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Soyuz 017 FET (Brass Black Edition)  From Soyuz

A warm, mid-forward LDC with a stunning look and an even more stunning sonic performance. LIMITED EDITION (ONLY 20 WORLDWIDE)

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What We Think

The first thing I noticed after hearing the 017 FET on vocals was how it was both super smooth and very detailed and clear at the same time. In my opinion, this is a trait of some of the best microphones, as it proves clarity and focus does not always have to come along with razor sharp transients or excessive brightness. The vocals recorded with the 017 FET immediately sat within the mix as if I had already carved out the frequencies in the other instruments, and only a splash of stereo delay was needed to create just enough space for the vocal to live in while still gelling beautifully with the instrumentation.

Who doesn't love when a mic is this easy to work with? In all honesty, the experience and general mic tonality reminded me of working with the vintage U87 we had in the studio a few months back for a series of mic shootouts. Considering the difference in price points between those two mics is in the couple of thousands, that says a lot about the performance of this 017 FET from Soyuz.

Don't get the idea that this is only a vocal microphone - we achieved excellent results with the 017 FET on electric and acoustic guitars, drum overheads, and even as a condenser on kick drum (as seen and heard in our LDC Kick Drum Mic Shootout). 

And finally, while sound always comes first, the 017 FET is a pretty sexy looking microphone and feels fantastic in hand. It’s robust construction, attractive visuals, and rich, mid-focused sound ensure the 017 FET will be just as impressive to your clients today as it will be 50+ years from now.

Soyuz Minute: 017 FET

The Soyuz Microphones 017 FET large diaphragm condenser delivers a larger-than-life feeling with a classic sound in a modern form.

Manufacturer's Description from Soyuz

Swords into Plowshares; Blue Steel to Brass Black

The hometown of Soyuz, Tula, has a tradition of metallurgy dating back centuries. Local iron ore attracted craftsmen, who soon gained a reputation for the finest samovars in the Russian Empire. Where there are blacksmiths, there are guns. Soon Tula became a center of, not only ploughshares, but swords. Then guns, then tanks, then missiles. At Soyuz, we take pride in having re-directed the world-class skills of master machinists from local weapons factories into the manufacture of our world-class microphones. As a nod to the city's military past, we are proud to introduce the Brass Black series, created by using a technique called bluing to treat the brass. Traditionally used to protect steel firearms from rust, bluing gives our mics an original and timeless finish that will highlight the 017 FET as the centerpiece of any mic locker.


The 017 FET

The 017 FET condenser represents the modern embodiment of the big, classic sound so highly prized in vintage microphones. Hand-machined and tensioned capsules – all Soyuz microphones are, like the finest musical instruments and works of art, completely handmade and enable detail to be captured with stunning depth, warmth, and a silky transparency in the upper frequencies. These sonic characteristics, inherent to the 017’s design, allow it to complement the subtle nuances of vocals and strings while accurately capturing complex instruments with difficult transients across the entire frequency spectrum. 


The 017 FET features a cardioid capsule with a gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 34mm diaphragm; an omni-directional capsule is currently available, with additional patterns in development. As with all Soyuz microphones, the 017 TUBE is completely handmade: bodies and capsules are manually machined, transformers are wound in-house, and all wiring is true point-to-point.


The 017 FET has quickly become the go-to vocal microphone of such artists as Coldplay, Radiohead, Shawn Mendes, the Lumineers, and Paramore, among others. Well-known producers and engineers who have adopted it include Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Lumineers, Lady Gaga), Sylvia Massy (Prince, Johnny Cash), and Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne) and many more.


The engineers at Soyuz have spent decades studying, servicing, and building classic microphones; this unique pool of knowledge, craft and skill – combined with the ears of numerous musicians, producers and audio engineers – has culminated in the creation of the 017 Series’ custom S17 capsule.  Featuring a gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 34mm diaphragm, the S17 is loosely based on the original K67 capsule developed in 1960. Far from creating another clone of a classic, however, Soyuz has further developed the design, modifying its assembly and tuning. The result, when paired with Soyuz’s original schematic, is unique – and uniquely musical.


The 017 Series is comprised of FET (field effect transistor) and tube (valve) powered models. Though the FET and Tube models are similar – the two share identical capsules, form factors, and sonic signatures – there are subtle differences between them. The 017 FET captures transients with a somewhat faster, tighter response; the 017 TUBE’s smoother, rounded top-end is perfect for sources requiring warmth with slightly more coloration.



 ♦ 100% handmade in Russia;

 ♦ Proprietary toroidal transformer;

 ♦ 34mm gold sputtered diaphragm capsule;

 ♦ Optional capsule: omni;

 ♦ Optional pads: -10 dB, -15 dB, -20 dB.

 ♦ Heavy duty shock mount; 

 ♦ Comes in a velvet-lined, hand-crafted Russian hardwood box.


Soyuz Microphones

About Manufacturer

Boutique, hand-made microphones from Russia. Possessing a stunning visual look and a smooth, rich, but clear and focused sound quality, the Soyuz mics have already made a very large impression on the industry after only being around for a very short amount of time. Popular artists such as Radiohead, Coldplay, Paramore, and The Lumineers have gone on record to support the mics and confirm they were used on their most recent records.


Type - Condenser FET microphone

Capsules- Two 34mm membranes (one gold sputtered)

Frequency Range- 20Hz/20kHz

Polar Pattern - Cardioid (swappable) with optional omnidirectional capsule

Sensitivity- 15mV/Pa

Impedance- 200 Ohms

SPL- 140 dB

Equivalent Noise- 18 dB (a-weighted)

Power- 48V Phantom

Size- 226mm length x 55mm diameter

Weight- 930g

Extras- wooden microphone box, shock mount