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AKG Perception 220 Studio Condenser Microphone

Engage the AKG Perception 220's bass roll-off feature for crisp acoustic instrument recording or turn it off to capture vocal tracks with thick resonance. (30) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

For many recording enthusiasts building their microphone collection, a large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic is the logical "second mic" after a workhorse dynamic mic. 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 capture pro-quality vocals or voiceover, 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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 818-920-3212

Product Description

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.

Suggested Applications:

- Acoustic instruments
- Drums
- Guitar and bass amps
- Live sound
- Vocals
- Studio applications
- Percussion

Features:

- 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
Customer Reviews
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Sound: Very versatile microphone. I use it mostly for recording vocals. very natural sound. Use it with both my multi track recorder and my computer workstation. The sound is impressive. Feature: For the price, this is the only non off brand mic that I have seen with these features. Other mics in this price range don't have the same features or tend to have much cheaper construction quality. Ease of Use: Very simple to use. No learning curve unless you're completely unfamiliar with condenser microphones. Quality: This mic feels solid and looks awesome. only had it for a few weeks but I dont think it will be problematic. Seems as though it will provide years of service. Value: I think if AKG doubled the price of this microphone and you bought it, you would still think you got a steal of a deal. Manufacturer Support: the best support is not needing to use it at all. The Wow Factor: originally I was going to get a 2nd Rode NT1-a for a matched pair, then decided that I'd rather have a second microphone that could provide a different sound. Very happy with my decision. Overall: I plan on using this mic for a long time to come.
Style of Music: Hip Hop R&B
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Sound: It have a great bright sound. Its perfect for drums, voice, and another applications you wanna try it, as amp recording, guitars, but with bass only to take ambience tracks, my point of view... I use it at home, with Dbx pre-amp and it sounds great, and its the same result when i use it with avalon or another pre-amp in my proffesional studio. Many people think that Neumann or Rode can give more than this mic, maybe, but always remeber, isn´t the quality of the product, the idea is, only what you can do with the equipement you have. I saw many people made great recordings with cool edit, behringer desk and samson mic.... Feature: Just that it needs. Ease of Use: Very, very easy, good sound with bad or good pre-amp. But I recomend everybody, use a tube pre-amp to grow up the sound of this article. Quality: All fine. It seems hard. Value: Very good price for the product you buy. this microphone, is destinated to recording home, but I can afford that is great in professional studio recording. Really, buy it. Behringer C3, B1, SE electronics 1000 are cheaper, but the quality is not the same, for nothing..... Manufacturer Support: Any repair or problem in 6 months of using diary. The Wow Factor: Beautiful, hard as a rock.... Overall: If you don´t have enough for buying a Neumann, Rode, Blue, or another great mark, Its easy, buy this mic, you´ll be surprised about the sound you can have with it.
Style of Music: All from Flamenco to Rock
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