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AKG Perception 120

AKG Perception 120
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item number 208308
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available since May 2008
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AKG Perception 120 - universal recording microphone, 2/3" large diaphragm condenser capsule, cardioid, 20Hz-20kHz, 120 Hz switchable low cut, switchable -20dB pad, 130/150dB SPL max, includes stand adapter. Dimensions: 165 x 53mm (length x diameter). Weight: 525g

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4.2 out of 5 stars

Quite a good condenser microphone for some instruments

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I bought this as my first condenser microphone. For such a cheap microphone The Perception 120 does its job surprisingly well when recording some Instruments in the recording studio. I have tried it with electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, grand piano and vocals.

I think one of the best features is the -20db pad which makes this microphone useful when recording loud Instruments for example drums percussions and grand pianos. It also makes recording of loud guitar amps much easier.

When recording classical piano music in a good concert hall this microphone did very good job even alone. The sound was clear and shiny and there was no hiss, crackle or any other unwanted noise.

For vocal recording I would recomend some other microphone. The Perception didnt manage to capture all the shine and sparkle that is needed for a good vocal track. I think this could work with some voices but some other microphone, for example a perception tube microphone, could do it much better.

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It is very hard to rate this product without fear or favor because I'm so happy about this mic you can't even imagine.
I use it mainly for classical guitar and it shines.
Also good for singing and speech - do not forget to buy a pop-filter.
Use it together with a good preamp if you want to capture sources with high SPL, like a piano for example.
What is also nice, this mic works quite well in non treated environment.
And the build quality is awesome.

Good mic for the price

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I decided to buy AT 2020 but as it wasn't available for that time I bought this one and I don't regret that it happened. Low cut is a good feature on this mike that AT 2020 hasn't. Good mic for home or budget studio. I'm using it for rap vocals.

Not a true condensor

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A little more reading would have saved me some hassle, so hopefully this will help you not make the same mistake :)

As for the mic itself, I cant fault it. It's well built, beautiful, and at a very reasonable price. I wanted a vocal mic to improve my home recording, so as looking for a budget LDC. Unfortunately, the perception 120 is not a true condensor (diaphagm is 3/4" rather than the true 1"). So essentially it's a slightly more sensitive dynamic mic.

While it does have a slightly greater freq response, it's still not catching my vocal as much as I would like. I've had decent results using it for micing an amp, and ive used it as a room micon youtube recordings. But for vocal it's just lacking some presence.

If you need a cheap condensor mic, look elsewhere :)

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