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AKG C1000 S MK4 Reviews

3.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • 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.

  • Dan M
    from Long Island, NY March 20, 2017

    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...

  • Jordan Pauley
    from Hayward, CA August 22, 2014Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Artist/Producer, Songwriter

    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.

  • Reynaldo Castro
    from Elk Grove, Ca, 95758 November 24, 2015Music Background:
    ham radio operator

    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 Castro

  • andy
    from detroit April 29, 2016Music Background:

    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

  • Thomas Le
    from Houston May 23, 2015Music Background:
    Live Sound Engineer

    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.

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