Neumann is the creator of the U 47 fet microphone. It was first manufactured from 1972 to 1986, and has recently returned to production in a new edition. The Neumann U 47 fet won a Technical Achievement award in the category of “Microphones – Recording” at NAMM 2016.
Neumann notes that although we are presently in the age of digitization, we are also experiencing a renaissance of the analog realm. When it comes to music production, the retro sound of the 1960s and 1970s is being rediscovered, especially by young musicians. The U 47 fet was an essential contributor to that time.
Today, considerable efforts have been made to imitate the sound signature of the U 47 fet. It was a top microphone for soloists, affected the spatial dimension of sound and the tonal depth of countless productions. The extremely high sound pressure levels of the U 47 fet, combined with the capsule sound derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, made U 47 highly desirable.
Now, the U 47 fet, made by Neumann, is back! The U 47 fet Collectors Edition is a new edition of the classic version. The new edition was released in 2014 and is an award winner.
The U 47 fet is a condenser microphone with a cardioid directional characteristic and fet 80 circuit technology. That technology is characterized by a wide dynamic range. The K47 double large-diaphragm capsule was already employed in the U 47, the legendary tube-based predecessor of the U 47 fet.
Some features include:
* Acoustical operating principle – pressure gradient transducer
* Directional pattern – cardoid
* Frequency range – 40 Hz … 16 kHz
* Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm – 8 mV/Pa
* Rated impedance – 150 ohms
* Rated load impedance – 1 kohms
* Equivalent noise level, CCIR – 25 dB
* Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR – 69 dB
* Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted – 76 dB
* Power supply (IEC 61938) – P48
* Required connector – XLR 3 F
* Weight – 710 g
* Diameter -63 mm
* Length – 160 mm