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Rating and Reviews: Avantone CV-12 Microphone

Vocals shine on the warm, pleasing Avantone CV-12. With 9 pickup patterns, this mic rivals the best vintage European tube condensers at an unbeatable price.

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"Excellent Mic" submitted December 1, 2014

By Jeff S in Fairview, NC
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Musical Background: Studio Engineer, with 30+ years experience
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Overall: The Avantone CV-12 Tube Mic is an excellent choice for vocals. Amazing warmth and an airy top end, with very good control of sibilance, are this mic's main features. it's a vintage sound for sure; however, detail in the top end is very clean, and the noise floor is audibly as low as contemporary FET condensers. Works well with acoustic instruments as well. The vintage-style shock mount is a bit clunky (thumb screws as opposed to spring clamps), but the CV-12 will fit nicely in most modern shock mounts. Did I mention it's a beautiful mic, the body painted a deep red? Fast becoming my go-to mic!
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"Avantone CV12" submitted May 1, 2014

By Will J in Detroit, MI
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Overall: This microphone has made a wonderful difference in my vocals. My vocals are thick and full and not so bright as other microphones. I have ahad a major DeEssing issue and this mic has made a significant difference.
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"Worthy Investment" submitted April 25, 2018

By Ken Owens in Lampasas, TX
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Musical Background: 10 yrs
Music Style: Blues,rock,country,Americana,etc
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Overall: I purchased one, a great deal at this price. These are solid mics, very useful on every session. Has a natural compression vibe. It will grab an ocassional "s", instead of compressing, just have vocalist move back just a bit. Sounds spectacular with any pro level preamp. It's fantastic on just a basic setting, but as you learn a thing or two about micing techniques you really understand how awesome your CV12 really is. Fig 8 a source, also Fig 8 with a good ribbon mic on same source, compare both. A very accurate mic, a solid addition to a professional studio mic locker. Best in price range if you need a tube w/multi-pattern pickup.
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"Shockmount is worthless" submitted September 7, 2018

By Christopher Wassmer in West Chester, PA
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Overall: I just received mine, I can't get it into the shockmount. My unboxing experience consisted of oogling the mic and power supply, reaching into the case, removing the shockmount, and having all the bungee cords dislodge themselves.Honestly very disappointed. Luckily it fits into my AKG-style shockmount but why spend the money developing a mount this worthless?
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"Avantone CV-12" submitted July 29, 2015

By Larry H
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Musical Background: been singing semipro 40 years. Guitar, Bass guitar, keybord.
Music Style: I play rock, pop, country, and gospel, but like most music that's done well.
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Overall: Great sound, looks great. Only had it about a month, but it has become my favorite mic in my studio.
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"`Caso Privia PX-860" submitted July 29, 2015

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Musical Background: Use to play semipro. Now home studio.
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Overall: I've only had it about one month, but I love it. Looks good, plays great, sounds great. I haven't had to use the support, so can't comment on that part. Overall very happy.
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