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AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone

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Great for overheads and acoustic guitar.

The P170 is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone for recording percussion, acoustic guitars and perhaps most typically, drum set from the overhead position. Its lightweight 1/2" true condenser transducer diaphragm delivers outstanding clarity and transient response. It is an affordable alternative to the revered 'pencil' microphones. They are often purchased in pairs for overhead applications.

FEATURES
Audio
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Max SPL: 155 dB
Sensitivity: 15 mV/Pa

Pattern and type
Capsule: Condenser
Pattern: Cardioid
Type: Mounted

Applications
Primary: Studio
Secondary: Stage
Other: Not applicable
Physical
L x W x (D): 6.3 x 7/8"
Weight: 4.6oz. (130g)

Other
Case: Pouch
Clip: Hard rubber

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SPECIFICATIONS
General
Audio Frequency bandwidth: 20 to 20000 Hz
Sensitivity: 15 mV/Pa
Equivalent Noise Level: 19 dB-A
Signal to Noise: 75 dB-A
Preattenuation Pad: -20 dB
Electrical Impedance: <= 200 Ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: >=1000 Ohm
Polar Pattern: Cardioid

Powering Interface
Voltage: 44 to 52 V
Current: <= 3 mA

Audio Output
Type: Balanced XLR
Gender: Male
Contacts: 3-pin

Dimensions / Weight
Height: 160 mm
Diameter: 22 mm
Net Weight: 130 g
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AKGP170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone
 
4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for Studio Recording of Pin Drops

By TamaSnob1

from Colorado

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Pros

  • HIGH SENSITIVITY
  • Solid build

Cons

  • Clips Easy
  • No Bagcase
  • No bag or case

Best Uses

  • Acoustic
  • Drum Overheads
  • Home Studio
  • Strings
  • Winds And Reeds

Comments about AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone:

Upgraded from SM58s for the drum overheads and these are obviously a whole different animal. Beast is more like it because they pick up EVERYTHING. Too much so in a way, these are probably best for quiet instruments rather than a drum set like I'm using em for. But when you find the sweet spot a pair is really sweet! The -20db switch sounds kind of muffled so I pulled back the mics instead, got em in a sort of spread X/Y config high over the drums, like closer to the ceiling than the drums, otherwise they clipped. Now they sound great, you have to play quiet but every little nuance comes out in the mix. Makes SM58 overheads sound like tin cans if you're looking for more definition with the cymbals and rim shots. On purpose or not they're gonna come thru loud and clear. Stick clicks, mis hits, bashed cymbals - these mics will not hide your flaws. It all comes through.

At this price point I honestly don't know enough about the expensive AKG's that look a lot like these to know what the difference is. Far as I know these sound awesome and a friend who does sound for festivals wants to borrow 'em for flutes, strings, other analog instruments he said so I figure he knows what he's talking about. To be honest I'd have to wonder about these picking up TOO MUCH on stage, but it was his 58's I borrowed so one good turn deserves another.

I would have gone 5 stars but there's no bag or keepsake for these, they are just gonna roll around in the mic case until I figure something else out. But Musician's Friend gave me a great deal on a pair of these so overall I am really quite satisfied.

One more thing, not sure what's up with the -20db switch. Sounds like under a pillow switch, actually. I got better results with a -20db switch on a direct box, which also you're gonna need for phantom power anyway if you're not plugged into the board direct. That's my ignorance and lack of experience there, I thought phantom power was sort of supposed to "transfer" or whatever through an effects box or compressor/limiter, but I musta been wrong because I'm not finding it working like that. Had to bypass all my rack goodies and go direct to the mixer, the dynamic mics leave more room for pre-signal fiddling, I guess. Shows how little I know. So if you're just learning like me you might want to make sure about your phantom power setup if you're gonna upgrade from dynamic mics to condensers. I thought I was in the know but after the purchase, well that is when I approached this part of the learning curve. :)

So in a nutshell if you have tons of experience, you can probably hear why these mics are the price they are. So four stars. If you're like me upgrading from dynamic mics, the sensitivity is going to blow you away and everything you tried with the dynamics just won't apply. And if you are a novice like me, getting these mics is kind of like buying a motorcycle that's too big for you. They are going to teach you a lot but you can easily get into trouble. And these are just too nice not to have a keeper bag, AKG. So four stars.

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4.0

Great little mic's for the money, really versatile

By Joseph

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Comments about AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone:

I used this product on a number of things. Timbale,Drums Overheads,Acoustic Guitars,String Quartets, Vocal Choirs,Steel Drums and well as room mic's. It comes with a 20db pad which is very helpful when recording loud percussion like Timbale,Steel Drums, and loud Drums. Make sure you have a low noise pre amp and you get really good results. I only wish it came with omni capsules or at least had that option. These mic's are great for the money.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value in a pencil mic

Pros

  • Compares Well To Sm81
  • Inexpensive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acoustic Guitar
    • Percussion
    • Ukulele

    Comments about AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone:

    This is an excellent sounding pencil condenser mic. I purchased this because I wasn't satisfied with the sound I was getting with my SM81 on ukulele and cajon. This mic also shines on acoustic guitar providing a clean, clear sound with a notch of treble without sounding harsh. In some cases on acoustic guitar, I actually prefer the sound of this mic over the more expensive SM81.

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    4.0

    Good acoustic instrument mic

    By David G

    from Jupiter, FL

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    Comments about AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone:

    I record acoustic guitars. This picks up the sound accurately. Other mics color the sound in some way. It's easy to pull this out without worrying for how it's going to capture the sound. Point it about 8 inches or so away near the 12th fret and you're good to go.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Sound at a Great Price

    By Peaches

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

    • Responsive
    • Well-made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording
      • Homeamateur Recording

      Comments about AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone:

      I have recently used the AKG P170 on a demo my band is writing at this moment. The response is crisp, and recording through the mic is easy. Tracking drums overhead is simple and the resulting sound is very natural.

      In a sound treated studio, I'm positive the AKG P170 could perform just as well as any high end microphone out now.

       
      4.0

      NIce mic at a great value

      By PMac

      from Altoona, PA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone:

        Nice mic for the money. Primary application will be for live drum overheads. Great alternative to mics costing 3 times as much.

         
        5.0

        Makes a big difference.

        By Tampa Norm

        from Tampa, FL

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        Pros

        • Great sound for the money

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home recording for acoustic guitar.

          Comments about AKG P170 Project Studio Condenser Microphone:

          I record a track demos of my goofy songs in my living room using a low budget set up. However I was not happy with the sound of the built-in pick up in my acoustic guitar. I saw this microphone on the Guitar Center website on sale and it sounded like a perfect solution. I now get a nice full sound.

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