Oktava MK-012-01 MSP2 Microphone Set
The Oktava MK-012-01 is the most recognizable and well-regarded model in the Oktava lineup, and where one is great – a pair is even better! The MK-012-01 MSP2 gives you a stereo pair of the Oktava MK-012-01 microphones in one convenient package. The MSP2 is what we at Front End Audio would consider a top pick for your stereo recording applications. Hand made in Tula Russia, the MK-012-01 is designed with solid electronics and modular parts, giving you the ability to configure your MSP2 to your unique recording application. This classic silver version looks fantastic and will be your go-to stereo mics!
These small diaphragm microphones are compact, high quality, and feature cardioid capsules. The Oktava MK-012-01 MSP2 Microphone Set is a factory matched pair of microphones that offer a natural smooth and musically balanced character with great off-axis rejection, ideal for your stereo overhead, acoustic guitar, and piano recordings. The small size of the microphones provide easy positioning, even in tight spaces. Designed to be modular, you can easily swap out the capsules and pads, making these mics a versatile powerhouse in the recording studio. The included -10 dB pads are ideal for high SPL environments, making the MSP2 perfect for stereo recording applications. Optional Omni and HyperCardioid capsules are available separately or included in the MSP4 and MSP6 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
- Ideal for stereo recordings
- 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
- 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 MSP2 Microphone Set Includes
- x2 Oktava MK-012 Bodies
- x2 Cardioid Capsules
- x2 -10db Pads
- x2 Mounts
What We Think
The Oktava MSP2 Kit gives you two mic bodies, two -10pads (perfect for drums and other loud sound sources), and two Cardioid capsules. The MSP2 kit is perfect for stereo miking applications in stereo spaced pair, ORTF, and X/Y - as well as dual/individual mono sound sources.
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.
- Ryan Ferris, Pro Audio Sales Manager
Videos Hide Videos Show Videos
7 Reviews Hide Reviews Show Reviews
I am pretty new to home recording (most typically recording my classical guitar). I had been using a Blue Yeti Pro Mic which is a very good mic by USB mic standards, but not that impressive across the mic world as I understand things. I was pleasantly surprised at how obvious the improved clarity of the Octava mic's was to my untrained ear vs. the Yeti Pro. I am new to the recording world, but I was pleased with my choice (and the super quick delivery from Front End).
Great mics!!! Quick shipping no hassles or problems. Will do business with again!
These are great to have. I would've never thought that they would be good drum overheads. THey are! Be diligent with placement. They really soak up the cymbals. Upright piano: dandy! Don't be afraid to just use one. Mono works too! Acoustic: quite nice. In fact for stereo acoustic, try use one mk012 paired with a ribbon or something darker and flabbier. A lot of tonal options that way. Again, just because you have two (and I'm talking to myself as well), doesn't mean that you have to use both of them. You'll need a stereo bar, and some little shockmounts. Handling/bumping noise is ridiculous. I performed the "dorsey" mod to these. It did open them up a bit, but that also meant that it made them a wee bit brighter. I don't regret it, and I would recommend for or against it.
I am using these mics for voice as well as music and am very happy with the quality of both types of recordings. The sound is crisp and clear. I could have spent a lot more money and probably not gotten a lot better recordings.
I've used these mics on female vocals, drum overheads, leslie cabinets and acoustic guitars. They have a very natural sound without sounding brittle and bright. Very crisp and detailed.
Great mikes you can ise just everywhere on every instrument. Tried recording ambient room sound of a concert (stereopair works realy nicely there), vocals (a little sibilant), acoustic guitar (very natural), overheads (you can just add a bass drum mike and record the whole set with great fidelity and stereofield), violin (with high roll-off), djambee (top mike). With a little help of an eq you can make every recorded sound sound good - thanks to the flattness of the mikes. Highly recommened!
ive used these extensively on guitar and drum overheads, and i love these little mics! highly recommended.