P-12

Vacuum Tube Large Diaphragm Condenser

The Peluso P-12 Tube Microphone is styled after AKG's legendary "C 12".
Produced from 1953 to 1963, the C 12 is considered one of history's finest microphones. It was one of the first condenser microphones to provide remote switching between nine polar patterns. The dual blackplate of the 34mm edge-terminated CK12 (CEK12) capsule enabled this advancement. The heart of its amplifier stage is the warm and quiet 6072A glass triode vacuum tube. The amplifier circuitry and output transformer of our P-12 have been designed to match the vintage C 12. Carefully selected components, thorough testing, and attention to detail all come together in this beautiful full-bodied classic tube microphone. The P-12 faithfully reproduces the clarity, openness, and top-end air that made the C 12 one of the world's finest vocal microphones!
  • Large Diaphragm Condenser
  • Edge Terminated Capsule
  • Glass 6072 A-M Vacuum Tube Amplifier Stage
  • Custom Wound Output Transformer
  • 9-Polar Patterns

MSRP $2,058 USD

Microphone kit comes as a complete system including:

  • P-12 Microphone
  • Wood Microphone Box
  • Power Supply
  • 8-Pin Screw-on Cable Assembly
  • Shock Mount
  • Locking Padded Flight Case
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A closer look

P-12 Front
P-12 Side
P-12 Back
P-12 Inside Split
P-12 Hard Mounted
P-12 Shock Mounted
P-12  Inside Top
P-12 Full Kit
P-12 connector
P-12 Wood Box
8-Pin Cable

    Features

    A few details that make the P-12 so special

    P-12 Conector
    Heavy-duty medical grade 8-pin screw-on connector and cable system
    P-12 6072 Tube
    6072A-M glass triode vacuum tube. Replacement and spare tubes can be ordered here: 6072A-M Tube
    P-12 Capsule
    34mm Center-terminated condenser capsule
    P-12 Transformer
    Custom wound output transformer
    Peluso Tube Mic Power Supply
    Power supply unit controls 9 indexed polar patterns, included. Replacements can be purchased here: MX-56
    8-Pin Cable

    Our 20' Heavy Duty 8-pin Connector Cable comes with microphone purchase. Replacement cable can be ordered here: 8-Pin Cable

    P-12 Vintage Pop Filter
    The P-12 Pop Filter is a popular accessory with this microphone.  A good pop filter will keep the capsule clean and reduce plosives.

      P-12 Technical Info

      Detailed specifications

      P-12 Frequency Response

      P-280 Frequency Response Graph

      P-12 Technical Data

      • Capsule Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient w/ 34mm, edge terminated
      • Frequency Range: 20Hz/24Khz
      • Polar Pattern: 9 - Switchable from omni- to bi-directional
      • Sensitivity: 11 mv/pa
      • Impedance: 200 ohms
      • SPL: 138 dB
      • Equivalent Noise: 15 dB(A)
      • Tube Type: 6072A-M
      • Power Requirements: Dedicated Power Supply, 115V or 230V AC
      • Size: 45mm x 240mm
      • Weight: 750g

      Media

      Our community of artists, engineers, and reviewers have been busy putting the P-12 through its paces. We present the following content to help you better understand the unique nature of this microphone.

      P-12 YouTube Playlist

      The P-12 was used on the following sources in this playlist:  The Accidentals - female lead vocal; Lindsay Lou - lead vocals; Railroad Earth - Todd's lead vocal; Lake Street Dive - Rachel's lead vocal; Ana Egge - fiddle; Water Seed - flute; Sidewalk Chalk - female vocal; Forlorn Strangers - female lead vocals; Birds of Chicago - Allison Russell's lead vocal; Nir Popliker - acoustic guitar (with R 14); In The Studio - room mic; Donavon Frankenreiter - male lead vocal; Dominique Fricot - male vocal and guitar; Brooke Annibale - female vocal; Pale Rider - lead male vocal; The Staves - three female vocalists; The Sea The Sea - female lead vocal; Upstate Rubdown - three female vocalists; Anna Tivel - female vocal.
      Click the YouTube Playlist Icon in the frame to expand to see all the videos of the playlist.

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      Spotify P-12 Playlist

      This is a collection of fully produced songs on Spotify that employ the Peluso P-12.
      It was used for the following:

      • Old Yellow Moon - acoustic guitar
      • Pitch Perfect - vocals (90% of original movie's vocals recorded with the P-12)
      • Woodland Dance - hammered dulcimer
      • Nate Lee - bass
      • Fireside Collective - lead vocal

      SoundCloud Content Samples

      These SoundCloud samples provided here are intended to provide examples of the selected microphone in use on specific sources and vocals. Some samples are provided both inside a mix and as isolated raw tracks. These samples are available for high resolution download to be experienced within your own listening environment and signal chain. We give credit and thanks to the artists who have provided these! If you find this helpful and have a sample you'd like to include please contact us!

      Reviews

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      Have you ever tried a new microphone on an instrument that suddenly makes you go "WOW?" That's exactly my reaction to this mic. I had been happy with the sounds I had gotten before, but I actually didn't know what I was missing until I pulled out the P-12s.
      -Henry Robinett, TapeOp Issue #72, 8-2009

      Reviews

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      The real epiphany with this mic came for me when I recorded a vocal with singer-songwriter Sophie Koh. When we listened back to the first take we both had the same breathless reaction – the P12 sounded absolutely sensational on her voice. There was plenty of body and midrange clarity but the top-end had a luxurious airiness that no other mic in my collection comes close to. We quickly found ourselves using that sound as the benchmark for all our previous vocal recordings.
      -Greg Walker, Audio Technology Magazine 5-2007

      Cut Sheet

      P-280 Cut Sheet

      A one sheet .pdf you can save and share with the full description, features, and specification of this microphone.

      Brochure

      Peluso Brochure

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