Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone


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The Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone is a fantastic microphone perfect for voice and instruments. Nothing in it's price range comes close! the CV-12 offers an excellent value for money.

The Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone is truly a gorgeous looking and sounding microphone. The design, character and performance can be compared directly to some of the very finest vintage tube vocal mics but at a fraction of their cost! The Avantone "Cabernet (C-series)" mics from Avantone are designed to offer true professional performance. They will meet or surpass the performance and specifications of much higher priced mics.

The Avantone's rugged CV-12 microphone body and capsule assembly are precision machined of BRASS. Aesthetically, it features an elegant Cabernet Wine-Red finish, accented with polished nickel trim and grill. The Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone's transformer coupled tube circuitry has its origins in famous European vintage designs.

The Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone in its normal stock version uses high grade Metalized Polypropylene capacitors in the audio path. This represents Avantone's commitment to quality as these normally are the type of components that are implemented by microphone modder/hot-rodders!

Any studio can proudly offer the Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone as a primary vocal mic! It exudes class visually as well as sonically. In fact, this is the ONLY microphone that TAYLOR SWIFT will use... and she has her pick of the litter. The Avantone CV-12 is manufactured using the finest materials yielding a very solid feel, superb structural integrity and rugged reliability. The versatile Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone is able to produce professional results with a warm, pleasing sonic character.

The included Custom Retro Shockmount is superb in allowing a precise positioning of the mic while inhibiting the transfer of unwanted vibrations up into the mic. This isolation allows for superior professional results.

Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone Features

  • 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
  • An excellent microphone for Vocals, Guitar, and Drums
  • Perfect for sound waves out into the air that you wish to capture in a flattering light

Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone Specifications

  • Transducer: Condenser
  • Diaphragm: 1.26" / 32 mm
  • Tube: 6072A Tube
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional
  • Pattern Selection: Switched
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 78 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 17 dB
  • Maximum SPL: 136 dB SPL
  • Pad: -10 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.5%
  • Impedance: 250 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: -35 dB
  • Low-Cut Filter: 6 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
  • Output Connectors: 1 x 7-Pin XLR
  • Operating Voltage: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Length: 9.33" / 237 mm
  • Diameter: 1.81" / 46 mm
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs / 0.82 kg

Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone Includes

  • Custom Retro Shockmount
  • Real Wooden Mic Box
  • Aluminum Road Case
  • 5 Year Warranty

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  • 4
    Avantone CV-12, CV-12 BLA
    Tom Walsh

    Great mic for an unbelievable price. We have an original C12, so direct comparison was easy. This is slightly "thinner" overall, but an absolutely superior mic. However, the BLA modded version of this mic is even better! We tested the BLA version against the C12, M149, C800G, and original U67, using a Millennia HV3 and Prism conversion. The results were crazy good. The BLA is DEAD quiet, round and smooth. Definitely belongs in the locker with mics costing 20 times the price. The BLA version gets 5 stars.

  • 5
    Carlos Duran

    Cristal clear and deep Sound, Really good tube sound...

  • 5
    High light
    You know

    The peac that I need to get the quality.

  • 5
    Avantone Mic purchase
    Chris Bergeron

    Once everything was shipped it arrived very quickly and in excellent condition. I was initially a little bummed that the bonus product (Avantone pop filter) that was bundled with the mic was out of stock, but then they offered to bundle it with one that is at least as good (was more expensive anyway) and it works great! Thanks, Chris

  • 5
    One of the best mic's out there!
    Jesus Saenz

    By far an awesome product for the price. Great quality and the sound is amazing!

  • 5
    Believe The Hype!
    Evan Phillips

    Just produced a record and used this mic all over our 10 day session. The Avantone CV-12 adds warmth and color that you just don't get from FET microphones. I'm very happy with this purchase. Well worth the money.

  • 5
    Amazing Product, Amazing Service
    Lori Stockdale

    Thank you for your excellent product and excellent customer service. You have our business!

  • 4
    Great Mic...
    Jeremy Reynolds

    I recently purchased the Avantone CV-12 from Front End. The shipping was quicker than expected and the microphone is beautiful. It sounds wonderful. I haven't used it extensively yet, but I am pleased with the sound I have achieved. One complaint, the shockmount. It comes undone almost everytime I put it back in the box. Very annoying, very large PITA. That aside, I love the mic and the versatility it offers.

  • 5
    Best mic!
    Anneline Breetzke

    I was going to get the AKG 3000 mic for home recording but it's been out of stock for ages. This mic was recommended to me by a Front End Studio staff! I decided to go for it without testing the sound etc - it's honestly the best mic I've used. MUCH better for my voice than the AKG 3000 I was using from a friend. I'm very happy with this purchase!

What We Think


The Avantone CV-12 is without a doubt one of the best values in microphones available today. We consistently recommend this microphone and have nothing but happy customers as a result. The CV-12 just seems to have that right balance of body, clarity, and dimension that are the hallmarks of a great microphone for vocals, drum overheads and rooms, and acoustic instruments. Give one a try and you're likely to want a second one to make a great pair.

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