Neumann U 67 Multipattern Tube Condenser Microphone

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The Neumann U 67 was introduced in 1960 as a replacement for the U 47. This tube condenser microphone featured three polar patterns (cardioid, bi-directional, and omni on a three position switch), selectable high-pass filter, and -10dB pad.

It uses the model K67 dual backplate capsule, which remains as the benchmark for modern capsule design. The dual backplate design allowed for each diaphragm to be tuned separately, and then matched to an ideal "partner" during assembly. This inherently bright-sounding capsule is tamed by a negative feedback network wound into the output transformer.

The U 67 uses a pentode EF86 wired as a triode. The tube runs at 6.3V filament voltage.

The Neumann M 269 is quite similar, only it uses the subminiature AC701 tube (as used in the M 49) and features remote pattern switching. As well, a very early, limited run of the U 67 was sold as model U 60 ("60" for the year of its initial release). 15-20 of the U 60 are known to have been produced. Neumann briefly reissued the U 67 in the late 1980s - early 1990s with a different output connector.

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