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OmnidirectionalCardioidBidirectionalX/Y StereoMid-Side StereoBlumleinTelefunken Elektroakustik Ela M 270

Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

The Ela M 270 is a dual-capsule, multipattern stereo tube condenser microphone. It is a recreation of the original Telefunked GmbH microphone of the same name.

In essence, the mic is a stereo version of the Ela M 251E. The Ela M 270 consists of a pair of CK-12 capsules, matched amplifier circuits, matched Haufe T14-style transformers, and a single 6072a dual-triode vacuum tube.

Telefunken manufactures the CK-12 capsule in-house. The same capsule is found in all the company’s Ela M 250, 251, 250E, and 251E microphones.

Two pattern-selection switches on the mic body enable the top and bottom capsules to be independently set to Cardioid, Omnidirectional, or Figure-of-8.

The top capsule can be rotated 180° with respect to the fixed, lower capsule. This allows the microphone to be used for single-point stereo recording. For example, by rotating the top capsule 45–90° and setting both capsules to Cardioid, the mic can be used for X-Y recording. Setting the top capsule to Figure-of-8 and rotating it to 90° allows for Mid-Side recording — although the Mid and Side would have to be decoded to L/R externally. Setting both capsules to Fig-8 at 90° creates a Blumlein pair.

Due to the high cost of sourcing matched components, including capsules and transformers, the M 270 is hand-built to order.

The ElaM 270 ships with a padded wooden storage box for the mic, a swivel mount, a power supply and cable, and a padded suitcase.

The frequency-response graphs on this page are copied from the Ela M 251E, which should be nearly identical.

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The mic was released in 2010.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Ela M 270 Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Ela M 270 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Ela M 270 Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (12 mV/Pa; 80 - 16,000 Hz)
Cardioid (12 mV/Pa; 95 - 16,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (12 mV/Pa; 120 - 16,000 Hz)
X/Y Stereo (12 mV/Pa; 95 - 16,000 Hz)
Mid-Side Stereo (12 mV/Pa; 120 - 16,000 Hz)
Blumlein (12 mV/Pa; 120 - 16,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Capsule diameter: 32mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 138 dB
Self-noise: 16.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
794g (28.01oz) 305mm (12.01'') 51mm (2.01'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (2)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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