At the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, AKG by Harman has introduced the C7 reference condenser vocal microphone, offering specially engineered circuitry and custom-designed components in a rugged enclosure designed to withstand the demands of live performance environments.
The C7 incorporates a custom-tuned supercardioid condenser capsule, which the AKG engineering team blind-tested in each step of the development process with the goal of creating a mic with pristine clarity and a sparkling high end that lets the singer’s voice shine through.
In addition, the C7 has been designed to handle high SPL levels without distortion.
“The C7 microphone is ideal for vocalists seeking an even higher level of performance on stage,” says Noel Larson, Retail Solutions, Harman Professional Solutions. “While it delivers the pure, clear sound of a condenser microphone, it’s designed to prevent feedback, handling and pop noise—making it as easy to use as its dynamic counterparts.”
The new mic is designed to eliminate handling noise through a built-in mechano-pneumatic shock absorption system. The system has a unique rubber layer surrounding the capsule to help insure that vibrations from the housing are not transferred to the capsule. AKG searched extensively to find the right rubber to meet the specification, ultimately working with a Viennese company to source a patented material with such strong absorptive properties that it lands completely flat when dropped.
A multilayer protection system works to prevent unwanted pop noises. It consists of three layers: the grill, a foam layer behind the grill and a layer of mesh atop the capsule.
The robust housing is zinc-alloy, with a spring steel grill and 24-carat gold-plated capsule.