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TELEFUNKEN Alchemy Series Rocks BedrockLA

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik filmed and recorded a multi-track performance of the song “Goodnight Train”, written by Gerry Raferty, and performed by Eli Wulmeier and his band at Bedrock LA Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

See the performance and microphone analysis, narrated by Alan Venitosh, TELEFUNKEN Director of Operations:

The session was tracked with the new Alchemy Microphone Series, TELEFUNKEN’s next generation of large diaphragm tube condensers. These new microphone models feature unique sonic profiles developed from the ground up at TELEFUNKEN’s US facility with vintage circuitry, modern fidelity and superior reliability. Whether it’s the home studio or a commercial facility, the Alchemy Microphone Series is suited for virtually any recording environment.

The three unique voices of the new Alchemy Microphone Series, the TF29/39 Copperhead, the TF47, and the TF51 were all utilized on nearly every instrument and vocal. The comparable audio sources for this session are: Male Lead Vocals, Female Backing Vocals (Figure-8 polar pattern), Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar Amplifier, Bass Amplifier, Rhodes Amplifier and Mono Drum Overheads.

Every source was recorded in mono with each microphone in cardioid configuration (except the female backing vocals). All three microphones are recorded through the studios API 1608 console, direct into a Digidesign 192 at 24bit/48K resolution and captured via Pro Tools HD.

For the purpose of these comparisons, only the TF39 Copperhead Deluxe was used to represent the “Copperhead” sound. The TF29 and TF39 in cardioid exhibit the same exact characteristics. In addition, the M82, M80-SH, M81-SH and M60 FET were also utilized to close mic the drums. The audio files are also presented in this session.

TELEFUNKEN encourages download of these files to hear the new TF39, TF47 and TF51 in comparison use in professional studio or playback environments. The files can also be mixed as a complete song performance.


TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside their own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, TELEFUNKEN has established a product line that expertly combines vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone design. TELEFUNKEN’s commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of their products is rivaled only by their dedication to provide the best possible service to their customers.