa-ak47, www.soundonsound.com/techniques/telefunken-alchemy-series-audio-examples, Telefunken Alchemy Series | Audio Examples, Win! I was lucky enough to have three flavours from the Alchemy range to review — the TF39 Copperhead Deluxe, the TF47 and the TF51 — and I was looking forward to seeing how the microphones performed on some upcoming recording sessions I had at my studio. I was very impressed with the Copperhead, and if you're looking for your first mic at this level, but want some flexibility, then the TF39, or TF29, would make an excellent choice. The Neumann U 47 is also known as: U47. Telefunken U47 We will begin with the Telefunken U47 in this product comparison review. It's not a mic to bring out, or exaggerate, the body of a source, however, and was less well suited to the male singers I tried it on. Telefunken refer to the TF47 as the 'German–style' mic in the collection, and it draws its inspiration from the classic U47 and M49 microphones. All three microphones worked wonderfully in this setup and also seemed very unfussy about positioning. Our Telefunken U47 Review. Thinking about the pricing of the Alchemy range, I think you perhaps need to put it into context of Telefunken's other products — and the fact that these are all, largely, being put together in the same factory with some similar key components and the same quality control. It also has a softer top end than the other mics in the Alchemy range — rolling off very slowly above 5kHz — which makes it less modern sounding, but which also seemed to draw my attention to the low-mid range on sources such as acoustic guitars and vocals. That's the thing with high-quality studio equipment — it can just make your life a bit easier! The mic was released in 1947. All three mics sound excellent and all give you that sense of confidence you get from using a high-quality valve microphone in a session. The U47 FET was conceived in 1969, the driving impetus being that Telefunken had stopped production of the VF14 valve that was employed as the impedance converter in the original U47 microphone. I say I was surprised, as my perception of the mic after using it for a while was that it was quite a neutral–sounding studio all-rounder. There's then a peak at around 3kHz, and then a relatively big boost around 15-16 kHz. The top-end boost is also really useful as it's high enough on most singers that it won't hit the sibilance region, but will add a nice feeling of air on a female singer. The same singer was also kind enough to sing an a capella track for me, which enabled me to position all three mics closely together and judge them from a single take. Perhaps because the top end is softer it felt a bit flat compared to the other two mics. The TF47 features an all-brass K47-style capsule, NOS 5840W vacuum tube, and a custom–made and historically accurate BV8 transformer — as found in the U47. All the Alchemy-series mics ship in padded cases, along with a seven-metre XLR cable, a shockmount, a mic clip and a PSU. Telefunken TF47. Sonic Characteristic Whether you're recording a symphony, a "crooner," or any facet of modern music, you'll find a great tool in the U47. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address. The Telefunken U47 tube condenser microphone comes with amazing features that makes it suitable for low frequent handling and classical recordings. We’ll look at the two Copperhead models in a future issue. Calling it an 'all-rounder' is a bit derogatory too, as on the right singer it can be a whole lot more than that. There are actually two mics that bear the Copperhead name: the Deluxe TF39 version, reviewed here, has a dual–membrane capsule which allows for cardioid, omni and figure-8 polar patterns. The TF47 has a quite pronounced mid-range peak between 3-5 kHz which, not surprisingly, makes it a little fussier than some other microphones. This is, I suspect, one of the reasons Telefunken have been able to bring the mics in at the price they have, as it means they can keep manufacturing variables to a minimum between the various models in the range. Founded in Berlin in 1903, Telefunken was a German television and radio apparatus company. Or download the hi-res WAV files in this ZIP file: telefunkenalchemyseriesaudio.zip. I also liked the full sound I got from it as a mono drum mic, and I think a pair of these would make great overheads if a brighter cymbal sound was appropriate. They also offer a simpler version, the TF29, which is cheaper and has a fixed cardioid pickup pattern. The U47 was manufactured by Neumann, but initially distributed by Telefunken. Why does Liam Gallagher's vocals sound shit? The company have, however, long been keen to introduce some more accessible options to the modern engineer and until recently had a range of more affordable options that went under the umbrella of the RFT series. There are numerous valve mics available now around this price, with options available from Neumann, Mojave, Golden Age, Flea and sE/Rupert Neve to name but a few. In the Alchemy series, Telefunken have released a range of microphones that strike a great balance between vintage and modern, in terms of both looks and sound. The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. There's a male singer I've recorded many times, for example, and I can often struggle to get his sibilance under control come mix time. This is combined with an edge-terminated capsule that closely resembles the original AKG CK12 capsule. As with a U47, the TF47 works great as a mono drum room mic or overhead, where that softer top end pushes the cymbals back slightly and the mid-range boost can focus the snare.