Soyuz Microphones 1973 Microphone (Black)

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The Soyuz Microphones 1973 Microphone is a high-end yet affordable FET microphone that features a handmade capsule and world-class build quality. Like the other mics in the Soyuz family, the 1973 is neither a copy nor a clone but rather a modern classic!

The Soyuz Microphones 1973 Microphone was developed and built in the old fashioned way: in-house with maximum attention to detail and no corners cut. The 1973 features a transformerless design and has the lowest self-noise of any of our microphones. Nonetheless, it retains what many people call "the Soyuz Sound," with lows that are present but not boomy, a midrange that’s forward but not boxy, and a high end that’s open and airy without being harsh.

The 1973 features a version of our own S23 capsule. The S23 is a completely unique capsule with a very interesting history. In the early 1970s LOMO redesigned an AKG CK12 capsule, giving it three backplates in order to increase consistency. In 2015 our Soyuz engineers redesigned it for the 023 Bomblet and have now further adapted it for the 1973.

The 1973 features a custom resonator that reduces unwanted resonance and also adds a degree of plosive protection, making the 1973 extremely well suited for vocals, voiceovers and podcasts.

The form factor of the 1973 makes it perfect for miking those hard-to-reach places. The 1973 is solid, compact and extremely durable— built to last a lifetime.

The 1973 has both a -10 and -20 dB pad, making it well suited for high volume sources such as kick drums and amps.

Soyuz Microphones 1973 Microphone Specifications

  • Features a version of the Soyuz S23 Capsule found in The 023 Bomblet microphone
  • Completely hand-machined body and hand-machined capsule
  • Includes a custom machined and built-in resonator to reduce unwanted resonance and minimize plosives
  • Includes a switchable -10dB and -20dB pad on the bottom of the microphone
  • Transformerless design
  • Available in a polished silver finish and a black finish

Soyuz Microphones 1973 Microphone Specifications

  • Type: FET condenser microphone
  • Capsule: Two 33mm membranes (one gold sputtered)
  • Frequency Range: 30Hz / 18kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Pad: -10dB / -20dB
  • Sensitivity: 24.5 mV/Pa
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • SPL: 140 dB
  • Equivalent Noise: 18 dB (a-weighted)
  • Power: Phantom 48V
  • Size: 100mm length x 55mm diameter
  • Weight: 300g (single microphone)

Soyuz Microphones 1973 Microphone Includes

  • Soyuz Microphones 1973 Microphone
  • Microphone Mount
  • Manufacturers Warranty

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  • 5
    Soyuz 1973 Mic

    I had read good things about this mic, and at the current price ($799), I thought it was worth a try. My first impression was "Wow." This mic has a great, smooth sound with less low-mid buildup than other mics I've used (e.g. AKG 414 XLSII, Soundelux U99, etc.) It's top end is smooth and definitely not shrill when recording instruments with lots of high end and transients (violin, tambourine...). It's a quiet mic (low self noise) and, possibly best of all, it's got great reach--in other words, it has great presence even when set quite a distance from a source. This helps capture the whole instrument, rather than just one part of it's sound emissions. I really like this mic on acoustic guitar, set about 18-24 inches from the body, especially when teamed up with a pencil mic (the AKG 451 is my favorite) set 12-15 in. from the guitar, pointed at the neck/body joint. Overall, a great purchase for any studio, especially one with a tight budget.

What We Think


The Soyuz Microphones 1973 is a gorgeous sounding microphone. It has a forward midrange without any harsh and unwanted resonances. This is thanks to the built-in resonator that also helps to minimize abrasive plosives. We love the 1973 microphone for guitars and vocals. With sources like acoustic guitar, piano, or drum overheads, a stereo pair would be fantastic. Soyuz doesn’t cut corners, even with their more affordable microphones and the 1973 is proof. The body and capsule are completely hand-machined, and it features a version of Soyuz’s original S23 Capsule found in the 023 Bomblet Microphone. If you’re looking for a great workhorse microphone that won’t break the bank, check out the Soyuz 1973! It’s one of our new favorites at this price point.

Wes DeLoach, Pro Audio Sales

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