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TELEFUNKEN’s New Alchemy Series Deployed For Unique Session At BedrockLA Studios

Gerry Rafferty's "Goodnight Train" video explores new tube condenser microphones.
Bandleader and vocalist Eli Wulmeier recording with three Alchemy Series mics for comparison of individual tracks. Photo credit: David Goggin.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik recently filmed and recorded a multitrack performance of the song “Goodnight Train,” written by Gerry Raferty, and performed by Eli Wulmeier and his band at Bedrock LA Studios in Los Angeles.

The session was tracked with new TELEFUNKEN Alchemy Series large-diaphragm tube condenser microphones. The three unique voices of the series — TF29/39 Copperhead, TF47 and TF51 — were all utilized on nearly every instrument and vocal.

The comparable audio sources for this session included male lead vocals, female backing vocals (figure-8 polar pattern), acoustic guitar, electric guitar amplifier, bass amplifier, Rhodes amplifier and mono drum overheads.

Eli Wulmeier (electric guitar, vocals), Ben Reddell (Rhodes), Alan Venitosh (TELEFUNKEN Director Of Operations), Daniel Christiansen (videographer), Kay Myers (backing vocals), Phil Feinman (Bedrock LA owner), Sei Sie Benhoff (backing vocals), Eric Rennaker (Bedrock Studio Engineer, kneeling left), Donniel Drew (videographer, kneeling right).

Every source was recorded in mono with each microphone in cardioid configuration (except the female backing vocals). All three microphones are recorded through the studios API 1608 console, direct into a Digidesign 192 at 24-bit/48 kHz resolution and captured via Pro Tools HD.

For the purpose of these comparisons, only the TF39 Copperhead Deluxe was used to represent the “Copperhead” sound. The TF29 and TF39 in cardioid exhibit the same exact characteristics. In addition, the M82, M80-SH, M81-SH and M60 FET were also utilized to close mic the drums. The audio files are also presented in this session.

See the performance and microphone analysis, narrated by TELEFUNKEN director of operations Alan Venitosh here.

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