collapse expand iconDescription

The AKG P420 large-diaphragm condenser mic gives home studios and project studios professional-level recording capabilities without breaking the bank. This versatile mic features three selectable polar patterns—cardioid, omnidirectional and figure-8—to handle a variety of miking applications with pristine clarity. With a robust maximum sound pressure level of 155 dB, the P420 can capture loud sound sources like drums, amplifiers and brass instruments without distortion. The P420, a high-performance studio mic that delivers AKG's signature sound quality at an affordable price.

Three Polar Patterns for Flexible Recordings

The P420's three pickup patterns provide optimal settings for every recording scenario. Cardioid mode offers a focused pickup in front of the mic while rejecting sound from the sides and rear. Omnidirectional picks up sound evenly from all directions, ideal for ambient room miking. Figure-8 picks up from both the front and rear of the mic while blocking sound from the sides, perfect for recording two sound sources or an ensemble. With the flip of a switch, you can change the P420's polar pattern to best suit your needs.

High SPL Capacity Captures Powerful Sound Sources

Don't let the P420's affordable price tag fool you—this mic can handle seriously high sound levels thanks to its maximum SPL of 155 dB. The built-in -20 dB pad switch provides an extra 20 dB of headroom for recording loud amplifiers, drums and other powerful sound sources without distortion. Whether you're miking a kick drum, guitar cab or brass section, the P420 has the dynamic range to capture the full tonal spectrum of the performance.

Premium Components for Transparent Sound

AKG is renowned for manufacturing high-quality studio microphones, and the P420 is no exception. It features a gold-sputtered 1" dual-diaphragm capsule for clear, accurate sound reproduction across the entire frequency range. Low-noise preamplifier electronics provide a wide dynamic range and high sensitivity. The transformerless output eliminates low-frequency distortion, resulting in a transparent, open tone. All told, the P420 delivers AKG's signature sound at an affordable price point, making it an ideal first condenser mic for home studios.

Rugged Construction and Included Accessories

Despite its budget-friendly price, the P420 is built to handle the rigors of studio use. Its solid metal chassis provides durability and protects the internal components. A spider-style shockmount reduces vibrations and handling noise. The included aluminum carrying case protects the mic during storage and transport. With premium components, robust construction, and useful included accessories, the P420 offers exceptional value for any studio.

AKG P420 Project Studio Condenser Microphone
AKG P420 Project Studio Condenser Microphone

collapse expand iconFeatures

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 155 dB
  • Sensitivity: 28 mV/Pa
Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Pattern: Multi-pattern
  • Type: Mounted
  • Primary: Studio
  • Secondary: Stage
  • Other: Not applicable
  • L x W x (D): 6.3 x 7/8"
  • Weight: 1lb. 2oz. (530g)
  • Case: Metal
  • Clip: Shock mount

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collapse expand iconSpecs

  • Audio Frequency bandwidth: 20 to 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 28 mV/Pa
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 15 dB-A
  • Signal to Noise: 79 dB-A
  • Preattenuation Pad: -20 dB
  • Bass Cut Filter: 300 - 12 dB/octave Hz
  • Electrical Impedance: <= 200 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: >= 1000 Ohms
  • Polar Patterns: Cardiod, Omnidirectional, Figure of eight
Powering Interface
  • Voltage: 44 to 52 V
  • Current: <= 3 mA
Audio Output
  • Type: Balanced XLR
  • Gender: Male
  • Contacts: 3-pin
Dimensions / Weight
  • Length: 165 mm
  • Diameter: 54 mm
  • Net Weight: 530 g

collapse expand iconWarranty

AKG Acoustics, U.S. Limited Warranty

Amended July 19, 2005

AKG Acoustics warrants AKG products against defects in material or workmanship for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, and agrees to repair or, at our option replace any defective unit without charge for either parts or labor. AKG grants a three-year warranty covering selected products (C 12 VR, C 414 B-ULS, C 414 B-TLII, C 414 B-XLS, C 414 B-XLII, C 426 B, C 451 B, C 480 B, C 391 B, C 1000 B, C 2000 S, C 3000 B, C 4000 B, C 4500 B, SolidTube) against defects in material and workmanship.

Warranty is valid for AKG products purchased and delivered within the United States for the original purchaser only. The purchaser's Bill of Sale will serve as proof of sale and warranty validity in the U.S. Shipment of defective items to AKG for repair will be at the customer's own risk and expense. AKG will assume the return shipping cost for all items repaired under warranty.

IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse or abuse, lack of reasonable care, the affixing of any attachment not provided with the product, loss of parts, or connecting the product to any receptacle other than specified.

This warranty is void unless AKG Acoustics, U.S.'s service center performs the repair. No responsibility is assumed for any special, incidental or consequential damages caused by the consumer. However, the limitation of any right or remedy shall not be effective where law prohibits such.

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