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A worthy add to any project or voiceover studio. The Telefunken Copperhead.
An intimidating name for a silky microphone. …no bite here
A while back, I tried the AK-47 from t-funks R-F-T line and was quite enamored with the sound, style; and yes, admittedly the Telefunken badge it wore.
Makers of a wide selection, the R-F-T line offers an affordable option to own a newly designed Telefunken. As well, the company makes historically accurate reconstructed mics from original plans. If you look into a classic from their Diamond series, be ready to pony up serious cash. History comes with a price. But, back to the Copperhead.
The relatively slim body of the CU-29 is quite attractive, sporting a matte brushed ‘coppery’ head and trim. A slimline power supply, wood presentation case and cable (mic to power supply) are provided along with a nicely done shock mount.
Inside the Copperhead sits an EF95 NOS tube. Most vacuum tube mics in this price range sport a 12AT7 or 12AX7. Tubes are tricky because there are a myriad of substitutions and designations. After burning the mic in for a few days, I gave it spin. Connected to our voiceover chain, the mic you hear has some (single band) compression and no eq, unless you count the 25hz high-pass which is always in place. A trend I’m seeing is back to smooth, which the Copperhead delivers, without giving up too much ‘air’. Let’s face it, some mics are just TOO accurate for their own good, unless you enjoy spending your days in an isobooth …or can afford a spring-floor mega dollar recording room. Like me, most of us are probably somewhere in the middle with a nice accurate studio. The Copperhead played very well in Studio1A, even without a noise gate. Note that there are breathes in the recording. In the broadcast chain, we can do a lot with real-time processing, but I wanted you to really hear the microphone – as is.
Of course, the first microphone you hear will be our “Reasonably Priced Microphone”. I enjoyed the comparison because after reviewing the contrast, my ears heard something different than during the recording. You’ll probably notice that the Copperhead opens up more while remaining mellow and handling the low end very well. But, before I tell you too much about the sound, it’s probably better to listen in and let me know what YOU think?
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