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AKG C12VR Anyone have one? Thoughts?
Old 26th January 2007
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Rob King's Avatar
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AKG C12VR Anyone have one? Thoughts?

Anyone own one of these? What can you compare it too as far as sound? Seems a bit pricey for $5K but what is it really worth? Anyone care to share their thoughts on this mic and it's uses?
Old 26th January 2007
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Tony Shepperd's Avatar
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I own a C12VR. It's good.
It doesn't sound exactly like a C12, but it sounds really good.

Is it worth 5k?
To me it would depend on what else was in my mic collection.
That's pretty hefty, I might buy a CM7 from Wunder Audio first.
Once again, it really depends on the "colors" of the mics you already own.
Old 26th January 2007
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it doesnt get too many good reviews on here never heard it but apparently sounds nothing like the real c12. A couple of people who have them dont hate them so much but theyd find it hard 2 after shelling out so much cream.
Im sure theres plenty of pros here who know about them or have used them.

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I used a pair for piano and for lead vocals on my last record, www.myspace.com/adamminer. the song dangerous eyes is the c12vr. Maggie has a u47 for the first stanza, then moves to the c12vr. They are expensive indeed and I haven't tried them in comparison to their knock-offs like peluso. if you've got that kind of money to drop i'm sure your local music store would be happy to send you home with a few options to try the c12vr against. it sounds like a dream though and tends to be great for singers like me who have a lot of presence in their voice but who could use a little sparkle and rumble. for all the tube mic's i've used nothing felt the same as when i had the c12vr in my phones. it sounded like it had a fuzzy blanket and a bit of compression just tracking dry. I enjoyed it more than the well maintained u47 and the u87 I also had access to.

it benifited greatly though from the tube pre I used as well. it was an aphex 1100.
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