Pope Benedict XVI used a custom AKG mic based on AKG’s new C 5 condenser capsule.New York (October 11, 2007)–Pope Benedict XVI visited Austria last month, stopping in Vienna, Mariazell and Heiligenkreuz. For these three visits, his sound engineers relied on an AKG mic. The Pope’s customized microphone model is based on AKG’s new C 5 condenser capsule, without the model’s presence boost adapter installed, styled in the Vatican’s colors of gold and white.
“We build professional microphones for the exacting demands of our customers,” explained Alfred Reinprecht, AKG vice president of Marketing & Product Management. “It has been an enormous privilege to adapt one of our technologically-innovative microphones for use by the Holy Father.”
The custom-made AKG microphones were used exclusively by Pope Benedict XVI from September 7-9, and the units will be available in the following weeks for all of his priests. AKG will also offer one of the modified microphones for a charity auction after the Pope’s visit.