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TELEFUNKEN C12

TELEFUNKEN C12

If there were ever a microphone that was the epitome of classic, hi-fidelity sound, it would be the C12. Its silky smooth top end provides plenty of air without sounding harsh or artificial. Its midrange speaks clearly and articulately, capturing the source with a natural presence. Its low end is tight and focused, perfectly balanced with the rest of the frequency range.

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The large diaphragm vacuum tube-based C12 is a fantastic choice for all types of instruments, lending itself especially well to drum overheads, acoustic guitar, and vocals. Its silky smooth top end provides plenty of air without sounding harsh or artificial. Its midrange speaks clearly and articulately, capturing the source with a natural presence. Its low end is tight and focused, perfectly balanced with the rest of the frequency range.

If there were ever a microphone that was the epitome of classic, hi-fidelity sound, it would be the Austrian-designed C12. Original developed by AKG Acoustics in 1953, the C12 is revered for its smooth, airy frequency response. The design of the C12 was unique in its remote capsule polarizing technology. The ability to change the capsule's polar response variably between cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-8 (and six intermediate patterns between) from the power supply instead of with switches on board the microphone made the C12 the most versatile large diaphragm tube microphone of its time. Considered by many to be the finest sounding microphone ever produced, original C12 microphones are still in use in recording studios throughout the world.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is proud to manufacture the C12 once again. Each microphone features a newly manufactured CK12 capsule built from the original manufacturer's specifications. The amplifier circuit utilizes a European-made Haufe (manufacturer of the original) output transformer built to match the original, and a microphone grade NOS GE JAN 6072a vacuum tube. Every part of the C12 microphone has been reverse engineered and recreated exactly to the original to match not only its sonic integrity, but also to preserve the impressive point-to-point construction and aesthetic of the original. Coveted by an extensive list of professional recording engineers, the TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik C12 historic reissue is an exceptional microphone that will be a treasured addition to your microphone collection for many decades to come.

Each C12 microphone comes complete with M910 power supply, M810 25' quad-shielded ACX-7 tube microphone cable, M710 elastic shock mount, FC10 locking flight case and WB10 wooden microphone box. All TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphones are hand-built and assembled in Connecticut, USA.

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Please contact your favorite TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik reseller to demo or purchase the TELEFUNKEN C12. For reseller referrals, please feel free to email: info@t-funk.com.

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TELEFUNKEN Factory Service - TELEFUNKEN offers restoration services for all TELEFUNKEN microphones. We do not sell any internal microphone housings or capsules without factory service performed in-house. Call TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik for a return authorization number and to discuss work needed on your microphone system.

Please call 860-882-5919 for more information.

TypePressure Gradient Condenser
CapsuleCK12 - 25 mm Edge Terminated Diaphragm
Tube TypeGE JAN 6072a (NOS)
TransformerHaufe T14/1
Polar Pattern9-Pattern Variable including Omnidirectional, Cardioid, and Bidirectional
Frequency Range20 Hz - 20 kHz, ± 3 dB
Sensitivity10 mV/Pa ± 1 dB
THD at 1kHz at 1Pa (Amplifier)< 0.25%
Output Impedance250 Ω
Maximum SPL (for 1% THD)130 dB
S/N Ratio85 dBA
Self Noise (Amplifier)9 dBA
Dimensions / Size250 mm L x 42.5 mm Dia.
Weight567 g
Current Draw from Mains90 mA
Power SupplyM 910 PSU - 7 Pin Female XLR Input, 3 Pin Male XLR Output, Polar Pattern Selector
CableM 810 - 25 ft Accusound TX-7 Cable, Vintage Compatible 8 Pin Female Stand Mount, 7 Pin Male XLR
ShockmountM 710 - Clasping Elastic Mount
Wooden BoxWB10
Flight CaseFC10 - Vintage Style Locking Combination Flight Case, FC10S for Stereo Set

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Accessories for the  C12  include:

M 910

Power Supply for C12 with Polar Pattern Switch

$599.00

M 910S

Dual Power Supply for (2) C12 with (2) Polar Pattern Switches

$699.00

M 810

25' Accusound CX-7 Quad-Shielded Cable with Microphone Stand-Mount Swivel Connector for C12

$799.00

FC10

Combination locking flight case fits C12

$299.00

WB10

Microphone Oak Wood Box with Diamond Logo for C12 or C24

$199.00

M 710

Clasping Shockmount for C12, C24 [46 mm Dia. Microphone Body]

$99.00

FC10S

Combination locking flight case fits C12 & R-F-T STEREO SETS

$299.00

GE JAN 6072A

GE JAN 6072a replacement vacuum tube for use in the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E and C12 microphones

$99.00



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