HARMAN Professional Solutions has introduced the AKG Lyra HD multi-mode USB microphone offering plug-and-play operation that’s stated to provide 24-bit/192 kHz audio resolution.
Lyra incorporates the AKG Adaptive Capsule Array, which provides user-selectable capture modes that are optimized for a variety of performances. An internal self-adjusting shock mount helps minimizes contact noise, while a built-in sound diffuser and AKG’s proprietary Internal Element Overload Prevention automatically reduce noise and pops while improving signal levels.
“For 70 years, the world’s top recording studios and concert stages have relied on AKG microphones to craft today’s biggest hits,” says Chris Hansen, director, recording & content creation, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The AKG Lyra is built upon that same rich musical heritage, and brings legendary acoustic engineering to a versatile USB microphone that delivers the highest-quality audio in its class. Whether you’re going for a polished, modern sound or a classic vintage vibe, Lyra has everything you need to bring your ideas to life and sound your best — every time.”
The AKG Adaptive Capsule Array uses four capture modes. Front mode isolates the target sound from background noise by rejecting unwanted sounds at the microphone back and sides, Front & Back mode captures and blends together sound equally on all sides. Tight Stereo mode captures audio in true stereo with discrete left and right audio. Wide Stereo mode captures audio with greater stereo separation, room ambience, and depth.
Lyra is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, and is equipped with a “zero-latency” headphone jack and headphone volume knob that eliminates the short delay between speaking into a microphone and hearing the signal in the headphones.
Essential functions like capture modes, volume levels and mute are ergonomically placed and accessed on the mic. An integrated desktop stand with built-in cable managemen tis providing for positioning Lyra on a desktop. The mic can also be mounted to a traditional mic stand or boom arm. Also included is Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software, and the mic is designed to work with all major audio and video production software and online platforms as well.
AKG Lyra will be available through authorized resellers starting in November 2019.