Avantone BV-1 MKII Tube Microphone


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The Avantone BV-1 MKII Tube Microphone is a tube-driven, large-diaphragm condenser microphone; it’s predecessor has become an indispensable element in world-renowned studios and home set ups alike, due to an unheard-of combination of quality, durability, and value!

The development of the Avantone BV-1 MKII Tube Microphone was a “spare-no-expense” approach to microphone design — every single component was chosen for its sound quality. This has resulted in capacitors being used from 6 different boutique companies such as Solen, Nichicon, Wima, Elna, Kyocera and Epcos. Avantone worked with many of these companies to manufacture custom capacitors just for the BV-1 MKII, as only the very best would deliver our sonic quality.

The BV-1 MKII also features a custom Cinemag output transformer designed for this microphone, as well as a handpicked edge-terminated 34mm CK12-style capsule. The culmination of these components led to a design that has huge bottom-end, and smooth yet airy top-end. The proximity effect lends itself to a massive sound that can add body and a sense of presence to any vocals. Though the original BV-1 remains a top contender as a world-class vocal mic, the expanded veratility of the BV-1 MKII also makes for a top choice for use with percussion, piano, mandolin, brass, winds, and even guitar cabinets. The BV-1 MKII is ready for anything!

Everything you need.
The BV-1 MKII includes a suite of all the accessories you need. The power supply, just as the microphone itself, is a “spare-no-expense” design. The ultra high quality 7 pin cable is custom made by Sommer in Germany — this is one of the very best 7 pin cables in existence; using thicker gauge conductors for the valve heater and heater ground that ensures the vacuum tube is always being provided the best current. A hardshell briefcase keeps everything together; even the included wood presentation box that stores the microphone itself. The included shockmount holds the microphone snug, and the included windscreen helps recording in even the toughest environments.

Avantone BV-1 MKII Tube Microphone Features

  • MASSIVE sound
  • Fantastic versatility
  • Superb proximity effect
  • Edge-terminated 34mm CK12-style capsule
  • Custom Cinemag transformer
  • High-end components throughout, including custom capacitors
  • Vintage-style power supply with 9 selectable patterns

Avantone BV-1 MKII Tube Microphone Specifications

  • Tube Type: Select Low-Noise Russian 6072A
  • Polar Pattern(s): Variable Figure 8 through Cardiod and Omni.
  • Capsule: Custom dual sided 34mm edge-terminated gold-sputtered Mylar (6 micron)
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz-20KHz
  • Output Impedance: <200 Ohms / transformer isolated
  • Sensitivity: -35dBV
  • S/N Ratio: 78dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Noise Floor: < 17 dBA
  • Maximum SPL: 134dB (0.5% THD @1000Hz); 144dB with pad engaged
  • Equivalent Noise Level: <18dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 7 pin
  • High-Pass Switch: 80 Hz 6dB/octave Switch
  • Attenuation Switch: -10dB Switch
  • Power Requirement: 90Vac-220Vac

Avantone BV-1 MKII Tube Microphone Includes

  • Avantone BV-1 MKII Tube Microphone
  • Power Supply
  • Ultra High Quality 7-Pin Cable
  • Shockmount
  • Windscreen
  • Padded Wooden Mic Box
  • Hardshell Road Case

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What We Think


The Avantone BV-1 Tube Microphone was Avantone's flagship microphone so it’s nice to see it re-released as the MKII. The mic has a really classic tube character. Detailed yet musical upper mids, a touch of air, full mids throughout, and a nice deep bottom end. Everything we tested it on here at Front End Audio performed very well so make sure you check out the videos. If you want that stereotypical "tube mic character", the Avantone BV-1 is a great choice that can handle any sound source. While I am sure this mic will most commonly be used for vocals, do not shy away from trying it elsewhere. The BV-1 is a really good sounding and performing microphone. Avantone made the right decision in bringing this mic back to market.

Ryan Ferris, Pro Audio Sales

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