AKG’s C451 was one of the all-time great studio condenser microphones. Though the original C451 mic ended production many years ago, it’s still an extremely popular staple in studios all over the world. One of its most common applications is for drum overheads, and many engineers say there’s nothing quite like it for mic’ing cymbals - the metallic "crash" comes through brilliantly. The enduring popularity of the C451 inspired AKG to bring this mic back in the C 451B. Sonically identical to the original, which featured the much-acclaimed CK-1 cardioid capsule, the new C451B is incredibly precise and accurate. The capsule is permanently fixed to the preamp to increase overall stability under mechanical stress. It includes a switchable preattenuation pad to increase the mic’s SPL capability. A switchable highpass filter at 75 Hz or 150 Hz prevents low-end distortion, while the C451B’s all metal body provides excellent protection from RF interference. This microphone makes a great addition to any professional studio or recording set-up.
This is a serialized matched stereo pair.
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A classic by now, the CMS Series CK 1 capsule from AKG was a best seller from the moment it was launched in 1969. Comprising a range of interchangeable capsules and preamps as well as then innovative, dedicated accessories, the CMS Series from AKG quickly became a legend. It was discontinued in 1993.
Responding to growing demand from recording engineers, AKG decided to produce the C 451 B with identical acoustical behaviour of the popular original C 451 EB + CK 1 microphone again, with dramatically improved specifications and outstanding price/performance.
The capsule of the new version is fixed permanently to the preamp to eliminate the mechanical problems of the screw joint. Using an extremely light diaphragm, the new C 451 B is almost totally insensitive to handling noise. An all-metal body provides excellent protection from RF interference and the microphone is rugged enough to give excellent results even under very harsh conditions.
The C 451 B is an excellent tool for accurately capturing signals rich in transients such as drums, overhead miking, or other instruments with a percussive sound. The airy sound, high overload limit of the capsule and electronic circuitry, and improved engineering details of the C 451 B are a solid foundation for creating another legend.
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Identical acoustics of the legendary CK 1. Rugged construction. Ruler-flat on-axis frequency response. Precise, nearly frequency independent cardioid. Extremely accurate signal transfer. Transformerless output stage for minimum distortion at low frequencies. Protected against electrostatic and magnetic interference. Selectable 10-dB and 20-dB preattenuation pads. Switchable highpass filter (75 Hz or 150 Hz, 12dB/octave). Operates on phantom power to DIN/IEC between 12 V and 48 V. Complete with SA 40 stand adapter and W 90 windscreen. Each microphone comes with its own individual frequency response plot.