The audio files available on this page accompany my review of the United Studio Technologies UT FET 47 in SOS November 2020 issue. In the review, I describe how impressed I was with how close I thought it sounded to our studio's Neumann FET47. I've produced some audio examples so you can hear the results for yourself. For all the examples I used a Neve 1073LB preamp with no additional processing.
Play the SoundCloud MP3s below or download the ZIP file of hi-res WAV files.
This is how the United Audio FET47 sounded an inch away from my Rogers 22 inch kick drum's resonant head. There's a tiny amount of saturation coming from the Neve preamp, if you listen closely, but the mic performed very well and would be a useful addition to a drum mix.
02_Neumann FET47_Kick Close
How my Neumann FET47 sounded in the same place.
I also tested the mics two feet back from the kick drum. This is quite interesting, as it highlights just how key the mic's proximity effect is to why these mics work in such applications. At a distance, that beefy low end is not present.
04_Neumann FET47_Kick Far
How the Neumann sounded on the same job.
An example of how the United UT FET 47 sounded two inches away from a loud Ampeg SVT bass rig.
06_Neumann FET47 _Bass Cab
How the Neumann FET47 fared on the same application.
How the United mic sounded two inches away from the centre of the cone on a Fender Deville guitar amp. Forgive the slightly out of tune guitar!
08_Neumann FET47 _Guitar Cab
The Neumann mic in the same position.