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Kick the hammer

for bass drum live and recording applications

The D12 VR is a reference large-diaphragm dynamic microphone with cardioid polar pattern. Designed specifically for kick-drum recording applications, the microphone has a thin diaphragm to enhance the low frequency performance. Its warm sound is realized by the original C414 transformer, especially impressive at high signal levels.

The D12 VR features three active filter presets to match its sound shape with the kick drum’s character. When activated, the output level is automatically reduced by 10 dB. The filter settings can be controlled using a switch on the microphone body. Without phantom power, the microphone operates in passive mode and delivers the instruments pure sound.

Aquiles Priester about AKG microphones:
Aquiles Priester

„I've been working with AKG microphones for over 10 years. All my records and DVDs (award-winning) have the signature of the AKG sound. The definition of the depth of my drums, the weight of my bass drum, the brilliance of my snare drum, and the crystal-clear sound of my cymbals, are directly connected to the choice of my microphones. Regardless of the musical style, the sound of the drums is what really matters, and my sound is AKG.“

Ultra thin diaphragm
for accurate reproduction of the instruments sound

Optimized bass chamber
for enhanced low frequency performance

Patented switchable active-filter presets
to match the drums character

Original C414 transformer
delivers a warm sound especially at high signal levels

Cardioid polar pattern
rejects overspill from nearby instruments

Technical Specification

Audio frequency bandwidth 17 to 17000 Hz
Sensitivity 1.2 mV/Pa
Electrical impedance 200 Ohms
Recommended load impedance 1000 Ohms
Polar Pattern cardioid
Audio Output
Type Balanced XLR
Gender Male
Contacts 3-pin
Body metal
Finish galvanized nickel matte/black
Dimensions / Weight
Length 101 mm
Width 66 mm
Height 125 mm
Diameter 66 mm
Net Weight 500 g


Included Accessories

Optional Accessories