Pics by Paolo Tonus:
A twenty year old dream finally comes true with this microphone. The critical mea- surements for the body and grille were taken from my personal long body Neumann U47 and the sound and performance is fine tuned to exactly match the 60-year old M7 capsule and VF14 tube combination.
There are two noticeable differences compared to the old microphone. First, the microphone can be remotely switched into figure-of-eight mode from the power supply. Inside the microphone there's a relay that mechanically switches the rear diaphragm in and out of the circuit. The fig-8 mode is very useful for Blumlein type stereo configurations.
Second, the noise level is significantly lower (at least 6-7dB) while maintaining the same smooth sounding noise spectrum, typical for tube microphones.
• Pickup pattern: Cardioid and fig-8
• Frequency response: 35Hz - 17kHz
• Sensitivity: 29,2 mV/Pa
• Self noise: 12,4 dB(A)
• Max SPL: 129dB
• Power requirements: 230 or 120 VAC 50/60Hz
• Dimensions: 245 x 60 mm
• Weight: 643 g
• Output format: XLR 3-pin (from PSU)