AKG Professional and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced immediate availability of the AKG D112 MKII kick drum microphone, successor to the company's legendary D112, and the AKG C314 dual-diaphragm condenser microphone. Here's what they have to say about each...
The D112 MKII improves upon its predecessor with a new integrated flexible mount, while retaining all the sonic strengths that have made it the industry-standard.
"The D112 has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best kick drum microphones ever made, for its high SPL capability, punchy EQ and bulletproof construction," said Erich Gaertner, Product Line Manager, AKG. "However, its rigid mount sometimes made it a little tricky to place in the optimum position. With the debut of the D112 MKII, we have accommodated the requests of tour sound pros who asked for a more flexible, pivoting and rotating mounting system, which now enables the D112 MKII to be set up perfectly in any application."
The AKG D112 MKII cardioid dynamic mic can handle more than 160 dB SPL without distortion. Its large diaphragm has a very low resonance frequency that delivers a solid and powerful response below 100Hz. Its authoritative low end is complemented by a narrow-band presence boost at 4kHz that punches through even dense mixes and loud stage volumes with forceful impact. "One of the many reasons artists and sound engineers love the D112 MKII is that it requires no additional EQ to sound just right as soon as you bring up the fader," Gaertner noted. Further refining its performance, the D112 MKII features an integrated hum-compensation coil that keeps noise to an absolute minimum.
In addition to being an exceptional kick drum mic on stage and in the studio, the D112 MKII is an excellent choice for micing electric bass cabinets and trombones.
The AKG C314 dual-diaphragm condenser microphone builds upon the legacy of one of the most successful microphone families in the world. Ideal for all studio environments ranging from home to professional studios, the C314 offers a best in class self-noise and dynamic range, a flat, high linear frequency response and neutral sound, making it the perfect recording microphone for a variety of environments.
"The C214 holds the distinction of being the top-selling recording microphone in the United States, and the C314 is the latest model in this family of microphones," said Erich Gaertner, Product Line Manager, AKG. "We expect the C314 to achieve even greater success thanks to its affordability, versatility and world-class audio quality."
The C314 is the latest in AKG's family of microphones whose models include the C214, C414 B-XL II and C414 B-TL II, among others. All models in this category-leading family are condenser microphones, designed specifically for recording applications.
Pricing and Availability:
AKG D112 MKII - £159 RRP inc VAT
AKG C314 - £579 RRP inc VAT
AKG C314 Stereo Pair - £1319 RRP inc VAT