ADK Berlin 47-T-FET Microphone
The ADK Berlin 47-T-FET Microphone is an electric sounding mic. There is a nice energy in the upper mids that brings to life brass and woodwind instruments, as well as steel stringed acoustics, cymbals, and works very well with Tenor vocalists.
The ADK Berlin 47-T-FET Microphone is part of ADK's Custom Shop FET microphones, based on a unique FET circuit that saturates gradually (unlike most condenser microphones which tend to clip abruptly). The key to the tonality is it's Belgian-American-Australian-Designed Capsule, British Oxford Transformers, Hi-End Phillips Norelco Uber-FET. Manufactured with Hi-Fi Methods and Materials - which includes a $6 Resistor! It took three microphone experts including a PhD in Physics, a Design Genius in Belgium and a 40 year-old Mic Locker to create it! Two-Way Attenuation Pads & Two Way HP Filter to enable end-user to tailor the dynamic behavior of the microphone and create new textures, with rarely the need for outboard processors or even EQ. The Berlin 47-T has rich low end with a little sparkle on top! It is a tri-polar microphone with selectable Cardioid, Figure-8, and Omni pickup patterns.
Special Note: If you would like a Shock Mount for your T-FET, ADK and Front End Audio recommends the Rycote InVision USM. This is now the official shock mount of the ADK T-FET.
ADK Berlin 47-T-FET Microphone Includes
- Berlin 47-T-FET Microphone
- Ring Mount
- Premium Wood Jewel Box
ADK Berlin 47-T-FET Microphone Specifications
- Acoustical operating principle: 27.5mm large diaphragm pressure gradient transducer
- Directional pattern: Cardioid, Figure 8, Omni
- Frequency range: 20Hz~20kHz
- Sensitivity: -38dB (12.6mV/Pa)
- Output impedance: 200 ohms
- Equivalent noise A-weighted: 14 dB
- S/N ratio (A-weighted, rel 1Pa): 80dB
- Maximum SPL: 139dB with 16dB pad
- Dynamic range: 125dB
- Supply voltage: 48 volts (P48)
What We Think
The ADK Berlin 47-T-FET Microphone features a slightly rolled off top and bottom end, with a forward mid presence that is accentuated by it's slightly elevated and electric upper mid range. There is an edgy liveliness to the upper mid range that real brings out the bite in snare drums, cymbals, brass and woodwind instruments, acoustic guitars, and it works very well with Tenor and Alto vocalists. I would say this is one of the more charactered microphones out of the T-FET series, and it's unique sound makes it a gem.
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The fit and finish of the mic, as expected from a mic in this price range, is very good. This always instills a level of confidence, for me, that says the mic is going to have the same level of attention to detail in the sound quality too. I was not surprised that the mic performs as well as it does. Ive tested hundreds of mics over the years and have a pretty good idea of how a mic is gonna fit into my color palette after giving it a solo listen. The 47 works great on male vocals, acoustic guitars, and as a room mic for drums so far. I try to purchase all my pro audio gear from front end audio as well. I know and TRUST the sales team. They have always gone the extra mile for me.
Alan Moon recommended this mic and it is truely the best mic I have ever sang through. He went the extra mile to make sure I got what I was looking for. ADK mics are the best!! Thank you Alan and Front End Audio.