AKG C1000s Multipattern SDC Review

AKG C1000s is a reasonable all-round mic with a switchable cardioid / hypercardioid sample. It has a signature brilliant sound that creates an phantasm of upper constancy but in addition helps to clear up the sound in a stay atmosphere. Positively not the best high quality mic, but when used appropriately it may produce very respectable outcomes for devices and feminine vocals. For videographers, after all I don’t advocate it. There are merely no viable mics at this value vary, so don’t even hope for an inexpensive booming answer. This mic requires a little bit of endurance to arrange – positioning will play a vital function in getting a great sound out of it.


Not so way back, AKG C1000s has been robbed of omni mode and steady variable sample. Now, you may solely swap between cardioid and hypercardioid – however the excellent news, it grew to become lots cheaper. It’s vital to notice that switching requires unscrewing the mic’s head and inserting a polar sample converter that appears like a perforated plastic cap. Apart from this polar converter, the bundle additionally contains one other low-cost trying cap that’s promised to ‘increase’ the excessive vary. This makes it sound even brighter however technically it’s not a booster. It’s a easy hello-cross filter so it truly reduces the lows, additionally ensuing in decrease sensitivity.

akg-c1000s-squareThis mic has two powering choices – phantom energy and two AA batteries. It attracts fairly a little bit of phantom energy, so don’t even consider powering it from digital recorders. Nonetheless, it’s way more environment friendly when working off inside batteries, that are claimed to final for one hundred twenty hours. A helpful on-off change is there to converse the vitality. Lastly, there’s a low lower change (that can additional assist males sound like castratus, although it may be safely used on cymbals) and 10 dB attenuation pad.

Sound & high quality

A lot of the small diaphragm mics obtainable available on the market have a flat frequency response, so that they sound roughly comparable. There are in fact many variations, however basically they share the identical character. Nonetheless, AKG C1000s doesn’t sound like the remainder. It’s fairly a bit brighter and creates an impression of a dearer sound. I personally take pleasure in it, and discover it very helpful for reside efficiency. This mic clears the issues up and helps musicians to chop by the place flatter mics don’t.

Then again, I can obtain an analogous sound by making use of EQ on some flat mic, so for me it isn’t an amazing deal. However, if you wish to have this brighter sound out of the field, then getting C1000s is absolutely justifiable. Nonetheless, this nice sound character and versatile multifunctionality may go collectively to divert your consideration from one thing that’s missing, and that one thing is high quality. Self-noise determine of 21 dB-A coupled with unusually low sensitivity of 6 mV/Pa may very well be thought of solely common at finest. It could be okay again in 2000s however for immediately’s requirements it’s pretty noisy!


AKG C1000s is little question a flexible mic, but it surely’s additionally delicate to placement. You need to by no means get too up shut and immediately on axis, in any other case you’ll possible get that brittle, harsh and distorted sound. Small diaphragm mics often want some house to breathe. Transferring barely off axis can even assist to scale back popping and management the brightness. It might truly take some time to seek out the perfect candy spot to your utility, contemplating there are lots of issues to play with… Nevertheless, when you nail it down, you’ll discover it fairly rewarding. When set appropriately, it ought to sound pretty much as good as costly pencil mics solely not as quiet.


This mic is obscenely large and big in comparison with different pencil mics. It could be strong and even sturdy however it feels low-cost. The glittery paint could look engaging at first however over time, it should get ugly with dents and scratches. The grille shouldn’t be solely the ugliest I’ve seen, but it surely’s additionally not very practical and the huge frontal openings truly expose the interior foam. The cheaply wanting plastic polar & frequency converters are the ultimate blow for me. Aesthetically I hate this microphone; nonetheless, the inner digital components and the connector look like high quality and deserve a credit score.


  • Supreme for stay surroundings
  • Nice vibrant sound with numerous readability
  • First rate high quality for feminine vox and devices
  • Switchable cardioid & hypercardioid patterns
  • Loads of options, versatile
  • Could be powered by batteries


  • Mediocre self-noise and sensitivity
  • There are cheaper rivals, see CAD e70