Oktava MK-012-01 Cardioid Microphone
The Oktava MK-012-01 Cardioid Microphone offers a natural smooth and musically balanced character with great off-axis rejection, ideal for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, and piano. Hand made in Tula Russia, this studio workhorse was designed with solid electronics and modular parts, giving you the ability to configure the MK-012-01 to your unique recording application.
The Oktava MK-012-01 Cardioid Microphone is the most recognizable and well-regarded model in the Oktava lineup. It is a compact, high quality, small diaphragm microphone featuring a cardioid capsule. The MK-012-01 offers a smooth balanced response which provides an accurate and musical character for all sound sources. The small size of the microphone provides easy positioning, even in tight spaces. Designed to be modular, you can easily swap out the capsule and pad, making this mic a versatile powerhouse in the recording studio. The included -10 dB pad is ideal for high SPL environments, making the MK-012 perfect for drum overheads, snare drum, hand percussion, guitar cab, and more. Optional Omni and HyperCardioid capsules are available separately or included in the MK-012-02 and MK-012-03 Microphone Sets. Whatever you configuration may be, Front End Audio is here to help you build your Oktava microphone system.
Front End Audio is the exclusive Oktava distributor for the USA and we only sell genuine Russian made microphones. As of August 2021, Oktava has introduced updated packaging for all Oktava MK-012 microphones. The new packaging features a high-end color printed flip box with magnetic closure and a rigid foam insert. This new packaging is designed to bring cohesiveness to the brand and provide the most protection for Oktava microphones during transportation and storage. Want to know more, check out the official Oktava press release here.
Oktava MK-012-01 Cardioid Microphone Features
- Genuine Russian Made
- Interchangeable capsules (Optional HyperCardioid & Omni are available)
- Compact design for easy positioning to sound source
- Old School simplistic design - for reliability
- Also available in Black
Oktava MK-012-01 Cardioid Microphone Recommended Applications
- Acoustic Guitar
- Acoustic Stringed Instruments
- Snare Drum
- Hand Percussion
- Drum Overheads
Oktava MK-012-01 Cardioid Microphone Specifications
- Mic type: Small diaphragm condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Connector: XLR
- Freq. Response: 20-20000Hz
- Power: 48 +- 2V
- Output Impedance: 300 ohms
- Equivalent Noise Level: 18 dBA
- Maximum SPL: 130 db
Oktava MK-012-01 Cardioid Microphone Includes
- Oktava MK-012 Preamp Body
- Cardioid Capsule
- -10db Pad
- Mic Clip
- 1 Year Warranty
What We Think
The Oktava MK-012 has been a go-to mic for a number of audio applications for me, for around 20 years now. Whether it be acoustic guitar and stringed instruments, drum room and overheads (thanks to it's great transient response), or even dialogue, the MK-012 is a reliable tool for the job. Their detail, off-axis rejection (cardioid and hyper-cardioid capsules), as well as tunable proximity effect – coupled with the different kit configurations, makes the MK-012 a highly versatile small diaphragm condenser.
The impressive thing about the Cardioid capsule is it's off-axis rejection. This allows the mic to perform wonderfully in stereo applications, giving you a big stereo image. This makes the cardioid capsules perfect for drum overheads, acoustic guitar, and piano. It also allows for a number of traditional stereo miking techniques such as stereo spaced pair, ORTF, and X/Y.
- Ryan Ferris, Pro Audio Sales Manager
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I have been using these for many years as drum overheads and they never let me down. Very easy to work with as they capture an nice sound without the need for much EQ. It would be nice if they had a shockmount but for the price you can't go wrong.
The representative was super friendly and the transaction and delivery (just three days!) was flawless. I would definitely buy from Front End audio again. Just great.
The oktava MK-012 has become my go-to mic for drum overheads. These mics are found in many high end studios, and for good reason: they deliver superb sound on almost any source. You can use them for drum overheads, close miking of drums, acoustic guitars, vocals--you name it. The screw-on capsules, pads, and low-pass filters are also a nice feature that eliminate the need for switches on the mics.
Great recording mic through a Boss digital 8 track. Lots of sound quality volume without having to push the electronics to the point of amplifying RF noise.
The cardioid lobe is just perfect to pick up a dueling duet. The wind hoody keeps it clean. Feeding it through a Marshall AS50D (need the phantom power!) has it producing a bit more low end than desirable, but it generally still reproduces what it is fed! Really booms out with the reverb cranked up.
Kinda wish I had picked up a matched pair!