V-12 Tube Microphone
The V12 is our custom C12-style tube microphone, handbuilt to order in California using premium parts. It is comparable in performance to commercial mics in the $1900-$2500 range.
- Vintage tone
- 9 polar patterns
- Elastic shockmount
- Power supply
- Robust flightcase
From the edge-terminated capsule to the handpicked components and custom output transformer, this mic is all about vintage vibe.
The capsule is our edge-terminated CK12 recreation. The tube is a low-noise, selected 6072a type from Russia. The circuit is our version of the ElaM 251 circuit, made with handpicked, audiophile-grade parts including a custom US-made transformer.
Power supply options
This microphone includes our standard power supply. It is a zener-regulated supply that is comparable to what you would get with most any commercial tube mic under $1000.
As an alternative, we offer a custom, US-made premium tube mic power supply. These are handbuilt in California. To upgrade your V-12 to this premium PSU, order it here and choose the "upgrade bundle" option for discounted pricing. Note - the upgrade bundle pricing is only available if the PSU is ordered in the same shopping cart as the V-12 microphone.
The V-12 includes a basic elastic shockmount. If you'd like to upgrade to the Rycote USM, we can also change the case so that the USM fits into a special enlarged die-cut. We can rebate the cost of the original shockmount (USD $15) if you wish to do this. Contact us for details.
The V-12 includes a basic XLR7 cable. If you prefer a premium cable, order the Gotham GAC-7 cable here. The GAC-7 uses heavier conductors for the heater circuit, which means lower losses due to cable resistance. This translates to more consistent power for the tube's filament, which is critical to performance.
These microphones are built to order in our US headquarters. Allow 3-5 business days for assembly, testing, burn-in, and final QC. Click here for the latest news about custom mic ordering times.