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SU-013 VIDEO

Many thanks to the legendary guitarist and composer Sergey Rudnev for taking part in our product video for the SU-013. Please note that this was not recorded in a studio, but rather in a side room of a theater in Tula. We let Sergey place a stereo pair of SU-013s where he thought they would sound best. Sadly, one of the mics picked up a large amount of traffic noise from the street, so we couldn’t use it. But the video and the performance were so nice, that we decided to just go with the mono track as recorded in an imperfect setting. So, rest assured, your SU-013 can sound much better than what we achieved in this video. We’ll be posting proper audio samples soon.

TAPE OP

Here’s a link to Tape Op’s review of our SU-017. Many thanks to Thom Monahan for taking the time to write such an insightful review.  And big thanks to John Baccagaluppi for shuttling me around to different studios in the Bay Area and showing me his amazing Panorama Studio up the coast!

GEARSLUTZ review of SU-019

This is our very first review from the good folks at Gearslutz. Thank you Peter Dowsett for taking the time to explore our SU-019 FET.

NAMM 2017

NAMM 2017 was a great success for us. We met a lot interesting people and managed to form new relationships with companies in some of the markets we had yet to enter (Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Poland and others). Many thanks to Harrison Radie and the other folks at NAMM for getting us into that amazing corner booth right across from Shure!

AP

Associated Press sent a journalist, a photographer and a videographer to our factory (The Base) in Tula on Feb. 9th.  They were a great bunch of folks and it was a lot of fun to spend the day with them. We’ll send out a link to the story as soon as it’s released.

GERMAN SU-019 Winner

We have a winner! We had many hundreds of people sign up to the SU-019 giveaway that we organized with the help of our German distributor Audiowerk.
Big thanks to Uwe and Christian for doing such a great job with this. Believe it or not, the Germans and Austrians are some of the hardest people to convince when it comes to high end mics from other countries (I wonder why THAT would be). But convince them, we shall!

SU-017

The SU-017 large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone delivers sound that is as rich, warm, solid, and beautiful as its hand-crafted, polished design suggests. Swappable capsules make this high performance microphone at home in a wide range of critical recording applications, from vocals to orchestral instruments.

Features a cardioid capsule with gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 1 inch diaphragm; optional capsules include omnidirectional and figure 8 patterns.

Show Specifications
SU017-2 Type- Tube condenser microphone
Capsules- Two 34mm membranes (one gold sputtered)
Frequency Range- 20Hz/20kHz
Polar Pattern- Cardioid (swappable) with optional omnidirectional and figure 8
Sensitivity- 16mV/Pa
Impedance- 270 Ohms
SPL -120 dB Equivalent Noise- 20 dB (a-weighted)
Tube Type- 6G1P
Power- Dedicated power supply- BP - 017
Size- 226mm length x 55mm diameter
Weight- 950g
Extras- wooden microphone box, power supply, 6 pin cable, shock mount
Reviews

SU-019

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.

 

Show Specifications
su019-2 Type- Condenser microphone
Capsules- Two 34mm membranes (one gold sputtered)
Frequency Range- 20Hz/20kHz
Polar Pattern- Cardioid (swappable) with optional omnidirectional and figure 8
Sensitivity- 15mV/Pa
Impedance- 200 Ohms
SPL- 140 dB
Equivalent Noise- 18 dB (a-weighted)
Power- 48 V Phantom
Size- 226mm length x 55mm diameter
Weight- 930g
Extras- wooden microphone box

 

Reviews

SU-011

Boasting the same hand-crafted workmanship as its larger sibling, the SU-011 small diaphragm condenser microphone features an original "dead stock" sub-miniature tube, manufactured in the Soviet Union in 1986. The included cardioid capsule can be swapped for hyper-cardioid or omnidirectional models.

Seeking more adventurous sonic possibilities? The SU-011 can accommodate the capsules the SU-017, giving you both large and small diaphragm options in a small body format.

Show Specifications
su011-card-1 su011-omni su011-hypercard Operating Temperature Range: O°C.....+70°C
Storage Temperature Range: -20°C.....+70°C
Humidity Range: 0%...90% at +20°C and 0%...85% at +60°C
tube condenser microphone
Directional Pattern: Cardioid with optional capsules in omni and hypercardioid (sold separately)
Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity: cardioid 12 mv/Pa; omni 10 mv/Pa; hypercardioid 14 mv/Pa
Impedance: 150 Ohm
SPL -120 dB Equivalent Noise: less than 18 dB (a-weighted)
Tube Type: 6S6B
Power: Dedicated power supply- BP-011
Size: 26x123mm
Weight: 30 grams
Accessories: 1 SU-011 wooden storage case, 1 BP-011 power supply with power cable, 1 XLR microphone cable (5 meters), 1 SU-011 microphone clip.
Reviews

SU-013

We’re very proud to present the SU-013 small diaphragm condenser microphone. The SU-013 features the same capsule as our SU-011 tube microphone but with a FET pre-amp. We worked very hard to develop our own proprietary transformer, which gives the SU-013 a rich and beautiful sound. It comes in Soyuz’ signature cream and brass as well as in classic black.

 

Show Specifications
su-013-frequency-response-cardioid2 su-013-frequency-response-omni su-013-frequency-response-hypercardioid   Type - FET microphone
Capsule -25mm gold sputtered membrane
Frequency Range - 20Hz / 20kHz
Polar Pattern - Cardioid/switchable capsules: hypercardioid, omni
Sensitivity - 20 mV/Pa
Impedance - 150 Ohms
SPL  - 143 dB
Equivalent Noise  - 16 dB (a-weighted)
Power - Phantom 48V
Size - 122mm length x 25mm diameter (24mm capsule head diameter)
Weight  - 200 grams (single microphone)
Extras  - Wooden microphone box, -10 dB pad, Clip hoolder

Videos

SU-013 (#5)
SU-019 FET (#4)
CAPSULES (#3)
SU-017/U67/C12 (#2)
Welcome to soyuz (#1)

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

SU-017. Coldplay.
SU-017. Junun (Jonny Greenwood).
SU-017. Shawn Mendes.
SU-017. Bibio.
SU-011. One OK Rock.
SU-017. Holly Miranda.

Testimonials

SU-011
"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!"
SU-017
"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

"The SU-017 is a mic that takes full advantage of vintage craftsmanship, high end materials and design principals but is not another vintage clone. The SU-017 is just plain sonically impressive, especially because it's quite a feat for a mic to "do its own thing" in this day and age with hundreds of mic choices....this is a mic that can easily be a flagship in your arsenal. It will capture most sources with flying colors and should last a lifetime and beyond."

- Paul Vnuk Jr. | Recording, April 2015

"Whatever your microphone collection is made of, the SU-017 will undoubtedly be one of the crown jewels."
"Engineers and musicians alike are constantly searching for the Holy Grail of microphones, whether vintage or new. I think David and Pavel of Soyuz have found it, even more impressively they have created it, and as true heroes do, they are sharing it with the people."

- Peter Walker (Founder Dangerbird Records)

SOYUZ SU-017 with NEUMANN U67 and AKG C12

*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.

This is an informal large diaphragm microphone test with female vocals. We put our SU-017 and our SU-019 up against some of the heavy hitters of both past and present.
All mics were recorded through an SSL 6056G at Vintage Studios in Moscow on a Spring day in 2016.

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