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Telefunken TF11 FET: Audio Examples

Hear For Yourself By Neil Rogers
Published April 2021

The audio files available on this page accompany my review of the Telefunken TF11 FET large capacitor microphone in SOS April 2021 issue.

Listen to the SoundCloud MP3s below or download the the ZIP file of hi-res WAV files and audition them in your own DAW.

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In the article, I described how I found the TF11 to be a great sounding, all-round studio microphone, with a tight bottom end and a pleasing high-frequency lift at around 10kHz. I've provided some short audio examples so you can hear for yourself how it fared in my studio. For all the examples I used the preamps on my Audient ASP2024 console with no additional processing at the recording stage.

01_Acoustic Picked

This is how the TF11 sounded positioned about six inches away from the 12th fret of an acoustic guitar.

02_Acoustic Strummed

The TF11 in the same position but with a strummed acoustic guitar part.

03_Electric Guitar

I positioned the TF11 facing towards the centre of the speaker of a Fender Deville guitar amp. The mic was around 3-4 inches away from the speaker cone. A distorted and cleaner example is included.

04_Outside Kick

As a quick test of the mic's SPL capability, I tried it positioned just outside the resonant head of a 22-inch kick drum. I think it worked great in this role.

05_Drum Overhead

This is how Telefunken's latest microphone sounded as a mono drum overhead. The mic was looking down above the snare drum at a height of around four feet.

06_Male Voiceover

This is how the TF11 sounded with me reading from the manual that comes with the microphone. I was positioned around 4-5 inches away from the mic with a pop shield in place.