Oktava MK-012-01 HyperCardioid Microphone
The Oktava MK-012-01 HyperCardioid Microphone offers a natural, tight, and detailed character with amazing off-axis rejection, ideal for film dialogue, foley, ENG, and interviewing - as well as 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. This stealthy black version fades into the background on stage, on camera and in the studio.
The Oktava MK-012-01 mic is the most recognizable and well-regarded model in the Oktava lineup. It is a compact, high quality, small diaphragm microphone featuring a hypercardioid capsule. The MK-012-01 (hypercardioid) offers a smooth response with a slightly enhanced detail in the upper mid, 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 Cardioid 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 HyperCardioid Microphone Features
- Genuine Russian Made
- Interchangeable capsules (Optional Cardioid & Omni are available)
- Compact design for easy positioning to sound source
- Old School simplistic design - for reliability
- Also available in Silver
Oktava MK-012-01 HyperCardioid Microphone Applications
- Film Dialoge
- Acoustic Guitar
- Acoustic Stringed Instruments
- Snare Drum
- Hand Percussion
- Drum Overheads
Oktava MK-012-01 HyperCardioid Microphone Specifications
- Mic type: Small diaphragm condenser
- Polar Pattern: HyperCardioid
- 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 HyperCardioid Microphone Includes
- Oktava MK-012 Preamp Body
- HyperCardioid 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 Hyper-Cardioid capsules have a tighter more laser focused pick-up giving a slight increase in upper mid frequencies. This makes them perfect for applications in noisy environments – which is why the hyper-cardioid capsules are so often used for dialogue in ENG and film. The hyper-cardioid capsule really lets you hone in on the sound source, while rejecting surrounding noise. Couple that with the nonreflective black finish, and you have a mic that is invisible when on the broadcast or film stage.
- Ryan Ferris, Pro Audio Sales Manager
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This mic is awesome. I love it for indoor dialogue and I can even use it as a stream microphone and get very natural sound. I love the hypercardiod capsule - really helps my voice separate from my mix.
Amazing price point, great build. I've been very happy with the results while using this mic for booming dialogue indoors on a pilot for the last three weeks.
Price is great for the quality of the mic. Used it boom dialog indoors. Worked well. Best to use the -10 plug to help with low end boom handling noise. Not Schoeps sound quality but I did not pay $1,900 bucks for the Oktava. Great for low budget productions.
Excellent microphone. Great for studio sound applications, but even more so for location sound. The hyper cap has a very forgiving pickup pattern for a boom operator with great clarity if one has the right protection over it.
Mic sounds awesome, and cheapest place on the internet by a lot! Can't wait to shoot my film with it! Customer service was awesome as well. They accidentally sent me the wrong capsule but exchanged it quickly with no issues. Super friendly, will buy from again.