The AVANTONE “Cabernet (C-series)” mics from AVANT ELECTRONICS are designed to offer true professional performance. They will meet or surpass the performance and specifications of much higher priced mics.
The AVANTONE CV-12 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!
Our 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 transformer coupled tube circuitry has its origins in famous European vintage designs.
Any studio can proudly offer the CV-12 as a primary vocal mic…It exudes class visually as well as sonically.
Manufactured using the finest materials yielding a very solid feel, superb structural integrity and rugged reliability.
The versatile CV-12 mic 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.
9-Pattern Tube Microphone w/ dual 32mm gold sputtered thin Mylar capsules
-10 dB pad & 80 Hz LF roll off switches
"HAND SELECTED" Russian made 6072A , JJ ECC81 & ECC83 Slovak Republic Tubes
NOTE: The PS-12 power supply offers access not only to the above OMNI, CARDIOID, and FIGURE-8 patterns but also 6 “in-between” settings. Most vocals will be best suited to Cardioid pattern but you may experiment to satisfy yourself. The omni-mode works well in some rooms for ambient room mic usage.
"When you're producing a top country artist like Taylor Swift you can choose any microphone you want for the lead vocal, from vintage high-priced mics to the unimaginably rare that the top studios in Nashville have to offer. But I found the best sound and the most emotional microphone I could use for Taylor's lead vocal was the Avantone CV-12. I take it with me everywhere I record."
Nathan Chapman PRODUCER/ENGINEER
(Taylor Swift, Amy Stroup, Jill Johnson, Lori McKenna, Dogwood, Stephanie Chapman, etc.)
“Occasionally a piece of equipment shows up that brings real quality to the marketplace at an affordable price. Avant Electronics has done exactly that with the CV12 and CV 28 microphones. In fact, I can't remember something so good being so affordable. These mics sound terrific, are robustly built, and look great to boot. These are wonderful mics, affordable within any budget. They hold their own with my U48, C24, and other high end microphones which are twenty times more expensive!"
Tony Berg PRODUCER
(Pete Yorn, Nickel Creek, Michael Penn, Squeeze, Edie Brickell, etc.)
“I wanted to tell you how much I like the CV-12…The CV-12 stands out as one of my first 'go to' mics for vocals in my collection…. a solid winner on both my female and male singers…The CV-12 has a very warm sound especially good for vocals that tend toward the shrill side. I like the very slight presence boost–not too bright like some tube condenser mics… Everything about this mic is first class….”
Barry Rudolph PRODUCER/ENGINEER
(Rod Stewart, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Corrs. etc)
“We just A/B’d our Avantone CV-12 mic against my vintage Neumann U-47, AKG C-12 & AKG C12A tube mics and found the CV-12 to have a much better presence and better bottom end with a “friendly body” to its sound without too much coloration. The CV-12 has proven to be very “mic-pre friendly” which makes my job easier so I can spend more time capturing great vocal performances.”