BV-1 mkII

Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

US PRICE: $1099

Massive sound; Superior vintage tube warmth.

The BV-1 mkII is a tube-driven, large-diaphragm condenser microphone; it’s predecessor has become an indispensable element in world- renowned studios and home set ups alike, due to an unheard-of combination of quality, durability, and value. The development of the BV-1 mkII was a “spare-no-expense” approach to microphone design — every single component was chosen for its sound quality. This has resulted in capacitors being used from 6 different boutique companies such as Solen, Nichicon, Wima, Elna, Kyocera and Epcos. Avantone worked with many of these companies to manufacture custom capacitors just for the BV-1 mkII, as only the very best would deliver our sonic quality.

The BV-1 mkII also features a custom Cinemag output transformer designed for this microphone, as well as a handpicked edge-terminated 34mm CK12-style capsule. The culmination of these components led to a design that has huge bottom- end, and smooth yet airy top-end. The proximity effect lends itself to a massive sound that can add body and a sense of presence to any vocals. Though the original BV-1 remains a top contender as a world-class vocal mic, the expanded veratility of the BV-1 mkII also makes for a top choice for use with percussion, piano, mandolin, brass, winds, and even guitar cabinets. The BV-1 mkII is ready for anything

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Everything you need

The BV-1 mkII includes a suite of all the accessories you need. The power supply, just as the microphone itself, is a “spare-no- expense” design. The ultra high quality 7 pin cable is custom made by Sommer in Germany — this is one of the very best 7 pin cables in existence; using thicker gauge conductors for the valve heater and heater ground that ensures the vacuum tube is always being provided the best current.

A hardshell briefcase keeps every- thing together; even the included wood presentation box that stores the microphone itself. The included shockmount holds the microphone snug, and the included pop filter helps recording in even the toughest environments. 

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Specifications

  • Tube Type: Select Low-Noise Russian 6072A
  • Polar Pattern(s): Variable Figure 8 through Cardiod and Omni.
  • Capsule: Custom dual sided 34mm edge-terminated
 gold-sputtered Mylar (6 micron)
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz-20KHz
  • Output Impedance: <200 Ohms / transformer isolated
  • Sensitivity: -35dBV
  • S/N Ratio: 78dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Noise Floor: < 17 dBA
  • Maximum SPL: 134dB (0.5% THD @1000Hz) 144dB with pad engaged
  • Equivalent Noise Level: <18dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 7 pin
  • High-Pass Switch: 80 Hz 6dB/octave Switch
  • Attenuation Switch: -10dB Switch
  • Power Requirement: 90Vac-220Vac
  • Included Accessories: Power Supply, Padded Wooden Mic Box,Shockmount, Road Case.