Avantone Pro CV-12 BLA Black Lion Modded Multi-Pattern Large-Diaphragm Tube Microphone

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Teaming up with Black Lion Audio in Chicago, Avantone offers the CV-12 BLA, a modified version of the company’s popular CV-12 multi-pattern large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone. It features a 34mm CK12-style capsule, a 6072A tube output stage, a power supply with low-noise circuitry, and delivers a warm, vintage tone with a flatter frequency response and greater headroom than the original. Designed to work as a utility mic in the studio, this microphone is ideal for capturing vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drum overheads, room ambience, piano, and more.

The power supply features a nine-position polar pattern knob that enables you to choose between omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8, or positions in-between to optimize the pickup of the sound source. In addition, there is a 10 dB pad switch for close-miking loud instruments and voices without unwanted distortion, and an 80 Hz high-pass filter for minimizing low-frequency rumble.

The CV-12 BLA comes with a Jetsun shockmount, which allows instruments and windscreens to get very close to the capsule for increased proximity effect. The unit ships with a padded wooden box to protect the mic and a deluxe faux-alligator case to transport the mic, power supply, and accessories in style.

What’s New with the CV-12 BLA

  • Circuitry of original CV-12 modified by Black Lion Audio results in a flatter frequency response and higher headroom
  • 32mm K67 capsule is replaced with a 34mm CK12-style capsule to smooth the highs and bring out the lows
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, balanced across the entire sound spectrum
  • 136 dB maximum SPL, 146 dB with pad engaged
  • Transparent-sounding Solen FastCap coupling capacitor
  • Completely redesigned power supply features a new low-noise circuit
  • Regulated plate voltage supply
  • Extra filtering on transformer bridge diode
  • Included Jetsun shockmount allows instruments and windscreens to get several inches closer to the headshell for increased proximity effect

CV-12 BLA Features

  • Tube-type, true-condenser microphone
  • Utility microphone sounds great on studio vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drum overheads, room ambience, piano, and more
  • 9 polar patterns selectable at PS-12 power supply
  • Omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns, plus three steps between each
  • Tube type: 6072A
  • Switchable high-pass filter at 80 Hz
  • Switchable 10 dB pad
  • Metallic cabernet-red body with polished-nickel trim
  • Black deluxe faux-alligator case for transporting mic, power supply, and accessories
  • Padded genuine wooden mic box
  • Designed and assembled in the USA