Microphone manufacturer Telefunken has introduced the new Alchemy Series, its latest range of large diaphragm tube condensers.
The new models, which will begin shipping this spring, include the TF29, TF39, TF47, and TF51. They are designed as evolutions of past models in the R-F-T Series (CU-29 Copperhead, AR-51, and AK-47 MkII).
The range includes newly designed custom headgrilles for transparency and openness, hand-plugged circuit boards, and selected American and European vacuum tubes and transformers. Also included are two modern mount options, microphone dust cover, high-flex seven-metre cable, and a power supply.
The TF29 Copperhead is an evolution of the CU-29 Copperhead, an original Telefunken design known for its natural and non-hyped tonality. The TF29 features a new old stock American-made 5654W vacuum tube, all-brass K67-style capsule, and a premium Lundahl output transformer.
The TF39 Copperhead Deluxe is an expansion of the "Copperhead" sound with the addition of a dual membrane K67-style capsule, allowing for three-pattern selection between cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-eight. This added feature set is designed to give the TF39 greater flexibility and options in the studio. Sonically and component-wise, the two microphones are otherwise the same.
The TF47 is a new design based, drawing inspiration from the historic U47 and M49. With a deep low end and a forward midrange, the TF47 is designed to add depth and presence to a source, making it ideal for recording vocals, guitar amps, and drums. At the heart of the TF47 is an all-brass K47-style capsule, new old stock 5840W vacuum tube, and custom-made BV8 transformer (as found in the U47).
The TF51 is a fresh take on the "Austrian" microphone sound associated with the Telefunken ELA M 251E and C12. It exhibits a smooth midrange and airy top end, making it a reliable choice for stand out vocals, acoustic instruments, and percussion. The 6072A vacuum tube (also found in Telefunken’s ELA M 251E and C12) is mated with an edge-terminated style capsule similar to the historic CK12.