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AKG P220 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

BH #AKP220B • MFR #3101H00420
AKG P220 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
Boasting even higher SPL handling and lower self-noise than the P120, the black AKG P220 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone is poised to give clear, distortion-free sound on a budget, whether you record vocals at home or mic up blaring guitar cabs and explosive drums on stage. This side-address mic sports a rugged all-metal body that not only bolsters durability, but also aids in rejecting RF interference from sources such as wireless systems. It comes with a spider-type shockmount to isolate the mic from vibration noise and a metal carrying case for safe transport.
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AKG P220 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Captures Warm & Clear Sound from Instruments and Lead Vocals
  • 4AKG P220 Samples from Audio Test Kitchen
  • 5True-Condenser Capsule
  • 6Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 7Gold-Sputtered Large Diaphragm
  • 8All-Metal Body
  • 9High Headroom and Minimum Distortion
  • 10Bass-Cut Filter
  • 11Switchable Pad
  • 12Connecting to Audio Equipment
  • 13Shockmount and Metal Case
  • 14
Captures Warm & Clear Sound from Instruments and Lead Vocals
Boasting even higher SPL handling and lower self-noise than the P120, the black AKG P220 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone is poised to give clear, distortion-free sound on a budget, whether you record vocals at home or mic up blaring guitar cabs and explosive drums on stage. This side-address mic sports a rugged all-metal body that not only bolsters durability, but also aids in rejecting RF interference from sources such as wireless systems. It comes with a spider-type shockmount to isolate the mic from vibration noise and a metal carrying case for safe transport.
AKG P220 Samples from Audio Test Kitchen
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True-Condenser Capsule
The true condenser capsule of the P220 utilizes a 1" gold-sputtered diaphragm tuned to yield a detailed sound with slight rises in high and low frequencies. Plus, it is capable of handling SPLs up to 155 dB (-20 pad on) without audible distortion, so it'll have no problem taking on drums and guitar amps. A low-cut filter at 300 Hz can be engaged to help reduce rumble, wind noise, or even bass buildup from up-close miking. Stage bleed and background noise are attenuated by the mic's cardioid polar pattern, which is most sensitive to sound in front of the microphone. Use a separately available XLR cable to connect the P220 to an XLR mic input that can supply 48V phantom power.
Cardioid Polar Pattern
This side-address microphone is most sensitive to sounds arriving in front of it while picking up much less of sounds arriving from the sides or rear (from monitor speakers or neighboring instruments). This makes the microphone equally suited for recording and onstage use.
Gold-Sputtered Large Diaphragm
The P220 features a true condenser capsule design. Its 1" large diaphragm is made of a plastic foil that is gold-sputtered on one side only to prevent shorting to the back electrode, even at extremely high sound pressure levels.
All-Metal Body
The all-metal body adds to the rejection of RF interference, so you can use the microphone near transmitter stations and along with wireless microphones or other communications equipment. The extremely rugged, heavy body and sturdy front grille protect the microphone from damage from tough handling on stage.
High Headroom and Minimum Distortion
Capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 155 dB without introducing perceptible distortion and built to resist high temperatures and humidity, the microphone will give excellent results in a wide range of applications.
Bass-Cut Filter
Selector 1 on the microphone front further reduces low-end distortion caused by footfall, wind noise, and air conditioning rumble. The filter also minimizes the proximity effect that close-in miking from less than 4" causes in any unidirectional microphone. The filter rolls off at 12 dB/octave from 300 Hz downward.
Switchable Pad
Selector 2 on the microphone front lets you increase the headroom by 20 dB for distortion-free recording up close. The pre-attenuation pad prevents the microphone's output level, particularly at low frequencies, from overloading the miniature transformers used in many mixer input stages, etc.
Connecting to Audio Equipment
The P220 uses a condenser transducer designed for 48V phantom powering from a source such as an external mic preamp, an audio interface, or a mixing console. It provides a balanced output on an XLR 3-pin male connector; use an XLR cable (available separately) to connect the microphone to a balanced XLR input with phantom power.
Shockmount and Metal Case
Included with the P220 are a spider-type shockmount and a metal carrying case. The shockmount absorbs vibrations, which aids in isolating the mic from stand handling noise and foot noise.

AKG P220 Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Element Type
Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
On-Board Controls
High-Pass Filter, Pad
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
135 dB SPL
155 dB SPL (with Pad)
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
Live Sound, Studio Recording, Broadcast
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Speech/Voice-Over, Instruments
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
Condenser
Diaphragm
1" / 25.4 mm
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Orientation
Side Address
Circuitry
Solid-State
Pad
-20 dB
High-Pass Filter
300 Hz, 12 dB/Octave
On-Board Controls
High-Pass Filter, Pad
Performance
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
135 dB SPL
155 dB SPL (with Pad)
Off-Axis Rejection
3 dB at 60°
12 dB at 120°
20 dB at 180°
Impedance
200 Ohms
Load Impedance
≥ 1000 Ohms
Sensitivity
-34 dBV
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
78 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level
16 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
V ()
Physical
Color
Black
Dimensions
ø: 2.1 x L: 6.5" / ø: 5.4 x L: 16.5 cm
Weight
1.17 lb / 0.53 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.055 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.35 x 9.15 x 5.3"

AKG P220 Reviews

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I am looking for a windscreen that will fit this ...

I am looking for a windscreen that will fit this mic. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Asked by: Aaron
You can use the AKG W4000 Microphone Windscreen (B&H # AKW4000) or the Auray WCF-UB440 Foam Windscreen for Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics (B&H # AUWCFUB440).
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2021-05-26

Will this mic work with a Zoom N6? Or my SONY ...

Will this mic work with a Zoom N6? Or my SONY camcorder? I assume it connects with XLR?
Asked by: Peter
This mic will work with any device that has an XLR mic input that provides 48v phantom power. This includes the Zoom H6, or any camcorder with an XLR mic input.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-10-19

question

Hello Reviewers and Experts,My name is Jose and I'd like to know if this microphone would be good for home studio recording for vocals?
Asked by: Anonymous
This is an excellent mic for vocals and instruments, as long as you have the support equipment.
Answered by: Leo S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Does the Senal XU-1648 XLR-to-USB Interface come with Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 when purchasing this kit? I noticed the software is included when the XU-1648 is purchased individually.
Asked by: carlo p.
Free software not included when purchasing this bundle.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2020-04-01

question

Does it have USB? Also does it come with a condensor
Asked by: Moises S.
No, the P220 is a true condenser with XLR Balanced output requiring 48 volt phantom power.
Answered by: Stephen H.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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