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PL+S 2016: New C7 condenser vocal mic from AKG

The C7 super-cardioid condenser microphone is said to provide studio-quality sound on stage, while preventing feedback and noise

AKG debuted its C7 reference condenser vocal microphone at the Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt today.

Featuring specially engineered circuitry and custom-designed components, the C7 is said to provide clear, powerful sound, while preventing feedback, handling noise and pop noise.

The rugged enclosure is engineered to withstand the most demanding live performance environments.

“The C7 microphone is ideal for vocalists seeking an even higher level of performance on stage,” says Noel Larson, retail solutions, Harman Professional Solutions. “While it delivers the pure, clear sound of a condenser microphone, it’s designed to prevent feedback, handling and pop noise—making it as easy to use as its dynamic counterparts.”

Additionally, the C7 eliminates handling noise through a built-in mechano-pneumatic shock absorption system. The system features a unique rubber layer surrounding the capsule, ensuring that vibrations from the housing are not transferred to the capsule.

AKG says the company searched extensively to find the right rubber to meet the specification, ultimately working with a Viennese company to source a patented material with such strong absorptive properties that it lands completely flat when dropped.

Lastly, a multilayer protection system prevents unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of three layers: the grill, a foam layer behind the grill and a layer of mesh atop the C7 capsule. This extensive system provides a clear, plosive-free vocal performance.