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Telefunken Elektroakustik TF11 FET Condenser Microphone
Large-diaphragm condenser mic blending a classic Austrian inspired voicing with modern FET high performance to create a beautifully open and detailed frequency response in a portable and dependable package
The Telefunken Elektroakustik TF11 is the latest member of the Alchemy Series and their first large-diaphragm phantom-powered condenser microphone. Developed with a multitude of recording situations in mind from home to studio to stage, the TF11 blends an Austrian-inspired voicing similar to the legendary C12 with modern FET high performance. This yields a beautifully open and detailed 3D sonic image, with a quick, accurate transient response, high SPL handling, and low self-noise.
The compact, cardioid only TF11 features a full low end, detailed and punchy midrange, and airy top end. This classic tonality makes it suitable for countless sources including voice, acoustic instruments, and drum overheads. On voice, the TF11 is transparent, clear and detailed, providing mix-ready audio that’s both dynamic, open and sonically accurate to the source. When used on acoustic instruments, the TF11’s fast transient response and edge terminated capsule capture string and pick attack in impressive detail with an excellent balance of midrange wood tone, while its open-top accentuates the instrument’s natural harmonics and clarity. When utilized on drum overheads, the TF11 presents an impressively lifelike image, while its fast transient response delivers a punchy and focused representation of the kit. Its high SPL handling widens the scope of possibilities to louder sources not always suitable for condensers, like toms, brass and guitar amplifiers.
The TF11 features a unique combination of circuit elements shared with other Telefunken Elektroakustik designs. The CK12-style edge terminated capsule is a single-membrane version of the capsule featured in the TF51. The amplifier is a unique proprietary take on the classic FET mic amplifier similar to the M60, coupled with a custom large format nickel-iron core transformer by OEP/Carnhill made in the UK. Premium through-hole components include UK-made polystyrene film capacitors, Nichicon Fine Gold electrolytic capacitors, and a high-performance, ultra-low-noise JFET amplifier.
Finished in a deep indigo blue powder coat with black nickel hardware, the TF11 retains the same form factor as other Alchemy Series microphones but shortens the length by 1-inch. This low profile size combined with the lack of external power supply and proprietary cable of a tube microphone make the TF11 extremely easy to set up, break down, and transport; perfect for home recording and touring alike. The microphone comes with a sleek protective mic case, microphone dust cover, and two mount options. Whether it’s bedroom vocals, live drum overheads, or studio guitar amps, the TF11 will deliver consistently excellent results.
Designed, hand-assembled and tested in the USA, all critical components are subject to the same high standards as the rest of Telefunken Elektroakustik’s product line. Each critical component is rigorously tested prior to installation, including capsule frequency response and transistor noise and distortion. After assembly, all TF11 amplifiers are hand-tuned for lowest possible distortion figures before additional frequency response and final listening testing.
From the small, dedicated American team that has carried on the legacy of the most sought after recording microphones of all time, the TF11 is both a nod to the past and a step in a new direction with a focus on versatility, affordability, and sound quality. The TF11 was developed to bring the Alchemy Series pristine audio quality into a more compact and convenient package, designed for the studio, built for the stage, and priced for everyone.
- Female vocals, pop vocals
- Acoustic guitar
- Drum overheads
- Live sound
- Open and detailed tone with fast transient response
- High SPL handling, low noise phantom-powered FET amplifier
- CK12-style capsule and OEP/Carnhill transformer deliver C12-like tone
- Designed and assembled by hand in the USA
|Package Contents||TF11 Microphone, M 703 Elastic Shock Mount, M 782 Stand Mount, MS01 Microphone Sleeve, and MC11 Microphone Case|
|Unit Weight||1.2 lb|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Capsule Type||TK51S Edge Terminated Large Diaphragm Single Membrane|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz - 20 kHz ±3 dB|
|Sensitivity||-37.1 dBV/Pa (14 mV)|
|Max. SPL||135 dB @ 1% THD|
|Analog or Digital||Analog|
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