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The AKG C-24 is a stereo condenser microphone. These microphones were manufactured in the 1950s and have been discontinued for many years. It incorporates two microphone systems that operate on separate outputs and was designed completely for studio use. It was used on many large-scale recordings, such as orchestral and choral work. The C-24 is known for its completely natural sound.
If used correctly, this beauty can record almost anything. While it does a great job on large-scale recordings, it has many other applications. Use it on piano, acoustic guitar, and even vocals. Find the sweet spot in your room while recording drums and this microphone will blow you away.
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Can’t get much more interesting than this microphone. Not only does it offer omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 patterns, the capsules can also be rotated 180 degrees from one another.
While this microphone was used on many famous records, a major song it was featured on was Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.” Though the C-24 is stereo, just the top capsule was used to record her vocal.
There really is no modern equivalent. AKG has developed a number of other stereo microphones throughout the years, but they’re just not the same.
Engineering is an incredibly creative job. The modern recording engineer can learn how to be extra creative using the C-24. There are unlimited applications for this microphone. Experiment with its many patterns to discover its realistic and innovative qualities.
Andrew Boullianne is a studio manager and a full-time engineer. He loves long walks on the beach and creating music. Check out Andrew’s Instagram @drewboull10 and thelalamansion.com to see the studio that he works in.