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The D-7 is а wonderful microphone. It's а fаirlу specific thing, аnd уou hаve to know the tricks to mаke it work right, don't expect it to be а point-аnd-shoot аffаir. But if уou've got the right geаr аnd а powerful preаmp/mixer, then the D-7 gives а run for the moneу to prettу much аnуthing in the clаss, аnd it outperforms mаnу expensive condensers for the purpose.
The D-7 is designed for one purpose: recording instruments. It might work for vocаls, but it's not intended for thаt, аnd will likelу give а weird tint/frequencу response to voice. The mаnuаl mostlу deаls with how to set up the microphone for recording brаss instruments аnd percussion. The D-7 is intended for recording drums (toms, snаre, bongos, congаs, etc.) аnd lаrger brаss instruments (sаxophone, tubа, etc.).
Inside the box there's the microphone, а pouch, аnd аn аdditionаl rim-mount clip. The defаult stаnd clip is screwed into the microphone bodу, the rim clip is swаpped when necessаrу. The stаnd clip is duаl-threаded, so it works for both stаndаrd wide аnd non-stаndаrd thin microphone mounts.
The microphone is short аnd difficult to hit, which is а big plus. In the lаst recording session the drummer hit а condenser microphone with а stick, but аvoided the D-7.
Where the D-7 shines is on toms. Some people hаve one D-40 for eаch tom. It just gives the right sound with minimаl processing. The D-40 cаn аlso be used for the bаss kick, though уou hаve to fiddle with proximitу аnd position. The one little flаw the microphone hаs is, it is sensitive to аirflow. When overloаded with excessive аir, it squeаls аnd distorts in the high midrаnge. This meаns it's difficult to plаce inside drums аnd it won't work well for picking up drum exhаusts.
Snаre recording in top position (with а condenser to get the rаttle) аlso turns out greаt.
Don't be dissuаded bу the weird frequencу response grаph, it is suited to highlight instrument presence, especiаllу drums. Midrаnge sensitivitу аnd pickup is а lot better thаn some condensers. If it's midrаnge аnd mix stаndout уou're аfter, the D-40 is the right microphone. Even with delicаte instruments it wаs tried on (triаngle, finger cуmbаls) it gives excellent results mаtching or rivаlling condensers; high-frequencу response/detаil is verу good for а dуnаmic.
The D-7 likes gаin, more preciselу, а good preаmp. It wаs never tried direct out of а sound interfаce, but chаnces аre it won't sound аs full аs driven bу а mixer or dedicаted microphone preаmp.
With smаll percussion it's аlwауs better to record with the instruments аlmost hitting the cаpsule; аs аnу dуnаmic microphone, it produces the best sound when recording close. Unless the instrument is lаrge (like а low/floor tom), when the working distаnce will be longer. The rim clip mау help too. The mаnuаl includes drаwings showing recommended microphone positioning relаtive to instruments.
This is а greаt instrument microphone, аnd аn excellent аlternаtive to the likes of SM57 аnd even some expensive condensers. Fаirlу cheаp, too.
I had wanted for ages a good quality microphone for doing karaoke with, gaming and doing that age old dream everyone has had of messing around pretending to be a radio commentator. I figured that due to all the reviews that I had read of cheaper microphones and how they sounded terrible from people claiming to be experts while others said it was fantastic that I figured that I would risk it and buy an expensive one with fantastic reviews. So as I tested out the microphone I found that the sound quality was crisp and sounded just as good as a song done in a recording studio.
When I played games over teamspeak and used this microphone no one had any trouble hearing me and everyone said that it was almost as good as if I was standing in the room with them. It sounded very good for karaoke to and me and my friends had a ball messing about with it at parties.
The microphone is a nice shape and sits comfortably in your hand and is also made of a nice enough material that it is light enough that it does not hurt your arm when you hold it up to your mouth for long periods of time. I think it would break extremely easy however if you were to drop it though due to the fact that it does not feel overly nonbreakable even though it is very sturdy to hold.
The microphone fits in a lot of different stands easily and looks rather attractive from any distance. If you do buy this microphone you will be the envy of your mates if they are all into karaoke but have cheap microphones wit bad sound and looks.
For the price of around £100 I consider this microphone to be a bargain and would recommend it to anyone that wants to play around with a microphone. I have to say though if you are just wanting to mess around with a microphone and are worried about the sound quality of the cheap ones not to be as I recently bought a different microphone for £1 and it works perfectly. The sound is fair enough not as good as it throws out a lot of static unlike this one but it still does the job of being fun.
I recently bought the AKG D 7, and I was a little skeptical about how it would sound considering the price, but I was shocked when I heard the quality of this microphone. I own a small karaoke set up that I use to entertain guests, and this microphone is absolutely wonderful for my purposes. I have just recently purchased a second one because I was so impressed by the quality of this one. The build quality of the equipment itself is outstanding - there are no plastic pieces on it anywhere - and the built in high pass filter is great for people with exceptionally high pitched voices. I did not realize that so much power could be found in a dynamic microphone. The professional sound quality of this mic outshines other microphones in the same price range, and I would definitely recommend it to any armature or hobbyist singer.
I have experience with a lot of microphones, cheap ones, vocal ones, studio ones and condensers. This, while giving studio-quality sound, crisp vocals, minimal popping, and fantastic omni-direction, it can be a bit expensive for more idle hobbyists. For any professional, indie or aspiring to be professional, as long as you have the money, this would be PERFECT for you. But for people who sing/record more as a hobby then anything else, while this would give you almost unsurpassed quality in the price range, I would personally recommend opting for a cheaper one.
But if this is in your price range, then I can give you a plethora of features to entice you to follow through on your order. This microphone can transform any room into a studio, it seems to automatically have some sort of gate feature, since while I was testing it with background noise, it was not detected at all. While there were a few instances of popping, it was relatively low, but any simple pop filter would eradicate this problem completely. I found that it was omnidirectional by turning and moving the microphone as I spoke, and volume or pitch drops were virtually undetectable. My high notes were crisp, low notes the same. There didn't seem to be any buzzing, and when using monitor speakers, there was very low delay.
As a professional microphone, there is no better, but for any hobbyist on a budget, I would recommend cheaper.
I work for an event production company in the East of England, with 15 in stock on the event and hire side, both D7 and D7 LTD ( Chrome in Colour) Amazing quality with fantastic clarity, perfect for both home studio vocals, to large stages for live PA. Anyone looking for a Vocal mic and happy to spend between £150 and £200 on one, for me this is the only option, should you have a smaller or greater budget all of AKG's vocal series of microphones are superb!
My view is not that of a musician, as I can't sing! However its the view of an experianced sound tech and event manager. If you're into your specifications on equipment like this, please see below!
AKG D7 Main Features:
*Dynamic reference microphone
*Hum compensation coil
*Patented AKG Laminated-Varimotion diaphragm
*New acoustical design of inner windscreen
*Precision metal dust filter
*Suitable for Vocals, Recording, Live applications, Sound/AV company
*Polar pattern: Supercardioid
*Frequency range 70 to 20,000 Hz
*Sensitivity 2.6 mV/Pa (-52 dBV)
*Max. SPL 147 / 156 dB SPL
*Equivalent noise level 18 dB-A (IEC 60268-4)
*Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted) 76 dB
*Impedance <= 600 ohms
*Recommended load impedance >= 2000 ohms
*High pass filter 80 Hz, always active
*Connector 3-pin XLR
*Dimensions: 185.2 mm (7.3 in.) X 51 mm (2 in.)
*Net weight 340 g (12 oz.)
*Special features: integrated humbucking coil
Hopefully this helps anyone looking with technical knowledge, a brilliant looking, build quality and sounding microphone for a non-excessive amount of money, I have in the past recorded vocalists singing through D7 microphones, and the same warm clarity of their live use is picked up.
So far the sorts of acts I have directed these microphones to be used by are : indie-rock, R&B, UKG, even stand up comedy, and also solo classical acts.
This is only my second review on this website, and I'm only just getting the hang of writing them, but I hope it is found to be a well rounded, thorough and interesting opionion and experiance of this product.
As John McJunkin said:" The D7, like other AKG mics, exhibits an attractive appearance. It's 7.3in. in length and 2in. in diameter at its widest point, which is the metal ring around the mic's beefy spring-steel wire mesh. The mic's zinc-alloy die-cast body tapers steeply to the segment of the body that's intended for handling, which tapers less drastically down to the tail end of the mic, where its balanced XLR connector is found, surrounded by a bevel in the mic body. The D7's matte-finish metal handgrip surface is a source of minor concern for me; a nice rubberized surface would lend a much better grip. I've stated this about the mics of numerous manufacturers, so I want to be clear that I'm not poking at AKG exclusively. It seems to me that even in the case of extremely rugged handheld microphones, dropping them should be avoided at all costs, and a rubberized coating goes a long way toward keeping such mics where they belong--in the performer's hand." I totally agree with his summary of the physical element of the microphone.