TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik ELA M 260 Microphone  From TELEFUNKEN

The small diaphragm ELA M 260 is arguably one of the industry's finest acoustic and classical recording tube mics, offering plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

$1,495.00

Retail:  $1,695.00

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TELEFUNKEN ELEKTROAKUSTIK Multi-Track Session with The Olympic Ass Kicking Team

Terry Anderson and The Olympic Ass Kicking Team (or The OAK Team for short) recorded their new song "Girls with Glasses" during a weekend session with Fletcher at Sound Pure Studios for TELEFUNKEN'S multitrack session mix contest. Girls with Glasses was recorded with all TFunk microphones including: M80, M81, M82 prototype, ELA M 260 with both omni and cardioid capsules, AR-51, AK-47 MkII, AR-70 Stereo mic, U48, and U47. Check out the full version of "Girls with Glasses" by watching our video of the session. The session was was engineered and mixed by Fletcher. If you have any questions about the gear used in this recording, call the engineers at Sound Pure today. Or, if you would like to enter T-Funk's mix contest, visit their website and download the multitrack files to mix the song yourself!

Manufacturer's Description from TELEFUNKEN

Prior to 1959, TELEFUNKEN GmbH distributed Neumann GmbH microphones throughout the world. When Neumann GmbH decided to take their distribution direct, TELEFUNKEN GmbH commissioned Austrian company AKG Acoustics GmbH to produce a series of 5 microphones. This series of microphones was comprised of the famous ELA M 251, the ELA M 250, the stereo ELA M 270, and two small capsule microphones, the ELA M 260 and the ELA M 261.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is pleased to offer the ELA M 260, our first small diaphragm tube condenser. While not a historically accurate reproduction of the original ELA M 260 like the "Diamond Series" microphones, our version of the ELA M 260 is definitely built with the same attention to detail and level of quality as its Diamond Series brethren.

Arguably one of the best recording tools for acoustic and classical music, the ELA M 260 system features a new circuit design based around a TELEFUNKEN EF-732 vacuum tube and a custom output transformer that is wound to exacting specification in the United States. The combination of these features yields a microphone that is unlike any other small diaphragm microphone that you have ever experienced.

All ELA M 260 system packages are supplied with a set of three interchangeable capsules (the 260 cardioid, 261 omni, and 262 hyper-cardioid), and include elastic shockmounts, wooden microphone boxes and a dedicated power supply.

In use, the ELA M 260 has plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity. It captures sources with a natural presence, making it a fantastic tool for recording acoustic instruments of all types. Violin, cello, upright bass, drum overheads, percussion, woodwinds, saxophones, strings, and especially acoustic guitar all sound amazing through the ELA M 260. Also, don't discount this for vocals just because it's small. Its unique tonal character is very well suited for a myriad of applications, both traditional and not.

All system packages of the ELA M 260 can have a custom adaptor added which was designed by our friend and fellow audio enthusiast Chip Machokas that permits the use of any of the AKG "CK" series of capsules (or capsules made by other manufacturers with the same thread) AND Neumann bayonet-style capsules.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

About Manufacturer

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT has been following the tradition of excellence and innovation set forth by the original TELEFUNKEN GmbH of Germany that began over 100 years ago.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's origins began in 2000 when owner Toni Fishman acquired the rights to the name and diamond logo for use in North America. The company began with the reverse engineering of a single microphone part: the ELA M 251 polar pattern selector. Mr. Fishman purchased an original Telefunken ELA M 251 for use in his recording studio, but when he received it he discovered that the polar pattern switch was no longer functional. Realizing that this was a common issue with the original units, the idea to recreate it was born.

The switch was reverse engineered and brought into production for other 251 owners with the same issue. With one part down, the goals were set high to successfully reverse engineer the entire microphone exactly as it was originally manufactured. The next two years were spent developing each and every part of the microphone right down to every detail. Numerous original documents and drafts from TELEFUNKEN and AKG were acquired, and coupled with thorough reverse engineering the ELA M 251 was brought back to life with meticulous accuracy.

As TELEFUNKEN moves forward, one foot is rooted in the rich history of the brand, and the other in new microphone innovations. TELEFUNKEN has evolved exponentially from a single pattern switch to one of the industry leaders in top quality microphones.

Specifications

Type

Condenser Pressure Gradient

Capsule

M260, M261, M262 Gold sputtered 3-micron

Frequency Range

20Hz / 20kHz

Polar Pattern

Cardioid, Omindirectional, Hypercardioid

Sensitivity

14MV/Pa = -37dB (0dB = 1v/Pa) -10bD

Impedance

200 ohms

SPL

120 dB

Non Linear Distortion

(for 1% THD @ 1KHz) 120dB

Equivalent Noise

19dB (A-weighted)

Tube Type

Telefunken EF-732

Power

Dedicated Power Supply

Weight

4.2 oz (119g)

Size

5 1/2" (140mm) length x 13/16" (21mm) diameter

Extras

NG Style Power Supply, Shock Mount, Mic Clip, Wooden Box