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All user reviews of 5/5 for the Oktava MK-012

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 19 reviews )
 11 reviews58 %
 7 reviews37 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent

moosers's review

Oktava MK-012
The Oktava MK-102 is a small diaphragm condenser microphone with an interchangeable set of heads used for changing polar patterns. I have used it only in the recording studio, but I could see it being used for a recording a live show as well, as they work very well as overheads. The MK-102s come with a clip that is sturdy and will home up the microphone well. The only problem with these mics is that the newest Oktava models are worse than the microphones they made a few years ago.


I've been using the Oktava MK-102 small diaphragm condenser mics for about two or three years and have found them to be great mics that are useful in a number of different settings. The multiple polar pattern choices make it a versatile mic that can be used in a few different practical recording settings. I have used this microphone mostly on acoustic guitars, drum overheads and for getting just a general room sound. Since they are small diaphragm mics, they are great at picking up the high end of a sound and therefore are great for these instruments. It also works great on mandolin, banjo, and other acoustic stringed instruments. One of the best things about these microphones is how inexpensive they are. While they aren't the cheapest mics of this kind, they are cheap considering how great they sound and their overall versatility. I would compare these microphones to the Rode NT-5s as they are similar in price range. I believe that both mics are a good choice and I would recommend comparing them on your own if you are able to. While these can't match the brilliance of the Neumann KM184s, they are great sounding mics at the fraction of the cost. Oktava makes some great, inexpensive mics that are both useful to the home studio owner and professional studio owner. These are definitely worth a look!
doc benway01/18/2013

doc benway's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Oktava MK-012
Laminae small condenser microphone supplied with 3 heads for three interchangeable directional (omni, cardio, cardio super-), a-10db pad.
A pretty wooden box, clamp well thought, it is very pro and we love that!


I bought a pair a month ago, I compared directly to my pair of KM184. I immediately recognized the neumann, a tab qd even more fun, this slight compression and harmonics I do not know .. In any case have held up well oktava comparison, they are very clean, very good frequency response and transient. For the price, it really is correct.
Only bemol: omni capsule seemed very sharp, not jolijoli. I reessaierai.
And I discovered the site oktavamod the usa that sells heads "comparable" U67 has the pair for $ 600 ...
When Russia meets the states!

jacko_shi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Oktava MK-012
See manufacturer website


How long you use it?
7 years of use, sound and scene model

Did you tried many other models before buying it?
few dozen static :) I also possesses some (akg c1000 and C391)
test on a trumpet in front of a mkh50 (which costs at least five times the price) he got away with the honors, despite still nursing his (big) bump in the upper midrange.

What is so special that you love the most, least?
I like the discretion of the microphone, and sound amazing ...
felted (I do not like the aggressive treble) but full of warmth.
I have 3 including a pair, I use them often live as OH and the hihat, and with a good investment, nobody complains.

I do not like having to play for varying mechanical characteristics.

How would you rate the quality / price?
These microphones were great for the price a few years ago, I think they are now a little more expensive, I hope the quality remains.

With experience, you do again this choice? ...
without problems, these pickups are super endearing

manpile's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" PERFECT"

Oktava MK-012
purchased (pair) taken for battery (Over Head)


I had Behringer B5, the SC450, SC140 and, EM700, and then finally Oktava!
his muffled for my taste, just enough, bought on the advice of AF not disappointed for a sub! I would do without this choice concerns

gunico's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Versatile, very good value for money"

Oktava MK-012
It's a microphone that I use for shooting his battery: Hi-Hat, snare, toms, overheads. I'm also making his kick drum with it, but it is recommended that the microphone is not made for that and the pressure on it may damage it.
I also use it to catch surround sound indoors or outdoors.
A sound engineer of my acquaintance also uses the microphone to the sound of the saxophone.

For technology, I copied what I found on the internet on the page

"MK-012 condenser microphone is a compact, high quality, with interchangeable capsules which offer a choice of cardioid, hypercardioid or omni-directional."


I use it for over 2 years. I discovered when taking its battery, it was used on the Hi-Hat and rendering was impressive in terms of the price: I bought 2 Oktava MK-012 paired for 540 €.

I have not much experience of the sound, but in this price range, I did not find any equivalent. Previously, I used Shure mics, drum mics, 1st prize.

What I love about these pickups: versatility, great value for money. They do not provide a record of very high quality but render a warmth and grainy. We may not like.

I do it again this election without blinking, I do not think they have lost as 2 years.

piergynt's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Best in its price range"

Oktava MK-012
primary use as a couple.


After several months of use and comparison with another couple SM81: This mic is quite accurate, I find it a bit bright, which brings a bit of overhead air battery. The test on an upright piano were very close to reality.
I could compare them directly with KM184, but I had a memory of this micro just bleuffant! With the Oktava, the result does not appear as daunting to me, but for the price, it's pretty incredible.

I like their size especially discreet in their rendering, stereo pair, especially on the drums (Jazz) or render it nicely cymbals, with a little reinforcement on the Kick and the CC is perfect.

U-FLYstudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Oktava MK-012
Letopis !!!!!!!!!!!

Russia sold with little static 3 capsules (cardio, hypercardio and omni)
MK 012-01 version or just cardio, it is recognizable by its capsule form vase, it had its inception, however the exact form of a KM84 but After a few problem with the brand Neumann, Oktava Submitted adopt the form, without changing the sonic aspect of the microphone.
sold with a small body of attnuation-10dB
- Clamp effective
- You can also customize the heads large diaphragm RTT LOMO M1 and M3 containing the sound design of the capsule of the Neumann U87 cardio mode (that is not quite true, especially not trs available in France, but sometimes at home or rockshop Soundroom United States for example, try before you buy because trs type)
- A model with windshield mtal for singing live there under the dnomination MC 011 (not available in France)

- Users known: dernire turns Norah Jones, U2, Sting, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Sheryl Crow, Edwyn Collins, Rick Wakeman, Mike Oldfield, Roger Taylor, Mick Taylor, Bryan Ferry, The Mission, Pearl Jam, Neil Diamond, Iron Maiden, and ME !!!!!!!!!

This SERIES is now toffe many variations:

- MK 011 version hands and say,
- MK 012 version gets the Neumann KM84
- MK 012 MKII (current 03/05)
- MK 101 type song studio version
- MK 102 version pretty close to 101 instrument studio
- M1 LOMO head Vintage Sound Aesthetics
- M3 LOMO head Vintage Sound Aesthetics

considering the price, they are all terrible quality and find many applications in addition to those cited as examples


Model which is placed in the mid-90 trs on the market closed the era of Neumann KM 140 & 184, Bruel & Kjaer 4012 and Schoeps MK 4G, etc ...
is a microphone that does not have the quality of its confrres tration, signal to noise ratio
infrieur (18 dBA self-noise), less allowable pressure (130 dB max), medium finish
on the other hand in terms of timbre in mono and more cardio Matched Pair (coincident ORTF or XY), it was a rvllation the era. I bought my first pair in 1994 and had rarely heard such warmth, softness, music. It is certainly not as effective and flattering that a couple of KM modern, but often much prettier.
- I do not like the sound of the capsule hypercardio, I prfre by Neumann KM150 against one, but it is not the same price!
- Russia is the omni
- And the cardio is fabulous, beautiful, rare, warm and memorable
* So do the test if you have the opportunity of a harp,
Take a couple of Schoeps MK 4G, Neumann KM 184 and a pair of Oktava MC 012 working just your investments and compare!
what's diffrence!
and even battery on your exact ORTF jazz is surprising given the price (used by Norah Jones live among others ....)
In short if you plan to buy some microphones, so please be two MK 012, they will not do everything, but they will often better than others. and then with the money you You Save, buy you a double pre amp to go with your API for example couple !!!!!!
These are microphones trs endearing regarding their color!

Small dfaults!
- It is important to grate against the correct placement, as the MK 012 is rich in grave and the effect of proximity may be too intrusive.
- The dynamic return is less than an old prcise KM84 for example, or the stars of the genre DPA 4012!

I'm currently 20, if not of love!

* Another trick I also advises trs good ball windscreens and Schoeps W5 W5D that transform your MK 012 in studio vocal microphone acting as an effective anti pop arch and neutral.

96 tracks of symphonic patch which I use the MK 012 live (gauge 35 000 spectators per concert):

- Over strings: 4 x Neumann U87 and TLM 193
- 12 First Violins: 12 x Audiotechnica PRO 35X
- 10 Seconds Violins: 10 x Audiotechnica PRO 35X
- 8 Altos: 8 x Audiotechnica PRO 35X
- 8 Cellos: 8 x 35 Audiotechnica ATM
- 4 Bass: 4 x 35 Audiotechnica ATM

- 2 Flutes: 2 x Oktava MK 012 with studding Schoeps W5D
- 2 Clarinnettes: 2 x Oktava MK 012 with studding Schoeps W5D
- 2 Oboe 2 x Oktava MK 012 with studding Schoeps W5D
- 2 Bassoons: 2 x Oktava MK 012 with studding Schoeps W5D

- Brass: 14 x 468 Electrovoice

- Timpani 2 x AKG C 414 ULS
- Piano: 2 x AKG C 414 B-ULS / SE

- Percussion: 8 x Oktava MK 012 with studding Schoeps B5 and 2 x M3 LOMO
(Xylo, vibration, snare drum, triangle, cymables, glockenspiel ....)

- Soloists: Neumann KM 150 or AKG C414 B-XLII

Arnaud Houpert
The technician

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Oktava MK-012
See more advice.
dconcertante of simplicity, we do not know how this thing can sound so good.
attention to the diffrent dvissant and parties.
the threads are thin. a nag should easily reach the fair!
having said that, in practice it is almost never the attnuateur.
able to come down low, it can be fun, sexy, fleshy, charming voice for family, if impractical to put a windscreen pop performance (and Christian), otherwise it's storm, thunder and explosions!
so it is not intended for voice leads, it's easier as a!


I've had a year (I have two, so-called paired).
they have the same sound but one of them a DBiT db less!
pramp to be compensated.
it's not a pairing of madness, then, but no agreement.
and I love the sound.
much less "bitch" in the acute than other bcp, it rings true.
he seems to have a natural compression against trslgre a neumann or NT2.
so it not to compress ncessaire in gnral.
the catch is good right now.
and warm, silky, true ... Class ...
must have a pair (real, Russians, not Chinese at Thomann!) is a quality price ratio currently dangerous.
once c'tait 4 times more expensive! ...

Furt's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Oktava MK-012
Russian small static a bit surprising for its mccano ct: the acoustic attnuateur 10db is a small pice that is screwed between the capsule and the body of the microphone, comes with papers bte are printed in Russian on one paper that seems to date from 1925.
Curves frequency drives are signs, what should follow all manufacturers that supply curves can or strotypes.
SPL 140dB: INTERESTED for drummers.
As against the pair are not fully stro Apaire (sensitivity curves and slightly differ), which can cause problem when taking stto.


It really is an excellent micro restoring a warm, perfectly homogne and dnu any agressivit.
I possde last few weeks a pair of sro MK012-01 (cardioid capsule only) and have not had time to test it in any desired configuration.
However, these qualities appear IMMEDIATE.
Compared to the Neumann KM184, I find the MK 012 and less flattering on most musical instruments motamment wind (clarinet friends, if you can not afford to pay you a pair of DPA, it is the micro you absolutely must) and choirs. It is compelling to trs a harpsichord, but I think he lacks a bit of gloss for the piano. For the strings against the KM184 seems more appropriate.
We must be vigilant trs placement because it is less forgiving of the mistakes that Neumann or AKG.
The other microphones Asian or Australian, they are far derrire despite surprising quality (check out the MXL 603 TB for example).
The ratio quality / price is extraordinary: 18/10 (I know this is not possible but still at least amrita a.)
I will buy more pairs.
Studio C&P06/25/2004

Studio C&P's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Oktava MK-012
Static small Russian-operated power supply .. fantme.
Nothing really to see the thundering CHARACTERISTICS ..... ..... purements techniques
It is in the report that the miracle s'opre!


Pr me it's a REFERENCE in qualitprix report.
In my opinion ... it's hard to find trs as well ... and cheaper.
These microphones are excellent pr making battery overhead!
I ordered two pr resume charley and ride!
I can only recommend this REFERENCE!!
Many studios .. should address these pickups really excellent!