For many recording enthusiasts building their microphone collection, a large-diaphragm condenser mic is the logical "second mic" after a workhorse dynamic mic like the SM57. Thing is, the AKG Perception 220 sounds so good, it makes sense as your very first microphone purchase. With a sophisticated condenser circuit engineered by the maker of the legendary C 414 and C 12 studio condensers, the Perception 220 delivers a sound that's leagues above its price tag. If you're looking to make your own pro-quality musical recordings or even just voice over or podcasting work, the AKG Perception 220 is a serious mic.
Detailed Vocal And Acoustic Instrument Tracking
Dynamic mics have a simple and robust build that makes them great for live use or on the loudest of sound sources, but for the detail and depth required of studio recordings, only a condenser microphone like the AKG Perception 220 will do. Designed by AKG for a wide variety of applications, the Perception 220 excels at recording vocals and acoustic instruments like acoustic guitar. Two simple switches tune the mic for different sources. For example, leaving the bass roll-off flat yields a beefy proximity effect, perfect for capturing rich, present, and resonant sung or spoken vocals (think Eddie Vedder or Don Imus). By engaging the bass roll-off, the Perception 220 becomes the perfect tool for capturing an acoustic guitar sound that's detailed, articulate, and cuts through any mix. That's nowhere near the limit of this microphone's applications, of course. Violins, choirs, percussion, and even sound effect/foley design elements are well served by the Perception 220, and when you engage the -20 dB pad switch, the mic can handle loud sources like electric guitar, bass amps, and drum kits. Just point and hit record; you'll be pleased with the results.
Premium Build Quality, Plus Included Accessories
Designed by AKG in Austria and rigorously quality-controlled, your Perception 220 will be part of your mic locker for many years to come. To add to the microphone's value, AKG includes accessories that many other brands consider "optional" -- accessories such as a metal carrying case and "spider" shock mount. They even throw in an extra elastic band for the shock mount.
Expand Your Recording Options
The AKG Perception 220 sounds so good, you might want two of them. With a price this low, you won't have to think twice about it. The Perception 220 is already a versatile microphone, but a pair of Perception 220s will open your setup to the world of stereo recording techniques. Drum overheads, lifelike acoustic instruments, pianos, sophisticated guitar textures, ambient recording, and much more. If you really want to up the ante on your recording technique vocabulary, the AKG Perception 220 condenser is an excellent starting point.
At some point in your recording career, you're going to own an AKG condenser. Start off on the right foot with the Perception 220, an unbeatable value in affordable recording from AKG.
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- Capsule: 1-inch Large-diaphragm true condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity:18 mA
- Preattenuation Pad: 0 dB , -20 dB
- Bass-cut Filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz
- Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB)
- Impedance: <200 ohms
- Recommended Load Impedance: >1,000 ohms
- Powering: 48 V phantom power
- Current Consumption: < 2 mA
- Output Connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type
- Finish: Metallic blue
- Dimensions - mm: 53 x 160mm (W x L)
- Dimensions - in: 2.1 x 6.3 in (W x L)
- Net / Shipping Weight: 525 g (18.5 oz) / 955 g (33.7 oz)
- Included Accessories: Metal case, screw-on spider suspension
- Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
- Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
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The Perception 220 is a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone offering outstanding build quality and excellent value. Its many useful features and included accessories make this microphone uncommonly versatile. It delivers a classic warm, clear sound and conforms to the stringent standards defined for AKG recording products. These standards are based on AKG's six decades of experience in making microphones and on input from sound engineers around the world who use AKG products every day.
Its 1-inch large-diaphragm true condenser transducer brings AKG studio quality to the project studio as well as all other areas of recording and live sound applications. A switchable bass cut filter and pre-attenuation pad make it perfectly suited even for use on loud sound sources producing sound pressure levels up to 155 dB SPL. The rugged and roadworthy design makes it also a perfect choice for on-stage applications. The Perception 220 comes with a spider-type shock mount and a rugged metal case.
- Acoustic instruments
- Guitar and bass amps
- Live sound
- Studio applications
- One-inch large-diaphragm, true condenser cardioid transducer
- Rugged all-metal body
- Roadworthy construction
- Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad
- Switchable bass cut filter
- Legendary AKG sound quality
- Designed and engineered by AKG in Vienna, Austria
- Comes with spider-type shock mount and aluminium carrying case