Phantom powered with Vocal mode and Instrument (FET47) mode
The ifet is a phantom powered (P48) fet condenser mic designed to capture both the high SPL handling and sound of the classic fet47, and vocal intimacy unavailable from the classic fet47. The fet47 is an essential tool for the recording professional but age and unit variation has made finding a good vintage mic difficult, and the sonic signature of the electronics previously limited the uses found for that mic. The ifet recreates the essential sounds of two different important vintage fet mic electronics: the fet47 and 84fet.
By marrying the classic 84 circuit with the k47 capsule, a unique variant of the fet47 is now available. Using the same key mechanical dimensions and construction of the classics, it comes with an integral stand adaptor arm and has an optional shock mount.
WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT?:
The ifet has both a "v" (vocal) and "i" (instrument) mode which represent the two completely different sets of internal mic amplifiers used in attaining the fet47 or modified 47fet sound:
The "v" mode is 3dB more sensitive than the "i" mode and
minimal Class A electronics are employed for a more seductive vocal sound than the original 47fet. This is one sweet vocal mic!
In the "i" mode, the mic employs the classic discrete class A op amp electronics found in the original and exhibits the same behavior as the original with a less "grainy" high end and improved LF headroom, due to the improved larger core output transformer. The benefit is that it offers the best known level of performance without the frequency response artifacts and time variant drawbacks of modern transformerless microphones.
The overall ifet difference is that it possesses a clearer top and bottom without sounding boxy plus delivers the essential dynamic characteristics of the original vintage models
HOW DO I USE IT?: ? For vocals, the ifet "v" vocal mode will most likely be selected. The "v" mode has no LF contour with no rolloff and HF contour with a gentle 1dB rolloff from 10 to20kHz. It is the essential 84fet electronics sound including its lower SPL capability, but offers a "warmer", less sterile character. For instruments, the ifet "i" instrument mode will likely be the choice, as this mode has much higher SPL capability and provides a gentle built in LF rolloff (-ldB @50Hz) to reduce the bass heavy nature of close up mic work, and no HF rolloff for extended high end and improved definition. The "i" mode offers high SPL capability just like the fet47 and may be used close up on a kick drum, snare drum, toms, bass amp, or super-loud vocalist.