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.
The endlessly informative and entertaining Soyuz YouTube channel is now host to a group of videos concerning the newest Soyuz microphone, the SU023 “Bomblet,” among them a series dedicated to shootouts between the Bomblet and both a Neumann TLM 103 and U87. The videos compare recordings of several instruments at legendary Moscow studio Cinelab.
The USA has Facebook, China has Sina Weibo, and Russia has VKontakte, its largest social networking site and an important force in Russian life. And now Soyuz Microphones has an official page on VK (as it is known). Please give us a visit there if you are on VK.
THE BOMBLET LANDS DOWN UNDER!
With its charming , wooden box, Sputnik-like construction, and absolute sonic purity, The Bomblet SU-023 by Soyuz is just that: a gold standard sound capture device whose only limitation is the ear that plugs it in” – Mixdown Magazine
ARTISTS, ENGINEERS and PRODUCERS
Many great artists, engineers and producers have chosen Soyuz as their go to microphones. A partial list of recent
albums that feature the SU-017 include:
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
Shawn Mendes – Illuminate
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
The Lumineers – Cleopatra
Paramore – Upcoming album
Here is a partial list of producers and engineers who are using Soyuz:
Nigel Godrich (Grammy winner, Radiohead, Beck, Sir Paul M)
Sylvia Massy (Prince, Johnny Cash, Tool)
Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Grammy winner, Paramore, M83)
Butch Walker (Grammy winner, Taylor Swift, Panic! At the Disco)
Rik Simpson (Grammy winner, Coldplay)
Ryan Hewitt (Grammy winner, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flogging Molly)
Here are some examples of Soyuz in action
We use traditional capsule assembly and tuning technology. This enables a smooth and natural translation of sound waves into electrical signal.
Our transformers are wound using a Soviet era machine that was built in 1978. The materials we use and the hand assembling of the transformers give our coils a special inductivity and impedance. It minimizes signal distortion and helps to create a very natural sound. That’s why, in Russian, we called them “muzykalnye transformatory” or “musical transformers” as they are specifically designed for use in audio applications. We surround our transformers with a special screening material that protects the audio signal from unwanted electrostatic and magnetic interference.
The Russian made toroidal transformers we use in our power supplies provide the tube with very stable source of power and prevent any unwanted distortion.
We use vacuum tubes that have been manufactured, without interruption in the same factory since 1960. Originally, they were designed for horizontal scanning in the first soviet TV sets. But later they became recognized as arguably the best sounding vacuum tubes in Russia. They provide the correct matching of high capsule output impedance with low amplifier input impedance and provide the audio signal with its special warmth.
The shock mount for the SU-017 is handcrafted in our factory in Russia. Machined of high quality steel, brass and aluminum, this light, yet durable design offers and high level of isolation from unwanted vibrations that can travel through the microphone stand.
“I used them as a cardioid stereo pair on different ensembles and shot them out against my two favorite Neumann pairs KM 54 and KM 84. The good news is, there is no winner!…Very open, beautiful stereo image, great frequency response, very natural, … They are probably the only small diaphragm mics around that can keep up with KM54 and 84…Really good!”
“It blew me away. Had it on a singer and as a center mic on a piano in an MS situation. Compared it to U67 and 47. The 47 is pretty different which was to be expected because of its capsule and the way it is built.
But the 67 – brought to the same level – is very, very similar. What a great mic!”
– Tobias Lehmann
3 time Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer
Teldex Studios, Berlin
“First off I gotta say – it sounds really great man.. I am very impressed. To help my test I put it [the SU-017] up against my best tube U47 – which is my all time favourite mic.. not just U47s in general I mean this exact one.. I own a ton of great mics and this particular 47 is the one I use whenever possible.. it’s my preferred vocal mic. It’s what I reach for.. tried and tested. What was crazy was just how close sounding your mic was to the best mic in the world..!! I mean I could hear a slight tonal difference, but it was really so close I was switching back and forth blind and you could hardly hear the difference. The build quality is also very impressive.. It’s solid and looks nice. I think you have made something special here..! I would definitely say that I would use this mic over many others in practical use..”
– Nigel Godrich (Grammy Award winning producer of Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Beck)
“I tried a mic shootout between five top-end mics, vintage and new. The Soyuz [SU-017] came out on top; it is lush and big,warm, yet also has a wonderful presence that is in no way harsh. A winner!”
– Rik Simpson | Grammy winning producer/engineer, Coldplay
“The Soyuz SU-017 was impressive right out of the gate. It has all the “holy grail” richness, silkiness and air, but I was amazed to hear it never get harsh or strident regardless of who or what I put in front of it. So, I bought one. Since then, it’s become my #1 vocal mic for sure. I try it on everthing and it usually wins.”
– Justin Meldal-Johnsen Producer of M83, Paramore, Tegan and Sara
“A marriage of East and West this stunning new mic from Russian makers Soyuz sounds just as classy as it looks” “The SU-017 looks fabulous and has a sound quality to match. By any standards, this is a really lovely microphone. It is constructed to a very good standard and the craftsmanship is evident throughout”
– Hugh Robjohns | Sound On Sound, May 2015
“Soyuz is on a roll and has fast tracked itself to the top of the microphone arms race”
– Paul Vnuk Jr. | Recording Magazine
“It [the SU-017] is an exceptional mic. Very open and natural top end. Not overly hyped and harsh.”
– Joe Chiccarelli | Producer (The Strokes, Morrissey, My Morning Jacket, Jason Mraz)
“After 25 years, my vintage Telefunken U47 has been pushed to the back of the mic closet. The Soyuz SU-017 is now my first choice for vocals, acoustic guitar or any other musical priority”
– Sylvia Massy | Producer/engineer (Prince, Johnny Cash, Tool)