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AKG relaunches Project Studio Line condenser mics

This year at Prolight + Sound, AKG revamps it’s Project Studio Line of microphones, including the workhorse C3000.

Nearly 20 years after its initial launch in 1993, AKG’s workhorse microphone the C3000 (pictured) is back, along with the rest of AKG’s Project Studio Line. The line is focused on the home recording/project studio market, but the mics are said to perform just as well on stage. The new designs of the C2000, 3000, 4000 and 4500 BC maintain many of the technical aspects of the earlier models, but are now encased in a more sleek design. The line’s edge-terminated capsule mimics AKG’s premium line of mics, including the C414 and C12VR. “AKG’s new Project Studio Line takes a fresh look at a technology that has stayed true to the recording industry for 20 years, which is testament to the quality and reliability of our world-leading microphones,” stated Thomas Stubics, product marketing manager, recording and broadcast, AKG. “The relaunch of C3000 and company offers artists and engineers looking for a cost-effective, high-quality solution the opportunity to continue doing what they love, channeling their art in tremendous, warm and clear sound.” The C3000 is best used for miking lead vocals, electric and acoustics guitars and for drum overhead applications. Its switchable attenuation pad and low-cut filter enable high SPL up to 150dB and eliminates proximity effects. The C2000 small-diaphragm condenser sounds like a real large-diaphragm microphone, and is ideal for vocals, brass and percussions. The C4000 is a multi-pattern, large-diaphragm microphone suited to thin vocals, bright brass and acoustic guitars. The final mic in the range, the C4500 BC, is specially designed for on-air broadcast purposes. The mic has a cardioid pickup and 165dB maximum SPL capability, which also makes it an ideal tool for close micing of low instruments, such as bass drums, low brass and guitar amps.