Soyuz Microphones has unleashed the 1973, a microphone that is unique as it manages to be both fully handmade and relatively affordable. This large diaphragm condenser mic is our most budget-conscious to date with a price tag of $799.
Inspired by the golden age of FET mics, the 1973 features a capsule whose lineage can be traced back to the early 1970s when LOMO redesigned an AKG CK12 capsule, giving it three backplates to increase consistency. Our engineers further developed it into what has come to be known as the S23, a capsule that is truly unique and has a character all its own. This is the same capsule used in our 023 Bomblet.
The 1973’s body is a new design for Soyuz. Like all of our products, its dimensions are based on the Golden Ratio. The microphone sits comfortably between the brand’s flagship 017 Series and 013 Series. The 1973’s compact form factor will allow engineers and music makers to fit the microphone into tight quarters, making it the perfect option for everything from drums and guitar amps to vocals and piano.
There are several other unique features on the 1973. The large diaphragm condenser microphone has a custom resonator that reduces unwanted resonance and also adds a degree of plosive protection. It also features a -10 and -20 dB pad, making it well suited for high volume sources such as kick drums and amps.
When you buy a 1973, you’re getting a Soyuz in every sense of the word. Expect lows that are present but not boomy, a forward midrange that’s never boxy and highs that are airy and open, but never harsh.
As with all of our products, the 1973 is completely machined by hand and assembled in the brand’s own production facility.
Want to hear how the 1973 sounds? Check out our Listening Library below to hear the microphone on a wide array of sources.