Of all the various polar-pattern types of condenser mics, it's the cardioid type that is the most popular. The reason is because cardioid microphones are capable of picking up your desired sound while keeping ambient noise to a minimum. AKG cardioid condenser microphones are preferred more often than not and this section is jam-packed with a wide variety of models. Whether you're performing live or recording in the studio, AKG is proud to provide high-quality cardioid condenser microphones for anyone who has a passion to share their music with others.
To make your search easier, you'll need to consider your budget, what you're recording and where you're recording it. Condenser microphones are typically found in studios because of their fragile nature and requirement of a battery or phantom power. With that being said, many live sound engineers prefer condenser microphones in live settings, specifically for large vocal ensembles, orchestras or miking drum overheads. AKG specializes in top-notch cardioid condenser microphones for stage purposes, including the C 535 EB microphone. Not only does this model boast the open characteristics of AKG's best condenser mics, but it's enhanced by a 2dB boost between 7 and 12kHz for additional projection. This feature makes the C 535 ideal for upper-register singers like sopranos.
Of course, the popularity of cardioid condenser microphones for studios means that AKG's catalog is both impressive and extensive. In fact, there are models here to suit every price range; on the affordable side of things, check out the P120 Project Studio Condenser Microphone. Boasting a low-mass diaphragm for accurate detail and clear sound of vocals and instruments, this mic is perfect for aspiring producers and musicians with home setups. Or, if you really want to go all out, feast your eyes on the C 451 B Condenser Microphone. What you have here is an improved version of the classic C 451 EB + CK1. Paired with a stand adapter and windscreen, this mic is favored by countless pro-level engineers for recording acoustic instruments.
Honestly, this selection of AKG cardioid condenser microphones is loaded with so many top sellers, you owe it to yourself and to your audience to explore this entire section. A respected pro-audio manufacturer since 1947, AKG has your sound reinforcement covered in more ways than one.
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