AKG Perception 220

AKG Perception 220

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Perception 220, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from AKG in the Perception series.

9 user reviews

AKG Perception 220 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: AKG
  • Model: Perception 220
  • Series: Perception
  • Category: Large diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 12/19/2008


  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 155 dB
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa

Pattern and type

  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted


  • Primary: Studio
  • Secondary: Stage
  • Other: Not applicable


  • L x W x (D): 6.3 x 7/8"
  • Weight: 1lb. 2oz. (530g)

AKG Perception 220 user reviews

Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 9 reviews )
 2 reviews22 %
 5 reviews56 %
 1 user review11 %

jarvis_steven's review"Trustworthy, Roadworthy, Cheap and Versatile! Great Budget Mic!"

AKG Perception 220
The Perception 220 is a fixed cardioid, large diaphragm FET condenser mic. It's frequency response ranges from 20-20,000Hz and is fairly flat. In theory, it could be a perfect vox microphone in a studio setting because of how flat the response is.

Here is a picture of the graphed response:


It is also a nice overhead.
I've only used it as a single overhead, but a matching pair would sound delicious because of where the peak sits on the high frequencies(somewhere between 10 and 11k).
It's got a high pass filter or bass rolloff switch that will bring down the lows starting at about 300Hz.
It also has a pad switch that brings it down -20dB which has lead to me experiment with it in live situations. It works great as a live overhead, room mic, and Bass Cab mic.

It comes with a shock mount and a decent plastic carrying case. It is on sale for 150$ new. When I purchased it a few years back, I think it was closer to 200$. 150$ for this microphone is a steal.


My favorite thing about this mic is that I've yet to get tired of it. As a 150$ microphone, that is actually astounding!
I also love that it gives so much freedom to E.Q. in post! Equally captured frequencies are incredibly helpful when doing a large mix!
Where the highs are smoothly accented in the response, it is also able to capture very natural sounds. I love using it to record live acoustic sessions. Great for catching the dynamic of the room.
This mic was recommended to me by a friend and fellow sound engineer years ago. I bought it as my first condenser. It still finds it's way into most of my studio projects somehow or another.

I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new mic to add to their collection but especially to those who are new to the world of pro audio and in need of a first decent and decently priced condenser mic. It is all around trust worthy.

- Price Point; It will pay for itself in one session.
- Flat Frequency Response makes it very versatile.
- Very smooth sound.
- Great overhead.
- Great Vocal mic(in a studio setting).
- Great room mic.

- DO NOT BOTHER trying to mic guitar cabs.
- A little sensitive. Even for a condenser.
- The High Pass filter cuts too much out and starts to affect the warmth of the sound.
- Figuring out the proper time to use the pad versus volume or gain cuts can be tricky. It could just be me, though.

jdabene's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

AKG Perception 220
Microphone singing on fantom power supply, ddi studio


This microphone is excellent

shyplay's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

AKG Perception 220
* What kind of microphone?

Singing with a fairly infrequent use.

* What technology?



* How long have you use it?

3 years

* Did you try many other models before buying it?

Yes but much more expensive to schools sounds

* What is the particular feature you like best and least?

(+) It taf (-) without being very precise

* How would you rate the quality / price?

Not bad

* With experience, you do again this choice?

I think yes

djama's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good mic for the price"

AKG Perception 220
I use this mic for vocals. For now on a male voice quite serious and hot.
Comes in a nice carrying case with everything you need.
It is heavy and feels solid.


I have very little experience with the microphones. And I did not long ago.
But for now, that I go out I like. It must be said that the singer I record has a beautiful voice.
And is rather well rendered, rather subtle.
In fact I'm very happy, but I have no points of comparison. I would say to models, it's perfect. And maybe to make recordings more seriously, but in this case, I guess you have a play adapted (that I did not) and an acquisition channel audio very transparent.
For my little portable configuration (macbook pro + + AudioBox VTB1), this is the best!

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