AKG – C12

Tube Microphone

For me, the C12 is the ultimate mic for vocals. It has more presence than the U47 but more depth and definition than the U67.

It’s one of those rare, rare mics where the vocals stand out without having to push the fader and crowd out the backing track. Vocals – particularly female vocals – have a clarity and crispness combined with a degree of body that no other mic can match (other than maybe a Telefunken Elam 251 – not surprising, in that they use the same remarkable capsule).