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Rating and Reviews: AKG Perception 220 Mic

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.

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"Great Option for Good Sound on a Budget" submitted November 20, 2009

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Musical Background: active mucisian
Music Style: Hip Hop R&B
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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.
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"Great sound and very cheap." submitted December 12, 2009

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Musical Background: Producer & musician
Music Style: All from Flamenco to Rock
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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.
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"Great mic, great buy, a little bright" submitted July 18, 2009

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Musical Background: Recording Engineer, drummer, studio owner
Music Style: Ska, Jazz, Reggae
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Sound: the sound of this microphone is very clear. For the price its hard to beat. It does give a slight boost at around 10Khz leaving it a little bright for my tastes. it picks up everything so make sure theres no background noise. The mic performs very well. its not too sensitive and it clarity is excellent. i primarily use it as a vocal mic for singers. i found that i can use this mic for a wide variety of singers. but since its a bit bright i tend to keep away from using it with higher singing or songs with alot of plosives. i find that using a slight compressor and a bit of eq makes this mic sound awesome. Feature: i absolutley loved that this product came with a shockmount and a carrying case. Ease of Use: very easy to use. just plug and play. Quality: this microphone is very well designed. its heavy and durable. although what you pay isnt that much, it feels and looks like a very high quality microphone. havent dropped it yet. but im sure it can withstand a few hits Value: this is definitley worth the money. if u are looking for a good vocal condensor or somethin for acoustic guitars this is the way to go. even if you have money to spend on a more expensive mic....save it and try this one out. you might find that you dont have to spend alot of money to get great sound Manufacturer Support: havent needed any yet The Wow Factor: this microphone looks great sitting in my studio. to most peopl they think that it is a very expensive microphone. the grill on it shines in the light and it makes it look awesome Overall: im not lookin for replacement anytime soon. im gonna use this mic till it breaks..then ill fix it and use it again. of course this mic isnt gonna compare to say a NT2000, but for the price it definitley gives u more than what u pay for
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"A surprising value for your voiceover booth." submitted July 11, 2009

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Musical Background: broadcast engineer, voiceover artist
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Sound: While it's not exactly in the same class with a Neumann, it has a surprisingly detailed sound for a mic in this price range. I use it for voiceovers, and it brings out the subtle qualities quite well, especially with a touch of compression. Some might need a de-esser, but if you move in closer it helps. Nice proximity effect. Team it with a nice tube preamp to warm it up and you'll love it. Feature: It's an external bias "true" condenser at the price most companies charge for an internally biased mic. To me, that's the most important feature. The extra elastic for the shock mount is a nice touch. Quality shock mount. Pad and filter switches are solid. The roll-off filter is a bit too much for my taste, but it could come in very handy for other uses. If all you want to do is to remove the floor rumble, use your preamp's filter. Ease of Use: Nothing exotic here. Plug and play. Point and talk. And that's a good thing. Quality: AKG must really put these under a microscope when they come in from China. Looks and feels solid. No lose bits. No shortcuts that I can find. (It's working too well to open up.) Puts up with high humidity quite well, too. A pleasant surprise. Value: Definitely a great value for anyone serious about recording. Even if you've never tried AKG, the Perception line is worth checking out. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed service. I don't expect I will. The Wow Factor: Let's face it. Chinese mics have limited appeal. This is one of the exceptions. It's appearance does have a certain vintage quality about it. I feel like I'm using a serious recording tool. Interesting color. Overall: After about four months, this has become a "go to" mic for my voice work. Great for broadcast work. Beats out the RE-20 with a more refined top end and better response. An upgrade to a Neumann is about all that can beat it for my needs.
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"Amazing!" submitted July 25, 2012

By Brant S in Grand Rapids, MI
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Musical Background: Self produced singer/songwriter
Music Style: Alternative folk / rock / pop / acoustic.
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Overall: I have an AT4040 that I've loved for years. This mic sounds almost identical, however, the low rumble you find in the AT4040, which can become a problem, is not a problem at all on the Perception, so far. This mic seems to be dialed in just right for a plug and play performance. You just can't beat the price for what you get here. It's sound is totally pro. You'd have to spend hundreds more for minute quality differences. I love this mic!
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"AKG Perception 220" submitted March 15, 2013

By John Aspro in Chicago, IL
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Musical Background: Musician
Music Style: Blues Jazz Rock Pop Country Folk
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Overall: In my opinion these Mics are very underrated they are clean and buiit solid. I use them and get excelent results as drum overheads.I entered a rating for Mfg support but I have not used them in years they were good but now I think for the most part they are outsourced. I have never had a bad AKG Product
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"No you didn't ??" submitted April 15, 2013

By Peter martin in Highspire, PA
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Overall: This is an excellent product but the price should not be $179.00 due to the fact that you can purchase this microphone BRAND NEW anywhere else for $100.00 sorry zZounds
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