We're proud to present our brand new SU-019, FET large diaphragm condenser microphone. Featuring the same handmade K67 style capsule as the SU-017, point to point/wire wrap and a proprietary toroidal transformer, the SU-019 has the smooth, rich sound that people have come to expect from Soyuz microphones.
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Soyuz will be at the 141st AES convention in Los Angeles from September 29th through October 1st. Come visit us in booth number 1013. We're also going to be sponsoring some very cool events during the show that you won't want to miss! Stay tuned.
We're very pleased that Nigel Godrich used his pair of SU-017s during the recording of Radiohead's latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Nigel was one of the people we turned to to test an early prototype of the SU-017. He was very encouraging and the mic he tried out is the reference mic we test all 017s against before they leave our factory. He was also our very first customer and we'll always be very grateful to him for that.
I'm not a big technical guy but I know good sound and that's all that matters to me. David brought the SU-017 over to my Studio and I plugged it in and replayed an acoustic track and re-sang a lead vocal on the spot that I ended up keeping for the final version. It sounded immediately ten times better than what I had done with much more body and character. It's never harsh which is great because I love things bright and exciting. It's also the most bitchin' lookin' mic I've ever seen. Quality build and tough. I will be getting more of these mics, that's for certain.
We're very pleased to report that our SU-017 was used as the primary vocal microphone on the latest Coldplay album, A Head Full Of Dreams. Grammy winning producer, Rik Simpson held a microphone shootout with several high-end mics at Woodshed Recording in Malibu to choose a mic to use on Chris Martin's vocals and the Soyuz won!
Grammy winning engineer Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, The Dixie Chicks) brought an SU-017 to the beautiful Clubhouse Studio in Upstate NY to use as the primary vocal microphone on the upcoming Lumineers album. The folks at The Clubhouse liked the mic so much that they bought one for themselves!
Grammy winning producer, Nigel Godrich brought his stereo pair of SU-017s to the Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India to use in the recording of Jonny Greenwood's latest project Junun. Paul Thomas Anderson came along and documented the session in a documentary by the same name. The project includes incredible performances from Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Express.
"It takes a great deal to displace one of history's iconic microphone legends, but for me it has finally happened. The Soyuz is not a vintage copycat or fashionable imposter. It has it's own brilliant and unique architecture. It feels substantial. And it sounds full and warm, with creamy highs and organic lows. Reproducing the sound, yet presenting it's own unique luminosity. After 25 years my vintage Telefunken U47 has finally been pushed to the back of the mic closet. The Soyuz SU-017 is now my first choice for vocals, acoustic guitar, and any other musical priority."
We're very happy that Victor and Maxime from MWTM have included both an SU-017 and an SU-011 in their mic collection at the amazing studio, La Fabrique Their world famous Mix With The Masters series features workshops with such industry legends as Al Schmidt Michael Brauer Eddie Kramer and many more.
Like a violin or a guitar that has been crafted by a master luthier, a handmade microphone posseses a unique, sonic quality not to be found in its mass produced counterparts.
At Soyuz microphones we produce small batch, handmade microphones which we believe are totally unique. To understand why, it helps to know a bit of history about the town and the people who produce them.
*This test was conducted at Parametrika Studios on a rainy morning in Moscow on May 28th, 2015. It featured a Soyuz SU-017, a vintage Neumann U67 and a vintage AKG C12. All mics were run through a Neve 36VR at equal levels. The A/D convertor was a Prism Sound ADA-8XR. The engineer was Denis Yurovskiy. Tamara Kudelich played the piano. The violinist was her sister Fanilya Kudelich. The cellist was Anna Koshkina and the drummer was Kirill Fedorov. The test was far from scientific and is only meant to give a general reference of how the SU-017 compares to two of the greatest vintage tube microphones.