ADK Vienna 12 T-FET Microphone
The ADK Vienna 12 T-FET Microphone brings a brilliant shimmering clarity to your tracks. The lifted top and upper mids provide a clear, detailed, and airy presence, that allows your tracks to cut through - yet maintain a natural and musical sound. All this is supported by a full mid/low mid, and a rolled off bottom that's perfect for stringed instruments, drum overheads, and vocals.
The ADK Vienna 12 T-FET Microphone is the most brilliant of all ADK Custom Shop FET microphones. It has an almost effervescent high-end. It is a tri-polar microphone with selectable Cardioid, Figure-8, and Omni pickup patterns. The Vienna 12 model is based on a unique FET circuit that saturates gradually (unlike most condenser microphones which tend to clip abruptly). The microphone boasts an Australian-designed capsule, British Oxford transformer, hi-end Phillips Norelco uber-FET. manufactured with methods and materials usually found with hi-fi equipment, including even a $6 resistor - expensive considering most resistors cost just a few pennies each. It took three microphone experts including a PhD in Physics, a design genius in Belgium and a 40 year-old microphone collection to create it! Add two-way attenuation pads (8 and 16 dB) to enable end-user to tailor the dynamic behavior of the microphone to the situation and obtain new textures, with rarely the need for outboard processors or even equalization.
Special Note: If you would like a Shock Mount for your T-FET, ADK and Front End Audio recommends the Rycote InVision USM. This is now the official shock mount of the ADK T-FET.
ADK Vienna 12 T-FET Microphone Specifications
- Acoustical operating principle: 27.5mm large diaphragm pressure gradient transducer
- Directional pattern: cardioid
- Frequency range: 20Hz~20kHz
- Sensitivity: -35dB (17.8mV/Pa)
- Output impedance: 200 ohms
- Equivalent noise A-weighted: 11 dB
- S/N ratio (A-weighted, rel 1Pa): 83dB
- Maximum SPL: 136dB with 16dB pad
- Dynamic range: 125dB
- Supply voltage: 48 volts (P48)
ADK Vienna 12 T-FET Microphone Includes
- Vienna 12-T-FET Microphone
- Ring Mount
- Premium Wood Jewel Box
What We Think
"The ADK Vienna 12-T-FET Microphone is my favorite microphone for drum overheads and room. The low end is rolled off at the right point and amount, the mids are well balanced with a nice elevation to the upper mids and top end. This all provides a shimmering brilliant clarity that brings detail and cut in a musical fashion. The ADK Vienna 12-T-FET is an amazing microphone for acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments, pianos, drum overheads and room, as well as female vocals."
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The sound of this mic is as promised by Ryan, smooth top end with good clarity for vocals, particularly good for singers whose voice is somewhat dull. Also sounds great on acoustic instruments. The abundant accessories supplied (mic cable, shock mount, pop filter, wind screen, mic clip, case) are a nice addition. The pop filter is pretty standard, nothing spectacular but serviceable. The shock mount is well made and usable. My only quibble is cosmetic, the ADK "badge" was imprecisely glued on, starting to peel off. Looked kind of cheesey. I would recommend leaving it off, or having it embossed on the metal body. Overall this a great value, esp. at the sale price. It provides a nice complement to my U87a and Rode K2, giving me some additional tonal variety.