Review: Peluso P12 Studio Microphone

This re-make of a legendary mic produces a luxurious sound on vocals -says Chris Kennedy

Item: Peluso P12 Vacuum Tube Microphone

Price: US $1299, UK £999

Mic Rating:

At A Glance: The Peluso P-12 is a tube microphone designed for studio use. Its design has been based on the legendary AKG C12 microphone that was produced between 1953 and 1963, which is a mic renowned for its luxurious sound on vocals. With original versions of the C12 being highly sought after, the Peluso P12 aims to provide vocalists with the same sound quality at a lower price.

High Notes: The microphone has a boost in the higher frequencies that enables vocals to shine though a mix without sounding harsh and unnatural. This, combined with a solid and rich sounding low end, means that often very little additional EQ is needed to be applied to recordings. It also offers a range of 9 polar patterns for use with different instruments and mic techniques – making it a very versatile all-round studio mic as well. The microphone comes as a kit which also includes a wooden box, power supply, XLR cable, shock mount and flight case.

Off Pitch: The microphones deliberately bright sound will not necessarily suit all instruments and tastes.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The P12 is built to a high standard with most of the mechanism being hand-made in Virginia. It tends to work well on both male and female vocals and provides a sound that enhances and flatters a singers’ natural tone. If you can afford 2, they also work great for stereo recordings on instruments such as acoustic guitar and as drum overheads. Overall the Peluso P12 is a fantastic microphone at a great price and is definitely worth ‘auditioning’ if you are in the market for a top-class studio vocal mic.

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