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TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik R-F-T- AK47 MKII  From TELEFUNKEN

Tube Condenser Microphone

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

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

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphones are known for their beautifully detailed acoustic reproduction. As they're made in a 'no holds barred' manner, that also makes them rather expensive for the average small studio or home enthusiast. With this in mind, the R-F-T series of microphones was created.

The R-F-T line of tube condenser microphones utilizes American designed electronics in conjunction with New Old Stock tubes and standardized parts from overseas manufacturers. While we have not "cut any corners," we have been able to provide a lower cost alternative to more expensive microphone systems, without sacrificing the qualities that you would expect from a TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphone.

The amplifier found in the R-F-T AK-47 MkII features a new proprietary circuit designed around a NOS TELEFUNKEN EF-732 tube and a custom output transformer that is for all intents and purposes an EXACT replica of the historic BV8 transformer found in our (and historic) U-47 and U-48 microphones. The dual sided large diaphragm capsule undergoes rigorous testing in our laboratory prior to installation in the R-F-T AK-47 MkII, and again during final testing and burn-in of the microphone.

The TELEFUNKEN EF-732 tube is very similar to the AC-701 tube in that is provides a "velvety" character to the overall tone of the microphone. When this tube is coupled with our historically accurate recreation of the BV8 transformer some of the magic begins, but we didn't stop there. The layout of the circuit board features broader traces for superior current on demand capability (which enhances the low frequency and transient response capability of the amplifier) as well as a layout, which minimizes noise and cross talk between components.

Sonically, the R-F-T AK-47 MkII is a remarkably hi-fidelity microphone with a "present" but not "harsh" character, which in many ways is reminiscent of a cross between the historic M-49 and U-47/48 microphones of yesteryear. The result is a microphone with superior high frequency detail, a rich and thunderous low end, without the upper mid-range frequency bump (what we call "guitar store brightness") often found in microphones in this price range. Instead, it has a delicate and intimate "air" that is usually found only in microphones three times the price.

The AK-47 MkII delivers top shelf TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik quality at a price that even mere mortals can afford. 

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: TK47 dual sided gold sputtered

Frequency Range: 20Hz / 20kHz

Polar Pattern: Omni, Cardioid, Figure 8 with 6 intermediate stages

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

Impedance: 200 ohms

SPL: 125 dB

Non Linear Distortion: (for 1% THD @ 1KHz) 132dB

Equivalent Noise: 16 dB (A-weighted)

Tube Type: EF732 Telefunken NOS

Power: Dedicated Power Supply

Weight: 27oz (765g)

Size: 9 1/2" (241mm) length x 1 3/4" (44.45mm) diameter

Extras: Modern Power Supply, Shock Mount, Wooden Box