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United Studio Technologies UT FET 47

Cardioid Condenser Microphone By Neil Rogers
Published November 2020

United Studio Technologies UT FET 47Photo: Neil Rogers

UST’s debut large diaphragm condenser mic is a homage to one of the best‑known solid‑state designs around. We put it up against the real thing.

The Neumann U47 FET microphone has become ubiquitous in professional studios for recording kick drums and bass cabinets. A proper studio workhorse, it can also excel on brass, guitar cabinets and louder singers. It’s a slightly curious beast in this regard, as you might reasonably expect a microphone that takes a bit of a hammering to be somewhat affordable. A glance at one of the second‑hand selling sites, however, reveals just how much people are prepared to pay for the original models. The sums involved no doubt encouraged Neumann to release an exact replica of the original model back in 2015. It’s still available, and retails for around £3000$4000. Hugh Robjohns reviewed the reissue and gave an excellent, detailed explanation of the history behind the original design. You can read that at www.soundonsound.com/reviews/neumann-u47-fet.

There’s been a number of recreations of that iconic microphone over the years, but many of those still command quite a hefty price tag. A new American company, United Studio Technologies, are the latest to produce an offering on the...

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Published November 2020