The classic sound of the 017 was previously considered impossible to achieve with new microphones. Engineers routinely spent small fortunes on vintage condensers and fought to keep them operational as they aged as new models – and even reissues – were often not imbued with the same desired characteristics despite their hefty price tags. This is not surprising: manufacturing techniques have changed, why wouldn’t the results? With its open top-end, smooth mid-range, powerful – yet balanced – low-end, and remarkably robust build quality, the 017 is destined to be the future benchmark of that elusive mixture of accuracy and sonic flattery that has sent vintage prices soaring.
The engineers at Soyuz have spent decades studying, servicing, and building classic microphones; Soyuz’ machinists are the best in the world. This unique pool of knowledge, craft and skill – combined with the ears of numerous musicians, producers and audio engineers – has culminated in the creation of the 017 Series’ custom S17 capsule. Featuring a gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 34mm diaphragm, the S17 is loosely based on the original K67 capsule developed in 1960. Far from creating another clone of a classic, however, Soyuz has further developed the design, modifying its assembly and tuning. The result, when paired with Soyuz’s original schematic, is unique – and uniquely musical.
The green-badged 017 FET comes in a wooden case with a custom, hand-machined shock mount. As with all Soyuz microphones, 017 Series microphones are completely handmade: bodies and capsules are manually machined and transformers are wound in-house in Tula, Russia.