‘Body and Soul'
In what turned out to be her last recording session, Amy Winehouse used the Neumann U47 to record ‘Body and Soul’ with American crooner Tony Bennett on 11 March 2011.
Our most iconic microphone, the U47 remains the choice for vocals of all styles, seen in virtually every photograph of a singer at Abbey Road from the last 60 years. Used by everyone from Cliff Richard to Little Richard, from Maria Callas to Ella Fitzgerald, from John Lennon to Adele.
It is Neumann’s first post-war commercial microphone circa 1948 and has a double gold diaphragm capable of omni or cardioid polar patterns. Since its conception, there have been many attempts to make microphones of similar quality. Perhaps the secret of the Neumann U47 is the combination of the VF14 valve and M7 capsule.
75 years after its creation and it’s still one of the best microphones in the world.
“The valve amplifiers in the original Neumanns are just fantastic and add a beautiful distortion. Distortion isn’t always a bad thing! They also have a clear, pristine high range.”
Lester Smith, Technical Engineer: Microphone Collection, Abbey Road Studios