You'll love this if you're a producer who wants a versatile real tube microphone that won't break the bank. Tube microphones have a unique sound that can not be achieved without using real valves. They have a much rounder almost compressed sound with a smoother high end when compared to solid state microphones. You can now get this unique sound without having to shell out a lot of money with the AKG P820.
True Valve Sound
Nothing beats the sound of a true valve microphone. From the rounded off high end to the almost compression like smoothness this type of sound can only be made one way.
You would most commonly use a microphone like this on higher pitched vocals, but there is no reason you couldn't use it on an acoustic guitar or as a room mic when recording drums.
9 Polar Patterns
Most tube microphones are suited to a free key applications but not this AKG P820. You get 9 different polar patterns that go from omni directional through cardioid and into a figure of 8 patterns with everything in between.
With these you can really dial in the exact pattern needed for the job. Need a cardioid with a little more of the room sound? No problem! Want a figure of 8 where the front is slightly stronger? This mic has it!
Here's what AKG say about the P820 Tube Microphone
The P820 Tube high-performance multi-pattern tube microphone is an excellent tool for highlighting lead vocals, brass instruments, electric guitars and drums. With its dual one-inch diaphragm capsule and the advanced ECC83 dual-triode circuitry, the P820 Tube delivers real tube sound and raises the bar in its class of affordable tube microphones.
Audio Frequency bandwidth: 20 to 20000 Hz
Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa
Equivalent Noise Level: 16 dB-A
Signal to Noise: 78 dB-A
Preattenuation Pad: -20 dB
Bass Cut Filter: 80 - 12 dB/octave (selectable on remote control unit) Hz
Electrical Impedance: <= 200 Ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: >= 1000 Ohms
Type: Balanced XLR
Dimensions / Weight:
Length: 212 mm
Diameter: 54 mm
Net Weight: 765 g
Primary Fuse: 125 mA / 250 V slow-blow
Powering: 210-240 VAC or 110-120 VAC (selectable)