Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Large Capsule Tube Condenser Microphone
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.
- Type: Tube Condenser (Russian made 6072A Tube)
- Polar Pattern: Selectable 9 Patterns
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- 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
With a superstar artist attached to this mic, user expectations are understandably quite high, yet the overall opinion is that the Avantone CV-12 does not disappoint. It continues to receive mostly positive reviews that commend its sound quality, stylish and sturdy exterior, and its build quality. Outstanding, exceptional and the best, are just some of the many niceties that have been spoken about it, coming mostly from those who recorded vocals. There are even some who used the mic for percussion instruments and found the result to be satisfactory, thanking the mic's versatile polar pattern switching.
Even with its high ratings, there are a few who raised their qualms about the mic. One of which pointed to the frail feel of the switches on the mic, while another experienced RF interference.
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.