Telefunken Introduces THP-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones

August 14, 2014 by  

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has released a pair of headphones designed for extreme isolation.

The Telefunken THP-29 cans are closed back headphones that those in live sound would be familiar with. This particular pair is ideally used for lengthy recording and listening sessions because Telefunken made sure they sound great too! Yes, these cans can cut a huge amount of dB from background noise. So much so that they even put it in the name – 29dB (THP-29!).


Drummers, critical listeners, live sound mixers – listen up!

The Telefunken THP-29 headphones are available now for $135 MSRP. Here are more details from Telefunken:

Developed in partnership with Direct Sound, the TELEFUNKEN THP-29 Extreme Isolation headphones are designed for use in both the studio and live sound environments. Ultra-fidelity, high input 40mm speaker drivers featuring TruSound™ Tonal Accuracy are integrated with 29dB of eco-friendly natural passive isolation. The result is a headphone designed to protect your eardrums from damage and improve your recording, performing and listening experience.

Ideal for use by live mixers who need to block out monitor speakers, or by drummers who need to be able to hear the mix without setting their volume at an unreasonably high level, the THP-29 is a perfect professional tool. The closed back design, lightweight construction, adjustable head strap and padded ear cushions provide ultimate comfort during lengthy recording or listening sessions. The advanced isolation capabilities eliminate extra bleed in the recording studio while giving you an average of 29dB of noise reduction over a wide frequency range. They can even be used as critical mixing headphones during post-production.


  • Red is Right™ E-Z Channel Identification
  • IncrediFlex™ Padded Adjustable Headband
  • Foldable for Storage
  • Convenient Storage Pouch
  • Jack Adapter Keeper
  • Eco-Friendly Natural Passive Isolation – No Batteries Required
  • 1 Year Warranty – Patent Pending


  • Type: Dynamic closed back headphones with closed back drivers
  • Passive Attenuation: 36.7 dB at 8,000 Hz, NRR 29 dB
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Fidelity Response: TruSound™ tonally accurate
  • Drivers: 40 mm, closed back Impedance: 32 ?
  • Sensitivity: 114 dB at 1 KHz 1 mW Cord: 9 ft (2,750 mm) premium twin-lead cable
  • Plug: Straight stereo 1/8? (3.5 mm) gold-plated with screw-on 1/4? (6.3 mm) gold-plated adapter
  • Rated Input Power: 500 mW
  • Maximum Input Power: 1,000 mW
  • Weight: 11.5 oz (includes cable and plug)
  • Warranty: One year

AudioThing Releases Valve Exciter – Vintage Valve Emulation Plug-In

July 24, 2014 by  

Dublin-based AudioThing is a multi-purpose developer specializing in sample libraries and plug-in development among other sonic exploration. Their latest plug-in, Valve Exciter, enhances harmonic content of any source track by emulating vintage Telefunken tube saturation.

Harmonic saturation from AudioThing.

Are you from Ireland? Because my harmonic content is Dublin.

Valve Exciter is available now for an intro price of $47 (35 EUR) – $60 MSRP (45 EUR). The plug-in is compatible with Mac and PC in VST and AU formats as 32/64-bit options.

Here are more details from AudioThing:

Valve Exciter is a Harmonic Enhancer plug-in with vintage valve emulation. The exciter section features hand tuned filters with the ability to sweep the center frequencies via the Harmonics knob. The valve section is modelled after a softer custom version of the vintage Telefunken ECC83 tubes with drive, triode/pentode mode and bias settings.


  • Harmonics Enhancer: Bass and Treble (with Harmonics sweep)
  • Valve Emulation with drive
  • Preset system with randomizer

TELEFUNKEN Debuting Black Diamond Tube Series At Summer NAMM

July 12, 2014 by  

Late 1940’s the German-made TELEFUNKEN 12AX7 tube debuted – arguably one of the most esteemed components in the recording industry. Thanks in large part to the tube factor.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is well aware of this and to stay true to their original ambitions, TELEFUNKEN is continuing with production of tubes that harken to their roots, with a sprinkle of modern tech.

The ECCO83-TK is the modern version of an original TELEFUNKEN tube from the 1940s.

The ECCO83-TK is the modern version of an original TELEFUNKEN tube from the 1940s.

Their latest tube infusion is the Black Diamond series. One of which is considered the modern version of the aforementioned 12AX7, originally developed in 1947. The unique treatment process involved in the Black Diamond Tubes ensures a harmonic-rich tone with an extended life-span.

All Seven Black Diamond Tubes from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik are available now, ranging from MSRP $19 – $76 each. They will be on display for the first time at Summer NAMM, taking place July 17-19 in Nashville. Here are details of the series from TELEFUNKEN:

Black Diamond Series Vacuum Tubes

TELEFUNKEN vacuum tubes have been the benchmark of excellence in all audio applications, both production and reproduction, for many decades. This rich history continues with the introduction of new production tubes from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, in partnership with JJ Tubes from the Carpathian Mountains of Cadca in Slovakia.

Each tube is meticulously measured for all critical parameters of performance including transconductance, gain, noise, and microphonics. All TELEFUNKEN branded tubes are hand picked to be the best examples of Eastern European construction in the proud tradition with which the name TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik has become synonymous.

The complete line of the Black Diamond Series vacuum tubes.

The complete line of the Black Diamond Series vacuum tubes.

In addition to the rigorous testing procedure, all new production TELEFUNKEN tubes are cryogenically treated to ensure durability, and subjected to an extended burn-in period to ensure superior stability. The tubes are re-measured subsequent to burn-in in order to guarantee that only the best, lowest noise tubes are offered for purchase through your TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik reseller.

TELEFUNKEN Partners with Platinum Sound for Private In-Studio Demonstrations

February 24, 2014 by  

An elite manufacturer and top New York City studio have teamed up once again.

The gang was all there to launch TELEFUNKEN's partnership with Platinum Sound, as producer Matty Amendola recorded Katie Lee there.

The gang was all there to launch TELEFUNKEN’s partnership with Platinum Sound, as producer Matty Amendola recorded Katie Lee there.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik‎, the renowned manufacturer of vacuum tube-based microphones, announced that it is partnering up with Platinum Sound Recording Studios in midtown. Together, they have developed a private in-studio demonstration spot for servicing all New York City and tri-state area dealers and clients.

Interested clients and authorized dealers can schedule private listening sessions of TELEFUNKEN microphones at Platinum Sound, taking full advantage of their world-class tracking environment. The entire TELEFUNKEN product line will be available for demonstration in the facility’s Studio J, which comes complete with an 80-channel SSL J9000.

Customers and dealers can schedule a private demonstration by emailing, or by contacting TELEFUNKEN by phone at 860.882.5919.

Their relationship officially kicked off with a listening party at Platinum, held the weekend of the 135th AES Convention in NYC. TELEFUNKEN demonstrated an array of it’s microphones to a group of industry professionals, recording enthusiasts and students via a live in-studio performance by producer Matty Amendola and singer Katie Lee with her backing band.

The event marked the debut of TELEFUNKEN’s DD5 Dynamic Drum Microphone Sets, which were employed on the drum set. TELEFUNKEN’s R-F-T and Diamond Series microphones were also on the case.

Is this a trend that will continue to unfold? In January, SweetSounds Studio downtown announced that it was serving as official NYC showroom for Legacy Audio monitors, in a partnership dubbed SoHo Audio source.

TELEFUNKEN Launches DD4 & DD5 Dynamic Drum Microphone Sets

December 22, 2013 by  

TELEFUNKEN aims to take the guesswork out of recording drums.

In that spirit, they’ve combined three of their Dynamic Series microphones, and converged them to form the DD4 and DD5 Drum Microphone Sets for studio recording and live performance applications.

Each microphone set consists of varying quantities of the M82 for kick drum, the M80-SHB for snare, and the M81-SH for toms. Additionally, both the DD4 and DD5 sets ship in heavy-duty, hard shell FC80 flight cases, and include multiple drum mounts (M782, M784, and M785) and a SGMC-5R five-meter XLR cable with a right angle female connector for each microphone in the set.

A different kind of drum set: TELEFUNKEN matches up three of its Dynamic Series microphones in the DD5.

A different kind of drum set: TELEFUNKEN matches up three of its Dynamic Series microphones in the DD5.

Both are available now. The DD4 Drum Microphone Set has an MSRP of $1149 and includes:

1x M82 with M782 mount
1x M80-SHB with M784 (metal) and M785 (plastic) mount
2x M81-SH with M784 (metal) and M785 (plastic) mount
4x SGMC-5R five-meter XLR with right angle female connector
1x FC80 Hard Shell Flight Case

The DD5 Drum Microphone Set is $1349 and includes:

1x M82 with M782 mount
1x M80-SHB with M784 (metal) and M785 (plastic) mount
3x M81-SH with M784 (metal) and M785 (plastic) mount
5x SGMC-5R five-meter XLR with right angle female connector
1x FC80 Hard Shell Flight Case

Here are more details on each of the mikes in these sets, as explained by TELEFUNKEN:


TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik created the M80-SHB for use on snare drum and vocal applications where a lower profile microphone with right angle XLR cable is needed. The M80-SHB has the same exact circuit as the M80 Standard, housed in a shorter microphone body with a built-on stand mount. The wide frequency response and higher SPL capabilities of the M80-SHB offer the user a superior alternative to the midrange-laden character of many of the industry’s standard dynamic microphones. A tight cardioid polar pattern and a frequency response boasting a subtle rise in the high end result in a microphone that is equally suitable for snare drum, vocals, and other instruments on both the stage and the studio. The M80-SHB is finished on both the headgrille and body with a durable, textured black powder coat.


The M81-SH was designed with the goal of developing a mic that would not only complement the M80-SH, but also stand out in a universe filled with dynamic microphone options. Building off many of the strengths of the M80, the TELEFUNKEN M81-SH retains the same minimal proximity effect, superior feedback rejection, and an articulate mid-range. However, with the M81-SH, the top end is pulled back a bit, yielding a flatter overall frequency response. This combination results in a microphone with a wealth of body and clarity, making it a great tool for fattening up toms, percussion and horns, or taming brighter vocals or thinner sounding sources. The M81-SH is identical to the M81 in circuit, but housed in a shorter microphone body with a built-on stand mount, and finished in a durable, textured dark gray powder coat on both the headgrille and body.

M82 Dynamic

The M82 is a robust large diaphragm end-address dynamic microphone that has been designed for kick drum and vocal broadcast applications. Hand-assembled in the USA, the M82 features two independently functioning EQ switches: KICK EQ and HIGH BOOST, creating four unique voices. The M82′s KICK EQ switch engages a passive filter that reduces some of the lower mid-range frequencies (centered around 350Hz) commonly cut when processing a kick drum. The HIGH BOOST switch tilts the upper mid-range and high frequencies (starting around 2kHz with a 6dB boost by 10kHz) to allow for extra articulation. In the flat setting (both switches off), the M82 is equally suited for vocals, guitar amps, and brass.

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