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AKG Perception 120

General-purpose studio condenser microphone

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Our take on the AKG Perception 120

by Ralph Graves
AKG Pro

Why a condenser mic?

Need to pull the full harmonic complexity from a solo cello? Want to make the most of that magnificent German studio grand piano you spent way too much for? Or maybe you understand that the magic of swing comes from the insistent ping of a deftly controlled ride cymbal, and you're determined to capture it in glorious detail. You'll likely end up with a condenser mic; these simply designed, yet incredibly precise, recording instruments are far more responsive to sonic vibration than their "dynamic" cousins (who, with some exceptions, are more appropriate for PA systems). Whatever your hi-fi recording needs, there's a condenser mic out there with your name on it.

The AKG Perception 120 is a great choice for a general purpose studio mic. Its 5/8” diaphragm delivers clear, accurate sound reproduction. And the integrated pop filter helps optimize vocal recording. The mic's all-metal body gives the microphone added durability. A switchable bass-cut filter minimizes rumble and low-end noise. The 120 has a sound pressure level capability of 150 dB, letting you close-mike high energy sound sources — like drums or amps.

Highlights:

  • condenser microphone for vocal and instrumental studio recording
  • 5/8" diaphragm
  • cardioid polar pattern
  • all-metal body
  • switchable 300 Hz low-frequency filter
  • 20 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels
Specifications:
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • output impedance: 200 ohms
  • max. SPL: 130/150 dB
  • height: 6-1/2"; diameter: 2-1/16"
  • weight: 18.5 oz.
  • XLR connector
  • requires 48-volt phantom power on your mixer or audio interface
Included Accessories:
  • stand adapter
Other Info:
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