Today, we’ll be reviewing the AKG P220 large-diaphragm condenser microphone.
Although AKG is known for its high-end microphones and innovations in recording technology, the company has had its hand in consumer-grade products for some time and to varying success. Let’s see how it’s managed with the P220.
Our verdict on the AKG P220
The P220 is a versatile microphone that can be useful in a number of different applications. While it might not be the best microphone in the world, its price point leaves little to argue with.Check availability and price: SweetwaterAmazon
Polar pattern and frequency response
The P220 is a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone with a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz and a max SPL of 135 dB.
The microphone has a 20 dB pad increasing its SPL to 155 dB, as well as a bass roll-off switch which filters everything below 300 Hz.
Overall, the microphone’s frequency response is fairly neutral, showing only a small lift at 10 kHz before slowly rolling off.
The P220 is versatile and can be used on a broad array of different applications. Its sound signature is generally warm, and can be fit for several different vocal styles and types.
This microphone is ideal for vocals. It has a lot of warmth and body which could be useful for female vocalists trying to lose some edginess in their delivery.
Its high SPL can also make it suitable for music styles with more aggressive tendencies, such as death metal or post-screamo.
We were surprised at how well this microphone rejected off-axis sound, and for that we could see it being a decent candidate for live vocals.
An SM58 might still be better to take the beatings of tour life, but the P220 seems to hold its own.
Due to its high SPL, the P220 could work as a drum microphone. We can’t say it excels in any one area of this application, but it’s worth experimenting with.
This can work wonders as a guitar microphone, whether for close or far-miking purposes.
The P220 doesn’t really have the depth necessary to capture a full bass sound, but when used in conjunction with another microphone can be ideal for shaping overall tone.
While you won’t get any glitter out of your guitar using this microphone, it works just fine for acoustic guitars.
The P220 is chunky and solid, so much so that we would feel fairly comfortable taking it on the road.
It should be noted that unlike it’s more budget-friendly sibling, the P120, the P220 has a true condenser capsule inside of it rather than an electret.
The electret was used on the P120 to cut costs, but you can really hear the difference with a true condenser on this microphone.
Compared to other microphones
Let’s take a look at a few other microphones in comparison to the AKG P120. You can also check out our recommendations for the best budget condensers.
AKG P220 vs. AKG P420
If you have the means, invest in the P420. It’s essentially the same as what you get with the P220, but with a better performance.
AKG P220 vs. Audio-Technica AT2020
We would prefer you get the AKG over the Audio-Technica. The AT2020 is more akin to the P120, considering they both have electret condensers, but you can’t beat the real thing.
AKG P220 vs. Rode NT1-A
The Rode NT1-A is the much more popular choice out of these two, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better for every application. You can’t really go wrong with either, so pick whichever suits your fancy.
Who is the AKG P220 best suited for?
This microphone is best suited for artists looking for a workhorse condenser microphone. It’s versatile, inexpensive, and well-built. What more can you ask for?
- Good for a number of applications.
- Neutral frequency response.
- True condenser.