AL-Y56 “Hellhound” MSRP $999.99

The Y56 was designed for use in pro studios, home studios, broadcast, and even live applications

AL-Y56

The AL-Y56 is a high-end, large diaphragm, tube condenser, “pop top” microphone with three distinctly voiced, interchangeable, hand built capsules. The extreme versatility of the Y56 with its 3, included, hot swappable capsules yields a microphone capable of your wildest dreams. It features a 6072a vacuum tube, 11.5:1 output transformer, 10dB pad, and only the finest hand selected components. From light and airy, to full and warm. The Y56 will supply you with the tonal characteristics you desire!

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Female Vox Olivia Jones Y56 A1
Female Vox Olivia Jones Y56 A2
Female Vox Olivia Jones Y56 A3

The Y56 was designed for use in pro studios, home studios, broadcast, and even live applications. With it’s unmatched ability to faithfully capture a vast array of sources correctly and naturally, you will find that the Y56 shines on vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, piano, strings, brass, woodwinds, and ANY source it is put in front of. Having the choice of three true high end tube microphones at such a great price point ($999) is completely unrivaled in the pro-audio world and an absolute must have for a mic locker of any size.

Capsules

The Y56 is supplied with three distinctly voiced large diaphragm capsules. Each capsule backplate is precision machined and hand lapped to extremely tight tolerances then sent to the Luke Audio “Clean Room” to build. In the “Clean Room” each diaphragm is made by stretching a piece of 1 Micron thin Mylar and coating it with a layer of pure Platinum via our state of the art Cressington sputter coater machine. Each capsule is meticulously assembled, tested through a vigorous and time consuming process, and fine tuned to ensure each capsule of a given type is exactly the same as every other one produced by Luke Audio. The Capsule is the most important part of the microphone. It is the head of the chain and the transducer that physically interacts and captures the movement of air from the source material. If the capsule is not the absolute best (as in most microphones which use the same mass produced imported capsules) then you must compensate for the below par capsule in the construction of the circuitry or furthermore with EQ, therefore loosing some of the life and reality that is present with a “perfect capsule”. At Luke Audio we pride ourselves on building only the “perfect capsule”

A1

The A1 is a custom reproduction of the ck12 type capsule found in vintage greats such as the C12 and ELAM microphones. This edge terminated, dual backplate design when used in conjunction with the Y56 yields a microphone with a bright, airy, and open feel.

Specifications

  • Type: Pressure Gradient Condenser
  • Capsule: A1 1 Micron Platinum
  • Tube: EHX 6072A
  • Transformer: Custom 11.5:1
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Sensitivity: -33dB
  • Output Impedance: <100 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 136 dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 76dB
  • Dimensions (mic): 65x50x265 mm
  • Weight (mic): 866g

A2

The A2 is a custom reproduction of the k67 type capsule found in such mics as the vintage studio workhorse, the U67. The center terminated dual backplate design in conjunction with the Y56 yields a more mid focused, punchy, and articulate capturing of the source material.

Specifications

  • Type: Pressure Gradient Condenser
  • Capsule: A2 1 Micron Platinum
  • Tube: EHX 6072A
  • Transformer: Custom 11.5:1
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Sensitivity: -36dB
  • Output Impedance: <100 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 140 dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 73dB
  • Dimensions (mic): 65x50x265 mm
  • Weight (mic): 866g

A3

The A3 is a custom reproduction of the k47 type capsule found in the legendary U47 microphone. The center terminated single backplate design yields a full bodied, rounded, and warm capture of the source material with a true “vintage” feel.

Specifications

  • Type: Pressure Gradient Condenser
  • Capsule: A3 1 Micron Platinum
  • Tube: EHX 6072A
  • Transformer: Custom 11.5:1
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Sensitivity: -36dB
  • Output Impedance: <100 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 138 dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 73dB
  • Dimensions (mic): 65x50x265 mm
  • Weight (mic): 866g

circuit

The Y56 uses only the finest hand selected components, hand soldered in house. Its circuit consists of a polystyrene input coupling capacitor from the capsule, Black Gate, Wima, and Nichicon capacitors throughout, 1% resistors from PRP and Ohmite throughout, and an Erse polypropylene output capacitor pushing the custom wound 11.5:1 output transformer.

tube

The chosen Electro-Harmonix 6072A vacuum tube is a lower gain, low noise, low microphonics, long life, dual triode tube that is sonically ideal for high end tube condenser microphones. Each tube is thoroughly tested and hand picked for use in the Y56. The smooth response and warm vintage feel of the EHX 6072A is a perfect match for the Y56 circuitry.

cable

The beautiful, black/white, tweed, 7 pin XLR cable supplied with the Y56 not only looks good, but is also far superior to cables supplied with most other microphones. Its gold connectors, large gauge wires, and outstanding shielding abilities ensure you will receive no unwanted interference and that the sonics of the Y56 will shine through unadulterated and true.

included

Power supply – 7 pin XLR cable – wooden mic box – wooden capsule box – aluminum flight case – shock mount – windscreen – power cable

“Hellhound”

The Y56 was affectionately nicknamed the “Hellhound” due to the three headed trait it shares with the mythological beast Cerberus. The hellhound of Greek mythology.

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