Avantone Pro BV12

Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic with Multiple Polar Patterns, 10dB Pad, 80Hz Rolloff, Power Supply Module, Shock Mount, Wooden Mic Box, and Tweed Travel Case
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Amazing Value in a Versatile Studio Mic

Sporting sound and looks reminiscent of sought-after vintage mics, the versatile Avantone BV-12 large-diaphragm tube condenser mic gives you professional results from a wide range of studio sources. The BV-12 has a warm, pleasing sonic character that's ideal for vocals, acoustic guitar, drum overheads, piano, and much more. The mic captures minute detail exceeding well, but its 10dB pad also gives you the versatility to use it on boisterous instruments as well. Use it to record gargantuan toms (just don't let the drummer hit it), a crushing wall of electric guitar, or even bagpipes (they're quite loud, you know). However you use it, you'll be glad you have the Avantone BV-12 in your mic locker.

Avantone BV-12 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic Features at a Glance:
  • Multiple polar patterns accommodate any recording task
  • A few examples of what you can do with this workhorse mic
Multiple polar patterns accommodate any recording task

With its omni, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns, plus 6 in-between settings, the Avantone BV-12 is ideal for a range of (stereo) recording techniques, including Spaced Pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and Mid-Side (MS). Read on for a few examples to get the creative juices flowing.

A few examples of what you can do with this workhorse mic

Two singers, one mic: grab the Avantone BV-12, set it to figure-8, and you're good to go. Record a sax solo overdub with natural "slap": position the BV-12 (again, on figure-8) between the sax player and the control room window; adjust mic position to taste. Ginormous Val Garay-style toms (two racks and a floor): three BV-12s on cardioid, fairly close-in - just don't let the drummer hit the mics! Full symphony orchestra, Bob Fine's Mercury Living Presence technique: Three BV-12s, set to omni, across the proscenium arch; record to three tracks panned left, center, right. Set your levels for peaks, then leave those faders alone and let the conductor balance the orchestra. We could go on, but you can already see how the Avantone BV-12 can be used in any number of ways to produce great-sounding tracks.

Avantone BV-12 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic Features at a Glance:
  • Omni, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns, plus 6 in-between settings
  • Microphone body and capsule assembly are precision machined of brass
  • Vintage-style baked-on Buttercream finish
  • The transformer coupled tube circuitry has its origins in famous European vintage designs.
  • Manufactured using the finest materials
  • Solid professional feel, superb structural integrity, and rugged reliability
  • Any studio can proudly offer the BV-12 as a primary vocal mic...
  • Despite its petite pricetag, this mic exudes class visually as well as sonically
  • Mil-grade switches for 10dB pad and 80Hz rolloff
  • Package includes:
  • Custom Retro shockmount
  • PS-1 Multi-Pattern Power Supply included
  • Mogami GoldStudio Pro 15' XLR Cable
  • Elegant padded genuine wooden Mic box
  • Handcrafted wood side, tweed travel case
The Avantone BV-12: your studio needs one (or more)!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Polar Pattern Omni, Cardioid, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 34mm
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Max SPL 136 dB, 146 dB w/Pad
Output Impedance 250 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 78dB
Self Noise 17dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (6 dB/octave)
Pads -10 dB
Color Buttercream
Connector XLR
Weight 1.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BV12

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 2 reviews
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4.5/5

BV12 on vocals and acoustic guitar

I am a project studio owner, in high school at Fryeburg Academy. I have been doing live and studio sound for four years, and am more experienced in live and studio sound then anyone you will ever meet that is my age (16). So my review does come from experience of using mics much higher priced than this one (U87's, U47's, Manley's, Neumann's, Telefunken's, and more). This my favorite mic I have ever used on vocals that is under $1500. I would say $2000, but the Telefunken AK47 MKII and AR51 are outstanding! Amazing clarity without being overly bright, and when recording vocals I find myself having to do very little EQing. Also recording acoustic guitar this does a fairly good job. I find this mic to be great for strumming, but for delicate picking it has a bit too much low end even with the HPF on. For picking I would rather go with a small diaphragm mic like a SM81 or a Telefunken M60 is my favorite for under $600. But you can find the sweet spot for this mic, which on my Taylor 214ce has been further from the sound hole than I would have expected being about a foot and a half away from 10th fret with the mic about 6in higher then the fret board, and facing downward toward the top of the fret board. Also having the polar pattern one click towards the Omni side opened up the cardioid pattern a bit and gave me a fuller overall guitar sound. But, to the reason of why I gave this mic 4 1/2 stars instead of 5 is because after having the mic for about two weeks and about 12 hours of use, the light on the power supply that indicates weather it is on or off, blew. I was very disappointed because the build quality of everything that comes with this mic is exceptional, so this did not make sense to me. but I have returned it and a new one is being sent to me. hopefully it is just a fluke, and the next one will not be like that. But I do encourage acoustic guitar players/ singers to buy this mic because like I said the vocal sound quality for the price is unbeatable.
2/5

Hisses like a snake

After tracking vocals on multiple tracks in my home studio with my SM7b... I wanted to run this as a comparison. I put this mic through the Neve 511 and liked what I heard at first (or so I thought). But as I played my tracks back and later turned my Cue volume up while singing, I realized how overwhelming this thing was... Sounds like an air plane is taking off the whole time... I sold this mic on eBay and I'm now in the neighborhood of Neumann, Telefunken, Manley Mojave and so on... I love Avantone's products... I own almost everything they have made, but did not have a good time with the BV-12
Music background: Audio Engineer. Student. Singer Songwriter.

Sweetwater Advice

Norb Berninger

I recently purchased the Avantone BV12 for my own home studio and have been overwhelmed by its warmth and presence. A hybrid of Avantone's top-of-the-line BV1 and their best-selling CV12, it provides depth without being muddy. I've also found that my vocals are sitting better in my mixes - and I'm using less EQ. Definitely a good thing! On top of that, I can select from nine different polar patterns, which - along with its high-pass filter and -10db pad - make this one extremely versatile microphone.
See also: Condenser Mics, Avantone Pro, Avantone Pro Condenser Microphones