Neumann U 47 FET Collector's Edition Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone, with Cardioid Polar Pattern, 140Hz Low-cut Filter, -6dB Pad, Wooden Collector's Edition Box, and Certificate of Authenticity
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One of the Most-recorded Mics in History

The Neumann U47 FET Collector's Edition brings the epic sound of one of the most recorded microphones in history into your studio. Neumann went back to the schematics and production notes from the original U47 FET to bring you the wide dynamic range, detailed sound, and fast transient response of the original. Experienced engineers at Sweetwater will confirm the U47 FET lets you record kick drum tracks with amazing power and punch, track vocals with exceptional articulation and detail, and capture the full dynamic range of delicate acoustic instruments. Complete with a Collector's Edition box and a Certificate of Authenticity, you'll be adding a legendary microphone to your studio's toolbox with the Neumann U47 FET Collector's Edition condenser microphone.

A proven, time-tested classic

If you're familiar with the original U47 FET, then you know it's been one of the industry's go-to kick drum microphones for decades - think about that for a minute. Specifically, think about the high SPLs and other abuses those mics were subject to during every session. The U47 FET would never have become a studio staple if it distorted easily, became noisy, or failed in any possible way. Some of the most respected recording engineers chose the U47 with confidence every time - now you can too, with the Neumann U47 FET Collector's Edition. Neumann mics like the U47 FET Collector's Edition are remarkable for their well-balanced response at all sound pressure levels - exactly what you need when recording dynamic sources.

Captures punch, power, and dynamics with ease

The U47 FET Collector's Edition uses Neumann's K47 mic capsule, which is a dual-diaphragm capsule with a cardioid pickup pattern. This capsule is known for its excellent dynamic response and wide frequency range, with a subtle lift around 2kHz. It's just enough to enhance the sense of air and presence in your recordings, and the wide-ranging response gives you a vibrant sound that holds up extremely well to equalizing and compression. When you want to capture a "radio-ready" sound right from the source, Neumann microphones are hard to beat, and the U47 FET Collector's Edition is no exception.

FET circuit delivers fast, detailed response

Compared to tube-based microphones, solid-state microphones like the U47 FET are known for their resistance to distortion and detailed sound. These are the reasons the original U47 FET was so popular on kick drums and other percussion instruments, capturing their power and intensity with amazing fidelity. Don't let its most popular use fool you though - the U47 FET Collector's Edition is ready to be your go-to choice for acoustic instruments, and should be on your short list of mics to audition with every vocalist you record.

An essential studio workhorse for your mic locker

Without its low-cut filter engaged, the Neumann U47 FET Collector's Edition starts rolling off bass around 40Hz - just low enough to capture the full power of bass-heavy sources without being blurred by subsonic rumble. Engage the 140Hz low-cut filter to fight proximity effect on close-miked sources, or to prevent acoustic instrument recordings from competing with your bass tracks. And when you're recording exceptionally high SPLs, the -6dB pad gives you additional headroom.

Built true to the original

With a high-quality Collector's Edition wooden box and Certificate of Authenticity, the U47 FET leaves no doubt about its heritage. More than a modern reissue of a classic mic, Neumann went directly to the original schematics and production notes to make sure the sound of the U47 FET Collector's Edition was spot on. Using the same transformer and K47 mic capsule, and built with the same exacting specifications that make Neumann a world-leader in microphone technology, the U47 FET Collector's Edition is poised to bring a classic mic sound to a new generation of recording engineers.

Neumann U47 FET Collector's Edition Features:

  • Capture clear, detailed, "radio-ready" sound with this legendary microphone
  • Fast transient response is perfect for drums and other percussion
  • Wide frequency response captures bass instruments with outstanding power, punch, and focus
  • Created using original U47 FET schematics and production notes to bring you the real deal
  • High-quality Collector's Edition wood box and Certificate of Authenticity included

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
To the Moon and Back with Alan Parsons
How To Mic Drums for Recording, Part 1 — Two Microphones
Neumann U47 FET Collector's Edition Mic Demo - Sweetwater's SoundCheck Vol. 2

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz-16kHz
Max SPL 137 dB (147 dB with Pre-attenuation)
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 76dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 140Hz
Pads -6 dB
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 1.56 lbs.
Included Accessories Collector's Edition Carton Box, Collector's Edition Certificate of Authenticity
Manufacturer Part Number 006427

Customer Reviews

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Great Mic

I bought this for micing a Kick drum. I could not be happier. I used to use a d112 and some form of transducer. I have three of them homemade DW moon mic and Solomon. The d112 and transducer defiantly does the job through a neve 1073. First time I used this mic i just really wanted to hear only this mic. So I miced a kick on the outside with the u47fet. It was probably one of the best sounding kicks I have heard with absolutely nothing on it (EQ, comp etc). Now combine the D112 and the U47fet and WOW. If you just buy this for kick you will not be disappointed. I have also used this mic with good success with acoustic guitar and percussion (tamb, shacker, etc). But it really shines on stuff with bass in it. I cannot wait to use this on upright bass. Forget about it for vocals it just sounds weird. I have heard some people say this mic works for some peoples vocals but I have not found that person yet.
Music background: Recording studio for the past 20 years

I had the originals in the 70s

Haven't bought the new one, but I had six of them in my studio mid to late 70's. One of my FAVORITE mics on kick, believe it or not. Would really like to hear how the new one stacks up, especially selling at almost 10-times the price they sold for then!

Killer mic!

In combination with a D112 (or D20) you can't get a better kick drum sound! (Just so people know, the review about this being used on "Pet Sounds" is a joke from the show Portlandia. Pet Sounds came out in 1966, the U47 FET was not released until 1969.)

Awesome Mic!

I have been researching this microphone for the longest time as my mentor and very famous Portuguese recording artist Jorge Ferreira has one and swears by it. I have a tube U-47 clone by Flea and love the sound but got this microphone recently and fell in love with it on my type of vocal. I share a similar vocal style with Jorge in that it's a brighter male tenor vocal and it translate my vocal beautifully. My vocal chain is the Neumann U-47 Fet - BAE 1073 - BAE 10DC comp - Apogee Symphony A/D - Logic Pro X. It picks up other sources very well as well. This is my workhorse microphone for sure. OH - this mic for some reason has a softening of the "S" sibilance like it's own deesser. I suggest you get this microphone as it has a beautiful rich sound.
Music background: Music Major, Portuguese Recording Artist, Engineer

Great Mic

I own many Neumann microphones (U67, U87, M149), and now I own this mic. It may not be quite as versatile as the U87, but to me, it sounds much better than the U87 on many sources. It is my favorite mic for backing vocals, guitar amps, and acoustic guitars. It is simple, elegant, and vibey. This is a must have for a complete mic locker.
Music background: Production, engineering
See also: Condenser Mics, Neumann, Neumann Condenser Microphones