AKG P820 Tube Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic

Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic with 9 Polar Patterns, Low-cut Filter, 20dB Pad, Remote Power Supply, Metal Carrying Case, and Spider Shock Mount
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AKG P820 Tube Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic
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A Must-have Mic for Any Studio

Flagship of AKG's Project Studio line, the P820 Tube condenser makes quality tube mic performance affordable, delivering rich sonics as only a tube mic can. The P820 Tube gives you excellent versatility, offering a choice of cardioid, onmi, and figure-8 polar patterns (plus six intermediate patterns), along with a low-cut filter and 20dB pad, all accessable from the supplied remote power supply. With its 1" dual-capsule design and advanced ECC83 dual-triode circuitry, the P820 Tube gives you you a smooth, dimensional sound. And although it excels on vocals, its ability to withstand high sound pressure levels make the P820 Tube an all-around studio workhorse. Includes metal carrying case and spider shock mount.

AKG P820 Tube Condenser Mic at a Glance:
  • Nine polar patterns, for amazing versatility
  • What you can do with this workhorse mic
Nine polar patterns, for amazing versatility

The AKG P820 Tube includes a remote power supply with a rotary switch that lets you select the microphone's polar pattern from omnidirectional (fully counter-clockwise) to cardioid (center) to figure-8 (fully clockwise). Between those settings are six intermediate patterns. All the switch positions are detented, so your settings are easily reproducible in the heat of session. Sweetwater engineers can verify the value of having multiple pickup patterns for immediate deployment. This feature - along with its gorgeous sonics and high-SPL capabilities - will make the P820 Tube your go-to studio workhorse mic for any number of recording applications, day-in and day-out.

What you can do with this workhorse mic

Two singers, one mic: grab the AKG P820 Tube, set it to figure-8, and you're good to go. Record a sax solo overdub with natural "slap": position the P820 Tube (again, on figure-8) between the sax player and the control room window; adjust mic position to taste. Ginormous Val Garay-style toms (two racks and a floor): three P820s on cardioid, fairly close-in - just don't let the drummer hit the mics! Full symphony orchestra, Bob Fine's Mercury Living Presence technique: again, three P820s, this time set to omni, across the proscenium arch; record to three tracks panned left, center, right. Set your levels for peaks, then leave those faders alone and let the conductor balance the orchestra. We could go on, but even without exploring the intermediate polar pattern settings, you can already see how the P820 Tube can be used in any number of ways to produce incredible sounding tracks.

AKG P820 Tube Condenser Mic Features:
  • Cardioid, omni, and figure-8 polar patterns, plus six intermediate patterns
  • Included remote control allows choice of nine different polar patterns
  • Switchable 80Hz bass-cut filter eliminates rumble
  • Switchable 20dB preattenuation pad
  • Perfect for high-SPL applications up to 155dB SPL
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
Stock your mic locker with a versatile workhorse: AKG's P820 Tube!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Mono/Stereo Mono
Polar Pattern 9 Selectable Polar Patterns
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 135 dB, 155 dB w/Pad
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 78dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 16dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-12 dB/octave)
Pads -20 dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.69 lbs.
Included Accessories 1 x Shockmount, 1 x Mic, 1 x Power Cable, 1 x Metal Carrying Case
Manufacturer Part Number 3101H00440

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