Category: Products / studio-gear + dj / dynamic mic's
Added: 14-Nov-11 | Author: admin
New price: discontinued | S/H price: Not listed
AKG d222I actually owned a D222 (& it's original sister the D202e and many others) back in the day when I had a trade deal with AKG and used to purchase "ex-conference rental" mics cheaply from their UK base in The Vale at Acton. It's a very fine mic with a crisp, non-bassy sound, working very well on drums such as snare as an alternative to the usual suspects.
A very unusual mic the D222, because it uses two transducers mounted in the body with a crossover. So you have one transducer for the treble-end, and the second for the bass with the crossover frequency set at 500Hz... as AKG says in it's literature from the time, this is a similar system to a 2-way speaker with a tweeter & bass unit, and it really works!
This 2-transducer system means the D222 doesn't suffer from the usual dynamic-mic "proximity effect" (bass increases as you get the mic nearer the source), but despite the fact it has an internal shock suspension system and is claimed not to give handling noise, I found that due to the way they have designed this 2-way system it does sound a little weird when used "hand-held"... it's like you can almost hear the "metallic" hollow sound of the mic tube if it is "handled" audibly. Therefore I wouldn't use this except on a stand, even tho it is a "dynamic mic", but get this one on a stand over a snare or whatever & you are treated to a crisp clear sound with no emphasised bass, no matter how close you mic and no matter what the angle of the mic on the snare drum or whatever other source.
Another reason this mic is a real workhorse survivor is the pop-shield, which is not a usual foam-lined wire basket as found on most dynamic mics, but rather it is AKG's classic sintered bronze basket which not only rejects the tiniest dust & metal particles & even rain (outdoors) from getting onto the precious transducer system, but is so rugged you can drop a brick on and it wont dent (the brick might break tho, lol). This exclusive AKG sintered-bronze basket means that this baby can easily survive endless live gigs, even stage-invasions & general mic flinging antics etc.
The D222 has a frequency range from 20Hz- 18KHz & handles SPL's of around 124dB. The mic features a 3-way bass roll-off switch offering positions for: 0dB - 6dB & 12dB at 50Hz.
Anyways, a classic old-skool mic, which incidently, in it's D202 form (studio version) you may have seen on TV in the British Houses of Parliament where it is still used today. If you see one cheap get it cos this is now a vintage classic bit of kit!
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