The 47 Sound for the Modern Age
The TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s TF47 is the newest take on the classic Telefunken “German Sound,” based on the legendary U47 and the ELA M 251. The TF47 adds depth and presence to any source, with a full low end and forward midrange that is strongly reminiscent of the original TELEFUNKEN microphones.
- Warm, punchy sound reminiscent of the classic U47
- Deep low end, forward midrange, and smooth top end
- Perfect for vocals, drums, cellos, and guitar amps
The TF47is part of the “Alchemy Series,” TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s next generation of large diaphragm tube condensers. They are inspired by past TELEFUNKEN models in the R-F-T Series (the CU-29 Copperhead, AR-51, and AK-47 MkII). While the mics in the Alchemy Series are inspired by these classic models, they are by no means clones. Instead, they are the next step in the evolution of these classic sounds, keeping the main traits of the originals, but refining and improving them for the modern era.
A Legacy Continued
It’s hard to overstate the importance the original Telefunken U47 had on the recording industry. When it hit the scene in 1947, it was the first microphone to have a switchable pattern selector, and it became extremely popular, especially in the United States. Eventually, the designer of the U47, Georg Neumann, left Telefunken and started his own company (Neumann) and took his mic design with him, and it became the Neumann U47. To fill the gap in its product line, Telefunken designed the ELA M 251, which has since become a legend and is thought to be one of the best sounding microphones ever built. The new TF47 from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik combines elements of these two legendary microphones and brings them into this century.
Highest Quality Components
As you would expect from a company with a reputation like TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, the TF47 is made using the highest quality components. At the heart of the TF47is an all-brass K47-style capsule, a new old stock 5840W vacuum tube, and a custom-made historically accurate BV8 transformer (as found in the U47). These high-quality components deliver a warm and punchy sound, similar to the U47, with a smooth and pleasant top end articulation.
The TF47 has the same warm, punchy sound that made the U47 such a classic. It has a strong, forward midrange, and the low end is full and round. The high end is both smooth and detailed. The TF47 truly shines on vocals, particularly vocals that are soulful or aggressive. It also sounds fantastic on instruments where full low end is desired, such as upright bass, cello, or toms. The truth is, a mic of this caliber will sound good on pretty much anything.
- Forward mid-range, reminiscent of the U47
- Smooth and detailed top end
- Full and round low end
- K47-style capsule and BV8 transformer, similar to the U47
- Hand assembled in the USA
- R&B, rap or aggressive vocals, female soul vocals
- Upright bass
- Toms and kick out
Now the sound of the legendary TELEFUNKEN U47 microphone can be yours. Get the deep lows and punchy midrange that made the original a classic.