AKG P420 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic with Three Pickup Patterns, 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Response, Bass Roll-off, and 20dB Pad
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Versatile Multi-pattern Condenser

AKG's P420 large-diaphragm condenser mic gives you high sensitivity, a robust SPL capacity, and multiple pickup patterns; in short, it's a versatile, affordable addition to any pro facility where uncompromising quality is standard. The P420 features a 20dB pad and pristine sound quality. You can select between cardioid, omni, and figure-eight pickup patterns for a variety of miking applications. This mic is ruggedly constructed and includes a spider-style shockmount and aluminum carrying case. AKG means quality, and the P420 is no exception! Sweetwater is always looking to bring you value - and the AKG P420 delivers it by the truckload.

AKG P420 Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic Features at a Glance:
  • Variable pickup patterns: cardioid, omni, figure-8
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Max SPL: 155dB
  • Bass roll-off: 300Hz
  • Pad: 20dB
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The AKG P420: pick up a couple for your studio or live rig!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Mono
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 135dB (155dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 79dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 15dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 300Hz (-12dB/octave)
Pads -20dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.17 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 3101H00090

Customer Reviews

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Great mic for the price

I've been using this mic for over a year now. I've tracked vocals, acoustic guitar, and an upright bass with it. It does a great job for me. It's a little brighter than a friend's KSM32, but not at all in a bad way. I would describe its character as more "modern" than "vintage". It puts out what it takes in. No coloring, other than the top end I mentioned. I've used this mic in figure 8 pattern with an Octava MK012 in mid-side on acoustic guitar - exceptional! It seems to like indirect sound sources.

It's What I wanted

I sing in a Southern Gospel Trio and wanted to use a studio mic in a live performance situation. I also did not want to spent a lot of money as we would only use it in limited venues. After speaking with my Sweetwater rep. and being assured that if this did not work I could return it (30 day guarantee) I purchased the AKG P420. Not only does it perform beyond my expectations, it sounds great! With 3 pick up patterns, a low cut filter and high SPL, we have been able to have a high gain with no feedback as we are back 18-24 inches from this mic. With a metal body it has a feeling of quality in your hands and does not disappoint as you use it. If you want a great sounding, live performance microphone without breaking the bank, give this a try. I don't believe you will regret it.
Music background: Performing Artist, Sound Technition

Perfect for Home Use

The option to switch between 3 settings is great. I just picked up a 2nd one for my very basic home/portable studio. I've used for everything including drums, vox, guitars, and bass. Great condenser if you're on a budget.

GREAT Microphone from AKG

This mic is no one trick pony! Considering the price, pattern options, bass roll-off switch and 20dB pad....it's a smart option for budget minded musicians. Sounds consistently good through PreSonus, Focusrite, and Audient mic pre-s I use! I used it with an AKG220 on a live, 2-mic drum recording, it sounded great(had a chance to find that the rarely used 220 is pretty decent,too;they have an AKG "sound") The different polar patterns are nice to have! The case and shock-mounts are added bonuses, for sure. 4 stars, solid!

AKG P420

I just picked up this mic for my home studio. My recording engineer recommended it I'm using it for recording straight unplugged acoustic recordings... I have gotten a great sound out of it ! I couldn't be more pleased with this mic. I paid $179 new for it... Just a huge bang for the buck here. The mic has a high end feel to it and looks great with the shock mount. The case it comes with is also very nice..
Music background: Singer Songwriter / recording artist
See also: Condenser Mics, AKG, AKG Condenser Microphones, AKG Condenser Microphones