Soyuz 017 FET Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

The FET version of Soyuz's 017 condenser, this head-turning beauty of a mic delivers awesome clarity and vintage-like vibe on vocals, voiceover, and beyond.
The 017 FET condenser represents the modern embodiment of the big, classic sound so highly prized in vintage microphones. Hand-machined and tensioned capsules all Soyuz microphones are, like the finest musical instruments and works of art, completely handmade and enable detail to be captured with stunning depth, warmth, and a silky transparency in the upper frequencies. These sonic characteristics, inherent to the 017s design, allow it to complement the subtle nuances of vocals and strings while accurately capturing complex instruments with difficult transients across the entire frequency spectrum.

The 017 FET features a cardioid capsule with a gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 34mm diaphragm; an omni-directional capsule is currently available, with additional patterns in development. As with all Soyuz microphones, the 017 TUBE is completely handmade: bodies and capsules are manually machined, transformers are wound in-house, and all wiring is true point-to-point.

The 017 FET has quickly become the go-to vocal microphone of such artists as Coldplay, Radiohead, Shawn Mendes, the Lumineers, and Paramore, among others. Well-known producers and engineers who have adopted it include Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Lumineers, Lady Gaga), Sylvia Massy (Prince, Johnny Cash), and Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne) and many more.

The engineers at Soyuz have spent decades studying, read more servicing, and building classic microphones; this unique pool of knowledge, craft and skill combined with the ears of numerous musicians, producers and audio engineers has culminated in the creation of the 017 Series custom S17 capsule. Featuring a gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 34mm diaphragm, the S17 is loosely based on the original K67 capsule developed in 1960. Far from creating another clone of a classic, however, Soyuz has further developed the design, modifying its assembly and tuning. The result, when paired with Soyuzs original schematic, is unique and uniquely musical.

The 017 Series is comprised of FET (field effect transistor) and tube (valve) powered models. Though the FET and Tube models are similar the two share identical capsules, form factors, and sonic signatures there are subtle differences between them. The 017 FET captures transients with a somewhat faster, tighter response; the 017 TUBEs smoother, rounded top-end is perfect for sources requiring warmth with slightly more coloration.

Features


-100% handmade in Russia
-Proprietary toroidal transformer
-34mm gold sputtered diaphragm capsule
-Optional capsule: omni
-Optional pads: -10 dB, -15 dB, -20 dB.
-Heavy duty shock mount
-Comes in a velvet-lined, hand-crafted Russian hardwood box
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-Type: Condenser FET microphone
-Capsules: Two 34mm membranes (one gold sputtered)
-Frequency Range: 20Hz/20kHz
-Polar Pattern: Cardioid (swappable) with optional omnidirectional capsule
-Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa
-Impedance: 200 Ohms
-SPL: 140 dB
-Equivalent Noise: 18 dB (a-weighted)
-Power: 48V Phantom
-Size: 226mm length x 55mm diameter
-Weight: 930g
-Extras: wooden microphone box, shock mount
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 017 FET