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The Soyuz SU-017 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone delivers sound that is as rich, warm, solid, and beautiful as its hand-crafted, polished design suggests. Swappable capsules make this high performance microphone at home in a wide range of critical recording applications, from vocals to orchestral instruments.
The SU-017 features a cardioid capsule with gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 1 inch diaphragm; optional capsules include omni-directional and figure 8 patterns.
The SU-017 features a cardioid capsule with a gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 34mm diaphragm; an omni-directional capsule is currently available, with additional patterns in development. As with all Soyuz microphones, the SU-017 is completely handmade: bodies and capsules are manually machined, transformers are wound in-house, and all wiring is true point-to-point.
The SU-017 has quickly become the go-to vocal microphone for such artists as Coldplay, Radiohead, Shawn Mendes, the Lumineers, and Paramore, among others. Well-known producers and engineers who have adopted it include Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Lumineers, Lady Gaga), Sylvia Massy (Prince, Johnny Cash), and Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne) and many more.
The 017 TUBE now includes a more robust power supply that includes a built-in pad. It now also includes a beautiful handmade oak suitcase.
The SU-017 redefines the classic tube large diaphragm microphone. Soyuz' proprietary transformer, vintage tube, and handmade capsule work in concert to create a sound that is rich and balanced across the frequency spectrum, with a top end that is open and never harsh.
Want to hear it? Check out the Soyuz SU-017 Microphone Test on SoundCloud
|Package Contents||SU 017 microphone, PSU with built-in pad, clip, shock mount, cables, and wood suitcase|
|Unit Weight||2.09 lb|
|Tube or Solid State||Tube|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-35.9 dBV/Pa (16 mV)|
|Max. SPL||120 dB equivalent noise: 20 dB (A-weighted)|
Sounds absolutely fantastic on vocals and acoustic guitars thus far! This is definitely the most I’ve spent on a mic before, so I really wanted to be honest with myself (and whoever is reading this) about my thoughts on this. I was almost hoping to find a flaw in the mic so that I couldn’t justify spending the 4k, but I’ve found none yet in these first two months and this thing is not leaving my side!
Immediately, I could tell the midrange was just fantastic on vocals. High end is smooth and not brittle at all. Made me realize how harsh and just not great the last tube LDC is I’ve been using haha. There’s a lot of good cheaper LDC’s out there now, but this mic really is special, at least compared to the ones I’ve had my hands on.
On acoustic guitars, I was really thrilled with this mic as well. The low end was full but not boomy, and even when recording a larger Martin guitar, any resonance in the low end was super easy to tame while still allowing the guitar to have a full body to it.
All in all, the mic has been so fun and inspiring to use and even just running through the preamps on my Apollo twin, I’m getting solid results.
Lastly, maybe my favorite thing about this mic is that im now saving a ton of time not having to do ridiculous EQ moves to notch out harshness or weird resonances on tracks. I think there’s a lot of value in getting started with just decent gear that really pushes you to fight for a great sound, but it’s quite clear to me now how much value is in having a mic like this that sounds truly fantastic while tracking and is inspiring to use. Feels good to have faith in your tools! Stoked to have been able to snag one of these!
First, the service from Alex and Vintage King was incredible, as always. Then the mic arrives in the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen. A briefcase-sized wooden box with unique, pro, collector documentation. Then the mic—absolutely gorgeous. Incredible design and the sound…holy cow. I sold a vintage U67 and got this to replace it and I don’t feel shortchanged one bit. In fact, this sounds more like a U47. So warm, full bottom but clear. I could not love it more.
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