Now I know that there is nothing out there that could make my singing voice sound more appealing to others, perhaps apart from a complete voice transplant with Adele when the technology eventually exists. Fortunately for the worlds ears there are plenty of people who sound very good when they sing without the need to borrow the sound of the world’s biggest pop star! However, even if your voice does sound angelic, you are going to want something to help you show it off to others and that is where the humble microphone comes in. Today we will be looking at one in particular, the AKG D5, and seeing if it will be suitable for your singing needs.
Tell me what features it has?
This is a microphone which was designed to be rough and ready for whenever it si needed. That is why the build quality of the piece is so high with a spring steel wire-mesh grill protecting the innards of the top of the mic. It is not just the external part of the AKG which is ready for action though, as the insides are jam packed with clever technology to ensure that your voice sounds as good as it can. Its supercardioid polar pattern means that you will be receiving maximum gain before feedback, and this results in a very crisp sound.
What are the positives?
The way the microphone has been designed means that it needs very little tuning as the laminated varimotion mesh diaphragms deep drawing process allows it to be fine tuned without the need of much intervention. The microphone is also heavy enough to be comfortable in the hand for a long period of time without being too heavy, and as it is a dynamic microphone it can take a lot of abuse which is what you are looking for when you are giving it your all up on stage! This is a microphone which sounds like some of the ones which are well above its price range.
Better sum up the negatives too.
This is not a complaint which has come up too often when looking into the AKG D5, but some of the people who have previously used it have complained that the low end van be slightly muddy when it comes to the sound quality. This could well mean that the microphone is affected differently for different voices, but this is something to keep an eye on (or ear out for) when you are looking into this mic. Another small but still notable issue is that the aesthetics of this microphone are not as nice as those of some of its competitors.
What’s the conclusion?
It is without a doubt that the AKG D5 is better than the SM58 which is one of its closet rivals, but there are still a couple of small points mentioned above you should check out in more detail before you commit to a purchase. That being said, it is a very good microphone for a jobbing singer, so if that is what you are using it for you could have found your dream piece of kit!