Effective January 2017 the AR-51 and AR-70 STEREO microphones will ship with a new old stock National 12AT7WA vacuum tube, replacing the R-F-T ECC81 tube that was used from 2009 to 2014, and the GE ECC81 that was used from 2014 to the end of 2016. Originally made in England by the Mullard factory and intended for use in Television and FM Tuners as an oscillator, the National 12AT7WA is deemed acceptable for military applications by the original "WA" designation.
Effective January 2017 the M80-SH and M81-SH low profile microphones will begin shipping with an upgraded powder coated head grill. We have found this hard coat finish is more durable than the chrome finishes, adding strength and structural reinforcement to the microphone. All future orders requesting M80-SH and M80-SHB will be shipped the new M80-SH with black head grill. All future orders for the M81-SH will be shipped with the grey head grill. The original chrome and black chrome head grills are still available as accessory items from our custom shop.
TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik introduced four new direct boxes at AES, including mono and dual models of both active FET and passive designs. The TELEFUNKEN TDA-1 (mono) and TDA-2 (dual) are newly designed active FET direct boxes that employ discrete Class-A FET circuitry coupled with a high quality transformer that provides the perfect balance between clean, high headroom performance and warm, saturated tone.
The TELEFUNKEN TD-1 (mono) and TD-2 (dual) are new passive transformer direct box designs that combine premium quality components with a rugged construction to create a reliable DI with rich, warm character.
In the heart of each new TELEFUNKEN direct box design are custom-wound output transformers by OEP/Carnhill, made in the UK. The circuit boards feature gold-plated traces for maximum conductivity and are hand-assembled exclusively with through-hole components providing a secure and reliable connection compared to common surface-mount technology.The circuits are housed in an extremely durable extruded aluminum enclosure with recessed heavy-duty metal toggle switches to engage a -15 dB pad and ground lift. The rugged construction is virtually indestructible, able to easily withstand the wear and tear of gigging. The simple and elegant design approach delivers a new standard in reliability and performance for direct boxes.
Watch the TELEFUNKEN scientists attempt to destroy the new product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZrvObADddk&feature=youtu.be
All four direct box designs are scheduled to start shipping in early December 2016.
January 22, Winter NAMM 2016 — TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT, is introducing two new comprehensive drum microphone packs at Winter NAMM 2016. The company has assembled the three unique voices of its TEC Award-winning Dynamic Series microphone line, in combination with two matched small diaphragm FET condensers, and packaged them as the 6-microphone DC6 Drum Pack and the 7-microphone DC7 Drum Pack for drum recording and live performance applications.
Each microphone set consists of the M82 handling kick drum duties, the M80-SHB on snare, the M81-SH for toms, and the M60 FET cardioid for cymbals or overheads. Both the DC6 and DC7 ship in heavy-duty hard shell HC87 flight cases and include multiple drum mounts (M782, M784 and M785) and an SGMC-5R five-meter XLR cable with right angle female connector for each microphone in the set. Read More . . .