Oktava Mk 012-01 Black MSP2 Pair

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

  • Matched stereo pair
  • Cardioid capsule
  • -10 dB pad
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dimensions of each microphone: 20 x 114 mm
  • Weight: 100 g
  • Colour: Black
  • In a wooden case
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  • Strumming
  • Congas
  • Woodblock Cardiod Dry
  • Woodblock Cardiod Wet
  • Cymbals Cardiod Dry

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Directional Microphone No
Stereo Pair Yes
switchable lowcut No
switchable pad Yes
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The best performance by far, at this price! Superb.

Peter A. 333, 23.03.2015
I have a few Oktava MK012 already, some of which I've bought secondhand. Recently, I've gone over to using small diaphragm condenser mics on saxophones in a live situation (as opposed to "traditional" SM57) and needed some more.

I bought a pair of MK012 in black, that look and feel beautiful, and come in a little wooden box. The sound though remains fantastic - smooth and detailed with a slight HF lift to add a little "air". Mids are totally natural and uncoloured, and the bass is warm and uncharactistically full for a small diaphragm mic. Many lower cost condersers have a harsh "spitty" quality to the treble whcih cannot easily be corrected with eq. These certainly don't have that problem, which is whay they have been favourably compared to the likes of Neumann and Shoeps which thoough probably better still, cost a great deal more.

The clip works well and is all metal, and the fit and finish is better on this recent pair than the ones I've had for years. Oktava's manufacturing has obviously.improved and this is really pleasing.

In summary, they're perfect mics for saxes, drum overheads, trumpets and acoustic guitar in a live situation. I've also used them as main ORTF pair for recording choirs.
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TubeSoundJim, 22.05.2017
I rated these mics with 5 stars beacuse of overall use and results after a LOT of work in my studio.

PROS:
These mics can handle a lot of volume for a start.
The idea that i change the capsules an i can make them omni or cardiod or etc.. Makes it Super versatile and saves a Lot of money that having 10 pairs just because of differend polar patterns. Now soundwise, the oktavas are more of a real or ''hard'' sounding mics than sweet round condencers.
Personally i like the real perception, so these mics help a lot on the cymbals or any other source. For example if the cymbals are harsh you should change the position of the mics, but when you do you get a great recording picture.

Cons: The oktavas are very sensitive to humidity. So if you plug it and hear ''wave or wind sounds'' all you have to do is unscrew the capsule, let it in a dry place, or in the sun for 15 minutes and the the problem's gone.

All in all, for the price and the features they offer they are unbeatable.There's a reason on why most BIG studios have it.
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