HARMAN Professional Solutions has today launched the AKG Lyra, an ultra-HD, multi-mode USB microphone.
The AKG Lyra delivers high-quality audio with acoustically transparent, 4K-compatible, ultra HD-grade 24-bit/192kHz audio resolution. Lyra features the AKG Adaptive Capsule Array, which provides user-selectable capture modes that are optimised for any performance and application. Plug-and-play operation and accessible controls allow creators of all experience levels to get set up and started recording quickly. An internal self-adjusting shock mount minimises contact noise, while a built-in sound diffuser and AKG’s proprietary Internal Element Overload Prevention automatically reduces noise, eliminates pops and improves 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,” said Chris Hansen, director, recording and 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 to adapt to performance needs, eliminating guesswork and enabling users to capture sound in a wide range of recording scenarios. Front mode isolates the target sound from distracting background noise by rejecting unwanted sounds at the microphone back and sides, ideal for recording or live-streaming spoken word, vocals, or close-mic’d instruments. Front and Back mode captures and blends together sound equally on all sides, which is ideal for face-to-face interviews and duets. Tight Stereo mode records audio in true stereo with discrete left and right audio, providing great separation for side-by-side interviews or panel discussions, or for recording instruments like drums or piano. Wide Stereo mode catches audio with greater stereo separation, room ambience, and depth. This is ideal for dynamic situations when users want to capture sounds from all around the mic, such as documentaries, field recordings, or spontaneous jam sessions.
With no assembly, no need for a separate audio interface and seamless software integration, Lyra is designed to work right out of the box. Lyra is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, so users can quickly record ideas in the studio or on the go.
The new microphone is also 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, so creators can stay focused on their performance.
Inspired by classic studio microphones like the AKG C414, Lyra features a sleek, timeless design. Essential functions like capture modes, volume levels and mute are ergonomically placed and easily accessed right on the mic. An integrated desktop stand with built-in cable management makes it easy to position Lyra on a desktop. The mic can also be mounted to a traditional mic stand or microphone boom arm for more flexibility in the studio. Lyra includes Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software and works seamlessly with all major audio and video production software and online platforms.
The AKG Lyra will be available through authorised resellers starting in November 2019.