AKG P220 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 950+ ratings and reviews.

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$149
AKG P220 Vocal Condenser Microphone

Versatility is the name of the P220's game and it is among the most popular in AKG's Project studio line.

It is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that's designed to better capture vocals, acoustic guitars and other instruments that have similar frequency profiles.

With a staggering 155 max SPL, it can handle loud sound sources where other condenser mics would distort. To supplement this, it has a built-in pad switch and low frequency roll-off switch to cater to different sound sources.

These features give it the ability to handle sound sources with high sound pressure levels while being sensitive enough for the most subtle vocals.

Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 135 dB (155 dB with Pad)
  • Applications: Recording vocals, percussions, drums and acoustic instruments
  • Power Requirements: +48V

Pros

Many reviewers commend the AKG P220's versatility as its best trait, which is quite special considering the price tag. It continues to be a favorite budget-friendly, all-around mic with reviews describing it as a great workhorse condenser mic that you can get for a good price. Build quality and the quality of the included case also got a lot of thumbs up in user reviews. Reports of it working well for vocal recording are rampant. There are also quite a number of commendations for how well it captures ukulele, percussion, wind instruments, drums, and more.

Cons

There were a few who noted that the highs were somewhat lacking and had to compensate with equalization to get the sound they wanted.

Overall

With its versatility and price point, the AKG P220 is a great addition to any project studio. It also makes for a great high-SPL mic to keep in a bigger studio's arsenal.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can find in our guides to Condenser Mics: Small to Large Diaphragm and Studio Vocal Mics.

AKG P220 Frequency Response and Polar Pattern Charts:

AKG P220 frequency response chart

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