Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone


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Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Large Capsule Tube Condenser Microphone

Gearank Recommendation

The CV-12 appeared on our recommended list for Vocal Studio Mics from October 2016 until November 2017 when it was replaced by higher rated mics.


The Avantone CV-12 is a large diaphragm condenser mic that utilizes a Russian made 6072A tube, which gives the mic a sound that even highly-paid pop stars like Taylor Swift appreciate. For someone who can afford the most expensive vintage mics, Taylor Swift uses the CV-12 for all her studio vocals, which means that you most probably have heard the CV-12 in action.

Other interesting features of this mic include its 9 selectable polar patterns, and its use of a dedicated PS-12 power supply, so it has enough power to drive the tube.

If you're looking for a relatively affordable tube condenser microphone with pop star approved quality, then you will appreciate the Avantone CV-12.

This mic was on our recommended list for vocal studio mics until November 2017 and the only reason it came off the list is because there are now more highly rated options available in the $200 tp $500 price range which you can read about in our guide to The Best Studio Mics For Vocals.


  • Type: Tube Condenser (Russian made 6072A Tube)
  • Polar Pattern: Selectable 9 Patterns
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: <=250 Ohms (transformer isolated)
  • Maximum SPL: 136 dB
  • Attenuation:-10 dB pad
  • Low Frequency Roll-Off: 80 Hz
  • Power Requirements: dedicated PS-12 Power Supply w/ selectable 115/230 VAC capability