I use a lot of different mics. This one does not sound like a U47, but it sounds better than some U47's that I have tried to use. I recently recorded Jimmy Gaudreau for an upcoming release (11-12-10), and it worked incredibly well (beautiful harmony parts with a 60+ year old voice). It also was the mic of choice for a recent producer who was cultivating a 23 year-old woman whose husky voice sounded like clear honey through the 2247SE. I am going to buy a pair for live acoustic recordings (wide-ORTF).
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July 2, 2010
from Old Bridge, NJ United States
When ordering the mic, John Peluso was asked which of his 47's he believed would give off the vibe of a 47 without sounding too "old". Form the standard, SE , and LE versions, he recommended the SE. During testing, I expected it to sound mid-forward and un-hyped, but no where near as good as it did when used on vocals. We used a Neve 1272 into a Retro Sta Level and the results were magic. The engineer and both producers noted how intimate the sound was, tight lows, without being too boomy, very balanced, intimate mids, and pleasing present but not over-bearing highs. A perfect blend of each, which makes eq'ing easier. For male vox, we preferred the Brent Averill 312a on this specific singer, but felt the sound was just as good. I would recommend this to anyone is who wants 47 vibe, but with a modern edge on overall sound. Its everything a 47 should be, minus the worn, rusty "old" vibe (unless you're into that). If you are, I would recommend looking into the LE model.