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AKG Lyra Multipattern USB Condenser Microphone

AKG Lyra Multipattern USB Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • For Content Creators of All Kinds
  • For Computers, iOS & Mobile Devices
  • 4-Capsule Array for Multiple Modes
  • Front, Front & Back, and 2 Stereo Modes
For those who want a high-quality experience out of their USB microphone, the AKG Lyra offers high-definition audio, powerful versatility, and superb simplicity, all while providing a stylish on-screen appearance. Whether you're creating online content, podcasting, vlogging, live-streaming, producing music, or fashioning ASMR content, the Lyra can come in handy.
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AKG Lyra Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Versatile Applications
  • 3Plug-and-Play Universal Compatibility
  • 4Headphone Monitoring with Zero Latency
  • 5Adaptive Four-Capsule Array
  • 6Ultra-HD Audio Quality
  • 7Styled with Vintage Appeal
  • 8Powerful Bundled Software

For those who want a high-quality experience out of their USB microphone, the AKG Lyra offers high-definition audio, powerful versatility, and superb simplicity, all while providing a stylish on-screen appearance. Whether you're creating online content, podcasting, vlogging, live-streaming, producing music, or fashioning ASMR content, the Lyra can come in handy.

The Lyra fulfills the needs of those looking for both a studio-quality sound and an effortless setup that avoids mixers, preamps, audio interfaces, and things of that ilk. As such, the mic offers 24-bit / 192 kHz conversion, a built-in shockmount, and internal diffusion to yield pristine sonic quality for your recordings. Take advantage of the integrated desktop stand and its built-in cable management to place the Lyra on a table, or remove the desktop stand, and you can mount the Lyra on your favorite boom arm or mic stand.

Versatile Applications
Whether you're recording a podcast interview, a YouTube video voice-over, or your next Spotify single, Lyra's innovative AKG Adaptive Capsule Array adapts to your performance to record pristine audio. The Lyra can handle anything from traditional voice/instrument recording to vlogging, live streaming, field recording, stereo ASMR, and web conferencing.
Plug-and-Play Universal Compatibility
Plug-and-play setup for Mac/Windows computers and iOS/Android devices ensures easy operation; no assembly and no messing with software settings. Simply connect the Lyra to your device with the supplied USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, a separately available Apple Camera Connection Kit (for Lightning devices), or an optional OTG adapter cable to use it with popular audio and video production software, live streaming, and conferencing applications.
Headphone Monitoring with Zero Latency
When you're speaking, singing, or playing an instrument in the studio, you need to hear yourself and your backing tracks at the same time in order to perform your best. That's why Lyra is equipped with a "zero-latency" 3.5mm headphone jack to eliminate the short delay between when you perform into the microphone and when you hear yourself in the headphones, so you can stay focused on your performance.
Adaptive Four-Capsule Array
The Lyra's proprietary Adaptive Capsule Array utilizes four condenser capsules to offer four user-friendly capture modes (polar patterns)—front, front and back, tight stereo, and wide stereo—to accommodate a variety of performances and applications. LED indicators display the capture mode at a glance.

  • Front: Isolates the target source from distracting background noise by rejecting unwanted sounds at the microphone back and sides—ideal for spoken word, vocals, and close-miked instruments.
  • Front and Back: Captures and blends together sound equally on all sides—ideal for face-to-face interviews and duets.
  • Tight Stereo: Captures audio in true stereo, providing discrete left and right audio for great sound separation—ideal for recording side-by-side interviews, panel discussions, drums, or piano.
  • Wide Stereo: Captures audio with greater stereo separation, room ambience, and depth—ideal for situations where you want to capture sounds all around the mic, such as documentaries, field recordings, or spontaneous jam sessions.
Ultra-HD Audio Quality
The Lyra's advanced circuitry delivers acoustically transparent, 24-bit / 192 kHz audio resolution to meet the standards of 4K Ultra-HD projects. An internal self-adjusting shockmount mitigates vibrations from reaching the capsules, and the proprietary Internal Element Overload Prevention and built-in sound diffuser work together to automatically reduce noise, eliminate pops, and improve signal levels.
Styled with Vintage Appeal
Inspired by classic studio microphones like the legendary AKG C414, Lyra's sleek design is sure to spark your creativity. Every function you need—capture modes, mic gain, headphone volume, and mute—is ergonomically positioned and easily accessed right on the mic so you can stay in the moment while always being in control. An integrated, removable, perma-tilt desktop stand with built-in cable management makes it easy to position the mic on your desktop. The Lyra can also be mounted to a traditional mic stand or microphone boom arm for more flexibility in the studio.
Powerful Bundled Software
The Lyra works seamlessly with all major audio and video production software and online platforms, and it includes Ableton Live Lite recording software so you can create content right away.
UPC: 885038040804

AKG Lyra Specs

Primary Applications
Studio Recording, Podcast, Web-Streaming, Audio for Video
Form Factor
Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Sound Field
Mono, Stereo
Stereo/Surround Configuration
A/B (Adjustable Stereo Width)
4 x Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid, Omnidirectional
Pattern Selection
Switched (Adjustable on Mic)
Side Address
High-Pass Filter
Tone Adjustment
Gain Adjustment
Single LED (Status)
On-Board Controls
Gain/Sensitivity, Headphone Volume, Mic Mute, Polar Pattern
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
129 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Output Connectors (Analog)
Digital Output Connector
1 x USB-C
Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Cable Length
6.6' / 2.01 m
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion
Sample Rate
192 kHz
Operating System Support
Android, Windows, iOS, macOS/OS X
OS Compatibility
*As of September, 2019: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Available Port
USB 2.0
Bus Power
Operating Voltage
5 V
Operating Current Consumption
75 mA
Mic Clip/Stand Adapter (with Included Hardware)
Desktop Stand (Included)
Mounting Thread Size
5/8"-27 Female
ø: 6 x L: 97.44" / ø: 152.5 x L: 2475 mm
2.03 lb / 0.92 kg (with Mount)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.855 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.9 x 8.9 x 6.6"

AKG Lyra Reviews

One of the best USB-C mics

By ajosh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-31

Bought this 2 weeks ago and I am of the opinion that this is the only USB mic one would need. 24bit/192 KHz capable, very crisp and clean

Solid USB mic

By Eric
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-30

I had quite a few mics over the years mostly XLR, but I was scrolling through B&H and found this mic open-box for 95% off I kind of had to get it. I figured worst case scenario I have a $5 paper weight. Was pleasantly surprised when the mic came in the original packaging and the box was even sealed. For sure going to order from B&H's used department again, flawless experience. The mic itself loses a star due to the body being made of plastic and for having play in both the body and the grille of the mic (with a relatively light squeeze). Also the mute switch will randomly turn itself off. Doesn't fill me with confidence to throw this naked into a bag and not have something break. Regardless, the mic sounds pretty good. It's not going to replace my XLR setup anytime soon but does sound pretty good (8 out of 10). Things I like: USB-C, 24bit/192kHz, multi-pattern (4 mic capsules), 3.5mm headphone jack (zero latency monitoring), physical gain/headphone/pattern knobs, works with iOS, cable management cutout on stand, mute switch (when it works), and sound quality. Overall, if you can find it on sale I would pick it up. If you are already in the market for a Yeti, get this instead (doesn't have that weird hiss issue that the Yeti tends to suffer from). Would recommend this to someone who wants a fairly simple setup for a podcast, some* voice over work, social media, maybe recording a whole band if you get creative, or if you just enjoy the look of the microphone!

Great Voice Quality. High Definition Indeed !

By Matt707
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-31

I just bought my new LYRA for my Mac Mini Intel (2018) running Big Sur 11.6 and my iPad Pro 12.9 (2018). Both work flawlessly once I plug in and connect with the right USB cable. The sound quality is very nice, high quality, reflecting my voice character. The mute button also works well with a pinkish indicator light. I have ponder back and forth before making the purchase coz' been reading lots of uncertain reviews about incompatibility with macOS Big Sur. I'm it turns out working perfectly here.

Worked great until macbook big sur update

By Anonymous
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-23

I loved this mic when my mac was using the catalina operating system. Very easy to use, fun to play with the sound settings and get rich results. However, I do not recommend buying this mic if you are using big sur operating system on a mac as it can no longer be recognized--and I've tried resetting EVERYTHING. This is a common problem per mac support forums since the upgrade. So although AKG advertised this mic as compatible with "Mac OS® 10.7 or higher", this is no longer true. Basically, any updated mac user cannot use this mic, it seems... I had less then 1 yr of use from it....

Looks beautiful on my desk...

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-06

and it is extremely useful during zoom sessions or conversations on any app.

Doesn't work with Big Sur 11.4

By Nicolas
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-25

I used to use this mic and it worked well, but with the new MacOS update, it isnt even recognized anymore. Never buying again!

Feels horrible, doesn't sound great.

By Dave103
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-01

This is not a particularly great product. First up is the material choice, which is weak flimsy plastic that feels horrible. The controls are also particularly cheap and nasty. Second up is the sound. This is not great. The mic picks up noise from all directions and somehow exaggerates the background sound. Set the mic gain right down, and it is still a noisy mic. You also need to be aware that it picks up every tiny little sound through its fragile stand. Given that there is always some noise coming from a PC, with fans, etc. then you need to be aware that this will be the major sound that is recorded. You will need to gate and EQ this out. This is a far less capable mic than many, and I have to say that it's not worth the money.

Outstanding podcast choice

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-09

I recently purchased this AKG Lyra to upgrade from my phone's internal mics for my podcast. Having a true cardiod mic is nice, as I'm now dealing with a lot less echo than before, and it does a much better job controlling plosives and breath noise. Literally my only complaint is that I'm still experimenting with positioning and mounting surfaces to make sure I'm getting everything I can out of it. But I like the sound of my podcast much better now!

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Which windscreen will fit the AKG Lyra?

Which windscreen will fit the AKG Lyra?
Asked by: Allan
The Lyra has no wind screen made for it. You will have to use a regular pop filter. This is the B&H part number B&H # AUPFSS55 you can find it on our website.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-12-23

Is there a shock mount that will fit this ...

Is there a shock mount that will fit this microphone?
Asked by: Matthew
Answering my own question because I found that The Blue Radius III Shockmount for Yeti (product # BLRADIUS3) DOES work perfectly well for this microphone. I'll put photos in a review.
Answered by: Matthew
Date published: 2021-02-11

AKG states that it can be used for Field ...

AKG states that it can be used for Field Recording. Can a wind muff fit on this? If so, which one?
Asked by: Rajnesh
You can use a wind muff on the Lyra, but AKG does not have a specific wind muff or foam windscreen designed to fit. We have not tested any of the existing wind muffs for other products. The models we have for using with the built-in mics on portable recorders seem to be too small. Unfortunately we can not recommend any specific item that will properly fit the Lyra.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2020-12-03

What is the Signal to Noise ratio?

What is the Signal to Noise ratio?
Asked by: Rajnesh
AKG lists the headphone signal to noise ratio as 98.0 dB.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2020-10-13
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