I just took a chance on an AKG C522 XY, pretty cheap - but can find next to no practical info on it. Any thoughts / experience worth sharing?
I used one a few times to record various church and cathedral organs a long time ago, and found it was east to set up and use. It was my first time using a recorder (sony dat) I still listen to the masters I have now, altho on cd's
A company I do some occasional freelance work for has 2 of them... Great mic, very simple, good results.
The stereo sound from it is 'BIG' and 'broad' when used on crowds etc you would use it as a base of a mix and then add some 'definition' mics as well (like crossed pair if 416's etc).
They also work well for motor racing / Golf atmos (base FX) by pointing upward to the sky or capsules at 90deg vertically (ie; left facing up and right facing down), this give a great base full sound with minimal L/R direction.
The AKG c522 came in 2 versions the c522-ENG (XY) and the c522-MS versions, the (XY) version was the better one.
It is normally powered with phantom but has a rechargeable internal battery (through 3.5mm socket on the side) the internal batteries were never brilliant or reliable so regard it as phantom ONLY.
The current day equivalent to the AKG c522 ENG is the Rode NT4.
If you ever want to get rid of it send me a PM and we can work something out
Thanks OzGizmo, I have a Rode NT4, but am looking for an alternative to the Rode sound.. I took a chance on the AKG C522 in the hope that it will be lighter, and have a warmer sound than the NT4 for a simple, single shank stereo rig. Plus, I'm really into how it looks! (although, I have not much idea how, at this stage, I am going to mount it's cone-like front end on a Rycote suspension!)