AKG P420 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Gearank High Notes
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 200 ohms
- Max SPL: 135dB (155dB w/Pad)
- Power Requirements: +48V
- Attenuation Pad: -20dB
- Applications: Recording vocals, percussions, drums and acoustic instruments
The P420 appeared on our recommended list for Vocal Studio Mics Under $200 from October 2016 until April 2021 when it was out-ranked by other mics.
The AKG P420 features a dual element design that enables you to switch between cardioid, omni and figure-8 polar patterns.
This makes it a versatile mic for recording solo or group singers, interviews and even instruments.
High SPL handling also allows it to be used with loud sound sources like percussion.
This mic comes with a sturdy metal enclosure for added long-term durability.
The reviews we examined showed this mic to be popular among home studios and podcasters.
If you're looking for your first "desert island" or "beater" mic that you can use for almost any application, the AKG P420 is an excellent choice with its multiple polar patterns.
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.