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C12VR Reference Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

The C12 VR is the reference multi-pattern tube studio condenser microphone with nine polar patterns selectable by a remote control. Among sound engineers, the AKG C12 is considered the holy grail of microphones. The C12 VR is an enhanced version of the original C12, from the capsule sound to the original 6072A vacuum tube carefully handcrafted in Vienna, Austria

A New Take on an AKG Legend

The AKG C12 VR is a 9-pattern large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone based on the legendary AKG C12. Mere mention of a vintage C12 here at Sweetwater will spark a serious discussion. The original C12, which was manufactured from 1953-1960, is considered by many recording engineers to be one of the holy grails of tube condenser mics. Handcrafted in Vienna, today's C12 VR uses the original 6072A vacuum tube and dual-diaphragm design but incorporates an updated, edge-terminated CK12 capsule and state-of-the-art componentry for lower noise and distortion and reliable operation

Nine polar patterns for critical recording applications

The C12 VR's nine polar patterns — cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8; plus 6 intermediate stages — give you immense flexibility when it comes to exploring the sonic possibilities offered by different recording techniques. And owning a pair of them vastly increases the versatility of this microphone, opening up highly effective stereo recording techniques such as Spaced Pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and Mid-Side (MS).

Full-featured for impressive versatility

The C12 VR features high SPL handling and is equipped with a 10/20dB pad — which means you can use it on the loudest sources without fear of overload, while a 100/130Hz highpass filter lets you roll off structure-borne rumble that could derail a perfect performance. The C12 VR includes an external power supply with polar pattern selector, a spider-type shockmount, and an aluminum flight case.

AKG C 12 VR Tube Microphone Features:

  • An enhanced version of the highly sought-after AKG C12
  • Edge-terminated CK12 capsule and original 6072A vacuum tube
  • Selected state-of-the-art component for low noise and reliable operation
  • Dual-diaphragm, 1" diameter gold sputtered mylar foil
  • 9 remotely selectable polar patterns for maximum flexibility
  • Multiple patterns with silent switching, remotely controlled from power supply
  • Polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8, with 6 intermediate patterns (silent switching)
  • Frequency response: 30Hz–20kHz (±2.5dB from published curves)
  • Impedance: 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 1kHz: 10 mV/Pa for all patterns; -40dB (dB re 1 V/Pa)
  • Equivalent noise level (A-weighted): 22dB (DIN 45412)
  • Sound pressure level for 3% THD: 128dB (equivalent to 50 Pa)
  • 2-position pre-attenuation pad: 10dB, 20dB
  • 2-position highpass filter: 100Hz, 130Hz
  • Aluminum flight case, N 12 VR remote power supply, H 15/T elastic suspension, MK 12V R 30-foot connecting cable, and W 42 foam windscreen included

General Specifications

Audio frequency bandwidth30 - 20000 Hz
Equivalent noise level22 dB-A
Sensitivity10 mV/Pa
Signal to Noise72 dB-A
Preattenuation Pad-10; -20 dB
Bass cut filter100; 130 Hz
Electrical impedance200 Ohms
Recommended load impedance1000 Ohms
Polar PatternsCardioid, Omnidirectional, and Figure of eight


Height225 mm
Diameter42 mm
Net Weight680 g



Audio Output

TypeBalanced XLR


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