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TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik C-12 Microphone Matched Pair  From TELEFUNKEN

A Matched Pair of Legendary Tube Condenser Microphones

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik


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What We Think

One thing we have noticed in the microphone world, there just aren't a lot of GREAT C12 clones.  With plenty of 47s and 251s in all price ranges, it is nice to have the "be all end all" of C12s.

The TFunk C12 just absolutely sounds amazing.  It has such a forward and bright top end, but it isn't harsh at all.  We hesitate to even use "bright" as it typically has the wrong connotation for the sound, but the TFunk has this unbelievable top end without the harshness, sibilance or grating that so many microphones exhibit today.  This is also the perfect complement to your cherished 47 or 67 that already lives in your studio.

And the C12 isn't just for female vocalists.  It does have a reputation for boosting female vocals and helping them cut through the mix, but plenty of male vocals have been cut with the C12 as well.  Like all Telefunken microphones, the C12 is built to the exact specifications of the original.  Every component is built in house in Connecticut and comes with one of the best customer warranties around.   If a C12 is on your radar, look no further!

TELEFUNKEN ELEKTROAKUSTIK Multi-Track Session with The Olympic Ass Kicking Team

Terry Anderson and The Olympic Ass Kicking Team (or The OAK Team for short) recorded their new song "Girls with Glasses" during a weekend session with Fletcher at Sound Pure Studios for TELEFUNKEN'S multitrack session mix contest. Girls with Glasses was recorded with all TFunk microphones including: M80, M81, M82 prototype, ELA M 260 with both omni and cardioid capsules, AR-51, AK-47 MkII, AR-70 Stereo mic, U48, and U47. Check out the full version of "Girls with Glasses" by watching our video of the session. The session was was engineered and mixed by Fletcher. If you have any questions about the gear used in this recording, call the engineers at Sound Pure today. Or, if you would like to enter T-Funk's mix contest, visit their website and download the multitrack files to mix the song yourself!

Manufacturer's Description from TELEFUNKEN

If there were ever a microphone that was the epitome of classic, hi-fidelity sound, it would be the AKG C-12. The first of the AKG line of selectable pattern condenser mics, the C-12 is revered for its smooth, airy response. Considered by many to be the finest sounding microphone ever produced, original C-12 microphones are still in use in recording studios throughout the world.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is proud to manufacture the C-12 once again. Our new CK12 capsule is built from the original manufacturers technical specifications, and utilizes a Haufe (manufacturer of the original) output transformer built to match the original, and a microphone grade 6072a tube just like the original system.

Our new C-12 is incredibly detailed, capturing all the subtle nuances of a performance and transferring them back to the listener in a manner that is so realistic; you'll think you're listening to the source directly. Its silky smooth top end provides plenty of air without sounding harsh or artificial. Its midrange speaks clearly and articulately, capturing the source with a natural presence. Its low end is tight and focused, perfectly balanced with the rest of the frequency range. These qualities make the C-12 a fantastic choice for all types of instruments, lending itself especially well to drum overheads, acoustic guitar, and vocals.

Coveted by an extensive list of professional recording engineers, the TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik C-12 historic reissue is an exceptional microphone that will be a treasured addition to your microphone collection for many decades to come.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik

About Manufacturer

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik of South Windsor, CT has been following the tradition of excellence and innovation set forth by the original TELEFUNKEN GmbH of Germany that began over 100 years ago.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's origins began in 2000 when owner Toni Fishman acquired the rights to the name and diamond logo for use in North America. The company began with the reverse engineering of a single microphone part: the ELA M 251 polar pattern selector. Mr. Fishman purchased an original Telefunken ELA M 251 for use in his recording studio, but when he received it he discovered that the polar pattern switch was no longer functional. Realizing that this was a common issue with the original units, the idea to recreate it was born.

The switch was reverse engineered and brought into production for other 251 owners with the same issue. With one part down, the goals were set high to successfully reverse engineer the entire microphone exactly as it was originally manufactured. The next two years were spent developing each and every part of the microphone right down to every detail. Numerous original documents and drafts from TELEFUNKEN and AKG were acquired, and coupled with thorough reverse engineering the ELA M 251 was brought back to life with meticulous accuracy.

As TELEFUNKEN moves forward, one foot is rooted in the rich history of the brand, and the other in new microphone innovations. TELEFUNKEN has evolved exponentially from a single pattern switch to one of the industry leaders in top quality microphones.


Type:Condenser Pressure Gradient

Capsule:CK12 - 1" dual sided gold sputtered membrane

Frequency Range:20Hz / 20kHz

Polar Pattern:Polydirectional variable between Omni and Figure 8

Sensitivity:approx 1 mvolts per dyne / cm sq

Impedance:200 ohms stock / 50 ohms switchable

SPL:138 dB

Non Linear Distortion:less than or equal to 0.5% at 100 dyne / cm sq

Equivalent Noise:16 dB (a-weighted)

Tube Type:6072

Power:Dedicated Power Supply with external pattern selector

Weight:20oz (567g)

Size:10" (254mm) length x 1 5/8" (41.3mm) diameter

Extras:Locking Flight Case, Lunchbox Style Power Supply, Wooden Microphone Box