AKG D224E (circa 1968) The Best Dynamic Microphone Ever Made?

AKG D224E

The AKG D224E is an extraordinary combination of revolutionary design and high quality engineering, which conspires to challenge  preconceptions about the capabilities of a dynamic microphone. Not only does it have the expected performance of a quality dynamic:-

  • ability to handle high SPLs,
  •  fat, punchy midrange,
  • tonally smooth high end,
  • no requirement for external power,

BUT…………….. It also has all the characteristics of a good condenser!

  • Wide flat frequency response 20hz to 20Khz !!
  • Excellent transient response.
  • Tight, uniform, cardioid polar pattern.
  • Sound arriving from any angle of incidence is completely uncoloured.
  • Rear attenuation is -20db at all frequencies, giving excellent rejection characteristics.

AKG D 224E Leaflet

IN ADDITION

The D224 (in common with the D200, D202 and D222) does not exhibit proximity effect.

This AKG Brochure below, from 1970, gives detailed technical information and fully explains the design of this extraordinary microphone.

AKG 2 Way Mics 1970

So what does it sound like?                                                                            On the morning this mic arrived from my usual supplier (ebay) the sun was shining (as it always does when a new mic arrives!) and the birds outside in the garden were singing loudly. I set up a mic stand outside my back door .

Click here for my first recording with the D224.

Here is another sound clip recorded at a live Rock’n’Roll show. It demonstrates the ability of the D224E to handle high level transients and reject unwanted sounds.

Click here for Rock’n’Roll Guitar.

Over the coming weeks I will add some more recorded examples. I really do like the sound of this mic!

P.S.

As with the AKG D222, the accurate off axis response of the D224 has , over many years , been perfect for politicians who don’t tend to talk straight ( into the mic)!

Tony Blair AKG D224

Notice the use of the additional pop shield, to prevent wind (and hot air) imploding on the low end capsule!

P.P.S.  If you are a fan of the D224 you may also be interested to check out the Oktava MD-186.

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5 responses to “AKG D224E (circa 1968) The Best Dynamic Microphone Ever Made?

  1. Hello Martin,
    Do you know the differences between the D224c, D224d and D224e (and other 224’s if available)?
    Best regards,
    Kjaratn

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    • Hi Kjartan,
      As far as I know it was only made in 2 versions (same as most AKG mics of the period), the ‘C’ and the ‘E’. The ‘C’ models had a Klien Tuchel connector and the ‘E’ models had an XLR. In all other respects they were exactly the same microphone. So if you buy an AKG D224C you will need a Tuchel to XLR adapter to plug into modern equipment. The 224E just uses a modern XLR cable. Hope that helps.
      Martin

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  2. Hi Martin :
    I purchased one AKG D224E new in 1982. It was brand new never used in the box with the cable and adapter. I have used this for three of my CDs. Look on Bandcamp.com for Friends and Sagreras by Raymond Lohengrin. My microphone still looks like new. It is a great sounding microphone.

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