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Amazing Tube Mic

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by BCAlbin, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. BCAlbin


    Dec 7, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Did a recording session today here in Nashville. They miked my bass with a vintage (NOT "vintage reissue") AKG C12 large diaphragm tube condenser mic. All I can say is...WOW!!! I'm a lot happier with my double bass (early/mid 19th cent. German Flatback) than I previously thought I was! It was the best my bass has EVER sounded. I talked to the engineer about the mic and he said it had been bouncing around Nashville studios for many years. He mentioned a #1 Country song from the early 80's for which the mic had been used for vocals. He also mentioned that the studio had paid $12,000 for the mic...so I don't guess I'll be adding one to my home gear anytime soon. On my way out of the studio, I thanked the engineer for making my bass sound so great. He corrected me, "No, your bass made the mic sound great!" He was a nice guy but somehow I think it had a little more to do with the mic than the bass. Still, I think I'll hang on to the old girl a little bit longer.

  2. jsbarber


    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
  3. robgrow

    robgrow Supporting Member

    May 1, 2004
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Although not quite as nice as an original C-12, the vintage AKG C-12A (which shares the same capsule as the C-12) can still be found occasionally for much more affordable prices. The C-12A can sound great for many acoustic instruments, including double bass.

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