by AKG

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.


  • 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