AKG Perception 120 USB

USB condenser microphone for recording straight to computer

Item #: 854P120USB

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The AKG Perception 120 USB is a true plug-and-play USB mic for podcasts, voice-overs, and home recording in general. The P120 USB features a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 24-bit and 128x oversampling. That means you'll get clear, detailed sound with low noise. And the integrated pop filter helps optimize vocal recording. A switchable bass-cut filter minimizes rumble and low-end noise. The P120 has a sound pressure level capability of 150 dB, letting you close-mike high energy sound sources — like drums or amps.

Product Highlights:

  • USB condenser microphone
  • for vocal and instrumental studio recording
  • 5/8" diaphragm
  • cardioid polar pattern
  • all-metal body
  • switchable 120 Hz low-frequency filter
  • 20 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels
  • supports Windows® 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac® OS
  • built-in analog-to-digital 24-bit, 128x oversampling converter
  • sampling rates: 44.1 and 48 kHz
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • output impedance: 200 ohms
  • sensitivity: 18mV/Pa
  • max. SPL: 130 dB/150 dB w/pad
  • 6-1/2" length x 2-1/16" diameter
  • weight: 37 oz.
  • USB-powered
  • mini-USB connector
Included Accessories:
  • USB cable
  • tripod table stand
  • stand adapter
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What's in the box?

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  • Perception 120 USB microphone
  • Table tripod
  • Tripod adapter
  • 15' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

Features and Specs

Type USB Condenser
Phantom Power USB
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity Not given
Max SPL Not given
Diameter 2.125
Length 6.537
Weight 14.8 lbs
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Overview: The AKG Perception 120 USB condenser microphone that can be used for recording podcasts and for recording with a computer. It features a built-in 24-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converter with 128x oversampling and a USB output. The microphone comes with a tripod adapter, a tabletop tripod, and a 15' USB cable.

Plug-and-Play: The Perception 120 USB can be used right out of the box. The mic supports Windows XP, Vista, and 7, as well as Mac OS X version 10.4 and up, and requires no software installation, additional drivers, or a reboot. With the USB interface, the Perception 120 USB connects to, and is powered by, virtually any computer.

Controls: The Perception 120 USB microphone had two controls on the front panel: an attenuation pad, and a bass-cut filter. When recording loud sound sources at close proximity, you can apply a -20dB attenuation pad to prevent overloading the microphone. This allows you to make distortion-free recordings. The bass-cut filter can prevent low frequency distortion caused by wind noise and rumble. The filter has a slope of 6 dB/octave starting at 120 Hz. The bass-cut filter can also be effective at reducing the proximity effect when the microphone in less than 6" away from the sound source.

Cardioid Polar Pattern: The Perception 120 USBs diaphragm is located on the front of the microphone rather than the end. The front of the microphone is designated as the side with the AKG logo. The Perception 120 USB has a cardioid polar pattern, which records very little sound from the rear. For best results, you should point the AKG logo toward the sound source to be recorded, keeping the microphone approximately 8 to 16 inches from the speaker's mouth.

Pop Filter: The microphone has an integrated pop filter which reduces popping when pronouncing plosive consonants (such as "T" or "P"). For optimum results, an external pop screen, such as the PF 80 (available directly from the manufacturer), is recommended to prevent unwanted blowing and popping sounds or moisture problems.

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