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AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone

You Pay: $199.99
Product Highlights
  • Omni, Cardioid and Figure-Eight Patterns
  • 155dB Maximum SPL
  • Low-Frequency Roll-Off Filter
  • -20dB Pad

The AKG Perception 420 Condenser Studio Microphone provides a host of professional features that are sure to satisfy the budget conscious project and professional studio engineer alike. The microphone features a multi-pattern large diaphragm element, capable of cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-eight polar patterns.

This gives engineers the flexibility to capture audio at both sides of the microphone, with minimal feedback and leakage from nearby audio sources, or with a generous frontal and off-axis pickup area. Additional features include a low-frequency roll-off for rumble, hum and low-frequency noise and a -20dB Pad switch for capturing loud, transient sources such as speaker cabinets.

Multiple Polar Patterns
This gives engineers the flexibility to capture audio at both sides of the microphone, with minimal feedback and leakage from nearby audio sources, or with a generous frontal and off-axis pickup area.
Low Frequency Roll-Off Switch
A low-frequency roll-off filter switch reduces hum, ambiance and other low-frequency noise.
20dB Pad
Also featured, is a 20dB Pad switch that maximizes headroom when capturing high volume sources such as percussion instruments, speaker cabinets, etc.
Transducer Dual-capsule,1-inch large-diaphragm, true condenser pressure-gradient microphone
Polar Pattern Cardioid / Omnidirectional / Figure-Eight
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 78 dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 135/155 dB SPL (0/-20 dB) for 0.5% THD
Power Requirements +48V
Output Impedance < = 200 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad -20dB
Low Frequency Roll-Off 12 dB/octave, 300 Hz
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 6.5 x 2" (165 x 53mm)
Weight 18.5 oz (525 g)
AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone
  • Multi-Pattern Microphone
  • Spider Suspension Mount
  • Metal Case
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    AKGPerception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good audio (4)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Professional recording (4)
      • Performances (3)
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent Multi Purpose Large Diaphragm

      By Vince E

      from Philly Area

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone:

          Going to cut to the chase…In my project studio I record nothing but acoustic instruments and vocals. I use pairs of AKG 451's, Neumann KM 184's as well as AKG 214's running through a Focusrite ISA Two. I really wanted a LD Multi Pattern mic but was not in the mood to drop $1K for an AKG 414 or any of the Neumann's. I was skeptical of the quality control AKG may have over mics made in China…but this 420 put those fears to rest. The Mic is a tank and it sounds great …at $[$]you would have to be nuts not to get this baby. My vocals sound better through this 420 than they do through my 214..that alone made it worth the $[$]…it's a no nonsense middle of the road make everything sound good mic..buy it

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          its one the amazing mic I brought.

          By Akashproduction

          from NYC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone:

          I use this Perception 420 for Vocal recording, the quality for this price is great. B&H as great deals..

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great sound for small price

          By Loic

          from Camarillo, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone:

            I had a chance to try 10 different studio mics before buying.
            Brands like Apex, Audio-Technica, AKG, Prodipe... in a range between $100-400.
            In comparaison to a cheap (but still) Neumann mic.

            I tried 3 different takes:
            Acoustic Guitar (Guild GAC 40)
            Man's voice
            Flute

            The AKGs, Perception 220 or 420, are the only two that exceeded my expectations in term of quality.

            There is a great warmth in mid low frequencies (almost too much), even better than the Tube Apex mics, that were too screamy in the High frequencies.

            Let's be clear: This wont be worth a Tube Neumann mic. But for that price, I found it better than other mics twice as expensive.

            It's a great choice.

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            4.0

            Great mic great price

            By Elkechon

            from New York NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone:

              I use this mic in my home studio. It's great for vocals and instrument I would recommend this mic to anyone who can't pen thousands on a mic.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perception Is Perfection

              By Charles the Jammer

              from Cincinnati, OH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Functions
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone:

                Not long ago a microphone of this quality would have costs thousands of dollars. Thanks to the incredible research and development team at AKG anyone can enjoy professional sound at consumer prices. Don't settle for less. Perception is perfection

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful. Smart. Flexible

                By dretheviking

                from New York, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about AKG Perception 420 - Large Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone:

                  I was looking for a mic with a different look, but that could also be used in different environments. I've used the 420 in the field in very loud music environments and in almost silent sound stages. Amazing sound.

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