Review: AKG C 1000s
Positives:Great sound, forgiving
Negatives:small adaptor parts, quite large size.
AKG recently updated this classic to a new sleek black body and easier to use on/off switch. The C1000s is a great versitile mic that can be used for just about any every day application. The mic is powered either by phantom power, or by batteries that can be installed in the body for field use or use in systems where phantom power is not available. The mic is cardioid by default but can be fitted with a small adapter that some how magically turns the mic into hyper cardioid (ok its not magic but it’s kind of mystical how just adding a small piece of plastic can change the pickup pattern of a diaphragm). Speaking of which, the diaphragm is small, (I almost want to say its electret and not a true condenser, and after a quick bit of research, I find this to be the truth since AKG doesn’t mention it in their specs…) Able to handle up to 137db SPL, which isn’t all that high considering, but when are you really going to be putting anything that loud through a mic, unless you like recording on a tarmac for fun. Newer versions of the mic have a pad switch on the mic in addition to its “on/off” switch.
I have mainly used a pair of these mics for overheads in the studio (and live). They give a really nice rich full sound without being to harsh on the upper end and tend to be very forgiving regarding placement. Truth be told, I have never tried using the mics for any of their other “intended” uses. I purchased them for overhead duty, and there they sat for the longest time until I built a pair of u47 type tube mics for room/overhead duty. Overall though, great solid mic, with a nice natural sound. The only bad thing I have to say about the mic is that it’s REALLY thick and requires the AKG mic clip to mount (most aftermarket and “universal” clip mounts wont cut it).