San Francisco, CA (October 8, 2012)—Telefunken Electroakustik will introduce its stereo sets of microphones from its R-F-T series of large diaphragm vintage tube microphones during AES 2012 in San Francisco.
The AR-51, AK-47mkII and CU-29 microphone systems, now being offered in matched stereo sets, feature a custom dual power supply capable of powering both microphones at one time, as well as a locking flight case that contains both microphones, cables, shock mounts and wooden mic boxes. All the electronic components in each system are reportedly matched sonically and electronically, including matched capsules, transformers and vacuum tubes.
AR-51 Stereo Set: The R-F-T AR-51 was designed to incorporate the amplifier circuit of the C12 and ELA M 251E into a more affordable package than its Diamond Series counterparts. Telefunken Elektroakustik has taken this sound and developed the AR-51 Stereo Set. The result is said to be a vintage sounding microphone with a smooth mid-range, open top end, and a solid, well-balanced low frequency translation.
AK-47 MkII Stereo Set: The R-F-T AK-47 MkII began as a unique design to incorporate key elements of circuits such as the U47 and M49, and the resulting mic was designed for vocals, bass (acoustic and electric), brass instruments, and drums. With these applications in mind, Telefunken Elektroakustik has developed the AK-47 MkII Stereo Set, aiming to provide high frequency detail and low-end qualities in stereo recording applications.
CU-29 Copperhead Stereo Set: The amplifier in the CU-29 Copperhead features a new old stock Telefunken 6AK5W vacuum tube, Lundahl LL1935 output transformer, and a single-membrane version of the large diaphragm capsule used in the AR-51 and AK-47 MkII. The microphone is claimed to provide a warm low end,smooth high end, and intimate air.