Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Viktorreddersen, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Viktorreddersen

    Viktorreddersen Active Member

    Dec 6, 2012
    Hello Recordings.org

    My name is Viktor Reddersen, and I am new to this forum and to the world of different mics as well.

    I got an AKG C34 from a closed studio last week. Now; I don't know a lot about microphones, since I'm "just" working as a radio journalist. But anyway I would like to ask you, what kind of microphone I just got.

    I did a little research and I can conclude, that it is best for close range recordings, instruments and vocals. Which other qualities does it have? What is it best at?

    It's in very nice shape, and the S42 box is there as well as 12-pin-cables etc.

    Secondly, I would like to ask you what the price would be for a mic like that. How much is it worth? I'm thinking about selling it, if it's too much or the wrong choice for my needs.

    I hope, that you can help me - thanks a lot.

    Yours sincerely, Viktor Reddersen (DENMARK)
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    The C34 is a stereo condenser microphone.

    I've used them from time to time over the years, it's a nice mic, good for recording stereo sources or things like overhead drum mics, groups of vocalists, brass, strings, etc.

    If memory serves correct (it's been years since I used one) the built in pattern is an adjustable stereo and M-S array... so you can really tailor the sound you want depending on what you are recording.

    I've used it for drum overheads, small string ensembles and even on a piano, with nice results.

    The S42 is the power supply/gain/pattern selector for the mic.

    I have no idea what the average pricing is for used models, your best bet is to check on sites like eBay, or even pro audio brokerages to see if any have been sold recently, and what price they sold for.

    I would think that you could find more information on this mic if you do a simple google or yahoo search.

  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Dude, you have been presented with one of the finest Christmas gems, ever! I believe this microphone is valued at better than $2500 US? Might be more like $3500 US today?

    While this microphone is obviously intended for stereo recording, it works perfectly well as a single, monaural, microphone also. You don't have to use both outputs if you don't want to.

    This microphone is also rather unique in that it is known as a side address design. This means that the capsules are actually perpendicular to the tubular body. So you don't pointed in the direction of the tubular body. You point it sideways toward the front nameplate while the microphone body is virtually a vertical tube. As if it was sitting on top of a parking meter on the street. The capsule heads, if memory serves me correctly since I've never used that one before, also rotate. It's important for the two capsules to rotate for different types of stereophonic microphone techniques that this particular microphone is capable of delivering. And that's basically three different types of stereo microphone techniques known as XY, ORTF and MS also known as Middle-Side. And in addition to that, each one of those rotating capsule heads actually has nearly the equivalent of two microphones in each one of the rotating capsule heads. Beachhead has a pair of capsules that are back-to-back. If you hold it up to a bright light, you'll be able to see the gold diaphragms. I believe the different types of stereophonic output capabilities from this microphone are adjustable on the microphone and with an external remote control at the end of the microphone cord, which I believe was an option? You don't need to have that but if you do, it offers up more versatility at the other end of the cord from the microphone.

    And if you happen to want to sell this microphone? I'm sure you'll find some takers right here? Which will then allow you to purchase your Christmas present for you by providing a Christmas present for someone else. This is too nice a piece to stick in your drawer and let rot. And I can assure you, it will rot. This microphone is also already probably like +25 years old? Which doesn't mean it's a bad. Plenty of us have microphones that are older and very similar to this one that have capsules over 40 years old and still functioning quite well. Well mostly quite well LOL.

    The only problem with this type of microphone is that they were frequently hung up in auditoriums for years. And because of how this microphone works and how it must be powered, the capsules inside, actually work a little bit like electrostatic hair pollution cleaners. In that because of the electrostatic charge on the capsules, when left out in the open, powered up, for extended periods of time, the capsules can become quite dirty and contaminated with heavy particulate matter. Any attempts to clean off the capsules can destroy them. And some get pretty gnarly looking yuck. The only way to clean the capsules is with distilled water and a very soft camel hair brush used for painting and nothing, NOTHING else. Nothing else. In the end, since you're obviously not a technician, I wouldn't go there if I was you. But you may be asked about this if you put them up for sale? But when held up to the light, if you can see those Gold capsules sparkle, you're good to go.

    This particular brand of Austrian microphone is one of the finest in the world. And you know the Austrians are a lot like the Germans just a little more whacked in the head. So they compete with quite a bit of ferocity and passion just like their neighbors to their north. And with their neighbors to the north. There's only one batter microphone then this adds to the north. It's not even really better just different. Both companies have their own particular character of sound in their products. All extremely, extremely desirable. Top shelf. Pick of the best. And you've got it. This person must have held you in very high regard to have given you a gift of this caliber and value. You're a lucky man.

    Congratulations what a lovely gift. We are all salivating over our spiked eggnog. (That's not really a pretty thought)
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  4. Viktorreddersen

    Viktorreddersen Active Member

    Dec 6, 2012
    Hey Remy Ann David.

    Can you please send med an email - viktor.reddersen@gmail.com - I have a question for you :)

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