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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 ApplicationsStudio Recording, Podcast, Web-Streaming, Audio for Video
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Acoustic Guitar
Sound FieldMono, Stereo
Stereo/Surround ConfigurationA/B (Adjustable Stereo Width)
Capsule4 x Electret Condenser
Polar PatternCardioid, Omnidirectional
Pattern SelectionSwitched (Adjustable on Mic)
OrientationSide Address
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentYes
IndicatorsSingle LED (Status)
On-Board ControlsGain/Sensitivity, Headphone Volume, Mic Mute, Polar Pattern
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL129 dB SPL (.5% THD)
Output Connectors (Analog)None
Output Connectors (Digital)1 x USB Type-C
Headphone Connector1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Cable Length6.6' / 2.01 m
Digital Audio
A/D Conversion24-Bit
Sample Rate192 kHz
Operating System SupportAndroid, Windows, iOS, macOS/OS X
Available PortUSB 2.0
Bus PowerUSB
Operating Voltage5 V
Operating Current Consumption75 mA
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (with Included Hardware)
Desktop Stand (Included)
Mounting Thread Size5/8"-27 Female
Dimensionsø: 6 x L: 97.44" / ø: 152.5 x L: 2475 mm
Weight2.03 lb / 0.92 kg (with Mount)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.855 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.9 x 8.9 x 6.6"

AKG Lyra Reviews

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....

Very Average

By Ram SD
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-17

print errors in the Quick Start Guide (see attached)

Such a shame, AKG, why oh why?

By Denis Uspeshny
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-14

Very difficult to use this mic. veryy unustable with mac products and the sound is way way too compressed, just gives you ear fatigue

Not detecting

By Reynolds
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-07

Good Product but after updated to ipados 14.6 it is not detecting

A very fine mic.

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-21

I bought this to simplify my setup for audio and video recording and Zoom sessions. It has all the fine qualities of a studio condenser mic with respect to sensitivity and sound quality. It's easily detached from its base and mounts on a standard mic stand. With a USB-C to USB-C cable, it plugs directly into a USB-C port on my MacBook Pro and works with all applications. Its onboard gain control provides great flexibility, not to mention its 4 alternative coverage patterns.

Great mic, but get a shockmount. (The Blue Radius III fits.)

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-11

I was torn between this AKG Lyra and the Blue Yeti X - after reading a bunch of reviews, they both seemed like great options with roughly comparable features - multiple pickup patterns, on-mic mute buttons, volume & gain dials, etc. The sound samples I heard from the Lyra sounded a little bit more transparent to me than the Yeti X, but I wasn't able to do my own test of this, and I can't say the difference I heard was necessarily enough on its own to guide the decision between these two great mics. I did like the advantage on the Blue Yeti X of the visible level indicator, but in the end, I liked the look of the Lyra better enough to push it over the top for me. I noticed that AKG didn't offer a shockmount for the Lyra, and B+H didn't list any shockmounts in the recommended accessories, so I wondered if the Lyra's mount might actually have a little bit of shock absorption built in. (If it *did*, maybe I could save a little money and not buy a shockmount? I was planning on putting it on a boom arm anyway, and didn't plan on using the table mount.) But alas, that was an unrealistic dream. The Lyra's table stand is, of course, just like any other mic's table stand - it transfers plenty of noise from the hum of my desktop computer, typing on my keyboard, and all those kinds of things. But the Lyra's U-shaped tilting mount doesn't in fact absorb any handling noise, so putting it on a boom arm didn't dampen any of that either. Fortunately, the BLUE RADIUS III shockmount fits the AKG Lyra perfectly and works great, so I'd strongly recommend getting one of those if you're thinking about getting the Lyra. It's a lovely, great sounding mic, so I do highly recommend it (with the shockmount). I'd also recommend that AKG get their act together and make a shockmount of their own for the Lyra!

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!

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