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AKG C12 VR Reference Tube Condenser Microphone  From AKG

Reference multi-pattern tube condenser microphone


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Manufacturer's Description from AKG

Edgeterminated CK12 capsule and original 6072A vacuum tube

Provide a sound that is simply beyond words


Selected state-of-the-art components

Ensure low-noise and reliable operation


Nine remotely selectable polar patterns

For maximum flexibility and ease-of-use


The legendary AKG sound used on dozens of number-1-hits

An enhanced version of the highly sought-after AKG C12 built 1953-1960


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.

AKG Microphones

About Manufacturer

Around the world recording studios, radio and TV stations, opera houses and famous stages count on AKG products. Internationally known musicians and show-stars have frequently been seen using our high-quality microphones and headphones for many decades. Today AKG is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality microphones, headphones and wireless-equipment. Listed below is the brief story of one of the most famous brands in the professional audio-world. AKG, founded in Vienna by Dr. Rudolf Goerike and Ernst Pless, soon became one of the biggest players in the world of sound. Today AKG is synonymous with good sound, stands for passion in music providing the highest quality and ongoing innovation in the world of music. The company was founded in 1947 and within months, the first AKG microphones were being used in radio stations, theatres and Jazz-Clubs. The products (the AKG DYN Series) were at that time manufactured by hand by five workers. In 1949, the first AKG headphones came on the market. Then, in the early fifties AKG made a breakthrough with several new products: Totally new technologies like the world’s first high quality condenser microphone, the D 12 with its cardioid characteristics, the world’s first remote-controlled multi-pattern capacitor microphone, the C 12 and the D 36 made acoustic history. One of the first customers of the famous C 12 microphone was the BBC in London.


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