AKG C 451 E
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AKG C 451 E

C 451 E, Small diaphragm condenser microphone from AKG in the C 451 series.

radiobomb 02/02/2015

AKG C 451 E : radiobomb's user review

« multi capsule studio pencil condenser mic »
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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Advanced Users
I have 3 of these AKG 451E each with different capsules with a different polar pattern.
The capsule choice makes a big difference to the 'voicing'. Capsules I have are cardioid, omni and hypercardioid. They all represent typical traits for their polar pattern.
The mic is a small pencil mic, 15cm by 2cm, with integral xlr. Weighing about 250g without metal screw-on basket, or 100g more with it on. The screw-on basket is an effective pop-shield, but I still use an seperate pop-shield for 'plosifs.
Great mid & top, with just enough lo-mid to capture male voice. but no real low-end bass [due to size of mic/diaphragm]. So recordings sit nicely in the mix without eq'ing.
Medium sensitivity, slightly variable on capsule used.
40-45db gain on the pre-amp before clipping. +48v phantom power.
Nice studio tools. Very different voicing to standard SM57's [smaller too].