Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube LDC Microphone


If you're looking for an intimate, modern-voiced microphone with a lush, tube 'sheen', the CV-12 is your mic!

What we think:

I would imagine a majority of user experiences with “budget friendly” large diaphragm condenser mics to be somewhat similar. They provide you with a decent amount of detail, but often either have a thin, anemic quality that lacks richness and warmth. The Avantone CV-12 was designed to provide the opposite experience and sound while remaining within a very accessible price point, making it one of the best vocal and instrument microphones if you’re working on a budget. 
The CV-12 received a ton of notoriety as the “Taylor Swift mic”, being used on her Speak Now album to achieve a shimmery, rich pop-vocal. I can say after trying it on a handful of sources this application and context is probably the mic’s greatest strength. Being based off of the legendary AKG C12, the CV-12 boasts a similar powerful bottom-end and of course the famous present yet very smooth top-end. That said, it’s no surprise it performs excellently in a modern pop context as a forward yet smooth vocal mic, but don’t view this mic as just a one trick pony. Just like the C12, the CV-12 is an excellent workhorse mic; I loved how it captured the body and shimmer of a rhythm acoustic guitar and as a mono overhead it accentuated the cymbals while its smoothness controlled any brash frequencies and transients. 
All in all, my experience with the CV-12 revealed that the days of only having access to thin, lifeless LDCs while working on a budget are now over. If you're looking for an intimate, modern-voiced microphone with a lush, tube 'sheen', the CV-12 is your mic!

Manufacturer Description:

The Avantone “Cabernet (C-series)” mics are designed to offer true professional performance. They will meet or surpass the performance and specifications of much higher priced mics. The CV-12 is truly a gorgeous looking and sounding microphone. The design, character and performance is comparable to some of the fine vintage tube mics of the 1950’s & 1960’s…but at a fraction of their cost!

Our rugged CV-12 microphone body and capsule assembly are precision machined of brass. Aesthetically, it features an elegant Cabernet Wine-Red finish, accented with polished nickel trim and grill. The transformer coupled tube circuitry has its origins in famous European vintage designs. Any studio can proudly offer the CV-12 as a primary vocal mic…It exudes class visually as well as sonically. Manufactured using the finest materials yielding a very solid feel, superb structural integrity and rugged reliability.

The versatile CV-12 mic is able to produce professional results with a warm, pleasing sonic character. The included Custom Retro Shockmount is superb in allowing a precise positioning of the mic while inhibiting the transfer of unwanted vibrations up into the mic. This isolation allows for superior professional results.

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