Our team has an unbelievable array of microphones to test out and play with every day. With hundreds of mics to choose from, the AKG C 4000 B has always been one of our all-time favorites. In the race to gain brand dependency in the early days of the new millennium, AKG put out a series of unbelievably high-quality studio condenser mics at ridiculous prices. The C 4000 B was at the top of that list of show-offs. They simply don't make microphones like this anymore, which is exactly why this mic was discontinued. In fact, the C 4000 B is the only electret dual large-diaphragm transducer mic in the world. It uses a transistorized impedance converter/pre-amp instead of a tube circuit like it’s famous big brother, the AKG Solid Tube.
If you’re looking for a rock solid, all-purpose vocal mic and budget is a leading factor, then look no further. This mic expresses everything from vocal and brass to acoustic and electric guitar. We’ve even used it as a kick drum mic and were astounded by the results. There is virtually zero self-noise and the headroom is nothing short of a miracle in this price range. It might be the widest dynamic range of any mic in its class. The AKG C 4000 B is equipped with a killer 1-inch dual-diaphragm condenser and selectable polar patterns ranging from cardioid, omni and hyper-cardioid. If it can be recorded, this microphone can do it.
The switchable bass cut filter eliminates those unwanted lower frequencies on certain instruments and environments. The simplest way to describe this mic is… nearly perfect. As is always the case, there are better mics available, if you’re willing to pay the extra cost for an increase in clarity and results that your ears may not even detect. That said, the AKG C 4000 B drives a hard bargain on any level. If you like underdogs, this microphone’s boxing gloves are always on and it’s ready for the fight!
- Great on vocals, instruments, drums, acoustics, cabinets, etc.
- Selectable polar patterns (cardioid, hypercardioid and omni) for a wide range of applications due to dual-capsule design
- One of the quietest condenser microphones available today