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AKG D12VR Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Dynamic Kick Drum Mic  

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The D12 VR is a large-diaphragm cardioid dynamic microphone. Designed specifically for kick-drum recording applications, the microphone has a thin diaphragm to enhance the low frequency performance. I... Click To Read More About This Product

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The D12 VR is a large-diaphragm cardioid dynamic microphone. Designed specifically for kick-drum recording applications, the microphone has a thin diaphragm to enhance the low frequency performance. Its predecessors have been the industry standard in kick drum mics for decades. The D12 and subsequently the D12E and the D112 have been the choice of drummers and the live sound engineers who love them since 1950.

Without phantom power, the microphone delivers the pure character of the sound source. With phantom power enabled, one of three switchable active-filter presets can be used to quickly adapt the microphone response to suit the desired kick-drum sound. The filter setting can be controlled using a switch on the microphone body. In this mode the output level is also reduced by 10 dB automatically.

Check it out. The latest version of a classic. It has retained the attributes of the original but taken advantage of modern innovations. Vintage and modern have just met up, and they have done so in front of the kick drum head.

  • Four different sound shapes
  • Ultra thin diaphragm
  • Optimized bass chamber
  • Original C414 transformer
    • Type: dynamic pressure gradient transducer
    • Polar pattern: cardioid
    • Frequency range: 17 - 17000 Hz (±2 dB)
    • Sensitivity: 1,2 mV/Pa ± -58 dBV (at 1000 Hz passive)
    • Max. SPL: 164 dB SPL (for 0,5 % THD)
    • Impedance: <200 ohms (at 1000 Hz)
    • Recommended load impedance: >1000 ohms
    • Environment temperature range: -10 C - +70 C
    • relative humidity at +20 C: 90 %
    • Connector: three-pin male standard XLR
    • Finish front grille: glossy galvanized nickel matte,
    • rear grille: matte black paint
    • Dimensions: 125 mm x 101 mm x 66 mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 2.6")
AKG Acoustics, U.S. Limited Warranty

Amended July 19, 2005

AKG Acoustics warrants AKG products against defects in material or workmanship for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, and agrees to repair or, at our option replace any defective unit without charge for either parts or labor. AKG grants a three-year warranty covering selected products (C 12 VR, C 414 B-ULS, C 414 B-TLII, C 414 B-XLS, C 414 B-XLII, C 426 B, C 451 B, C 480 B, C 391 B, C 1000 B, C 2000 S, C 3000 B, C 4000 B, C 4500 B, SolidTube) against defects in material and workmanship.

Warranty is valid for AKG products purchased and delivered within the United States for the original purchaser only. The purchaser's Bill of Sale will serve as proof of sale and warranty validity in the U.S. Shipment of defective items to AKG for repair will be at the customer's own risk and expense. AKG will assume the return shipping cost for all items repaired under warranty.

IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse or abuse, lack of reasonable care, the affixing of any attachment not provided with the product, loss of parts, or connecting the product to any receptacle other than specified.

This warranty is void unless AKG Acoustics, U.S.'s service center performs the repair. No responsibility is assumed for any special, incidental or consequential damages caused by the consumer. However, the limitation of any right or remedy shall not be effective where law prohibits such.

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AKGD12VR Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Dynamic Kick Drum Mic

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Killer Kick Drum Microphone

By David Dolnick

from Sarasota, FL

Comments about AKG D12VR Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Dynamic Kick Drum Mic:

I have been using the AKG D112 for about 13 years and had an old D12 back thru the late 80's and this new D12VR is a much better build quality then the original D12 and the new Active eletronics in the D12 VR make this thing very versital across many drum kits. I just did a three day feastival this past week end and used this thing with 24 different bands and it was a hit with every drummer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


D12VR = PHAT Bass


from Little Rock, AR

Comments about AKG D12VR Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Dynamic Kick Drum Mic:

This microphone has some interesting options that allow the engineer to tailor usage to specific sources. Inside a kick drum, engaging the active circuit with bass shelf captures a murderous punchy sound that I have only heard in sample libraries before this mic. On a bass guitar, using the low & high shelf active circuit results in a deep bottom with articulate highs that are neither bright nor crispy. For a smoother, classic dynamic sound, don't use phantom power & run the D12VR in passive mode -- great for brassy instruments. I would not recommend this mic for vocals, harp, piano, banjo or any other instrument that needs a balanced, uncolored sound. This is a high-quality bass monster that has made it possible for my studio to reproduce tight bass in rock & pop music. The mic itself has a little weight to it & some folks comment that it resembles different things like Thor's Hammer for example. It has a sturdy, resilient design that I expect to last many years. It is easy to set in place because of its pivoting neck & can get point-blank up to a source. I recommend this mic for professional drummers & bassists on tour or in the studio.

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