AKG C1000 S MK4

Small-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Hypercardioid Adapter, Presence Boost Adapter, -10dB Pad, 80Hz Highpass Filter, and Battery Operation
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Ideal Condenser for Studio and Mobile Use

Grab the updated AKG C1000 S MK4 and see what you've been missing. Sweetwater Sales Engineers have long recommended the C1000 S to project studio engineers and field recording specialists for years because of its clarity and versatility, and this updated version is more versatile than ever. Switchable capsule caps provide cardioid and hypercardioid polar pattern, plus an optional gain boost, while the addition of a switchable pad and highpass filter let you tailor the frequency response to a wide range of applications. You can power the C1000 S MK4 with a pair of AA batteries for up to 120 hours, making it a great companion for your mobile recording. What's more, the internally shockmounted capsule has been redesigned with gold-plating to resist rust and corrosion.

AKG C1000 S MK4 Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Great for mobile recording or live sound with phantom or battery power
  • Cardioid pattern can be quickly switched to hypercardioid
  • Switchable pad and highpass filter for added flexibility
Great for mobile recording or live sound with phantom or battery power

The versatility of the C1000 S MK4 makes this an extremely popular model, and one ideally suited for all kinds of recording and live sound applications. If no phantom power is available, the mic can be powered by two standard AA batteries, making it perfect for mobile use. With its new battery monitoring electronics, the C1000 S MK4 features a reliable LED warning light. The red LED above the microphone switch lights up when the C1000 S MK4's remaining battery life falls below 45 minutes. You'll never be caught with a useless mic in situations where phantom power is not available!

Cardioid pattern can be quickly switched to hypercardioid

Many of us here at Sweetwater have used C1000 S models since they first came out, and they're wonderful mics for acoustic guitar, percussion, and even certain types of vocals. One of the things that makes this mic particularly versatile is its switchable diaphragm cabs, which let you choose between cardioid and hypercardioid polar patterns, or add a presence boost. With the presence boost adapter in place, you get an extra 3-5dB of high-end enhancement between 5kHz and 9kHz, which can be a real asset if you're using your C1000 S MK4 for ENG or interview applications.

Switchable pad and highpass filter for added flexibility

One of the most surprising things about the C1000 S MK4 revision is the addition of both a highpass filter and a pad. While you won't find these controls on the outside of the mic, they're accessible via the battery compartment, where you can't accidentally switch the setting during run-and-gun recording. The highpass filter is set at 80Hz, which is perfect for cutting out handling noise (already mitigated by the internal spider shockmount) and proximity effect. That's particularly useful when you hand the mic to an inexperienced speaker for ENG applications. Likewise, there's a switchable -10dB pad onboard, which can save you from preamp overloads if you're recording loud drums or guitar cabinets.

AKG C1000 S MK4 Condenser Microphone Features:
  • A highly versatile small-diaphragm condenser microphone for mobile and studio use
  • Great for acoustic guitar and percussion as well as speech and vocals
  • Runs on 2 AA batteries for up to 120 hours for mobile/ENG applications
  • Internally shockmounted gold-plated capsule resists corrosion and handling noise
  • Switchable diaphragm caps let you choose from cardioid or hypercardioid polar patterns
  • Presence Boost cap lets you add a 3-5dB boost between 5-9kHz for speech clarity
  • Cut proximity effect and handling noise with the internally switchable 80Hz highpass filter
  • Prevent preamp overloading with the internally switchable -10dB pad
  • Recessed on/off switch lets you quickly cut the mic when needed
  • Also includes a foam windscreen, stand adapter, and carry bag
The AKG C1000 S MK4 condenser mic is great for studio and mobile recording!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Hypercardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 137dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 73dB
Self Noise 21dB
Low Cut Filter 80Hz
Pads -10dB
Connector XLR
Weight 0.71 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 3354X00010

Customer Reviews

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Versatile and Crisp

Pros: I can decide whether to run these using batteries or phantom power, making them ideal for smaller live systems where I don't necessarily want or have phantom available. The available adjustments, including low cut, -10dB pad, and hypercardioid and presence boost adapters are also a big plus, as I can save processing further down the line. The clip and pouch are very convenient, as well. Cons: Still trying to find some...

Surprising quality.

I bought this much a while back. I was attracted to the price, the features, and the fact that in professional recording studios, I had the best success with the C414. Obviously this is not a C414 but the pedigree is there. Nevertheless, I bought this much and began experimenting with it on a number of styles of music and my findings are what I'm going to next write about. On box, expect a crisp detailed and open sound. At the same time, It's certainly important to be in a decently treated room because this mic does tend to pick up unwanted noise in less than perfect conditions. Further, because of the small size of the capsule, this much doesn't really tolerate a lot of movement. That is, you have to remain right in front of this mic and be excessively still if you want great takes. And I mean right in front of the mic. All in all, It's great on vocals though sometimes cumbersome to find the best marriage of room and performer positioning. Notwithstanding, this thing is a weapon through my Focusrite Sapphire. I can only imagine what it would sound like through a Vintech 73 or SSL alpha channel. On guitar cabs it performs as good as any of the standards... It's great in that right. Drums take on just the right weight through this mic. Snares retain a Nice detailed character with just enough top. It's wonderful for this sort of application. I recommend this mic for the type of person who needs something versatile but something with the potential to sound great on vox. In a decently treated space and using hardware dynamics controls, even this mic's weakness in the dynamics category can be shored up. With that said, I'm absolutely going to buy several more of these. This is a great multi-purposed condenser.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Artist/Producer, Songwriter

Good audio from RST signal report

I use this condenser mic on my ham radio. everybody were saying Reynaldo your audio is so good, very clear from hi & low. nothing to ask for more.Reynaldo CastroAB7MC
Music background: ham radio operator

hard work

as one of the reviewers before me, this mic requires a lot of work to make anything sound up to todays standards, tones of eq and still not really satisfactory, would not recommend
Music background: professional

Just a cosmetic refresh, the capsule still sounds horrible!

Just like the revisions before it, the capsule is just bad. No amount of EQ can salvage this mic. My church had one stolen that was the Mk3 and unfortunately they bought this to replace the stolen one. Compared to the Shure SM137 that I am familiar with, the Shure captures like a real condenser while the AKG is all harsh hi-mids. Even removing the inner foam did no improvement. Even a Behringer B5 outperforms this mic, that says alot! (the only exception I have for Behringer are their mics, they are sleepers for really cheap SDC's.) Just stay away from this mic, you'll be glad you did.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Evan Mehre

While there are many condenser microphones in the same price range as the AKG C1000 S, its unorthodox medium-diaphragm character has made it a staple in my mic locker. It's my go-to mic for drum overheads - especially if I don't plan to mic each tom individually - because it sits somewhere between a large- and a small-diaphragm mic. This lets it beef up tom sounds better than most pencil condensers while handling transients better than many large-diaphragm models.
See also: Condenser Mics, AKG, AKG Condenser Microphones, AKG Condenser Microphones