composer of music for film & television

Telefunken U47 And Lexicon 480L


Lexicon 480L And Telefunken U47

The two latest additions to the studio arrived today. A shiny new Telefunken U47 microphone and a Lexicon 480L reverb/effects system.


Leica M9P with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

Usually I take a long time to research any studio equipment I’m thinking of buying. I want to be sure I’m making the right decision and that the gear ‘fits’ with the sound pallet of my studio. I have a long term vision for how I hope to develop and improve the studio so getting the right equipment at the right time is very important to me. A friend was selling off some of his studio gear and offered me such a good price that on this occasion I didn’t have to think at all, I knew I just had to buy these two fabulous bits of kit.


Leica M9P with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

The Lexicon 480L has been ever present in studios I’ve worked in over the last couple of decades. Like the Yamaha NS10 monitor, the white LARC remote control laying on top of a mixing console is totally iconic. Just having it sitting there makes my studio feel more complete ;). The Telefunken U47 microphone is widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest microphones (if not the greatest) of all time. My new 47 may only be a modern remake of this timeless classic but I’m still really happy to have this stunner in my mic locker!


Leica M9P with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

Since they arrived today I’ve only had chance to quickly plug them in, mainly to check all is well after transit. I managed a brief run through the presets on the 480 and ended up using ‘Small Wood Room’ on mandolin for a mix I was finishing for a new advert. I also strummed a few chords on my acoustic guitar and squawked a rough vocal down the U47. I’m really happy with how both sound. First impressions are really positive and I hope to expand on this page in coming months as the finer details reveal themselves to me.

I love classic gear. The 480L is still a big hitter, decades after it was first introduced, it has so many familiar reverbs and effects, I’m sure it will find its way onto almost every mix. The U47 has such a distinctive, almost blocky, chunky, sound. Unlike my Brauner VM1 the U47 really alters the source sound but in an incredibly rich and musical way.

 Two new pieces of equipment I had no plan to buy. Yet I’m sure that, in time, I really will wonder how I ever got buy without them!


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