TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor for Bock Audio, is now shipping the Bock IFET large diaphragm phantom-powered FET condenser microphone.
The IFET has been designed to fill two distinctly different roles in a recording studio: a smooth vocal mic or a classic FET kick drum mic at the flip of a switch.
The new IFET, hand built by Bock Audio’s Studio City facility in Southern California, offers versatility and value via two dramatically different modes of operation.
The IFET has two different sets of electronics that share a capsule and output transformer. In “I” mode, the Bock IFET is the classic FET mic for kick drum and high SPL sources.
The I mode electronics package employs a vintage inspired FET and transistor circuit capable of reproducing the characteristics of the long discontinued German FET mic, with better high frequency performance and extended deep low end. Bock’s custom large core output transformer helps the IFET achieve levels of performance not attainable when the vintage model was originally built.
Company founder and microphone designer David Bock has designed this FET mode for close-up use on kick drum, snare drum, toms, bass cabinet or a super-loud vocalist.
In “V” mode, the BOCK IFET becomes a vocal mic. I mode electronics are switched off and the vocal V mode electronics are switched in using the same capsule and transformer. This electronics package utilizes fewer parts and just one JFET offers 4 dB more sensitivity to better capture vocals or other lower SPL sources.
V mode offers a warmer, smoother,more intimate vocal sound through the use of a Class A adaptation of a vintage mic simpler signal path. The IFET is ideal for vocals requiring warmth without brightness.
The Bock IFET ships with a built-in mounting arm with standard 5/8-37 threads and wood storage box. It is now shipping through U.S. and international Bock dealers with a U.S. MSRP of $2,350.