Neumann U 47 fet i Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

BH #NEU47FET • MFR #006427
Neumann
Neumann U 47 fet i Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Studio Vocal and Instrument Capture
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Same K 47 Capsule as U 47 Tube Mic
  • FET Design with Large Output Transformer
Built according to the original production documents and schematics of the classic design, the Neumann U 47 fet i Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone is a precise reproduction of this often-copied microphone that helped define the smooth sound of the '70s. A transistorized version of their legendary U 47 tube mic, the U 47 fet i features the same classic K 47 dual-diaphragm capsule as the U 47 and boasts high SPL handling, commonly finding itself at home outside of a kick drum and in front of loud guitar and bass amps. Like the original, there is a slight boost in frequency response around 2 kHz.
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Neumann U 47 FET Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2The Sound of the Seventies
  • 3Far from Outdated
  • 4Versatile Applications
  • 5No Shockmount Needed
  • 6Features at a Glance

Built according to the original production documents and schematics of the classic design, the Neumann U 47 fet i Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone is a precise reproduction of this often-copied microphone that helped define the smooth sound of the '70s. A transistorized version of their legendary U 47 tube mic, the U 47 fet i features the same classic K 47 dual-diaphragm capsule as the U 47 and boasts high SPL handling, commonly finding itself at home outside of a kick drum and in front of loud guitar and bass amps. Like the original, there is a slight boost in frequency response around 2 kHz.

The mic features the same 140 Hz low-cut filter as the original as well as the selectable -10 dB pad to raise the maximum SPL from 137 to 147 dB. For additional attenuation, there is a -6 dB output switch, allowing you to hit your mic preamps at a lower level in case you want to use more gain and coloration via the preamp. Thanks to the integrated swivel mount and included thread adapter, the U 47 fet i can easily be positioned on any mic stand. Unlike the U 47 tube mic, the U 47 fet i requires 48V phantom power.

The Sound of the Seventies

"Smooth" is the word that best describes the sonic ideal of the '70s. The then-new U 47 fet was very much part of that sound. Introduced in 1972, it soon became a studio favorite combining the refined sound balance of its tube predecessor with a new clarity and greater ease of use. In the '80s, as records became increasingly more strident, the smooth U 47 fet fell out of favor as a vocal microphone and was discontinued. Yet over the years, top engineers discovered new applications for the U 47 fet in front of guitar cabinets and kick drums. Eventually, famous vocalists from boy group pop to heavy metal reestablished the U 47 fet as a versatile vocal microphone. So now, by popular demand, it's back in production.

Far from Outdated

The U 47 fet uses the same K 47 large-diaphragm condenser capsule and the same headgrille design as its tube-operated predecessor, the legendary U 47, which revolutionized the recording and broadcast industries from 1949 to 1960. For sonic continuity, the U 47 fet also uses a similarly oversized output transformer. Otherwise, its transistorized head amplifier is an amazingly advanced design and a testament to Neumann's state-of-the-art engineering. This "vintage" microphone has a dynamic range of 119 dB.

Versatile Applications

The U 47 fet can handle extreme SPLs of up to 137 dB, and even 147 dB with the -10 dB pad switch engaged. This, along with its smooth top end and lush midrange, makes the U 47 fet an excellent microphone for bright and loud instruments such as brass and electric guitar. Due to its exceptionally clear and uncluttered low end, it is a great choice for upright bass and bass cabinets. Numerous top engineers consider U 47 fet the ultimate microphone to place in front of the kick drum. At the same time, it is an excellent vocal mic for crooners and screamers alike, due to its beautifully balanced response with just a slight, unobtrusive boost in the upper mids for added presence in the mix.

No Shockmount Needed

The U 47 fet comes with a special one-sided swivel mount, which makes it easy to position. Pad and low-cut switches are accessible on the rear of the microphone. An additional switch next to the XLR socket allows for attenuating the output signal by 6 dB, which is a handy feature in conjunction with low-headroom vintage preamplifiers.

Features at a Glance

  • Exact reproduction of the classic U 47 fet (1972 to 1986)
  • Solid-state successor of the legendary U 47 tube microphone
  • Balanced sound with superb presence
  • K 47 large-diaphragm condenser capsule
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Large output transformer
  • Low self-noise and high SPL capability
  • Integrated swivel mount with 5/8"-27 thread
  • Includes thread adapter for 1/2 and 3/8" stands
  • XLR 3-pin output connector
  • 48V phantom power
  • Includes wooden box
UPC: 615104064270

Neumann U 47 FET Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording, Broadcast
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State (FET)
Pad-10 dB
High-Pass Filter140 Hz
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain Adjustment-6 to 0 dB
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter, Pad
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range40 Hz to 16 kHz
Maximum SPL137 dB SPL (.5% THD)
147 dB SPL (.5% THD, with Pad)
Off-Axis Rejection3 dB at 60°
15 dB at 120°
12 dB at 180°
Impedance150 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity-42 dBV at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohm
Output Level-3.3 dBu (Max)
Dynamic Range119 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio76 dB A-Weighted
69 dB CCIR
Equivalent Noise Level18 dB A-Weighted
25 dB CCIR
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption0.5 mA
Physical
ColorNickel
Mounting5/8"-27 Female (via Integrated Hardware)
1/4"-20 Female, 3/8"-16 Female (with Included Hardware)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersNone
Operating Temperature32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
Operating Humidity0 to 90%
Storage Temperature-4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
Dimensionsø: 2.5 x L: 6.3" / ø: 6.3 x L: 16 cm
Weight1.6 lb / 710 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.155 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.236 x 4.882 x 3.937"
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