KICK THE HAMMERfor bass drum live and recording applications

The D12 VR is a reference large-diaphragm dynamic microphone with cardioid polar pattern. Designed specifically for kick-drum recording applications, the microphone has a thin diaphragm to enhance the low frequency performance. Its warm sound is realized by the original C414 transformer, especially impressive at high signal levels. The D12 VR features three active filter presets to match its sound shape with the kick drum’s character. When activated, the output level is automatically reduced by 10 dB. The filter settings can be controlled using a switch on the microphone body. Without phantom power, the microphone operates in passive mode and delivers the instruments pure sound.

D12 VR (vintage sound re-issue)

D12 VR (vintage sound re-issue)
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3 Active Sound Shapes

3 Active Sound Shapes
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Active filter operation

The implementation of an active electronic filter in a dynamic microphone is an AKG“Phantom Power” must be supplied from the connected mixing desk in order to power the active filter circuitry.The operating principle of the active filters is based on analogue circuitry combinedFrequency processing is performed in the filter circuit and thentransformer. Impedance differences between the micra perfect sound regardless of the connected device.The resulting sound is especially impressive at high signal levels at which the transformersignal.

Rich in History

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, HARMAN’s AKG is proud to introduce the newly designed D12 VR large-diaphragm cardioid microphone intended specifically for kick drum live and recording applications.

3 Active Sound Shapes

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.

Vintage Mic Reputation

“With the reputation AKG’s D12 brought to the recording and broadcast industry, the latest D12 VR embodies its predecessor with the quality and reliability AKG has been providing the audio industry for 65 years,” stated Thomas Umbauer, Product Manager, PPA, AKG. “The relaunched D12 VR will give tracked drums a vintage, yet crisp and modern sound, sure to make percussion tracks shine for professionals or casual artists around the world.”

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Vintage D12 Performance

AKG Revamped D12 VR Bass Microphone Encompasses Vintage D12 Performance, Style And Quality

Specifications
  • Transducer Principle: dynamic pressure gradient transducer
  • Polar Pattern: cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 17-17.000 Hz (± 2 dB)
  • Sensitivity at 1000 Hz passiv
  • Electrical Impedance at 1000 Hz: <200 ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 ohms
  • Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 164dB SPL
  • Climatic Conditions: temperature range: relative humidity at +20°C: 90%
  • Connector Type: three-pin male standard XLR
  • Connector Wiring: pin 1: ground, pin 2: AF (in phase), pin 3: AF (out phase)
  • Housing Material: metal
  • Grill Material: springsteel wire mesh
  • Finish: front grille glossy galvanized nickel matte, rear grille matte black paint
  • Polar Pattern cardioid
  • Audio Frequency bandwidth 17 to 17000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 1.2 mV/Pa
  • Electrical Impedance 200 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance 1000 Ohms

Product Features

  • Ultra thin diaphragm for accurate reproduction of the instruments sound
  • Optimized bass chamber for enhanced low frequency performance
  • Patented switchable active-filter presets three sound shapes to match the drums character
  • Original C414 transformer delivers a warm sound especially at high signal levels
  • Cardioid polar pattern
    rejects overspill from nearby instruments