The Soyuz 1973 was created with a somewhat broader market in mind, including possibly the high-end home recording sphere. It is designed in the classic Soyuz fashion, taking cues from antique FET microphones that were popular during the golden age of recording.
Since its introduction in the middle of the 1960s, the FET microphone technology has gradually gained more prominence. The production of field-effect transistor microphones was significantly more cost- and energy-efficient than that of vacuum tube microphones.
However, there is a discernible sound difference between FET microphones and tube microphones.
Mics like the Soyuz can now be created to the same level regardless of their design, thanks to the significant technological advancements that have occurred since the 1960s.
What makes the Soyuz 1973 different from its predecessors?
To begin, it is almost $400 less expensive than the big diaphragm condenser microphone currently offered in the Soyuz range, which is considered the “most economical” option. Because of this, musicians, producers, and recording engineers who are wanting for a high-end vintage sound but don’t want to pay the price tag that typically comes with it will find it easier to access.
Although it utilizes the Soyuz Bomblet capsule, which was first manufactured in the 1950s, the microphone format is entirely different. The 1973 is a cardioid microphone with a single polar pattern that has an impedance rating of 150 Ohms.
Because of this, it is a somewhat better option than other high-end microphones, such as the U87, in the event that you do not have access to a discrete microphone preamp.
Here are the announced specs:
Capsule : two 33mm diaphragms
Frequency range : 30 Hz / 18 kHz
Directivity : Cardioid
Pad : -10dB / -20dB
Sensitivity : 24.5mV/Pa
Impedance : 150 Ohms
Background noise: 18 dBA
SPL : 140dB
It is evident that it needs phantom power because it is a FET condenser, and it ships with a stand mount that has two different finishes: polished silver and matte black.
Prices and inventory are as follows:
The Soyuz 1973 is currently $799, and it will soon be available from the store of your choice.