Comparing the 22 47, 22 47 LE and 22 47 SE:
All of the microphones in our 22 47 line are styled after the vintage Neumann U 47. This legendary microphone was revered for its clear sound, smooth and warm mid range, balanced high end and great body. Neumann discontinued U 47 production when Telefunken ceased production of its metal VF 14 tube. Our 22 47 LE model is supplied with a German vintage steel tube from this era. We have worked for years to acquire and test a generous supply of these rare tubes. We are proud to offer a microphone with this true vintage tube. With our 22 47 SE model we are able to offer the same sonic quality with an American style metal tube. These tubes are available to us in larger quantities. This allows us to provide the sonic qualities of a ‘47’ microphone with a lower price. The only discernible difference in sound between these two models is a 2 dB quieter noise floor on the SE model. In the 1970’s German radio broadcast engineers began modifying their then-vintage U 47’s to incorporate a new glass triode tube. The new glass triode tube provided a very quiet noise floor, and has less of the complexity and second harmonic content than the steel tubes provided. The Peluso 22 47 model is based on this glass tube modification. Carefully selected components, thorough testing, and attention to detail all come together making these some of our most popular microphones.
'Using the 22 47SE was rewarding. It sounds just like the world's best U47, but without the unpredictable nature of those old mics. I found it could take hotter vocal levels with less distortion than an old U 47 and, at the same time, exhibit a lower noise floor.
The Peluso 22 47SE is a kind of time machine--it transports and makes available to today's vocalists the big, impressive sound of the world's most famous and revered microphone, the Neumann U 47.'
- Barry Rudolph, MIX Magazine
'While Recording Old Yellow Moon The 22 47 SE's were used constantly on the drums, from Glyn John's classic spread to tom closeups, always modifying the patterns. They seem to like cymbals!'
With Peluso 22 47 SE Microphone, using the Remote Pattern Selection with proximity changes there is nothing we can't do with these beautifully made Microphones. The noise floor has been greatly reduced from that of my old Neumann, which I can now stand down to the speculation vault. Brian Ahern