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I’ve been getting my hands on some really fun old mics. No fun at all Although it is sometimes criticised as having a rather characterless or unexciting sound, I have always found the D to be a most useful and versatile mic, with a response that is well suited to many practical recording situations.

I think the D is a little closer to accurate, but reality is probably somewhere in between the and the The D shares most of the inherent qualities that have made the D popular in the broadcasting field, although its rather more stylish, but unobtrusive appearance suggests a greater suitability for TV work. The D performs well in all the areas where dynamic mics are traditionally preferred, such as close-miked drums, percussion and amplifiers, but it can also be used to good effect in the recording of brass and reed instruments, or the larger stringed instruments in multi-mic orchestral sessions.

The absence of any proximity effect is also useful in this application, as the bass response does not alter when the distance between the mic and the drum head is changed, so it’s easy to experiment with different mic positions inside or just outside the bass drum. The specified sensitivity, although not particularly high at dBV, is about average for a mic of this type, but the can withstand up to dB SPL sound pressure levelso close-miking of most sources will cause no problems.

It really helps – thank you! Conclusions These versatile AKG models offer a high quality audio performance, suitable for coincident-pair recording or close-miked techniques, combined with the intrinsic ruggedness and user convenience of dynamic mics. Posted by Juan Carlos Bagnell at Searchable archive of old, out-of-print music production magazines. I broke out some Aesop this time, instead of my usual Poe, and did a comparison between this Rocket, and my new dynamic sweet-heart the MDU I sound a lot thicker on the MD at this distance.


Again, the MD shows what a champ it is dealing with plosives, the suffering through almost as much as a naked SM Other articles featuring gear in this article: Off axis rejection was about equal surprisingly enough.

Bottom snare sounds like it would work.

These versatile AKG models offer a high quality audio performance, suitable for coincident-pair recording or close-miked techniques, combined with the intrinsic ruggedness and user convenience of dynamic mics. Interestingly, AKG once considered dropping the D from their range, and the model disappeared from their catalogues around Some Skg Guy July 30, at 1: Well, considering the amount of damage, not bad, and surprisingly the LF element is functional.

The majority of the akf body is made from a tough, rigid plastic d220, but the mic has a distinctive appearance, largely due to the striking design of the rear sound entry slots protruding from either side of the metal base section, which also houses the XLR output connector and a recessed response switch. Sintering is traditionally used for manufacturing ceramic objects, and has also found uses in such fields as powder metallurgy.

Even though the low frequency element is working I confirmed by rolling through the bass cutI sound a little hollow. In all, I was surprised at how well the AKG did. A well controlled cardioid pick-up pattern is produced, in which the frequency response is independent of working distance, and off-axis colouration is minimised.

A three d22 bass-cut switch is also featured, offering 0, 7 or 20 dB of attenuation at 50 Hz, to assist in reducing handling noise and other unwanted low frequency sounds. The D and D reviewed here, are high quality moving-coil, or ‘dynamic’ mics, with a cardioid pick-up pattern and extended frequency response. This is an additional coil, similar to the diaphragm coil, but wired out-of-phase; interference is picked up equally in both coils, but then cancelled out by the opposite phasing.

Neutral Subjectively the D has a rather ‘neutral’ tonal character, with no particularly prominent mid-band colourations, and a response alg seems well extended at both extremes, but particularly smooth at low frequencies. The D is an odd little duck. Within the two-way transducer system, the low frequency diaphragm handles only the 20 to Hz region, while the high frequency unit mounted in front of it, agk over from Hz up to the nominal 20 kHz upper limit of the response.


Playing with mine, I wonder if it would sound good on high-hat Also, I just want akv thank coutant.

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This process leads to a directional mic with almost no proximity effect. Through scrapes, scuffs, and a big ole dent in the nose cone probably from a fall that dented the bronzeit’s still got a usable sound. Small Print Terms of use Privacy. The D continued to be in demand and has since been fully restored to the range.

The diaphragm assembly is protected by AKG’s very tough, but acoustically transparent ‘sintered bronze’ grille material, which is finished, like the body, in a non-reflective black. If you’re enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive Yeah that sounds about right.

Review by Dave Lockwood. Also featuring gear in this article. The overall performance could be described as quite smooth and refined for a dynamic mic, with speech and acoustic instruments sounding clean and uncoloured, and percussion in particular having a fine incisive quality.

A hum compensation coil is featured, to assist in rejecting induced interference, while mechanical noise, handling noise, floor vibration etc, or unwanted low frequency signal components, can all be reduced by a 50 Hz cut switch, which has -7 and dB positions.

Like the D, some LF handling noise is evident, although stand mounted use is envisaged for most recording applications. It also seems to lead to a more fragile mic, with many complaints online of D’s being sold with busted LF elements.

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A wide-range dynamic, like thecan sometimes akkg usefully employed in preference to a condenser mic, for situations where the natural transient and frequency response of the condenser might result in a sound that is too ‘hard’ or ‘brittle’, such as with some types of tuned percussion notably vibes and with certain brass instruments, where overemphasis of upper harmonics, caused by close-miking, can cause much of the ‘warmth’ of the sound to be lost. The design utilises a hum-cancelling coil to reduce dd202 field interference.

Newer Post Older Post Home. However, the D, despite a styling and finish that give it the appearance of a scaled-downis not able to offer the same level of performance. Previous article in this issue: