The Peluso P-67 has been a work in progress for John Peluso for over 2 years, a product that we have been eagerly awaiting. The production has had a few hurdles, in particular perfectly mastering the sonic characteristic associated with the original vintage grill (which, believe it or not, has tremendous acoustic properties that defined the historic Neumann U 67 that this microphone replicates). We felt extreme excitement when we got the call from John Peluso: “I’ve got the basket figured out!” Now, this might not seem like that much of a road block, but you have to look at the full picture of how a microphone works.
The sound of a microphone is largely produced from the capsule itself (tube, transformer, etc.), but there is of course more to it than that. The pressure that hits the capsule, as well as the space around the actual capsule (inside the basket), has a HUGE impact on the performance and sound of the microphone. Knowing this, the job for John was to build a basket that gave the capsule the same identical acoustic performance—not just the capsule, but even the air and pressure buildup and release associated with a tailored perfect grill pattern, by design, to match the original air and pressure patterns associated with the grill of a vintage U 67.
This is why we love John and his products. He refused to get the design “close enough”—he wanted it to be dead perfect. Everyone who has talked to us already knows how much we love the rest of his product line, but for some of us personally, this is a microphone that we have been salivating over. Until now, we haven’t felt that there is a dead-on clone of the original vintage Neumann U 67, and this is just that.
For vocals, a great-sounding U 67 can be the perfect choice, but we wanted this microphone for numerous other choices like miking guitar cabs and other instruments like acoustic bass and brass. Many of you will have noticed that we take pride in our guitar recordings, and a good U 67 has been a hole in our mic locker that we are glad to have finally filled. Yes, this means that guitar tracks are coming, but vocal tracks should be up not too far behind.
No one has built a U 67 clone until now, so if you are like us and can’t stomach spending $15k+ on a vintage microphone with unknown history and questionable maintenance concerns, we invite you to give us a call and talk to us about getting a Peluso P67 for your studio!