The C12 VR is the reference multi-pattern tube studio condenser microphone with nine polar patterns selectable by a remote control. Among sound engineers, the AKG C12 is considered the holy grail of microphones. This legendary microphone, first built in the 1950s, is one of the most famous tube microphones in history, and its successor is the C12 VR. The C12 VR is an enhanced version of the original C12, from the capsule sound to the original 6072A vacuum tube carefully handcrafted in Vienna, Austria. The C12 VR is powered by an external supply.
The AKG C12 VR Tube Condenser Microphone is a reimagining of one of the first well-known tube microphones in the history of recording technology, the AKG C12. Despite enormous technical progress, well-preserved types of these microphones are highly sought-after and highly priced. The calls for a new edition prompted AKG to develop a modern equivalent for professional recording. The C12 VR is a replica of the original, including the capsule sound and the original circuitry with the 6072A vacuum tube. Only the optimisation with regard to inherent noise and distortion has been adapted to the current state of the art. No less than 9x directional polar characteristics can be selected via remote control. The large diaphragm capsule and the original 6072A vacuum tube transmit a sound that simply cannot be described in words.