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Neumann Launches Re-Issue of Famous U 67 Tube Microphone



Neumann is the world’s leading manufacturer of studio microphones and the creator of recording legends including the U 47, M 49, U 67, and U 87. Neumann has re-issued its famous U 67 tube microphone. It was the microphone that defined the sound of the sixties.

The U 67 tube microphone, introduced in 1960, was the quintessential studio workhorse throughout the formative years of modern music. To this day, many top-level engineers would choose the U 67 as their “desert island” microphone for its inimitably smooth sound and extraordinary versatility. This universal studio microphone has acquired a legendary status, and with it a large and passionate community of fans.

With three selectable polar patterns – omni-directional, cardioid, and figure-of-8 – and advanced tube circuitry, including low-cut and pad switches, the Neumann U 67 is well equipped for virtually any recording task.

Its smooth top-end with a subtle tube shimmer makes the U 67 an outstanding vocal microphone for both male and female voices. Due to its essentially linear response in the three polar patterns, the U 67 is also a very versatile microphone for all kinds of instruments such as strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and upright bass.

Sonically, the current re-issue is identical to the U 67 made from 1960 – 1971. It uses the same capsule and electronic design. Key parts, such as the BV 12 output transformer, have been meticulously reproduced according to original documentation. Its EF86 tubes have been carefully selected in a dedicated measurement facility for optimal characteristics and lowest noise,

The U 67 comes in a vintage case that is – just like the U 67 re-issue – hand-made in Germany. Besides the microphone, it includes an elastic suspension, a microphone cable and the NU 67 V power supply. The power supply was redesigned to meet today’s strict safety requirements and to accommodate the slightly higher filament current of newer premium-grade tubes The new NU 67 V is fully compatible with other U 67 microphones, and automatically adapts to the local mains voltage.

The U 67 Set will be available from March of 2018.


Neumann U 47 Fet is Back!



Neumann U 47 fetNeumann 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