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AKG C-450 System Modular
Condenser Microphones

Subhead The C1 on a C 452 EB

Hear the sound of the CK 1 capsule on the C 452 EB preamp.

The AKG C 460 B

Hear the sound of the CK 1 capsule on the C 460 B preamp.

Description and Applications
This microphone considers new and future oriented technologies. The microphone meets the highest technical standards and will withstand rough handling in studio applications. Special attention has been paid with these microphones to the complete linear transfer characteristics of all transmission parameters. The low inherent self-noise and the high overload point guarantee a dynamic range of these microphones in the order of 120 dB, which is substantially more than figures found in conventional microphones and other associated equipment. The outstanding technical performance is also achieved with all practical loading conditions of different input circuits of associated equipment including the often necessary long cable runs.

Product Features

  • Ultra low noise figure (14 dB-A ENL)

  • Extremely low distortion (from 30 Hz to 20,000 Hz)

  • Low power consumption (less than 1 mA)

  • ∼15mm active diaphragm diameter for a good balance between low self-noise and the acoustic properties

  • Smooth roll-off at both ends of the audio range for good phase response

  • Carefully designed output stage for driving any load right down to almost “zero impedance” of long cable runs without detectable deterioration of the output signal

  • Constant output impedance over the entire audio range

  • To be powered from any standard phantom powering source (acc. to DIN 45596)

Descriptive text is from the AKG literature which appears to have been translated into English.
With this thought in mind, the occasional odd usage can be seen, but the information is there.

Specification sheets

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Service information

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The AKG Model CK 8
mini-shotgun capsule

AKG CK 8 capsule

Description and Applications
The AKG CK 8 is a short shotgun of highly stable performance. As a result of combining the gradient and interference principles, it has a frequency-independent characteristic and features a narrow angle of acceptance. Its medium-distance reach makes for a clear emphasis on the desired sound sources.

Together with FET preamplifier C 451 or C 452, the CK 8 is highly suitable for television and film soundtrack recording, for stage use, reporting and field work as well as for multi-track recording studios where good instrument separation is desired without acoustical screening of performers.

Since the distance between the diaphragm and the sound entrance is relatively great in the CK 8, vocalists on stage can use it rather close to the mouth without creating pop effects.

The AKG CK 8 mini-shotgun

Technical Data

  • Frequency Range: 30 to 18,000 Hz ±2 dB from published curve

  • Sensitivity at 1,000 Hz: 15 mV/Pa = 1.5 mV/µb = −57 dBV ref. 1 µb

  • Dimensions: 18 × 215 mm (0.7 × 8.5 in.)

  • Weight: 75 g (2.6 oz.) net

The C 452 EB

The C 452 EB box

The C-450 System

The C-450 System

The C-450 System

The C-450 System

The C-450 System

The C-450 System
Download all six of these pages in a single 2.9-megabyte PDF suitable for 8½ × 11-inch printing.

Download this 16-page booklet from AKG entitled Field Effect Transistor Condenser Studio Micro­phone in CMS, which was provided via the courtesy of Mr. A. W. Johnson of Great Britain. The booklet contains an overview of AKG condenser capsules, with specifics on the CK 1, CK 1S, CK 5, CK 8, and CK 9; the preamplifiers C 451C, C 451E, C 451CB, C 451EB, C 452CB, C 452EB; CMS C 414Ccomb and C 414Ecomb microphones, and the CE 10 Miniature Electret Con­denser Lavalier Cap­sule with Integrated FET Preampli­fier. Also included is a schematic for the C 12 and its 6072 vacuum tube power supply. This PDF booklet is 2.4 mega­bytes in size, and is formatted for 8½ × 11-inch printing. The free Adobe Reader is required.


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