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AKG P420 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Reviews

4.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • Customer
    from February 5, 2016

    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.

  • Barney McFadden
    from West Milton, Ohio March 6, 2015Music Background:
    Performing Artist, Sound Technition

    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.

  • Joe
    from Tinley Park, IL January 23, 2017

    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.

  • Ken O
    from Austin, TX July 12, 2016

    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!

  • Paul Alfieri
    from Buffalo NY February 10, 2016Music Background:
    Singer Songwriter / recording artist

    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..

  • Ben
    from Colorado July 14, 2015Music Background:
    Live Audio Engineer/Project Studio

    Excellent Project Mic for Price

    For the price, this mic is hard to beat... Accurate sound, Solid construction, Multiple patterns, Shockmount, and Case are it's best features.

    Overall this mic records a decent vocal, is extremely versatile, and seems to be built like a tank. IMO superior to the AT and MXL mics I have owned in this price range.

    I like that it has a decent heft in the hand, and does not feel cheap. The Polar patterns are very accurate - the omni picking up very equally all the way around, the fig.8 rejects well from the sides, and the cardioid rejects well from the sides and back. (I got an interesting solo vocal sound in fig.8 with the mic 4" away from a mirror - slapback-ish)
    The cardioid pattern has some signal drop below ~60hz and is noticible on low frequency sources, but the omni is rather flat and pleasant.
    I don't like that the bass rolloff is set at 300hz and 12db/8va - I probably won't use that much unless I'm using it on cymbals. I would like to see the 300hz at 6db/8va, and maybe a 120hz @ 12db/8va option.
    I also find the 20db pad a bit extreme and would like to see a 10db option as well... That being said, I got great results using the pad on an exceptionally heavily played snare drum in the cardioid pattern. Proximity effect as expected.
    The self-noise and output impedance are a bit high, but right on par with or better than any other mic in this price range. I do get a little noise when driving my presonus firestudio preamps hard with it.
    This is an AKG design, but made in China for those wondering. Still the best I have used in this price range.

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