United Studio Technologies has announced the UT FET47, ‘a faithful reproduction of a legendary classic studio workhorse representing the newly-founded pro audio company’s inaugural product as a no-compromise mic’.

United Studio Technologies UT FET47Aimed at professional and project-level recording, as well as the broadcast and voiceover market, the mic is hand-built in the US. Featuring a large, custom-wound, ‘striped core’ (multi-alloy) output transformer designed by Cinemag to replicate the harmonic signature of its the original Neumann U47, the UT FET47 incorporates a Heiserman HZ-series K47 German-style capsule – a joint effort between Heiserman and United Studio Technologies. This unique design features dual-milled backplates that are matched and then physically joined to ensure extremely consistent performance between sides and between capsules.

The capsule is made from precision-milled brass and skinned with gold-spluttered, six-micron NOS Japanese PET film that meets or exceeds the purity standards of laboratory-grade Mylar. The high-quality microphone body is produced from nickel-plated brass milled from a solid brass billet, complete with a durable swivel-arm for mounting.

The circuitry is fully discrete, using only robust and over-specified components, including NOS military-spec polystyrene capacitors and tested, original NOS Fairchild FETs. No electrolytic capacitors are used anywhere in the microphone, and an ‘all-dry’ topology ensures a lifetime of consistent use.

‘Our formula with this microphone and all of the products yet to come is a very holistic one, bordering on the obsessive,’ says United Studio Technologies President, Chad Kelly. ‘We put care into every single part that goes into it – down to the last thin film resistor or tantalum capacitor, and even the quality of the PCB [Printed Circuit Board] material itself, the positions of components, and the lengths of wires. Nothing is left to chance.

‘We don’t just want to make a microphone that you’ll absolutely love, we want to make a microphone that you’ll still love 20 years from now and be glad you invested in. Everything we do at United Studio Technologies is engineering-driven; no less than five engineers – all experts in their field – have had some level of participation in developing this product. The result is a synergy that I think is palpable.’

Distributed worldwide by RAD Distribution, the UT FET47 is expected to ship before the end of January 2020 with an MSRP of US$799.

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