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Behringer T-47 Tube Condenser Mic

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A recording microphone with classic tube sound
The sound of tube mics is undeniably rich and smooth. At the heart of each of these Behringer T-47 mics is a hand-selected 12AX7 tu... Read More

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A recording microphone with classic tube sound
The sound of tube mics is undeniably rich and smooth. At the heart of each of these Behringer T-47 mics is a hand-selected 12AX7 tube, which has been specifically designed to give these microphones their incredible sonic character. One advantage tube condensers have over their solid-state counterparts is that they are not subject to the rapid rise of odd-order harmonics, which the ear perceives as highly unmusical. Even when subjected to high sound pressure levels, the T-47 condenser microphone reacts in much the same way the human ear does.

Cardioid polar pattern
T-47 tube condenser mics feature a tight cardioid (heart-shaped) sound-reception pattern, which reduces the pickup of sound from the sides and rear for improved source isolation. The included custom shock mount fits all standard microphone stands and provides further isolation from external sources of vibration, such as sounds transmitted through floor joists and outside traffic.

Dedicated power supply
The included Behringer PSU-T power supply/preamp provides the supply voltage for the tube preamplifier and houses a Low Cut switch that can be used to reduce the low frequency response, if so desired. The included 7-pin multi-core cable supplies power to the mic and routes the audio signal to the XLR socket on the PSU-T.

The ultimate recording mic
Since the early days of recording, sound engineers have been searching for the best-sounding mics for recording acoustic instruments and the human voice. The resounding choice of professional recordists around the globe has been the tube condenser microphone because nothing compares to a sound that's so open, warm, and full of character. Unfortunately, tube mics can wipe out a home-recording budget faster than you can say "phantom power supply." But with the T-47, anyone who can afford a decent live microphone can have a studio-grade, tube-powered condenser mic for about the same price.

The T-47's sensitive side
Another advantage of tube mics is that they typically outperform transistor designs when it comes to subtle signal levels, such as environmental ambiance. The T-47 picks up every nuance of your performance, capturing an openly transparent slice of time and space with just the right amount of tube warmth. Now you'll be able to justify that new set of strings for your acoustic guitar (because you'll hear the difference), and you'll marvel at the sparkling highlights coming off your wind chimes.

Features
  • Professional, large-diaphragm, tube condenser microphone for unsurpassed audio quality
  • Hand-selected 12AX7 vacuum tube for exceptional warmth and vintage sound
  • Ideal as main and support microphone for studio and live applications
  • Cardioid pickup pattern for outstanding sound source separation and feedback rejection
  • Pressure-gradient transducer with shock-mounted capsule
  • Perfect for vocals and acoustic instruments
  • Switchable low-frequency roll-off
  • Ultra-rugged construction with metal die-cast body
Specifications
  • Transducer type: condenser, 0.63"
  • Polar pattern: cardioid
  • Preamplifier: vacuum tube (12AX7)
  • Output (PSU-T): gold-plated balanced XLR connector
  • Open circuit sensitivity: -40dBV (0dBV = 1V/Pa)
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Level attenuation: -20dB
  • Low-cut filter: 12dB/octave @ 100Hz (switchable)
  • Max. SPL (3 % THD @ 1kHz): 130dB
  • Dynamic range: 110dB
  • Nominal impedance: approx. 200 Ohms
  • Load impedance: >1 kOhms
  • Supply voltage adapter: BEHRINGER PSU-T
  • Dimensions: diameter: 2.7", length: 8.3"
  • Weight (net): 1.7 lb.
  • Mains Voltage / Fuse:
  • 100-120 V~, 50/60 Hz: T 250 mA H 250 V
  • 220-230 V~, 50/60 Hz: T 125 mA H 250 V
  • Mains connector: standard IEC receptacle
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3.3

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2.0

No good for female vocals

By Dimitar Velev

from Perth, WA

Hi all. Have recording studio for some time now. The Behringer T-47 looked like a nice mic. Got one for AUD$ 240. The frequency graph is not published on Behringer's website and for a good reason. It is available in the paper copy manual you receive. It has too much of the ring in the high freq. Does not looks very nice compared to most of my mics even when compared to similar price range AKG Perception 200 series. I found it won't work well for most female vocals unless I use heavy EQ corrections. Male vocals are fine with that mic. But has too much fuss in the high freq. and you will hear a lot of ch... and sh... sounds that need some work to be removed later. Pros: - professional looking mic. - nice box with shock mic holder, cable and power supply. - not bad price for tube (valve) mic if you really need one to play with. Cons: - It is not a large membrane condenser mic - membrane size is about half of the other tube mics available - Uses almost ALL the GAIN on my console to get descent levels. - Noisy when idle. - Not suitable for female vocals as it have too much high pitch ring that sounds bad on long aaaa... and ooo...'s :) - plastic spider holder for a heavy mic could be disappointing in long run. Will keep it just for the sake of having a cheap valve mic :)

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3.0

Not much personality

By Missouri Guy

from Springfield-Missouri

Pros: It's a large tube mic, heavier than you might expect, with nice alum box and adequate plastic cradle. Looks professional and has a large black foam cover. It is surprisingly clean for a tube mic with a clean, clear sound. Price is quite reasonable for a tube mic, actually amazingly good price for a tube mic. As a tube, it irons out transients and gives everything a warm, non transistor, natural (albeit a little dull) sound. It's certainly not a mic for high range frequencies...everything is mid to low. If you are looking for something to create a clean and fairly natural sound (without the FET/Transistor sound of other condensers) for acoustic guitar or male voice, this might be the ticket as it is clean with a smidge of warm. Cons: It lacks top end or high frequencies. I HAVE to EQ bump Protools Presence 5 to 10K to get some presence out of it or to get clarity and avoid it being muffled in many of my vocals. Does not have the presence of my Sterling ST-55 or Rode NT1-A. But neither does it have the sibilance or transistor sound of non tube condensers. Honestly, I think my Sterling ST-55 sounds better and with a little EQ sounds both warmer and more "present" to cut through the mix than the T-47. Even the Rode NT1-A is more crisp and present, but has more sibilance. , or even my Rode NT1-a is so much clearer with more mids and highs by far. One magazine review says the T-47 is a warm, clean tube mic that lacks top end. That's exactly the way mine is...lacks top end which makes upper mid and high range sound muffled. Requiring eq to give it presence. Also, it is "clean" which means interpreted..this mic does not have any unique personality to add to a vocal. It just records what you put into it with out coloration...which means it adds nothing to my stock of mics. It doesn't have personality and does not do much to impart anything new to the sound. I was hoping it would give me a unique warmth or character to solos...or give me a good coloration that I'd like....not so. It's too clean and clear for that...again...clear-clean tube with just a smidge of natural sounding warmth so there is no electronic or techno sound possible with it. I wa sorely disappointed it didn't have more character, flavor, coloration. Best use to me, would be to mic acoustic guitar, certain male vocals (like country ballads) and on songs in which you want a very vanilla, slightly warm vocal without any electronic condenser mic sound. Finally, need to tell you it's got a bit of noise since it's a tube and tubes are noisier at the bottom threshold...but you will not notice with other instruments going or even when the vocal starts. But at idle, this one has more bassy hiss noise than my other three condensers. Further, it requires a WHOLE LOT of gain to get an equivalent signal out of it to my other three Condenser mics. My Profire 2626 preamp has to be turned almost all the way up for the T-47, whereas half way up is fine for my other three condenser mics. if you get it at a good price, and you are going for clean-natural with a little bit of tube warmth sound, and if you don't have many other mics, it's worth it. If you have several mics and you are looking for a dynamite tube vocal mic to give your productions a unique presence or color...you probably will not like this mic. That's why I was disappointed. The vocals from this mic seem dull compared to the Rode or the Sterling St-55. And the vocals seem to disappear into the mix and you have to eq it to bring them out. I was hoping for upper harmonics from the tube, but they are not there. It will impart no color, just clean-clear-slightly warm without upper midrange or high frequencies. If you are looking for a tube mic to give you a lot of vintage warmth and unique coloration for your vocals....look elsewhere, you will not like this mic and it will not do it with the stock tube. You might do well to consider a different tube mic.

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5.0

Take or Leave it

By Jake Dean

from Davenport Iowa

Its a good mic and when I checked the price of other mics with tubes the price is unbeatable for the sound value. So if you have the money Buy it!! if not get the next step down.

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