TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik M60 FET Master Set  From TELEFUNKEN

TELEFUNKEN's first non-tube condenser! The M60 offers an incredibly honest representation of the sound source and impeccable detail, resulting in an unhyped yet musical small diaphragm mic that portrays the instrument exactly how it is. Master Set includes all three capsules: Cardioid, Hyper-Cardioid, and Omni-Directional. 

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

$895.00

Retail:  $1,095.00

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SDC Mic Shootout on Acoustic Guitar: M60 vs. 2011A vs. P84 vs. C42

In this video comparison, we put four small diaphragm condenser microphones to the test, as we demonstrate the TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik M60, the DPA 2011A, the Josephson C42, and the Peluso P84. Can you tell which one's which?

Manufacturer's Description from TELEFUNKEN

With over a year and half of development and beta testing with top recording engineers, the newly designed M60 FET (Field Effect Transistor) small diaphragm microphone is TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's first non-vacuum tube, FET-based solid-state condenser microphone. The M60 FET Series is designed to utilize the same interchangeable TK6x capsules as the TEC Award-winning ELA M 260 small diaphragm tube microphone.
 
The M60 FET MASTER SET features one M60 amplifier paired with three interchangeable capsules including the TK60 cardioid, TK61 omni-directional and TK62 hyper-cardioid. 
 
The frequency response of the TK60 cardioid is flat from 150 Hz to 7 kHz, with a smooth, airy presence peak at 8 kHz, making it ideal for drum overheads, hi-hat and ride cymbals, piano, acoustic guitar, and other acoustic instruments.
The TK61 features a 6-micron gold-sputtered membrane measuring 15mm in diameter, and offers a large, open sound perfect for capturing the ambience and vibe of your instrument or recording environment to breathe life into any recording. The frequency response is flat from 20 Hz to 5 kHz, with a smooth, airy presence peak at 8 kHz.
 
The tightened and focused polar pattern of the TK62 hyper-cardioid is great for use on cymbals, percussion, and as a stereo pair for live performance recording. Its frequency response is flat from 150 Hz to 3 kHz, with a dip at 6 kHz and a smooth, airy presence peak at 8 kHz.
The M60 FET amplifier utilizing a unique proprietary circuit topology produces an exceptional transient response and SPL handling capabilities. Carefully selected and tested components are hand-plugged into gold-plated circuit board traces to provide an ultra-clean true Class A discrete amplifier with a frequency response of +/- 2dB from 20 Hz to 50 kHz. The output is matched with a custom American-made transformer that offers an especially low self-noise and a typical THD+N of 0.015% or better, making it ideal for critical recording applications.
 
The M60 FET's incredibly quick transient response captures nuances and subtleties with impressive precision and clarity. This results in an extremely detailed sonic image with definition and presence, perfectly suited for the complex character of stringed instruments and percussive sources.
 
The M60 FET amplifier body is finished in a durable, lightly textured black powder coat adorned with the historic TELEFUNKEN diamond badge. The microphone's XLR connector shell complements the look with a matte black nickel plated finish engraved with the model and serial number. The TK6x capsules feature a bright nickel plated enclosure with a fine gold mesh pattern.
 
The M60 FET MASTER SET ships complete with TK60 cardioid, TK61 omni-directional and TK62 hyper-cardioid capsules, an SGMC-5R 5-meter XLR cable with right angle female connector, M761 elastic shock mount, and foam windscreen, all packed in an FC61 zipper carrying case.
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

  • TypeCondenser Pressure Gradient
  • CapsuleTK60 TK61 TK62
  • Frequency Range20Hz / 20kHz
  • Polar PatternCardioid, Hyper-Cardioid and Omni
  • Sensitivity8.6mV/PA +/-1db
  • THD at 1kHz at 1Pa<0.10% 1kHZ at 1Pa
  • Output Impedance<120 Ohm
  • Maximum SPL130db SPL (1%THD)
  • Self Noise<19dB-A
  • Size5 1/2" (140mm) length x 13/16" (21mm) diameter
  • Weight4.2 oz (119g)
  • Powering AlternativePhantom Power
  • Supply Current48 volts
  • Connected ViaXLR-3
  • Supplied AccessoriesM761 Elastic Mount, SGMC-5R XLR cable
  • Optional AccessoriesFC61 Molded Zipper Case