AKG C 1000
AKG C 1000

C 1000, Small diaphragm condenser microphone from AKG in the C 1000 series.

phraseland 12/05/2008

AKG C 1000 : phraseland's user review


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This is a small diaphragm condenser microphone with built in power supply (9V battery). It has a sturdy aluminum casing with an on/off switch and can also be fed via phantom power.
This microphone has been used in many situations - be it as overheads for live and studio situations, to record acoustic instruments or to capture jam sessions.
The price tag makes it very attractive - on the other hand after a few years you will start to realize what you have been missing. I really have a kind of love/hate relationship with this microphone. Sometimes it seems that it just can't handle any kind of transients and then I hang it up in my band room to record a jam session and afterwards sit in awe at the sound it was able to capture.


The C1000 can probably be found in almost any practice room around the world. They are cheap and deliver a good signal-to-noise ratio. I can't really say that it sounds bad but to me it really never has sounded very good either. It can however withstand quite a lot of gain and recording in loud environments is where it shines most to me. I often treat it almost like a dynamic microphone and get the best results. If you compare it to Rode mics (NT-5 for example) then I would probably prefer Rode - but that's just taste. The quality is definately very good for the price. As I said - it's love/hate. Just when I am about to go ahead and sell them on ebay someone plays something he recorded with the C1000 that makes me reconsider. In the studio the C1000 is best suited for HiHat and maybe Ride (maybe) and less suited for general Overheads. As always trust your ears with these microphones. If they don't sound right then there is a reason for that. :-)