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AKG Perception 120 condenser microphone

There seem to be a lot of these single-polar-pattern condenser microphones available these days, at pretty affordable prices too. I covered the Audio-Technica AT2020 yesterday, today is the day of the AKG Perception 120. Nw, for the record, I have always loved the sound of AKG microphones. The big brother of this microphone, the AKG C414 BULS was a staple when I was working in the recording studio ages ago and it is still a microphone I would use anyday for miking up vocals. I do not think I can afford a Neumann U87 or U89 because frankly, those awesome microphones are bit out of my budget right now. But if you want quality on the inexpensive, read on.

First of all, it is built sturdy. Now that is a big plus-point because it shows that you can use this microphone for live-sound, where the harsh and rough-tumble environment may mean the death-knell for many a condenser microphone. Secondly, it is rather inexpensive. You can buy it for less than $200 Singapore dollars so it will not hurt the pocket too hard. Thirdly, its a condenser microphone. Nothing else needs to be said about condenser microphones and their capabilities. You need phantom power on your mixer to power this microphone.

There is only one polar-pattern (as I have said before) on this microphone and that is cardioid. Good for vocals and I would try it out as an overhead microphone kit on a drum-kit. There are two switches on this microphone. One of them is a bass filter and the other one is a -20 dB attenuation pad.

So for up-and-coming sound studios, podcasters, even DJs. If you can, get this microphone. From what I can tell, this is one of those condenser microphones with the best bang-for-buck.


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