AKG Acoustics C 12 VR (Vintage Revival) Microphone, 9 Switchable Pickup Patterns

AKG Acoustics
SKU: AKC12VR MFR: 2221Z00040

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About AKG Acoustics

The AKG C 12 VR Microphone is a studio condenser microphone that's a favorite among some of the most sought after recording engineers in the industry. Modeled directly after the classic AKG C 12, the C 12 VR (vintage restoration) maintains it's popularity since it's inception in the late 1940's. Like the C 12, the C 12 VR features a 1" diaphragm and unique condenser tube (6072) design, providing warmth and presence characteristics unique to the microphone.

In addition to the classic sound, the C 12 VR is a versatile microphone featuring 9 switchable pickup patterns including omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-eight, with variations of each. Also provided is switchable attenuation between -10 or -20dB and a boost of +10db to accommodate all studio recording requirements.

AKG Acoustics Features

  • Original Vintage Design: Modeled after the classic AKG C 12, the C 12VR is a restored version of the classic tube condenser microphone featuring the original 6072 vacuum tube, 1950's dual diaphragm and transformer
  • Switchable Polar Patterns: The C 12VR features flexible switchable polar patterns including omni directional, cardioid and figure-eight with variations of each pattern
  • Attenuation and Boost Switching: -10 and -20db of pre-attenuation and gain boost of +10dB accommodate all studio requirements from vocals to instruments of types
  • High Pass Filter: A 2-position high pass filter eliminates low end noise and rumble providing more presence of mid and high end frequencies
  • External Control/Power Unit: The N 12VR remote power supply, provides power to the microphone and features the Polar Pattern, High Pass Filter and Attenuation / Boost switches

AKG Acoustics Specifications

Transducer type
Dual diaphragm, 1 in. (25 mm) diameter
Diaphragm material
Gold sputtered mylar foil
Frequency response
30 Hz - 20 kHz (±2.5 dB from published curves)
Polar patterns
Omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8, with 6 intermediate patterns (silent switching)
200 ohms (±25%)
Recommended load impedance
1000 ohms or greater
Output connector (from control unit)
XLR (pin 2 positive)
Output connector (from microphone)
Tuchel 12-pin
Sensitivity at 1 kHz
10 mV/Pa for all patterns; -40 dB (dB re 1 V/Pa)
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted)
22 dB (DIN 45412)
Sound pressure level for 3% THD
128 dB (equivalent to 50 Pa)
-10 and -20 dB (at microphone)
Sensitivity increase
10 dB (at microphone)
Low frequency roll-off/bass cut
Two-position (at control unit)
Power requirement
115/230V AC
Dimensions (LxD)
8.9x1.7" (226.1x43.2mm)
1.5 lbs (680g)
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