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U47 fet - low output?
Author: Graeme Spicer
Date: 02/09/2015
I'm a voice actor, and recently purchased a reissue Neumann U47 fet. One of the first things I've noticed is that the U47 requires more than 20dB more gain than my U87ai. Reading the Neumann specs I recognize this mic is certainly less sensitive, but I wasn't expecting a 20dB difference.

I'm running the mic into an Universal Audio Apollo with the API Unison channel strip plugin. I need to add so much gain at the input that I'm getting more of the API "color" than I would ideally like - I'd like a cleaner sound to allow the mic's characteristics to shine. I've purchased a FetHead Phantom to see if that solves the low gain problem, but I'm starting to wonder if perhaps my mic is off-spec.

Any advice?  
 
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