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AKG Perception 150 Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
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The AKG Perception 150 delivers class-leading performance, impeccable consistency and incredible value in a small-diaphragm condenser microphone. Eve...Read More
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A small-diaphragm condenser that offers AKG's 60 years of experience building studio-standard mics without the mind-numbing price tag.
The AKG Perception 150 delivers class-leading performance, impeccable consistency and incredible value in a small-diaphragm condenser microphone. Every studio needs good small-diaphragm mics for use on acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments, for percussion and for drum overheads, and for use on ensembles. A small diaphragm mic's superior transient response captures all the nuances of these instruments perfectly. The Perception 150 does these jobs very well.
The Perception 150's response is highlighted by a unique presence rise in the upper frequency range that brings instruments forward in the mix without sounding too bright or strident. Its externally biased "true condenser" capsule delivers remarkable performance consistency even when faced with temperature and humidity changes. Its high sensitivity, low noise and wide dynamic range will accurately capture any source without squashing the sound.
The Perception 150 also has a switchable 10dB pre-attenuation pad to allow use on high SPL sources and to prevent overloading your mic preamp or mixer input. The mic comes with an unbreakable stand clamp and is backed by a two-year parts and labor warranty from AKG. Put an AKG Perception 150 to test on your next session and discover why they are quickly becoming known as the "real deal" in high-value condenser microphones.
- Small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone with an externally biased "true" condenser capsule delivers impressive performance for the money
- Cardioid pickup pattern helps minimize environmental sound and other acoustic sources than what the mic is aimed at
- Switchable 10-dB pre-attenuation pad allows use on high SPL sources and to minimize mixer or mic preamp overload
- High 12 mV sensitivity allows lower gain setting on mixer or mic preamp for lower overall noise
- Full 20 ” 20,000 Hz response and excellent transient response captures all the nuances of your sound
- All-metal chassis, gold-plated Neutrik XLR output connector and well-designed circuitry ensure maximum RF and EMI shielding to allow use around wireless systems, computer equipment, etc without noise
- Backed by a two-year parts and labor warranty from AKG
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I used a Taylor 414 steel string acoustic guitar. I positioned the AKG 150 about 6" directly above the 12th fret, and firing straight down at the low E string. I added an AKG 200, about 8" away and firing diectly at the sound hole. I recorded directly to a fostex MR16 using mogami cables. I recorded the straight, unaltered, dry sound of the mics so I could hear the true, uncolored sound of the mics. The sound was excellent. If I had to pick just one of these mics for recording strings, I would pick the 150. I hope this is a helpful review. I also have spent years with Shure's SM 81's, and these AKG mics compare very well.
I picked up this mic the other day when I needed a quick solution to a lack of mics to use for some people I was having over for band practice. I ended up putting just the 150 as the overhead mic, just one, and a bass drum mic. Man, listening back to just what the AKG 150 picked up, you would have thought the whole kit was mic'd up. My drummers 16 and 18in floor toms came through so well and everything from the lows to really clean highs were there. I can't wait to hear two of these things in stereo!If you want a reasonably priced overhead mic that will get the job done and do it well, get this mic!
First of all the build quality is very classy. It is not a hot mike, I had to boost the trim and then it was fine. Very sensitive at close range when miking an acoustic guitar. I had to be careful that my nostrils would not breath down on it while miking the sound hole of the guitar! It's boomy over the sound hole, sounded better about 12" away. Eq does wonders of course, good mids and highs too.Not muddy. I'm glad it's a cardioid for my use, should do well on overheads with picking up the whole world. I have never used a high dollar pencil mic to compare it to. But it compares somewhat with my large diaphragm AT3035. I guess you can say it's what I expected. It will certainly please most home recordist I would assume.
Depending on what you like a condenser mic to do, this one is either very, very transparent or cold and sterile. It's not going to be sweet and warm like a Neumann, but it will provide you with a very unvarnished, natural sound and it's very responsive to positioning. It's worked great for me on nylon and steel string acoustics (I like it angled towards the 12th fret, about a foot away), and I also like it as an ambient/resonant head mic for snare drums (SM57 in the usual location on the batter head, AKG pointed at the lower rim, parallel to the floor, 5 inches or so from the edge of the rim...the 57 gives you a nice round attack while the AKG gives you a bit of room and some good crack from the snares). Very well-made and excellent quality for the price.