Find great deals for AKG D – Classic Dynamic Microphone – Vintage. Shop with confidence on eBay!. Vintage AKG D microphone in excellent condition for sale. This mic is part of the incredible line of D series, which also featured the D This design. I’ve been getting my hands on some really fun old mics. First the SM56, then the MDU-5, and now this AKG D “Rocket”. This mic was.

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I’ve been getting my hands on some really fun old mics. That’s pretty akh considering the the D’s lack of proximity. As in a two-way loudspeaker design, this enables the transducers size to be optimised for the particular range of frequencies that it is intended to handle, resulting in a large diaphragm for bass frequencies and a smaller unit for high frequencies.

Previous article in this issue: The D continued to be in c202 and has since been fully restored to the range. First manufactured in I have no idea when this particular mic was made, as there are no serial numbersit was AKG’s first dual element microphone.

AKG D202 – Classic Dynamic Microphone – Vintage

Both these microphones use the ‘two-way’ technique developed by AKG as long ago asin which separate transducers are used for high and low frequencies, the outputs of the two elements being phased together by a built-in crossover network. So they gave it to me! It has a cardioid pick-up pattern, with a well maintained off-axis response, and no proximity effect, due to the distributed rear loading of the diaphragm assembly.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Off axis rejection was about equal surprisingly enough.

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It also seems to lead to a more fragile mic, with many complaints online of D’s being sold with busted LF elements.

Like the D, this model is a two-way akv coil design, with separate transducers for high and low frequencies. The majority of the tapered body is made from a tough, rigid plastic material, but the mic has a distinctive appearance, largely due to the striking design of the rear sound entry slots protruding from either side of the metal base section, which also houses the XLR output connector and a recessed response switch.

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The specified sensitivity, although not particularly high at dBV, is about average for a mic of this type, but the can withstand up to dB SPL sound pressure levelso close-miking of most sources will cause no problems. Sat in a box, it didn’t sound all that great compared to the Neumanns they useand no one even knew what it was as all the badges “we no need no stinking BADGERS!

A well controlled cardioid pick-up pattern is produced, in which the frequency response is independent of working distance, and off-axis colouration is minimised.

This is an additional coil, similar to the diaphragm coil, but wired out-of-phase; interference is picked up equally in both coils, but then cancelled out by the opposite phasing.

The absence of any proximity effect is also useful in this application, as the bass response does not alter when the distance between the mic and the drum head is changed, so it’s easy to experiment with different mic positions inside or just outside the bass drum.

High frequency sound is captured under the nose cone, low frequency sound captured by the XLR connector, and the two elements communicating over a cross over which runs the length of the mic.


They don’t call it “The Rocket” for nuthin. Other articles featuring gear in this article: Conclusions These versatile AKG models offer a high quality audio performance, suitable for coincident-pair recording or close-miked techniques, combined with the intrinsic ruggedness and user convenience r202 dynamic mics.

I sound a lot thicker on the MD at this distance.

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Well, considering the amount of damage, not bad, and surprisingly the LF element is functional. The D and D reviewed here, are high quality moving-coil, or ‘dynamic’ mics, with a cardioid pick-up pattern and extended frequency response.

This mic was given to me from a friend who runs a studio.

A hum compensation akkg is featured, to assist in rejecting induced interference, while mechanical noise, handling noise, floor vibration etc, or unwanted low frequency signal components, can all be x202 by a 50 Hz cut switch, which has -7 and dB positions. The design utilises a hum-cancelling coil to reduce external field interference.

Like the D, some LF handling noise is evident, although stand mounted use is envisaged for most recording applications. However, the relatively low sensitivity of this type of mic might need to be taken into account under certain circumstances, and close-up working is advisable with low level sources, in order aakg avoid noise problems arising through excessive mic-amp gain.

I don’t even know what sintering IS! Yeah that sounds about right. However, the D, despite a styling and finish that give it the appearance of a scaled-downis not able to offer the same level of performance. Interestingly, AKG once considered dropping the D from their range, and the model disappeared from their catalogues around