• It offers both a musical compressor/limiter and a unique tape-like saturation circuit
  • Mix Control: Blends the compressed/overdriven signal with the unprocessed clean “Dry” signal
  • Ultra-low noise, stepped gain switching
  • Direct Box: Unprecedented distortion, noise and frequency response when preamping instruments
  • The 80Hz High Pass Filter emulates the warm low frequency cut of our favorite vintage EQs
  • Phase Switch: Reverses the audio signal 180 degrees
  • It offers both a musical compressor/limiter and a unique tape-like saturation circuit
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Compact and budget friendly design
  • Open tone, detailed and fast transient response
  • Designed and hand assembled in the USA
  • Can handle high SPL pressures, low noise floor
  • UK made CK12 style capsule and OPE/Carnhill transformers

Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E Telefunken TF11 – Bundle

Bundled with microphone preamplifier and large diaphragm FET condenser microphone with cardioid pattern

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  • It offers both a musical compressor/limiter and a unique tape-like saturation circuit
  • Mix Control: Blends the compressed/overdriven signal with the unprocessed clean “Dry” signal
  • Ultra-low noise, stepped gain switching
  • Direct Box: Unprecedented distortion, noise and frequency response when preamping instruments
  • The 80Hz High Pass Filter emulates the warm low frequency cut of our favorite vintage EQs
  • Phase Switch: Reverses the audio signal 180 degrees
  • It offers both a musical compressor/limiter and a unique tape-like saturation circuit
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Compact and budget friendly design
  • Open tone, detailed and fast transient response
  • Designed and hand assembled in the USA
  • Can handle high SPL pressures, low noise floor
  • UK made CK12 style capsule and OPE/Carnhill transformers

Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E Telefunken TF11 – Bundle

Bundled with microphone preamplifier and large diaphragm FET condenser microphone with cardioid pattern

Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E

In the modern age of digital recorders, DAWs and software plug-ins, the Mike-E is the ultimate solution for getting a clean and strong, yet warm and musical signal in the box… and it couldn’t be easier to work with – its front the layout of the panel is so linear that even inexperienced engineers will have no problem navigating to it right away.

When the engineering team at Empirical Labs sets out to build a microphone preamp, you can rest assured that it will deliver spectacular sound, be easy to work with, and provide functionality unlike any other device in its class. To that end, we proudly introduce the Mike-E, a high-performance transformer-coupled microphone preamplifier with a noise floor far below the internal noise of any microphone, combined with a first-of-its-kind compressor/saturator circuit that delivers the classic knee compression as well as versatile tonal “coloration” capable of replicating many of the best characteristics of vintage analog recording equipment.

Microphone preamplifier

The Mike-E features an ultra-low noise transformer input amplifier section with the gain under precise digital control. The signal noise far exceeds any existing microphone. Having used many mic preamps over the years, we’ve implemented a unique stepped gain control that should be impervious to the normal flaking that age causes to pans and flip switches. A villain!” The LED indicates when the input signal is overloading the circuit.

CompSat™

The CompSat’s unique circuit sets the Mike-E apart from all other mic preamps.

SATURATOR – a multi-stage soft-clipping circuit. At lower levels, a triode-like saturation affects the signal. As the level increases, a second unique clip circuit begins to flatten peaks more severely.

COMPRESSOR – based on the famous ELI Distressor, but with other features (including a much longer attack time). Preset ratios include: 2:1, 4:1, 8:1… and of course Nuke.

EMPHASIS – a two-stage circuit that slightly boosts and cuts high frequencies before the CompSat™ circuit, then cuts frequencies after it. Emphasis has the added benefit of enhancing the signal over the noise, which is why analog tape recorders used emphasis to begin with.

Mike-E’s Seven Circuits

Microphone preamplifier
Ultra-low noise, smooth gain switching

Direct box
Unprecedented distortion, noise and frequency response when preamping instruments.

Colored HP filter
The 80Hz High Pass Filter emulates the warm low frequency cut of our favorite vintage EQs.

Phase switch
Reverse the audio signal 180 degrees

CompSat
It offers both a musical compressor/limiter and a unique tape-like saturation circuit.

Emphasis
The high-frequency emphasis system softens high-frequency pile-ups and further enhances the creamy color of the Mike-E.

MixControl
Allows blending of the compressed/overdriven signal with the clean, unprocessed “Dry” signal.

Telefunken TF11

Combining legendary C12-inspired tone with the modern performance of FET technology, the TF11 produces an open and detailed three-dimensional soundstage, fast and accurate transient response, excellent handling of high SPL pressure, and low noise floor.

The TF11 features a unique combination of circuit elements shared with other TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik designs. The CK12-style capsule is a single-diaphragm version of the capsule featured in the TF51. The amp is a custom version of the classic M60-like FET mic amp coupled with a custom nickel-iron core transformer manufactured by OEP/Carnhill in the UK. Premium components include Nichicon Fine Gold electrolytic capacitors and a high-performance, ultra-low noise JFET amplifier.

  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Compact and budget friendly design
  • Open tone, detailed and fast transient response
  • Designed and hand assembled in the USA
  • Can handle high SPL pressures, low noise floor
  • UK made CK12 style capsule and OPE/Carnhill transformers

Recommended applications

  • Live: drums, piano, acoustic instruments
  • Vocals: pop, rock
  • Battery: overhead
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Cello, double bass
  • Percussion

The package includes Shock Mount M 703, Stand Mount M 782, Mic Sleeve and Protective Case for MC11 microphone.


Specifications

Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E

Frequency Response – 3 Hz to 200 kHz on (No CompSat). CompSat is 3Hz – 150Khz. Optional Transformer output is 6Hz–80kHz.
Signal to Noise – 130 dB signal to Noise.at 40dB gain. Maximum output is +28dBu.
Distortion – Ranges between .0006% and 15% depending on mode and settings.
I/O – Transformer coupled Input, Active and Transformer Outputs available. High quality audio caps used internally.
Impedance – Input Impedance is above 600 Ohms at all frequencies, transformer coupled. Output impedance is less than 38 ohms. Instrument In Impedance is 332K Ohms.
Attack/Decay Ranges – .9 – 70mS attack. .15 – 1 Sec.
Power Consumption – 15 Watts Max.
Metal Chassis – single height 1.75″ high, 10″ deep, 19″ wide.

Telefunken TF11

  • Type: FET Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±3 dB
  • Power Source: +48V Phantom Power
  • Capsule: TK51S – Edge Terminated Large Diaphragm, Single Membrane
  • Tube: n/a
  • Transformer: OEP/Carnhill T218
  • Sensitivity: 14 mV/Pa, ±1 dB
  • THD at 1kHZ at 1Pa (Amplifier): < 0.01% Output Impedance: 110 Ω
  • Maximum SPL (for 1% THD): > 135 dB
  • S/N Ratio: 90 dBA
  • Self Noise (Amplifier): 4 dBA
  • Dimensions: 175 mm L x 46 mm Dia
  • Weight: 545 g

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