In this video, pro audio specialist Chuck Giardino runs us through the many benefits of the brand-new Soyuz 013 Tube SDC microphone. We tested this amazing microphone on acoustic guitar and piano, using the talents of Sound Pure guitar specialist Michael Buckley. Here, Michael plays “Confessing,” a song he wrote and recorded with his band, Ekiim Ariara, for their 2015 debut album “Dead Man’s Song,” (you can find it on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp). Guitar and piano were recorded through the Soyuz 013 Tube, while the vocals were captured with the sE Electronics RNT Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone.

All takes were run through a Rupert Neve 5211 2-channel mic pre, and a Lynx Aurora(n) converter. For the full mixes (vocal & non-vocal), we also used a Manley ELOP+ stereo electro-optical limiter, and Millennia’s NSEQ-2 stereo EQ.


Soyuz 013 Tube Small-Diaphragm Tube Microphone

The Soyuz 013 Tube small diaphragm condenser melds audio precision and transformer color into a combination of unparalleled musicality. Best-in-class transient response and the ability to capture precise detail make them ideal as drum overheads as well as for the recording of acoustic guitar, piano, choral ensembles, strings, orchestras: in short, any application in which clarity is necessary and character desired.


The 013 Series combines the best elements of classic SDC designs with a unique character of its own. Both tube and FET versions capture sound with precision while imparting a warm sonic signature. The smooth top end and a midrange accuracy that is musical – never clinical – enable the recording of complex, transient-rich instruments and sounds that span the frequency spectrum and dynamic range (a -20db pad is included, correctly placed in the signal path between capsule and electronics) in a warm, pleasing way.

Additional Gear Used in This Demo

Goodall Traditional Spruce/Mahogany Dreadnought 

Rupert Neve 5211 2-Channel Mic Pre 

sE Electronics RNT Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic

Millennia NSEQ-2 Stereo EQ 

Manley ELOP+ Stereo Electro-Optical Limiter 

Lynx Aurora(n) 16-Channel Thunderbolt D/A & A/D Converter

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