On this 5th installment of my mic demo series I’m out to find out if the AKG C1000s is indeed the “Swiss Army Knife of Microphones” by using it for vocals and acoustic guitar.
As a Drummer, I’ve come to know the AKG C1000s as either an overhead or a hi-hat mic. Being a small-diaphragm condenser, I also noticed that engineers would typically use it for acoustic guitars, and I had bought it for those exact three purposes.
However, as I like to experiment with different microphones on each vocalist I get to record, I started including the C1000s in the shootouts. Eventually, I found myself coming back to it more often that I would’ve imagined. More than once I found myself favouring it for vocals over more conventional, large-diaphragm mics.
Recently, I found myself using it quite a lot while recording Tali for our project Shadow Ensemble, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to demo the mic and also give a peek into how we record a guide track for a new song. The acoustic guitar here was also recorded with the C1000s, together with its pick-up panned hard left for a fuller sound.
What’s your surprising go-to studio weapon? Share your thoughts below!