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AKG C451B - Cardioid Studio Instrument Condenser Pencil Microphone

B&H # AKC451B Mfr # 2895 Z 00010
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The AKG C 451B is a cardiod condenser microphone, designed for recording instruments with high transient response, and therefore popularly used for drum kit and percussion recording.

The C 451B features a light diaphram, minimizing handling noise, and a switchable 75Hz/150Hz highpass filter, eliminating low-end rumble. The High Pass filter enhances the "airy" character of the audio signal, and thus the microphone is a viable solution for overhead cymbal or hi-hat recording.

The C 451B provides a flat, on-axis frequency response, capturing the performance without any signal coloration. The microphone provides both 12V and 48V phantom power, with selectable 10dB/20dB pads included for better signal management.

Cardioid Polar Pattern
The Cardioid pick up pattern is useful in situations where off axis leakage is a problem. The 451B attenuates around the off-axis (side) sections of the microphone resulting in a directional pick up pattern.
Switchable Pad
Switchable 10 dB or 20 dB pads increase the microphone's SPL capability when close-micing, high-energy sound sources or driving preamps or mixers with limited headroom.
Switchable Highpass Filters
Switchable highpass filters (75 Hz or 150 Hz, 12 dB/octave). High pass filters accentuate mid and high end pressence by eliminating unnecessary low end frequencies. Often used when recording cymbals on drum kits.
Fixed Capsule
To eliminate the mechanical problems of screw on capsules, the 451B features a fixed capsule, designed after the classic CK 1.
Flat Frequency Response
Ruler-flat on-axis frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 KHz (± 1.5dB) assures accurate recordings without any added coloration.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+/-1.5dB)
Dynamic Range (Typical) 117 dB Maximum (A-Weighted)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 73 dB-A (A-Weighted)
Maximum Input Sound Level 112 Pa = 135 dB (with 0 dB preattenuation)
355 Pa = 145 dB (with 10 dB preattenuation)
112 Pa = 155 dB (with 20 dB preattenuation)
Power Requirements 9 to 52v Phantom Power (to DIN/IEC 45 596)
Output Impedance Less than 200 Ohms
Recommended Load Impedance Greater than 1000 Ohms
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Pad Yes, Switchable to 0 dB, -10 dB, -20 dB
Low Frequency Roll-Off Yes, Switchable to Flat, 12 dB/Octave at 75 Hz or 150 Hz
Dimensions 6.3 x .75" (160.02 x 19.05mm) LxDiameter
Weight 4.4 oz. (124.67 g)
AKG C451B - Cardioid Studio Instrument Condenser Pencil Microphone
  • W90 Windscreen
  • SA40 Stand Adapter
  • Zippered Carrying Bag
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    AKGC451B - Pencil Condenser Mic
     
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    5.0

    Excellent Choice

    By Vince

    from Philly Area

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Gorgeous Sound

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about AKG C451B - Pencil Condenser Mic:

    I have a project studio and record primarily acoustic instruments (Guitar, piano, various stringed instruments, hand percussion and vocals etc) Already own a set of Neumann KM 184's and an AKG C214 Large Diaphragm but have always had a fondness for the AKG small diaphragm sound ever since I started out years ago with a Vienna made C1000 (which I still have and love). I wanted another small diaphragm option and the 451's deliver big time. To be totally non technical I would describe the AKG's sound as open and airy especially on fingerstyle acoustic guitar. I tell people think of the old Windham Hill guitar sound. (yes I know they used Neumann's too). You will not go wrong with this mic if you play acoustic music.

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Bob

    from Hesperia, CA

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Quiet
    • Simple Use

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      • Professional

      Comments about AKG C451B - Pencil Condenser Mic:

      Perfect for recording acoustic guitar, or pretty much any instrument. [...]

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