Walking the halls of NAMM can be quite exhausting. This past spring at NAMM 2023, we were ready to hang up our shoes when we bumped into Avantone PRO’s Seth Berman at the RAD Distribution display. He was energetically going to tell us about the BV-1 mkII mic no matter what! And for that, we’re grateful.
What we found refreshing about the BV-1 mkII is that it is a unique tube mic design, not meant to replicate or clone classic models. That has been done ad nauseam in the microphone world. We actually couldn’t wait to hear it, and a week later the BV-1 mkII showed up in our studio for us to put the mic through its paces.
We were pleasantly surprised by the build quality and most importantly, the sound. With a commanding low end and smooth (but not muffled in a “tube-y” way, so common on tube mics) highs, this mic sounded great on the variety of sources. Clean acoustic (both fingerpicked and strummed) and distorted guitars as well as vocals all had great translation.
A simple set up coupled with a price point that doesn’t cost as much as a small vacation makes this mic a strong consideration for either the centerpiece of your project home studio or just another flavor for your professional studio.
- Russian-made 6072A tube
- Nine selectable polar patterns
- 34mm capsule
- 25 Hz to 20 KHz frequency response
- 10dB pad as well as a high pass switch
- Max SPL 144 dB
- S/N Ratio 78 dB
- Cinemag output transformer
- Custom capacitors designed specifically for this microphone where available options didn’t meet engineering criteria
- External power supply, shock mount, pop filter, and a nice wooden mic box. All fits in an included, larger, hard shell storage case
- High quality seven pin cable
Usability and Sound
The Avantone PRO BV-1 mkII sells for $1,099.00 Street.