Not Vintage, But Does Better For Half The Price!
Avantone‘s Audio CV -12 might look simple on the outside with a simple grille for its enclosure and a simple tube body.
But it has three interchangeable tubes that surprisingly doesn’t make it quite expensive as its valve/tube predecessors.
Heck, even students could afford it. Audio professionals still own it, but why?
The Avantone CV-12 large-capsule tube condenser microphone is something surprising for its surprise. That’s why…
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The Red Design looking like a Chinese Dragon
To be honest, I haven’t heard of Avant Electronics until this microphone.
According to most people and the information available in its website, it has experienced staff.
And experienced they really are. Committing to the idea of quality studio microphones without having to pay so much, the Avantone CV-12 is its flagship model.
It is packed in a sturdy aluminum briefcase that makes it easy to transport. The microphone is housed in foam, molded right after its outline and snugly fits without movement.
It’s great for traveling audio engineers. The case is also convenient for carrying two extra tubes. It counts as three if you count the tube placed inside the microphone.
The tubes allow users to find the tonal combination they need for their application.
This is definitely one useful option because microphones, especially vintage ones, don’t ship with quite expensive tubes, let alone three different ones.
Using a different type of tube could mean great tonal consequence, but the best part is that with three tubes, you could definitely adapt to any audio situation on or off the studio.
The CV-12 has a shockmount that screws on top of a microphone stand where the microphone screws itself to. A standard 3-pin XLR cable links to the power supply.
The chain goes to the preamp. Allowing the power supply to heat up, as per tube standard, allow you to get top sound from your equipment.
The Tube Sound Exposed
Extra-dynamic vocalists will want to use this microphone because of its dynamic response.
Entire ranges of soft and loud vocals can sound natural and pristine with the CV-12.
It has a clear, present and airy sound on softer passages. It also remarkably captures sibilance for soft and strong passages without stressing too much on the S sound.
Its peak transients do not break, that’s why it has stronger passages.
It has a warm, fat tone that sounds like some older tube microphones have.
On electric guitars and instruments, they sound fat, crunchy and enough presence.
They have warm mids, efficient and right low end. On clean guitars, they do not have any coloration. It just sounds like the original instrument sound intended.
Being too close to the mic, you could create an airy, boxed in sound. You’ll need to keep yourself a bit far from the microphone to make it work.
Tube microphones typically work with midrange proximities. Changing tubes, I got enough midrange for almost any kind of audio situation, which is definitely amazing.
Conclusion of this Red Jewel
The CV-12 may appear like a cheap knock-off to older equipment but if you listen closely, you’ll find that it could even substitute battled and tried-and-tested microphones.
While it may not be as expensive and used extensively as a vintage microphone, it aims to sound like its predecessors, at half the price!
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