C12 VR


Reference multi-pattern tube condenser microphone

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The holy grail of microphones

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. This legendary microphone, first built in the 1950s, is one of the most famous tube microphones in history, and its successor is today’s C12 VR.

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.

Item# 2221X00040

General Specifications

Audio frequency bandwidth 30 - 20000 Hz
Equivalent noise level 22 dB-A
Sensitivity 10 mV/Pa
Signal to Noise 72 dB-A
Preattenuation Pad -10; -20 dB
Bass cut filter 100; 130 Hz
Electrical impedance 200 Ohms
Recommended load impedance 1000 Ohms
Polar Patterns Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Figure of eight


Height 225 mm
Diameter 42 mm
Net Weight 680 g


Finish green/gold

Audio Output

Type Balanced XLR
Gender Male
Contacts 3-pin


Pro Studio Yes


Vocals Yes
Horns / Woodwinds Yes
Guitar Amps / Bass Amps Yes
  • 1 x C12 VR Microphone
  • 1 x H15 T Shockmount
  • 1 x MK Tube Cable
  • 1 x N12 VR Power Supply
  • 1 x W42 Windscreen C12 VR

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