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Telefunken Introduces Three New Products at AES 2010

Telefunken’s new CU-29 Copperhead tube microphone

At last week’s AES 2010 Convention in San Francisco, Telefunken presented three new products: the CU-29 Copperhead condenser microphone with vintage NOS tube (pictured), Stereo AR-70 large diaphragm tube microphone and M80 wireless microphone capsule head (all prices TBA).

The CU-29, Telefunken’s newest large diaphragm condenser microphone, was in development for 18 months. Dubbed the CU-29 Copperhead in Telefunken’s “Name the Mic” contest, this new addition to the company’s R-F-T line was designed by its in-house engineering team, with outside consultation from some of the world’s top amplifier designers. The new CU-29 Copperhead is based around a unique circuit that features a New Old Stock (NOS) Telefunken vacuum tube, custom audio transformer, and a fixed cardioid large diaphragm capsule. Telefunken adds that the microphone exhibits sonic characteristics that are similar to those found in its R-F-T Series counterparts, the AR-51 and the AK-47 MkII.

The AR-70 stereo large diaphragm condenser microphone is the 2-channel version of the company’s AR-51 microphone, which uses the same circuit design as the classic ELA M 251E. The new AR-70 is comprised of premium components, including vintage New Old Stock (NOS) tubes.

The M80 dynamic capsule is now available for a wide variety of live sound applications. These capsule head replacements are interchangeable with any of the screw-on type handheld transmitters that receive a 31.3mm/pitch 1.0 mm. The new M80 capsule head’s directional pickup pattern and wide frequency response yields a microphone that is designed for an ideal blend of functionality and isolation, and a distinctively pleasing tone. The new wireless M80 capsule head is said to be “sonically open, requiring little or no EQ to fit into a live or recorded mix.” Minimal proximity effect is said to give the dynamic capsule a smooth, balanced presence that is neither boomy nor overpowering.

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