Telefunken M61-SS Small-Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone (Omnidirectional, Stereo Pair)

Telefunken M61-SS Small-Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone (Omnidirectional, Stereo Pair)

Telefunken M61-SS Small-Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone (Omnidirectional, Stereo Pair)

B&H # TEM61SS MFR # M61-SS
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Product Highlights

  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Two Matched TK61 Capsules
  • Active FET Transistors
  • Custom-Wound Transformers
  • 6-Micron Thick Gold-Sputtered Membranes
  • Class-A Discrete Amplifiers
  • Fast Transient Response
  • 130 dB Maximum SPL
  • Low Self-Noise
  • Includes Shockmounts, Case & XLR Cables
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Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional


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Omnidirectional Cardioid, Hypercardioid, and Omni

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Configuration: Matched Pair

Single Microphone

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Matched Pair

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Telefunken M61-SS overview

  • 1Description

The Telefunken M61-SS is a matched pair of small-diaphragm omnidirectional FET condenser microphones designed to deliver fast transient response and accurate, yet musical frequency reproduction for musicians and recording engineers in home, project, and commercial studios. Ideal for stereo configurations, the M60 FET bodies feature custom-wound transformers, active FET transistors, and Class-A discrete amplifiers. The included TK61 capsules utilize 6-micron, gold-sputtered membranes and exhibit omnidirectional polar patterns.

The M61's 130 dB maximum SPL, 20 Hz to 31.5 kHz frequency response, low self-noise, and fast transient response make it ideal for critical capture of a wide variety of instruments and room ambience. The supplied shockmounts isolate the microphones from vibrations that would otherwise be transferred through the mic stands. Two windscreens are included for reduction of noise from gusts of air. The M61-SS ships with two XLR cables and a zipper carrying case.

Detailed Frequency Response
The M61-SS package includes a matched pair of microphones, each featuring one M60 amplifier paired with a TK61 omnidirectional capsule that incorporates a 6-micron gold-sputtered membrane measuring 15mm in diameter. The mics offer a large, open sound perfect for capturing the ambience and vibe of your instrument or recording environment sounds to breathe life into any recording. Their frequency response is flat from 20 Hz to 5 kHz with a smooth, airy presence peak at 8 kHz.
Sonic Characteristics
The M61's incredibly quick transient response captures nuances and subtleties with impressive precision and clarity. This results in an extremely detailed sonic image with definition and presence, perfectly suited for the complex character of stringed instruments and percussive sources.
Circuit Design
Utilizing a proprietary circuit topology, this re-interpretation of the classic FET mic amplifier produces exceptional transient response and SPL handling capabilities. Carefully selected and tested components are hand-plugged into gold-plated circuit board traces to provide an ultra-clean true Class-A discrete amplifier with a frequency response of ±2 dB from 20 Hz to 50 kHz. The output is matched with a custom American-made transformer that offers an especially low self-noise and a typical THD+N of 0.015% or better, making it ideal for critical recording applications.
The M60 FET amplifier body is finished in a durable, lightly textured black powder coat adorned with the historic TELEFUNKEN diamond badge. The microphone's XLR connector shell complements the look with a matte black nickel-plated finish engraved with the model and serial number. The TK61 capsule features a bright nickel-plated enclosure with a fine gold mesh pattern.
The M61-SS system ships complete with two SGMC-5R XLR cables with right-angle female connectors, two M 761 elastic shockmounts, and two foam windscreens, all packed in an FC62 zipper carrying case.
In the Box
Telefunken M61-SS Small-Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone (Omnidirectional, Stereo Pair)
  • 2 x TK61 Omnidirectional Capsule for M 260 and M60 Microphones zcezsbrebdauexryydebxtvawtsxxvcrrdaa
  • 2 x SGMC-5R Stage Series Microphone Cable with Right-Angle Female XLR Connector (16.2')
  • 2 x Elastic Shockmounts for ELA M 260 Tube Microphone
  • 2 x Foam Windscreen
  • FC62 Soft Foam Zip Case
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty for Capsules with Extension to 1 Year Upon Registration
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty for Amplifier Parts and Labor with Extension to 4 Years Upon Registration
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    Telefunken M61-SS specs

    Analog Performance
    Sound Field Mono
    Operating Principle Pressure Operated
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 0.59" / 15 mm (Condenser)
    Tube No
    Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 31.5 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 89 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level 5 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 130 dB SPL
    Pad None
    THD < 0.01%
    Impedance 120 Ohms
    Sensitivity 8.6 mV/Pa
    Low-Cut Filter None
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Cable Length 16.40' / 5 m
    Operating Current Consumption 2 mA
    Operating Voltage 48 V
    Length 5.51" / 140 mm
    Diameter 0.83" / 21 mm
    Weight 3.88 oz / 110 g

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