Before we start, you must realise that any microphone that is
used in audio production will require a way of getting in to
your computer. You will need a special intermediate box such as
the one used with Pro Tools (see
review). This is not a microphone you plug in to your
If you were considering recording your own voice to create new
products based on the chill sessions music, you would be hard
pressed to find a better value microphone.
This microphone is a trooper. It can handle a whole bunch of
different instruments, but the good thing for us is, it’s great
for voice too. AKG are a well-known microphone company in
professional circles. They have been producing microphones since
1947 and have made some of the all time classics.
This is a sturdy microphone with a strong steel mesh to protect
the diaphragm. The diaphragm (the element that moves under sound
pressure) is a large 1” gold splattered type. The internal
assemble is shock mounted and you can also buy a specific mount
for the microphone to reduce any shock further. When I say shock
I’m referring to things such as moving the microphone cable, or
footstep vibrations travelling up the stand. Vibrations such as
these cause low frequency ‘rumbles’ in all microphones. Don’t
forget you’ll need a microphone stand as well.
The frequency response for this microphone is the full 20-20KHz,
meaning it will easily capture every frequency in your voice. It
also has a slight bump in the frequency response at about 8KHz,
which is good for voice, giving it more presence.
microphone requires phantom power. Ah! I hear you shriek, what’s
that? It’s how all condenser microphones are powered and if you
have a USB audio box such as
Pro Tools Mbox, phantom power is there for you. If you don’t
have one of those or an audio mixer, don’t buy this microphone
until you do. Phantom power is supplied to the microphone via
the cable; you don’t have to worry about it other than making
sure it’s turned on!
As with most condensers, this microphone is sensitive. That
means it hears everything! It can also handle big audio
transients (going from soft to loud very quickly) well.
This is a professional microphone and is being used in studios
all around the world. We’ve been using them for a few years now
on all kinds of things. We’ve found it particularly nice on
With its good build and quality brand, you’ll get a lifetimes
use from this microphone. It will take the knocks and screams
and keep going. It’s not the top of the line in its class, you
can pay much more, but for around $350.00 it is great value. It
gets a thumbs up from us.
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