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For smooth vocals and gorgeously detailed instruments and drums.
With the AKG Perception 100 Microphone, you get AKG's world-famous sound from a large-diaphragm condenser mic; AKG's 2-year parts and labor warranty; plus solid, consistent performance that no other value-priced microphone can touch. The Perception 100 mic features a true externally biased, large-diaphragm condenser transducer with low distortion and consistent sonic characteristics. Delivering smooth response from 20Hz-20kHz and capable of handling sound pressure levels of up to 135dB, this AKG microphone is a serious performer with a low price tag. AKG includes a stand adapter with the Perception 100 Mic.
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The AKG 100 microphone is the first condenser mic that I purchased. I now use the MXL 3000. To be fair, this is a decent microphone for the price. However, the mic has positives and negatives. on the positive side, it does give a nice clean crisp sound. The first negative is that this crisp sound is paper thin. You have to do A LOT of eq to make up for this in the 200 Hz range, which adds noise into the vocals. The other problem which is much harder to fixed is the "pinched" high end vocals that do not go away with any form of eq (i've tried everything). If you're looking for a mic on a budget, this is okay but I'd recommend the MXL 3000 over this anyday.
What can I say? For this price I knew for sure there had to be something lacking in this mic. There is NOTHING lacking in this mic. The bottom line for me is, (and always has been) what comes out of the speakers. And what comes out of my speakers when using the Perception 100 is exactly what I feed into it. Every single nuance! I use mine primarily for acoustic guitar and vocals. I'm sure it does the job just as well with other instruments. Try it out...you won't be disappointed.
I use the mic as a drum room mic and for acoustic guitars. I must say it is hard to find a mic this good for the price and me being an AKG fan tried it. It lacks in features but for the price, who cares. So if you are wanting an all purpose mic for recording but don't want to spend a lot to do it this is the mic for you.
I was very skeptical about this mic at the time of purchase since the price was so low. I wanted a mic that recorded acoustic music with amazing detail and was ready to spent $350 (maybe even a little more). I got exactly what I was looking for with this mic. The salesman told me something about a german made capsule that would set this above anything under the $400 range. After promising I could bring it back if I wasnt satisfied(a no-no with mics),I figured what did I have to lose? I consider myself to be very hard to please and I have to say this mic is the best value I have ever landed musically. Save some bucks and go for it is my advice. The only problem Ive had is with the mount and since there is probobly a hundred ways to fix that without spending a dime...so what.
I got this as a Christmas Gift and I think it is a super cool mic... specially if you record in a Boss BR-1600CD like I do. With the Boss's great vocal effects, this mic performs great. I would choose something else if you're recording for professional quality but using it to record instead of a dynamic mic is just unbeatable
I've been using this to record voice for a few months, and it's great. I have no complaints. It sounds as good as a $400+ mic. The trouble I had was with the mount. The included mount screws into the bottom of the mic, but the threads on the mic only allow maybe two threads, so if you screw it on tight, you're likely to strip the threads, as I did. I took it back and replaced it immediately. Mic great, service great, mounting mechanism - not great. If you use a shock mount, you won't have this trouble.
I use this microphone to mic drums, vocals, and guitars. This is a great overall microphone for a very good price!
OK, so I'm posting this as a follow up to my first posting now that I've been doing more voice work with the AKG Perception 100. I'm working on an album and picked up the AKG Perception 100 because of it's amazing low price. I figured it wouldn't hurt to have another large diaphragm condenser microphone on hand, even if it's not a fancy one. My previous post discussed using it on my daughter's voice and on acoustic guitar with good results. This time I'll tell you about two male voices I used it on. We set up the Perception 100 next to a Rhode NT2 and an EV RE20. These were the best vocal mics we had on hand, so we recorded a bit with all three to compare the results. My co-singer's voice sounded best through the RE20. The NT2 was just OK and the Perception 100 sounded a bit thin in comparison. The truth is, the Perception 100 put out a very accurate and professional sounding recording, it just wasn't lush like the RE20. With a little EQ to fatten it up, though, you could have a good male vocal sound with the p100. For me, the Rhode NT2 sounded best. It delivered magic on the breathy sounds of my voice. The AKG Perception 100 was not bad. We could have used it and it would have been fine, it just didn't sparkle like the Rhode did.So that's it. Basically, I would say for the price, the AKG Perception 100 is an excellent microphone with a bump in the high end that may be more flattering on female vocals than male. But when you compare it to some mics that cost hundreds of dollars more, the p100 sounds boring in comparison. It's detailed, accurate, tight, and precise, but thin . . . and somehow unremarkable.