Oktava MK 012-01 MSP2 Black 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: approx. 200g per microphone
  • 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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Battery Powered No
Directional Microphone No
Stereo Pair Yes
switchable lowcut No
switchable pad Yes
characteristic cardoid

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Natural sound.
synthesist, 14.05.2020
I love these microphones. I had a single MK012 for years, but then bought this pair because I like the natural sound of these mics very much. Throw anything at them and they'll do the job well and many times they'll do it amazingly well.
I do have two critiques, though:
1. One of the capsules is hard to screw on.
2. The wooden box came cracked.

I think Oktava should work on their hardware parts a bit more, but as far as the sound goes I can't complain. I just love it.
Hightly recommended if you don't have the money for a par of SDCs that cost 1000 eur and up. I believe these are classics in sub 1000 eur/pair range.
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Three letters: WOW.
Dave Saxon, 23.07.2019
I have read the raving reviews about this mic, so I expected to be blown away, but the reality is even more shocking in a positive way. These microphones are little gems, truly brilliant. The russians know their business. Build quality is excellent, they are very small, the little wooden box is giving some style too.
The sound is unbelievable. I have tested it with a jumbo body guitar, which is a replica of the famous Gibson J200, by Sigma. This is not a bright sounding guitar, more on the darker side, with a lot of bass, and body. When I read the reviews about this mic, and some mentioned this is also a darker sounding mic, I was worried a bit, as I thought my guitar will sound a bit dull with them. I was wrong. The highs are like silk, very precise and detailed, the bass response is killer, and the mids are very stable and punchy. No harshness here. Just pure, classy, great, lively sound. You have to be careful with positioning, though, to avoid boominess, don't position the mic straight to the soundhole. I reached the sweet spot with positioning one mic to the 12th fret, the other a bit higher than the soundhole, and taken a bit futher from the body aiming downwards. The result was just like a very professional, album ready studio quality...in my living room. Oktava is the real deal!
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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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Match pair could be better
A&L, 26.06.2020
I wont make this long, other reviewer went into detail on this mic.
They are nice kind of sweet with no excessive sharpness.
One thing I was a bit disappointing was that the pair I receive is not that close of a match in the lows (or may be I'm to picky ?)
at (100Hz and bellow) I get about 5db sensibility difference.
I'll use a high pass but still its a bit disappointing considering the price
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