AKG D12 VR Reference Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone

AKG D12 VR Reference Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone

AKG D12 VR Reference Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone

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The AKG D12 VR Reference Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone is a reference large-diaphragm dynamic microphone built to stand up to demanding kick drum applications. Its cardioid polar pattern isolates the sound of the kick drum, ensuring other parts of the drum kit are not picked up. The D12 VR does not have phantom power, which allows it to deliver the true character of the sound source. Designed for kick drum recordings, it can also be used as a generic bass microphone for loud wind instruments and vocal use.

Designed specifically for kick drum recording, the D12 VR has a thin diaphragm that enhances the low-frequency performance. Warm sounds from the kick drum are realized thanks to discrete circuitry and the original C414 transformer, which is especially impressive at high signal levels.

Three active filter presets are featured in the D12 VR. These presets match the microphone’s sound shape with the kick drum character. Filter settings are easily accessed and controlled using a switch on the microphone’s body. When activated, the output level is automatically reduced by 10 dB.

Phantom power is not provided from the microphone; to operate these active filter presets phantom power has to be supplied from the connected mixing desk. The active filters operate based on analog circuitry combined with a transformer. The filter circuit handles frequency processing and then combines with the audio signal in the transformer. You’ll get excellent sound regardless of the connected device since impedance differences between the microphone and other gear are canceled out.

Key Features of the AKG D12 VR Reference Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone

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


Transducer Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 17 Hz - 17 kHz
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Sensitivity 1.2 mV/Pa
Max SPL 164dB
Connector 3-pin XLRm
Dimensions Height: 125mm
Diameter: 66mm
Net Weight: 500g