AKG C4000 B by alexvdbroek
AKG C 4000 B
This microphone is a large diaphragm condenser with selectable pick-up patterns. It has a 10db pad.
The pick-up patterns are cardoid, omnidirectional and hypercardoid. This is easily switchable with a small knob on the microphone. It’s a shame it doesn’t have figure of 8 but at this price you can’t have everything. It is a very quiet microphone also so it has a variety of uses. It comes with a shock mount which works great.
The sound of the microphone is clear and precise, especially in the top end. I found the top end to be smooth and clear with a lot more detail than the 57 I had been using before this microphone purchase. (To be expected going from a dynamic to a condenser) The lower end I found to be less clear or muffled but still with plenty of detail. I used the microphone on: Voice (male and female), piano, guitar amplifier, trumpet and keyboard amplifier.
I found it to be most effective on the amplifiers but it was useful on the trumpet which is good as it can be a tricky instrument to record.
At $499 US (Amazon 2012) it is a worthy purchase for someone who is looking for their first large diaphragm condenser as it is versatile and sounds about right for the price. The quality of the build is excellent. And if well looked after could serve the user for plenty of years.