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Soyuz 1973 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone - Matte Black

High-end modern FET condenser microphone with a vintage vibe, streamlined body, and the same S23 LOMO-style capsule featured in the 023 Bomblet

MFR# 1973 Black

Product Description

Combining vintage vibe and handmade quality with modern components, the Soyuz 1973 delivers extraordinarily clean yet musical tone in a compact and affordable package. A classic capsule with modern updates gives this mic its smooth, full-range sound, while the transformerless FET design ensures ultra-quiet operation. Premium components and robust build quality mean the 1973 can stand up to being your go-to mic, day in and day out.

The microphone features an updated version of the Soyuz S23 capsule from the company’s popular 023 Bomblet microphone, which itself is derived from the classic AKG C12 capsule. Three backplates give the capsule increased sonic consistency, while a new custom-machined resonator reduces unwanted resonance and helps mitigate distortion from plosives for excellent vocal capture. The resulting sound is present in the midrange without sounding “boxy,” open and airy in the top-end and gently rounded on the low-end, making the Soyuz 1973 an excellent all-rounder capable of bringing out the detail and nuance of any sound source.

The mic’s FET circuitry and transformerless design provide an extremely clean signal path with the lowest self-noise of any Soyuz mic to date. This allows you to capture soft vocals, acoustic instruments and other quiet sources with unmatched clarity. Additionally, a switch on the bottom of the mic engages a -10 or -20 dB pad, allowing you to record louder sources like drums and amplifiers without distortion. With a maximum SPL limit of 140 dB, this mic handles almost any sound source with ease.

Designed with great attention to detail and hand-machined by skilled technicians, the Soyuz 1973 cuts no corners. The build quality is solid enough for regular use in the studio, yet the mic is extremely lightweight, weighing in at just 300 grams. An elegantly simple design and minimal components make for a compact microphone that’s easy to position wherever you need it.


  • Features a version of the original S23 Capsule found in The 023 Bomblet microphone
  • Completely hand-machined body and hand-machined capsule
  • Includes a custom machined and built-in resonator to reduce unwanted resonance and minimize plosives
  • Includes a switchable -10 dB and -20 dB pad on the bottom of the microphone
  • Transformerless design
  • Matte black finish

Product Specifications

Condition New
Package Contents 1973 microphone and mic holder
Length 3.9 in
Diameter 2.2 in
Unit Weight 0.7 lb
Tube or Solid State Solid State
Transducer Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Impedance 150 Ohms
Frequency Range 30 Hz - 18 kHz
input_pad -10 dB; -20 dB
Sensitivity 24.5 mV/Pa
Max. SPL 140 dB
Analog or Digital Analog

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