New Gear Review: Neumann U 47 fet Re-Issue

Neuman_U47fet_DiagonalOriginally produced as the transistorized successor to the classic Neumann tube U 47, the U 47 fet allowed for recording high sound pressure levels directly in front of loud drums and guitar amps. Neumann has reissued their Collectors Edition U 47 fet made according to the original production documents and schematics. The Collectors Edition is supplied with a high-quality wooden case with special packaging and an individual certificate noting the serial number of the microphone. The U 47 fet is a cardioid condenser microphone with the same fet 80 circuit technology as used in Neumann’s U 87. Also as in the original microphone, the K 47 capsule (also from the tube U 47) is used—it’s a double large-diaphragm capsule with a slight boost in the range above 2 kHz. All the same features of the original model are kept:  a switchable low-cut 40 to 140 Hz filter, a switchable -10 dB capsule attenuator, and also a switchable  -6dB output attenuator. The U 47 fet is a beauty and it comes in classic nickel and sells for $3,999.95 MSRP.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.