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Win Soyuz SU-023

Fantastic chance to Win Soyuz SU-023 worth £1093$1199

In fewer than five years, Soyuz — the Russian/US microphone makers — have built a strong reputation for themselves. Their high-quality condenser mics are used by the likes of Sylvia Massy, Nigel Godrich, Paramore and Coldplay. What sets Soyuz mics apart from so many others, though, is the fact that they build nearly every part of their mics in-house, by hand. This method of production doesn’t usually come cheap, but with the SU-023 microphone, Soyuz have found ways of optimising their production process to offer a hand‑made mic at an affordable price. 

The ‘Bomblet’, as it’s referred to by its makers, does away with Soyuz’s usual cream and brass aesthetic in favour of polished and brushed aluminium. Also, by using a PCB instead of point-to-point wiring, and by supplying a mounting ring instead of a shockmount, Soyuz are able to offer the mic at a lower price without sacrificing quality.

Proving that point is the use of a proprietary Soyuz toroidal output transformer, as opposed to the cheaper, square design with laminated core — something the SU‑023 has in common with other Soyuz microphones.

What makes this the mic different, though, is its unique capsule. The story of the capsule goes back to Russia in the early 1970s. At that time, LOMO developed a microphone capsule based on the AKG ‘brass-ring’ CK12 design, but instead of using two electrodes, LOMO used a single electrode and two ‘filters’. This capsule, dubbed the 19A21, had a backplate consisting of three layered discs, each with its own pattern of through-holes, which meant greater consistency between capsules over AKG’s design. It’s this capsule that is the basis for the ‘triple backplate’, which Soyuz have further developed in the SU‑023. 

The result, says SOS Features Editor Sam Inglis, who reviewed the mic in the April 2018 issue of SOS (https://sosm.ag/apr18soyuz), is “a high-quality studio microphone with an attractive, airy sound”. A great choice on vocals, the mic can also withstand much louder sources. Soyuz claim that it tolerates SPLs up to 140dB, with the included pad. 

“In a world where many supposedly ‘boutique’ microphones are really badge-engineering exercises that conceal mass-produced Chinese capsules and circuitry,” says Inglis, “the Bomblet is an original design that stands out both for its sound and its striking looks.”

To be in with a chance of winning one of these magnificent mics, follow the link and enter on the SOS web site. The closing date for entries is 8th July, 2018. Good luck!

Prizes kindly donated by Soyuz Microphones

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  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • In entering this competition, you confirm that you are aged 18 years or older.
  • Employees of SOS Publications Group, Soyuz Microphones and their immediate families are ineligible for entry.
  • No cash alternative is available in lieu of the stated prize.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the specification of the prize offered.
  • The judges' decision is final and legally binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
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  • Please ensure that you give your DAYTIME telephone number on your entry form.
  • Prize winners must be prepared to make themselves available in the event that the competition organisers wish to make a personal presentation.

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