Oktava MK-012-01 MSP2 Matched Stereo Pair Condenser Microphones

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$500
Oktava MK-012-01 MSP2 Matched Stereo Pair Condenser Microphones

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are currently more highly rated options which you can see in our guide to The Best Overhead Mics.

The Oktava MK-012-01 MSP2 Matched Stereo Pair Condenser Microphones are a great bargain if you’re looking for a full-featured and versatile microphone for your recording studio.

The standout feature of this microphone is that Oktava uses it as a platform for modifications. Through their website you can buy different capsules to change the pickup pattern of your microphone. Essentially, this means that you can get several different microphones for a great price.

Key Features

  • Type: Small Diaphragm Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Switchable between Cardioid, Hypercardioid & Omnidirectional
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: <10 mV/Pa (@ 1KHz), roll off from 40Hz to 20KHz: +- 3 dB
  • Impedance: less than 300 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: in 250-8000Hz range, (less than 0.5% THD): 130 dB
  • Dynamic Range: Not specified
  • Equivalent Noise Level: Not specified
  • Power Requirements: 48V +- 2V Phantom Power
  • Connection Material: Not specified
  • Weight: 7oz (200g)
  • Extras: Wood Carrying Case, Mic Clip, -10db pads

Beyond that, the base sound of the microphone is regarded to be very flat. While this may not sound like a positive, it actually is. There are times where you want a microphone to have a certain voice, and there are others where you want a microphone to reproduce a sound as closely as possible. The Oktava MK-012-01 fits into the latter category. It’s not a great mic if you’re looking to get an altered recording (say you want more warmth at the expense of a more accurate reproduction of sound), but it is great if you want to capture the tone of your instrument.

Frequency Response

Oktava MK-012-01 Frequency Response
 

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are currently more highly rated options which you can see in our guide to The Best Overhead Mics.

Comments

Thank You for this review !

Thank You for this review !
This is exactly what I was looking for.
I just bought a pair to go through my Roland Studio Capture.
The Roland preamps fit this bill , as well !
If you want your Voice to sound more amazing, there are other preamps that with help you do that ... and yet . . . if you want your Acoustic Instruments to sound as close to how they actually sound, naturally , then these Roland preamps will give you a very honest, flat, neutral, and humble representation of the sound that is actually happening in your presence . . . & . . . I am excited to get to work with my new Octava-012-01 MSP2 , matched pair . . . !
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