Neumann U47 FET - The standard for recording kick drum and double bass...

Neumann U47 FET

The standard for recording kick drum and double bass...

Dynamic mics have their place for sure, but I love ribbons and condensers for recording. Kick drums can be troublesome, especially if they have a full front head, but stick one of these bad boys in front and you have an instant sound. Combined with a vintage AKG D12, you have the sounds of the 70's.

They are also my 'go to' mic for for Double Bass and sometimes backing vocals...

We are blessed with a lovely pair of vintage examples, both in tip top sonic condition at the Supertone Studio.

The bass and drums of Sorry I Broke Your Heart from my latest album The Knife were recorded at Keith Angel's Wavelength Studio in Doncaster.

Andy Seward did a fantastic job on bass and love the sound captured by one U47 FET in the right place...

Don't just take my word for it :) Engineer and producer Bruce Swedien has been an enthusiastic fan of the U 47 FET and uses them on vocals and guitar. One of the many highlights of his career was recording and mixing the Thriller album with Michael Jackson in the year 1982. He says:

My personal favorite of this series (Neumann fet 80) is the U 47 FET. I have two U 47 FETs, very close in sequence numbers, that sound simply fabulous! I absolutely treasure these lovely mikes. It is one of the best sounding Neumann condensers. It is vastly underrated by the industry!

A wonderful vocal mike! A nice and very useful amount of proximity effect. Great for thin voices. The great thing about using it on acoustic guitar is also the proximity effect on some guitars...
Neumann U47 FET - The standard for recording kick drum and double bass...

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