V-47 LE Tube Microphone
The V-47 LE Microphone is a handbuilt tube microphone inspired by the legendary Neumann U47.
The circuit is a single stage tube design using a selected 6072 tube and custom T/14 transformer. All the components are selected for sound quality, notably including an exquisite copper-foil output capacitor.
The capsule is our acclaimed RK-47, a genuine 34mm single-backplate K47 type tuned for midrange detail and a neutral top end.
Like all of our custom microphones, the V-47 LE is built to order. Allow 3-5 business days for us to build it, burn it in, and test it. If you are facing a session deadline, contact us in advance to check the turnaround time.
- 9 polar patterns, controlled via the power supply
- 10dB pad (attenuation) switch on the mic
- High-pass filter switch on the mic
- Hand-built, boutique tube microphone
- Spider-style elastic shockmount. This attaches to the mic with two thumbscrews to tighten felt-lined metal bands around the mic body.
- Complete power supply with 9-position polar pattern control, power cord and XLR7 cable
- Aluminum flightcase
No premium-grade tube mic should be stuck using a cheap XLR cable -- which can cause up to a half-volt in loss to the critical tube heater supply. We sell an upgrade based on Gotham GAC-7, custom terminated in our shop with Neutrik connectors, then conditioned for 72 hours on a proprietary cable conditioning device.
The standard power supply included with the V-47 LE is similar to what you would find in any competing commercial mic under $2500. It is an Asian-built supply based on a vintage European design. It is functional, if somewhat pedestrian.
We offer an optional upgrade called the VPS. It uses voltage regulation on both the heater and B+ circuits, preventing voltage drops and drift that could affect the sound of the mic. It offers superior DC noise filtering and slow ramp-up power to extend the life of the tube. Choose the "upgrade bundle" pricing on the VPS if you are purchasing it with your V-47 LE microphone.
We also offer a C12 style grille as a cosmetic upgrade.