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AKG Perception Live P4

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Dynamic instrument microphone

  • For drums, percussion, wind instruments and guitar amplifiers
  • Directional characteristics: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 40 - 18,000 Hz
  • Output level: 152 dB SPL max.
  • Robust metal housing and wire-mesh cap
  • Weight: 200 g
  • Dimensions: 110 x 79 x 44 mm
  • Colour: Black
  • Incl. microphone bag, microphone clamp/holder
Available since June 2010
Item number 240588
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
On/Off Switch No
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Incl. Clip On Mount 1
Microphone Clamp 1
Dynamic Microphone 1
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Great choice for modern sound
Nonsensei 21.12.2019
Pros:
- punchy tone for toms and snare
- decent size
- price

Cons:
- fixed mount
- the clip isn't the best

This is a fantastic choice for a first mic set and for beginners, as the sound is pretty dang good with toms and snare without any mixing. No need for massive EQ adjustments or other mixing trickery to have your drums sound good, provided you've tuned your drums well enough and paid a bit of attention to where you place the microphone.

I actually bought the full AKG Session Set, but since it was B-stock, I cannot review it separately. I also bought an extra one of these, so I now have P4s for snare top and all my toms.

Only drawback is the fixed mount, which limits the options for positioning the mic, especially with the clip that is included with these mics. I suggest buying the t.bone clips that have a bit of adjustability and cost just a couple of euros. I've seen some reviews complaining about the clips being loose, but I'd guess they aren't actually stretching the clip all the way, you have to use force to get them on them rim.
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Excellent
Jon K 08.06.2020
I use these mics for voice recording in the studio and at outside broadcasts. Don't be fooled, they are far more than just a 'drum mic'. Robust physically and sonically, good frequency range, useful pattern. Resistant to popping, compact and low profile. Excellent value for money; if they get lost or stolen they can be easily replaced from production budget.
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Superb all-rounder!
Leon Z. 23.02.2022
This is a great low-priced mic that you can use on almost anything - guitars, vocals, saxophone (be sure to keep it at a distance and use a great pre+comp combination). With decent clarity and dynamics, this is an excellent mic if you're starting to record at home and have no idea what mic to choose first. Learning how to get the most out of this tiny thing is a truly satisfying and rewarding lesson on recording.
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Surprisingly Good.
A-dog 29.10.2019
I bought these mics for use on toms for two of our in-house church kits.

I had my doubts due to the low price tag and a few minor disappointments with AKG in recent history. The clip is durable, 6 months of constant use. The mics are well built and represent the sound of the toms well. (Used on an 18', 16' 14' 12'). There is some slight colouration in the low end, for my application that's not unwelcome.

I am yet to try them in any other scenario than live and on kits, I am hoping to get the opportunity to mic a horns section with them and will update.

Would recommend.
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