The new AKG by Harman C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone, designed for live applications, is outfitted with a custom-tuned capsule with hand-selected components and is also engineered to reject feedback, handling noise and pop noise. It’s at Booth 7800 at this week’s NAMM show in Anaheim.
“A singer’s voice is their single most important instrument, and the AKG C636 captures their sound in the most unfiltered, uncompressed and natural way possible,” states Erich Gaertner, product line manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “The original C535 is renowned for its legendary audio quality and has appeared on countless stages worldwide. With the C636, we’ve kept that same sound and updated the design with state-of-the-art technology to create a stage microphone that combines best-in-class sound quality and onstage reliability.”
The C636 includes three proprietary technologies that are designed to address several common problems singers face on stage, including feedback, handling noise and pop noise.
• It eliminates feedback by combining a uniform cardioid polar pattern throughout the entire frequency spectrum with a specially designed suspension and grille for the capsule. This unique approach to housing the capsule avoids unwanted sound reflections on the back of the capsule, ensuring feedback and spill over rejection.
• It integrates a double shock suspension system, greatly reducing unwanted handling noise. The capsule sits on an absorbent rubber bearing that eliminates any structure-based noise, while an adjustable balancing network cancels vibrations over a wide frequency range.
• A multilayer protection system prevents unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of the grille, a foam layer behind the grille and a magnetically attached computer-modeled mesh layer on top of the capsule.
In addition, a robust, zinc-alloy housing with a spring steel grille and 24-carat gold-plated capsule enhances durability.
The new AKG C636 will be available through authorized resellers starting in April 2017.