AKG C 480 B

C 480 B Modular Condenser Microphone and CK61 ULS Cardioid Capsule
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AKG C 480 B
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Give Your Listeners the Sound They Love!

In the sound of the C480 Condenser you'll hear ample evidence of the time-proven characteristics of some of the recording world's greatest and most popular microphones. The warmth, presence and "feel" that make a great performance are all there, waiting to add their unique touch to your recordings. Backing up these classic qualities are technological standards that come right from the cutting-edge of today's music gear. Features include a superb preamp with a built-in, four-position switch: two positions give you a bass-cut filter (at 75 and 150Hz) with different roll-off slopes, while another position selects a -10dB pad, added after the input stage of the microphone, to ensure performance at spec sound pressure levels up to 144dB. Ultra-low self-noise and exceptionally high overload characteristics allow a dynamic range specification of over 120dB and a specially designed output stage will drive all types of loads likely to be encountered in professional work, including using excessively long cables, without any noticeable signal degradation.

A versatile recording mic

The C480B also might be one of the most versatile recording tools you've ever worked with. It's modular design lets you add or change capsules for different recording directions: cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectional, and diffuse field omnidirectional. Frequency responses of all capsules are exceptionally flat, and offer very neutral presentations of off-axis material.

  • Includes CK61 ULS Cardioid capsule
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency range
  • 8mV/Pa sensitivity
  • 120 ohm impedance
  • 14dB-A equivalent noise level
  • 134dB max SPL for 0.5%THD from 30Hz-20kHz

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Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Polar Pattern Cardioid
Low Cut Filter 70Hz, 150 Hz (-12dB/octave)
Pads -10dB, +6dB
Manufacturer Part Number 2200Z00330

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c 480 fantastic

i also have a extensive mic closet ..org. km84 83 dpa klauss hyne mod sm69 etc etc i built guitars and the real test is recording there sound as part of a doc to keep as a reference i need the best and most accurate these are them .there is no color there quiet beyound anything else a master mic for acoustics! there is story of some eng who went to record elephants and came back with nothing on there machine wrong mics they purchaseed these and came back with ground moving information
Music background: guitar builder

AKG C480

i purchased a pair of c480s with ck61 capsules to suppplement my SD condenser selection for chamber music recording. i already owned pairs of neumann km184s, schoeps cmc64s, AT4051s, royer r-121s, and had previously owned several varieties of less expensive mics such as rode nt5s, akg c391b's, c1000s, etc. i can truthfully say that the C480s are extremely well crafted, with high-end components, and solid build quality, and these mics can easily hold their own against the most expensive SD condenser mics made today, including DPA, schoeps, neumann, sennheiser, and josephson. while there are applications where i will use other mics from my collection, the C480s have become one of my first picks for all types of acoustic instrument recording in a studio setting, and they make an excellent main stereo pair in ORTF in a nice live setting. the C480s couple well with most of the high-end preamps on the market - i currently use millennia media HV3, which really brings out the best in the C480s. they are also among the favorite mics for the DAT-heads and tapers who i know.
See also: Condenser Mics, AKG, AKG Condenser Microphones, AKG Condenser Microphones