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AKG announce D12 VR mic

Redesigned large-diaphragm cardioid condenser based on original D12

Press Release: Developed more than six decades ago, AKG achieved an international breakthrough in recording and broadcast technology with the introduction of its first dynamic microphone, the D12. The first-of-its-kind microphone became a staple in television and radio studios around the world, setting the standard for voice transmission in the 1950s and ‘60s. Today, AKG is proud to introduce the newly designed D12 VR large-diaphragm cardioid microphone intended specifically for kick drum live and recording applications.

akgd12vr.jpegThe D12 VR features the same AKG C414 transformer that was used in the 1970s.

D12 VR (vintage sound re-issue) offers a thin diaphragm within its newly designed capsule, which enhances low-frequency performance. With phantom power disabled, the D12 delivers accurate, pure character from the sound source. With phantom power enabled, one of three switchable active-filter presets can be used to quickly adapt the mic’s response to suit the user’s desired kick drum sound.

Features:

  • Four different sound shapes
  • Ultra thin diaphragm
  • Optimized bass chamber
  • Original C414 transformer
  • Cardioid polar pattern

The vintage-style premium bass microphone offers three active sound shapes for recording: open kick drum, closed kick drum and vintage sound. D12 is manufactured with the original AKG C414 transformer from the 1970s, reinforcing AKG’s deep musical heritage.

Specification:

  • Dynamic pressure gradient transducer
  • 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)

AKG’s patented implementation of an active electronic filter within a dynamic microphone continues to provide the audio industry with perfected sound. Internally, AKG’s dynamic microphones process frequencies within the filter circuit and connect the audio signal in the mic’s transformer. The impedance differences between the mic and tandem audio equipment are cancelled out, enabling the unit to showcase the ultimate sound, regardless of its connected device. AKG’s transformers enhance the audio signal significantly, especially at high signal levels. 

The AKG D12 VR is expected to retail for £349 RRP inc VAT and to ship in October 2012.

UK Tweet To Win Competition

If you are based in the UK or ROI, AKG distributor Sound Technology Ltd are offering a chance to win on of two D12 VRs just by sending a tweet! For details of the Tweet To Win competition which runs from 7th September to 21st September visit:

http://www.soundtech.co.uk/akg/d12vr-tweet-to-win


 

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