Review: AKG C7, Stage Condenser Microphone

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This mic claims to give you a studio vocal sound on stage – without any feedback issues.

Item: AKG C7, Stage Condenser Microphone
Price: $249 (US), £189 (UK)
Mic Rating: 5/5
5/5

At A Glance: AKG’s C7 is a handheld condenser microphone that is designed to give you “studio-quality” vocal sound on stage. It is designed with a super-cardioid polar pattern to make it extremely feedback resistant and it has a multi-layered pop filter to help with any unwanted plosive sounds. Like most condenser mics it requires 48v phantom power from your mic preamp to operate, however unlike a studio microphone, the C7 is designed to be rugged and withstand years of use and abuse on stage.

High Notes: The microphone has a very clean and detailed high frequency response that helps the tone of vocals to shine in a way that you would not get from a typical dynamic microphone. Although the quoted frequency range is 20Hz-20kHz, there is a low-frequency roll off starting at 200Hz as well as a boost around 10kHz to add some sparkle to the high-end. Handling noise is impressively quiet and with a max SPL of 150dB, it is unlikely you’ll ever be able to sing loud enough to make the capsule distort.

Off Pitch: Some singers, may want a mic that has a bit more ‘character’ to suit their voice better. Also, the low-frequency roll off may be set a little high for some male singers with particularly low bass voices.

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: For singers who like their natural tone to be heard clearly at performances, a condenser microphone will often yield the best results. And although the C7 costs more than double many dynamic alternatives, when compared to many other stage condenser microphones it is noticeably cheaper, without any obvious cost-cutting going on with the sound and build quality. The C7 is a high-quality microphone that provides a balanced sound and is definitely worth considering if you are looking to retire your old dynamic mic and move to a condenser.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.akg.com/pro/p/c7

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