United Studio Technologies is a newly founded US pro audio company. Their mission is to create the best products money can buy — at a price that recording engineers can actually afford. Sounds good to me! They just announced their first product, UT FET47, an affordable reproduction of a legendary classic studio workhorse.
The original Neumann 47fet was a phantom-powered, FET version of the U47 tube microphone, produced from 1969 through 1986 (and reissued five years ago – currently selling for approx. $3500). The 47fet is considered THE go-to kick drum mic but it’s also an excellent vocal mic and works great on guitar and bass cabinets too.
Back to United Studio Technologies’ UT FET47, it’s hand-built in the USA and according to the company, symbolises several years of R&D, testing, and engineering, offering an unparalleled level of quality and craftsmanship to the end user at an asking price to die for.
Featuring a large, custom-wound, ‘striped core’ (multi-alloy) output transformer designed by Cinemag to reproduce the exact harmonic signature of its original German counterpart, the microphone itself incorporates a Heiserman HZ-series ‘K47’ German-style capsule — a joint effort between Heiserman and United Studio Technologies.
This unique design features dual-milled backplates that are matched and then physically joined to ensure extremely consistent performance between sides and between capsules. The capsule is made from precision-milled brass and skinned with gold-spluttered, six-micron NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) Japanese PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) film that meets or exceeds the purity standards of laboratory-grade Mylar(TM). The high-quality microphone body is produced from nickel-plated brass milled from a solid brass billet, complete with a durable swivel-arm for mounting.
Meanwhile, the circuitry involved is fully discrete, using only robust and over-spec’d components, including NOS military-spec polystyrene capacitors and tested, original NOS Fairchild FETs (Field-Effect Transistors). No electrolytic capacitors are used anywhere in the microphone, and an ‘all-dry’ topology ensures a lifetime of consistent use.
Distributed worldwide by RAD Distribution, the UT FET47 is expected to ship before the end of January 2020 with an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $799.00 USD.