On June 24th, 2019, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik filmed and recorded a performance of the original song Struggle written by Laura Reed and Shannon Sanders at Blackbird Studio E in Nashville, TN.
The session was tracked with the new Alchemy Microphone Series, TELEFUNKEN’s next generation of large diaphragm tube condensers. These microphone models feature unique sonic profiles developed from the ground up at TELEFUNKEN’s American facility with vintage circuitry, modern fidelity and superior reliability.
The three unique voices of the new Alchemy Microphone Series, the TF29/39 Copperhead, the TF47 and the TF51 were all utilized on nearly every instrument and vocal.
The input list for this recording session includes acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass amp, cajon, percussion and vocals. Every source was recorded in mono with each microphone in cardioid configuration. All three microphones are recorded through the studios API 1608 console, direct into a Digidesign 192 at 24bit/48K resolution and captured via Pro Tools HD.
NOTE: For the purpose of this comparison, only the TF39 Copperhead Deluxe was used to represent the “Copperhead” sound. The TF29 and TF39 in cardioid exhibit the same exact characteristics.