• 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
  • Immediate response in the media, as for the original U47s
  • Smooth and detailed high frequencies
  • Full and round low frequencies
  • Hand assembled in the USA
  • K47 capsule and BVB transformer similar to U47 components

Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E Telefunken TF47 – Bundle

Microphone preamp and large diaphragm tube condenser microphone bundle based on the design of the U47

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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
  • Immediate response in the media, as for the original U47s
  • Smooth and detailed high frequencies
  • Full and round low frequencies
  • Hand assembled in the USA
  • K47 capsule and BVB transformer similar to U47 components

Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E Telefunken TF47 – Bundle

Microphone preamp and large diaphragm tube condenser microphone bundle based on the design of the U47

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 into 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 TF47

The Telefunken TF47 is a newly designed tube condenser microphone based on the historical German masterpieces U47 and M49. With ample low-end presence and punctual midrange response, the Telefunken TF47 is excellent for adding depth and presence to any sound source. These features make the Telefunken TF47 particularly suitable for recording vocals, guitar amps and percussion.

circuit design

The beating heart of the Telefunken TF47 is a K47 type brass capsule, a 5840W tube from original stock that has never been used and a BVB transformer specially created and a faithful reproduction of the component present in the original U47s. These elements deliver the U47’s warm, punchy sound with a pleasing high-frequency response that perfectly accompanies any mix.

Applications

  • R&B, rap or aggressive vocals, female soul vocals
  • Vertical basses
  • Toms and kick
  • Trombone
  • Cello
  • Drums

Accessories for Telefunken TF47 Tube condenser microphone
The package includes a muti pattern power supply M 903 , a cable for tube microphones M 803 , the carrying case ZC03 , a shock mount M 703 with adapter for M 782 and a protective case for the 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 TF47

Type: Vacuum Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Figure-8
Frequency Range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±3 dB
Power Source: External Power Supply
Capsule: TK47 Center Terminated Large Diaphragm
Tube: NOS Philips/Raytheon 5840W
Transformer: TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik BV8
Sensitivity: 22 mV/Pa, ±1 dB
THD at 1kHZ at 1Pa (Amplifier): < 0.3%
Output Impedance: < 300 Ω
Maximum SPL (for 1% THD): 125 dB
S/N Ratio: 84 dBA
Self Noise (Amplifier): 10 dBA
Dimensions: 200 mm L x 46 mm Dia
Weight: 710 g
Included Accessories: Tube Mic Cable, Power Supply, Shock Mount, Stand Mount, Mic Sleeve, Carrying Case

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