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Soyuz 1973

The Soyuz 1973 FET Condenser Mic.  ·  Source: Soyuz

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The Soyuz 1973 has been designed with a slightly wider market in mind, perhaps even the high-end home recording sphere. In true Soyuz style, it’s inspired by vintage FET microphones from the golden age of recording.

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FET microphone technology began to steadily grow in popularity since its introduction in the mid-1960s. Compared to vacuum tube mics, field-effect transistor mics were cheaper to produce and more energy efficient. However, the difference in sound between FET and tube mics is noticeable.

Luckily we’ve come a LONG way since the 60s, and mics like Soyuz can be manufactured to the same standard regardless of their design.

What’s different about the Soyuz 1973?

For starters, it’s over $400 cheaper than the “most affordable” large diaphragm condenser microphone in the current Soyuz range. This makes it more accessible to musicians, producers, and recording engineers looking for a high-end vintage sound without the price tag that usually comes with it.

Although it uses the Soyuz Bomblet capsule which originates from the 1950s, it’s a completely different microphone format. The 1973 is a single-pattern cardioid mic with an impedance rating of 150 Ohms. This makes it a slightly more favourable choice than some high-end mics (like the U87) if you don’t happen to have a discrete mic preamp.

As an FET condenser, it obviously requires phantom power, and ships with a stand mount in two finishes: polished silver and matte black.

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Pricing and availability:

The Soyuz 1973 S is currently available from Thomann.

Soyuz 1973-S

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One response to “Introducing the Soyuz 1973 FET condenser microphone”

    pfrf says:
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    Soyuz make beautiful microphones, they sound gorgeous.

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