The D12 VR is intended specifically for kick drums in live and recording situations. It offers a thin diaphragm within its newly designed capsule, which enhances low-frequency performance.
With phantom power disabled, the D12 delivers accurate, pure character from the sound source. With phantom power enabled, one of three switchable active-filter presets can be used to quickly adapt the mic’s response to suit the user’s desired kick drum sound.
The vintage-style premium bass microphone offers three active sound shapes for recording – open kick drum, closed kick drum and vintage sound – and it is manufactured with the original AKG C414 transformer from the 1970s.
“With the reputation AKG’s D12 brought to the recording and broadcast industry, the latest D12 VR embodies its predecessor with the quality and reliability AKG has been providing the audio industry for 65 years,” stated Thomas Umbauer, product manager, PPA, AKG. “The relaunched D12 VR will give tracked drums a vintage, yet crisp and modern sound, sure to make percussion tracks shine for professionals or casual artists around the world.”
The AKG D12 VR is expected to retail for £349 and will ship in October 2012. Sound Technology is the UK distributor for AKG.