Sweetwater is excited to present you with another valuable tool in your quest to make better-sounding recordings. The Soyuz 017 Tube V2 large-diaphragm condenser microphone includes an interchangeable lollipop-style cardioid capsule with a hand-tuned, gold-sputtered 34mm diaphragm. Like all Soyuz microphones, the 017 Tube is handcrafted in Russia. The body and capsules are manually machined; transformers are wound in-house; the handwiring is point-to-point. It comes with a dedicated external power supply equipped with a 20dB pad. The 017 Tube V2 delivers the big, classic condenser mic sound that makes your recordings come to life.
Warmth, dimension, and detail
The 017 Tube’s handmade capsule makes these high-performance microphones the perfect choice when warmth, dimension, and detail are critical. The exceptional clarity and silky-smooth top end make the 017 Tube V2 ideal for capturing the subtle nuances of vocals, strings, and other complex instruments with challenging transients and sonics that span the full frequency spectrum. And the 20dB pad expands the microphone’s versatility even further, letting you mic loud sources without fear of overload. Top producers and engineers such as Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Lumineers, Lady Gaga), Sylvia Massy (Prince, Johnny Cash), and Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne) have adopted the 017 Tube V2 as their go-to vocal microphone.
Collectively, the engineers at Soyuz have spent decades studying, servicing, and building classic microphones. This unique pool of knowledge, craft, and skill — combined with the golden ears of numerous musicians, producers, and audio engineers — has culminated in the creation of the custom S17 capsule used in the 017 Series. Based on the legendary K67 capsule developed in 1960, Soyuz has further modified the design to achieve an airy yet accurate high end, elegantly smooth midrange presence, and a robust but balanced bottom end.
Eastern engineering, Western design
The Russian word soyuz means “alliance,” and it signifies the partnership that is the driving force behind Soyuz Microphones. In 2013, American vocalist David Arthur Brown and Russian entrepreneur Pavel Bazdyrev teamed up and launched a company to build world-class microphones in Russia. Soyuz now has 20 full-time employees, and Soyuz microphones are being used by top engineers and producers and are favored by artists such as Coldplay, Radiohead, the Lumineers, and Paramore.
What’s in your mic locker?
Among the most cherished assets of any world-class recording studio are its microphones. Take a peek in the mic locker, and you will almost certainly find vintage European tube and FET models made in the 1950s, ’60s, or ’70s. The “human-touch” manufacturing methods and discrete handwired circuitry of that era yielded microphones with sonic characteristics that are distinctly different from modern computer-assisted designs. Soyuz’s original tube and FET microphone designs — while not clones of vintage models — are produced in the old-school way, using manual lathes and drill presses and leveraging the former Soviet Union’s rich technological legacy as a foundation. So what’s in your mic locker? The answer will determine the sound of your recordings.
Soyuz 017 Tube V2 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:
- Handcrafted in Russia
- Proprietary toroidal transformer wound in-house
- Meticulous point-to-point wire-wrap circuitry
- 6ZH1P military-grade pentode tube
- Dual 34mm diaphragm (1 membrane gold-sputtered) interchangeable capsule
- Custom capsule designed and machined in-house
- Polar pattern: cardioid (interchangeable capsule included)
- 20dB pad on external power supply
- Optional omni and figure-8 capsules
- Heavy-duty shockmount included
- Comes in a velvet-lined, handcrafted Russian hardwood box
- Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz
- Sensitivity: 16mV/Pa
- Impedance: 270 ohms
- SPL: 120dB
- Equivalent noise: 20dB (A-weighted)
- Includes dedicated external power supply: BP-017
- Includes wooden microphone box, power supply, 6-pin cable, shockmount, and spare tube