Avantone CV-12BLA Tube Condenser Microphone

Avantone collaborated with Black Lion Audio to create a formidable take on a classic condenser mic, complete with power supply and faux alligator skin case.

With a flatter response and more headroom than before, the CV-12BLA takes what you love about the CV-12 even further! Throw it on drums or piano, close mic a guitar, or throw it on vocals for a finish so polished it'll put more expensive mics to shame!

Black Lion Audio has spent over a decade perfecting the art of modding gear. Employing this expertise, Avantone partnered with them to develop the CV-12BLA. This partnership resulted in a meticulous look at every single component of the classic CV-12. First and foremost, the circuit has been modified to have a flatter response. The high-mid bump that the CV-12 is known for was tamed and a different capsule was used to further smooth the highs and bring out the lows resulting in more balance. This flatter response, coupled with higher headroom allows the microphone to be more of a "utilitarian" microphone that sounds great on just about everything. Avantone particularly found that full-range sources are where the CV-12BLA really shined as the frequency range is balanced across the board. The coupling capacitor is an industry favorite Solen FastCap, which was chosen for its transparency. The 32mm K67 capsule was replaced with a 34mm CK12 styled capsule which was chosen to complement the circuit. Leaving no stone unturned, the CV-12BLA features a completely redesigned power supply, featuring a low-noise circuit.

The CV-12BLA includes the Jetsun shock mount. Not only does this shock mount help isolate the microphone from the stand, but the front section is read more also left open, allowing instruments and windscreens to get several inches closer to the headshell. This design feature allows artists to take advantage of an increased proximity effect, something much more difficult to do with a fully round shock mount.

Finally, the CV-12BLA includes a black faux alligator skin case that not only protects the mic while transporting it, but also looks great while doing so!
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- Type: Tube-Type True Condenser Microphone
- Capsule: 34mm CK12 styled capsule
- Polar Patterns: 9 patterns selectable at PS-12 power supply
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 3dB
- Output Impedance: <=250 Ohms / transformer isolated
- Maximum SPL: 136dB (0.5% THD @1000Hz) 146dB with pad engaged
- Equivalent noise level: <17dB
- S/N Ratio: 78dB
- Sensitivity: -35dB
- Output Connector: Male XLR 7 pin w/ special power supply & cables
- Tube Type: 6072A
- High-Pass Switch: 80 Hz 6dB/octave Switch
- Attenuation Switch: -10dB Switch
- Power Requirements: Power supply with low-noise circuit
- Finish: Polished Nickel trim / Metallic Cabernet Red Body
- Weight: .8 kgs / 1.8 lbs
- Dimensions: 237mm x 46mm / 9.5" x 1.8"
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 18.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 16 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CV12BLA

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (845) 642-3697

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted March 2, 2020 by Kerry G in Columbia, SC
"Cv12 Bla"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This is my first ldc tube mic. It is thicker than a condenser but not fuzzy ( which I like ). Give this mic some warm up time before tracking and it will produce results. Omni seems to be most honest with vocals ( no bottom build up ). I haven't stacked vocals with it yet.
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