We noticed that you already have products in your cart. Sounds consistently good through PreSonus, Focusrite, and Audient mic pre-s I use! Everything you love about Sweetwater in the palm of your hand. To learn more about our cookie policy, please check our Privacy Policy. With its high sensitivity and 155dB maximum SPL, the P420 delivers a warm, natural sound quality perfectly suited for vocals and a variety of instruments including acoustic guitar, grand piano, woodwind and brass instruments, as well as drums and percussion. Had doubts that a... condenser mic would give me a clear awesome sound. It costs less than two 58s and it has 3 switchable patterns. The small diaphragm mics I've owned either don't have adequate sensitivity, or (worse yet) so much sensitivity that I get rumble from the street 200' away. We found the best positions were one mic centered about three feet above the upper two toms and one mic just beside the floor toms about twelve inches away. Thank you Cody Kruss, for your input and advice! If you're new to recording and looking for the first condenser mic to add to your locker, and you also need to stay in the $100-$200 range, you can definitely buy this mic with confidence. There is literally no one like them. We use it on live gigs and the studio, it gets double duty. All rights reserved. Please turn it on so that you can experience the full capabilities of this site. I just picked up this mic for my home studio. Store Hours, If you have any questions, please call us at (800) 222-4700. I've yet to use an AKG product that left me disappointed, and this mic is no exception. If you are looking for a high quality but cost efficient mic for live micing your drums, then this mic is an excellent choice. I am very happy that I gave it a try! Learn More. After speaking with my Sweetwater rep. and being assured that if this did not work I could return it (30 day guarantee) I purchased the AKG P420. And, as always, keep your audio shopping stress-free and buy from Sweetwater. He let us go through a bunch of mics ranging from 100.00-3000.00 mics. I paid $179 new for it... Just a huge bang for the buck here. I don't believe you will regret it. It sounds great, works well for close mic'ing (Which is important for those of us in untreated home studios) and seems sturdy enough. It's totally allowed me to focus completely on playing the instrument and mixing - and it's completely eliminated my struggle with EQ. The P420 is a well made mic, has a solid feel . I couldn't be more pleased with this mic. I have gotten a great sound out of it ! We use it with an Avantone CK-6 for a dual mic set-up on acoustic guitars, also use them for that famous 2-mic drum hack. I have a low-budget mic locker, nothing special in the bunch, but I have learned to milk every drop of mojo from all of them. Good quality microphone for the price! I would describe its character as more "modern" than "vintage". I also did not want to spent a lot of money as we would only use it in limited venues. Happy customers, one piece of gear at a time! You can also call us toll free at (800) 222-4700, Mon-Thu 9-9, Fri 9-8, and Sat 9-7 Eastern. We have to make some EQ adjustments, depending on sound source, but honestly, the P420 is the one budget priced mic that earned itself a home in the mic locker when we were able to upgrade to much better mics. every day, all-purpose "scratch track" mic. We noticed that you already have spare parts in your cart. They're helping me research their products so that I get the most out of trading up. I HIGHLY recommend ANY of AKG microphones, especially this one. , To tell you the truth, you wouldn"t be able to tell this... mic from 1,000 mic. These are great for their price, capture sound wonderfully and are very durable. My favorite thing to do is switch to the figure 8 polar pattern and set the mic between me and my piano with the mic very close to me. AKG puts out great quality microphones. I'm still waiting on their suggestions but I'm sure they're going to be a great help. Stunning mic. I selected this microphone for my home studio because the price was right and the multi-polar pattern feature sounded nice! The recommendation was for a studio recording application but I wanted to try it in a live situation. The P420 is a well made mic, has a solid feel . Not only am I trading up. Good preamps help a few shine beyond expectations; all sound decent through my stock ONYX interface preamps. Guitar : Dadarwood D30 GAC Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 I have a Behringer B-1 but wanted something better so I bought this AKG P420. We use it with an Avantone CK-6 for a dual mic set-up on acoustic guitars, also use them for that famous 2-mic drum hack. I recommend to use the stand with smaller microphones and find a heavier-duty stand for the P420. I love it for that. Give these mics a try. It's perfect for capturing a musical idea before it's gone. This item is currently not available to order online directly from AKG. The 3-pickup patterns are like free extras, kick up the 4 star rating to a 4.5! 4 stars, solid! Although a seemingly bargain condenser microphone, the AKG P420 compares quite favorably to the C214 in both tone and smoothness. It's nice and pleasant sounding and provides plenty of the sonic clarity and detail that separates condensers from dynamic and ribbon mics. Accurate sound, Solid construction, Multiple patterns, Shockmount, and Case are it's best features. I've used for everything including drums, vox, guitars, and bass. It's a little brighter than a friend's KSM32, but not at all in a bad way. The stand they have decided to include within the packaged deal is unsuitable to hold this fairly heavy microphone and tipped over as soon as I let go of the mounted microphone. I have been experimenting with stereo recording techniques (X/Y, Blumlein, Mid/Side) and it's been a blast. Also, those are some tough little cases they come with, nice. I already owned 2 and needed a 3rd microphone for my podcast. I've tracked vocals, acoustic guitar, and an upright bass with it. Great sound pickup, especially for vocals! With this mic being generally brighter-sounding, but overall clean and clear, I end up with a demo track that is pre-mixed and really doesn't need much eq. Questions about the AKG P420 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone. This mic is no one trick pony! Excellent shock-mount is included,too. I installed it as an overhead on top of my cymbal stacks and the first recording has the most amazing sound on earth. Excellent microphone, just as I was expecting. I've been using this mic for over a year now. My p420 now proudly sits atop a mic stand beside my work station and acts as my "Hey, let's track that!" testing it with vocals IT BLEW ME AWAY! It puts out what it takes in. This is a great mic, especially for the price. I have been using AKG microphones as far back as mid seventies, including the famous D 24 ( I wish I had one today), so the beautiful performance of this condenser microphone was something I anticipated. We have to make some EQ adjustments, depending on sound source, but honestly, the P420 is the one budget priced mic that earned itself a home in the mic locker when we were able to upgrade to much better mics. I was ready for a mic with better sound options than my old trusty SM58, and this item caught my eye. It works quite nicely as a voice mic and with the three patterns it could easily be a one-mic solution to an interview mic for studio or podcast. The option to switch between 3 settings is great. It seems to like indirect sound sources. A friend had been sending me recordings on iPhone earbud mics and he wanted to come to my place and record on better equipment. We have been using a P420 for over two years and it has proven to be a keeper. Aside from a kick and snare mic, two of these mics placed in strategic positions is all that is needed to capture the entire drum kit with excellent results. I thought that I could always return it if it didn't work out. It does a great job for me. It works well on acoustic guitar, producing a rich, homogenous sound that balances warmth with detail, again without making the highs seem brittle or forced.