We Want The Funk | Telefunken Microphones


Gotta Have That Funk!

The name TELEFUNKEN dates all the way back to 1903. The company originally started out as a joint venture between Siemens & Halske and AEG. Siemens & Halske was busy developing wireless communication for the German Army, at the same time AEG was doing so for the Imperial German Navy. When a dispute over patents came up, German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II urged the two groups to join efforts. As a result, the shared company TELEFUNKEN came to be. The prefix “tele-” comes from the Latin word for distance, and “funken” is the German word for spark, or to make work through electric spark.

Telefunken AK-47 MKII

Starting things off with the AK-47 MkII. This beauty is a tube microphone with superior high-frequency detail and a rich, full low-end response. The AK-47 is great for numerous applications from vocals and guitar amps to drums. Sonically, it is a remarkably hi-fidelity microphone that doesn’t have too harsh of a character. Offering up a forward and driven mid-range, while additionally providing a detailed low-end response. The AK-47 is designed to take the punch of a guitar amp or kick drum, yet can record delicate and intimate sounds. This is probably one of the best recording mics they produce.


Telefunken AR-51

The multi-pattern tube AR-51 is a fantastic and versatile large diaphragm microphone. With a smooth mid-range, open top end, and a well-balanced low frequency makes this a great choice on anything from vocals or drums and percussion to acoustic guitar, even the saxophone! Another AR-51 feature is the  9 variable polar patterns. Offering both versatility and superior accuracy, therefore, recreating your natural sound from the amp.


Telefunken CU-29 Copperhead

In terms of sonic characteristics, the CU-29 is a microphone that provides a warm, clear low end complemented by a smooth, detailed high end. The CU-29 is an excellent multi-purpose microphone that sounds great on drums, electric guitar, vocals, bass, piano and a countless number of other applications. The sky is the limit when you are using a CU-29 Copperhead.


Telefunken AR-70

The AR-70 is an advanced stereo version of the popular AR-51 tube condenser microphone, capable of X/Y, Mid-Side and dual mono recording configurations. This is one of the finest recording instruments that has ever been created. Telefunken really outdid themselves with this microphone.


Wrap Up

Telefunken is a brand that you can count on. They offer up numerous microphones that can capture any instrument’s tone and perfectly recreate it in any recording. Their microphones are top of the line and and have some of the most well-balanced frequencies. If you are in the market for a new microphone, I would highly recommend Telefunken. Go check them out at American Musical Supply today!


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