The Neumann U47 fet Collectors Edition is a brand new re-issue of a microphone that helped shape the sonic landscape of the seventies and eighties. Artists who have created musical masterpieces utilising the sound of the U 47 fet include AC/DC, Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M, the Pretenders, a-ha, Dire Straits, Metallica, Michael Bublé and many others.
The Neumann U47 fet was originally produced between 1972 and 1986 and since then it has become firmly established as a classic microphone used in many top facilities. The U47 fet is a great vocal mic with a useful proximity effect which is particularly good for thinner voices. It is also especially renowned for recording bass-heavy instruments and for the direct miking of loud amps.
Built to exact specification according to the original production documents and schematics, it comes in a high-quality wooden case with the manual and individual certificate including the serial number. As would be expected with a Neumann product it feels reassuringly solid and well-built.
The U47 fet was the successor to the tube-design U47. It has a transistor design which allowed it to handle much higher sound pressure levels. This made it a favourite on loud amplifiers and kick drums. The K47 capsule is a double large-diaphragm and features a slight boost in the range between 2 kHz and 5 kHz which adds clarity to the human voice.
The U47 fet has a cardioid polar pattern and features FET80 circuit technology which is also used in the U87 and is characterised particularly by a wide dynamic range. A switchable low-cut filter raises the lower cut off frequency electronically from 40 Hz to 140 Hz. There is also a 10dB attenuation switch which helps the mic handle SPL up to 147dB. The output signal can also be reduced by 6dB to help prevent overloading the preamp.
Today considerable efforts are being made to imitate and copy historic mics and their signature sounds. The re-issue of an original such as the U 47 fet is a major event, bringing the magical sounds of the 1970s, 1980s and beyond within reach again. It is the return of an iconic mic bringing its unmistakable character into the 21st century.