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Avantone Pro CV-12 Multipattern Large Capsule Tube Condenser Microphone

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Avantone Pro CV-12 Multipattern Large Capsule Tube Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • Dual 32mm Gold Sputtered Capsules
  • Hand Selected 6072A Tube Output Stage
  • Variable Polar Patterns - 9 Stages
  • Pad Attenuation Switch: -10 dB
The CV-12 Multi-Pattern Large Capsule Tube Condenser Microphone from Avantone features a large 32mm mylar transducer and tube output stage featuring a 6072A tube for a warm, vintage tone and audio quality. The CV-12 is designed to capture vocals and instruments with the warmth and character of microphones of the '50s and '60s, at a fraction of the cost of some popular tube microphones. Its elegant Cabernet Red-Wine finish and nickel trim are signature to Avantone's Cabernet (C-series) microphones.
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Avantone Pro CV-12 Overview

The CV-12 Multi-Pattern Large Capsule Tube Condenser Microphone from Avantone features a large 32mm mylar transducer and tube output stage featuring a 6072A tube for a warm, vintage tone and audio quality. The CV-12 is designed to capture vocals and instruments with the warmth and character of microphones of the '50s and '60s, at a fraction of the cost of some popular tube microphones. Its elegant Cabernet Red-Wine finish and nickel trim are signature to Avantone's Cabernet (C-series) microphones.

Capture vocals, piano, guitar, strings, amplifier cabinets and other sources with enhanced detail, low noise and low distortion. The CV-12's external power supply features variations of omnidirectional, cardioid, and hypercardioid polar patterns, for a total of 9 selectable patterns. In addition, there is a -10 dB pad switch for minimizing distortion, and an 80 Hz HPF filter for minimizing low frequency noise. The microphone is shipped with Avantone's custom retro shockmount, power supply, connecting cable and aluminum carrying case.

9-pattern tube microphone w/ dual 32mm gold sputtered thin Mylar capsules
-10 dB pad & 80 Hz LF metal roll-off toggle switches
Hand-selected Russian made 6072A tube
Each CV-12 mic has a serial number
Ideal for studio vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drum overheads, room mic, piano
UPC: 852437001057

Avantone Pro CV-12 Specs

Microphone
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm1.26" / 32 mm
Polar PatternCardioid, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional
Pattern SelectionSwitched
CircuitryTube
Pad-10 dB
High-Pass Filter80 Hz, 6 dB/Octave
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL136 dB SPL
Impedance250 Ohms
Sensitivity-35 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio78 dB
Equivalent Noise Level17 dB
THD0.5%
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 7-Pin
Physical
Dimensionsø: 1.81 x L: 9.33" / ø: 46 x L: 237 mm
Weight1.8 lb / 0.82 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight12.99 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.95 x 13 x 6.05"

Avantone Pro CV-12 Reviews

Way too much noise in the signal

By David
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-08

First off, I hope I just got a lemon. I purchased this mic 4 months ago based on it's great reviews. It sounded great for the first few hours then it came off the tracks. I coordinated with Avantone and sent it back for their repair. They replaced the tube and tightened a few things and sent it back a month later. Same issue. The amount of noise in the signal is ridiculous and makes it totally unusable (and yes, I warm it up for about 30 min before use and don't use phantom power). Again, I hope I'm just unlucky and others with have better luck--right now, this mic is just something that looks cool in the studio...a $700 conversation piece. I've contacted Avantone again--we'll see what happens.

Excellent VO mic for the price.

By Mike W
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-01-20

I use this mic for a variety of voice work in a mediocre studio environment. I've done pro voice work in pro studios using very high quality, expensive mics and for the price, this mic compares very well. My only complaint is that it is a bit difficult to get the mic mounted in the shock mount but, not a major issue.

Great mic for the price!

By Joel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-15

I use the mic for pro-level vocals in a home studio environment. I've had particularly good results with warm male vocals, great for female vox also.

Incredible sound!

By Gustavo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-02-17

This mic sounds amazing!!! Big product for best price!!!

The best tube microphone in this price

By Julio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-13

The title says it all!

One of the best, modern tube mics

By Ryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-05-08

I've read reviews that this microphone is just awesome so I decided to buy and try it. They were all right. It has the warmth of tube mics but it sounds more modern than the other, more expensive tube mic that I've used before. By modern I mean it still has a lot of air and high end. It has 9 polar patterns but I use it more for EQ than anything else. The omnidirectional pattern has a nice bump on the high end so if I need the mic to sound a little brighter, I just slowly move the dial to omni mode till I get the sound I want. Everything included is of great quality - both cases, the power supply, etc.

Absolutely amazing

By JayLynn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-28

I just purchased this and the sound is awesome. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to upgrade their mic Arsenal!

Defective

By Cheuk Fang Rich
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-13

Heard so many good things about this mic, was really looking forward to using it. When I got mine everything looked great, powers up, all is normal...except....NO SOUND, NO SIGNAL ! Tried different cables, different Mic Pre, different input with no luck. Wrote to Avatone and they did not help ! The only good thing was that B&H immediately sent me a return form and international shipping label, offered to exchange or refund. I asked for an exchange and will give it another chance...so I don't think right now I can recommend this product. The quality control from the factory should have been better.

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question

how do i swap tube in CV 12. is there a quick way without ant unscrewing?
Asked by: Anonymous
You are not able to remove the tube of the CV-12 without some disassembly. Unfortunately we are not able to provide detailed instructions.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

This is the second time, the mic is not working ...

This is the second time, the mic is not working properly, I got really low volume signal. The first time it was fixed by itself after a few days but not this time, how can I use the warranty? This microphone was a birthday present and I don't have the invoice
Asked by: Rodrigo
Aventone microphones carry a five-year warranty when purchased new. Tel: (845) 642.3697 or [email protected] However, I would encourage you to give us a call as we may be able to help trouble shoot the mic, and determine whether or not it truly defective. 800-606-6969
Answered by: John
Date published: 2020-06-09
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