AKG Acoustics C 420 User's Manual

AKG Acoustics C 420 User's Manual
C 420
Bedienungshinweise. . . . . . . S. 2
User Instructions . . . . . . . . . p. 12
Mode d’emploi . . . . . . . . . . . p. 22
Istruzioni d’uso . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32
Modo de empleo . . . . . . . . . p. 42
Instruções de uso . . . . . . . . p. 52
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1 Description
1.1 General
1.2 Versions
C 420:
C420 L:
C 420/B-lock:
The C 420 is a head-worn miniature condenser
microphone with a convenient behind-the-neck
headband. The microphone has a cardioid polar
pattern and therefore “prefers” sounds arriving
from in front of it (from the user’s mouth).
The microphone case containing the condenser
transducer is shock mounted on the microphone
arm in order to suppress cable and mechanical
noise. The microphone arm will place the microphone in front of the corner of your mouth to minimize pop noise and protect the microphone from
contamination. The supplied windscreen makes
the microphone even less susceptible to wind and
pop noise.
The C 420 is available in three versions:
With 3-pin XLR connector with integrated adapter
for 9 to 52 V universal phantom power.
With locking mini XLR connector for use with the
new version B 29 battery power supply, new version MPA II phantom power adapter, or AKG
bodypack transmitters.
With locking mini jack plug for use with the old
version B 29 battery power supply or old version
MPA II phantom power adapter.
1 Description
All C 420 versions are supplied with:
1.3 Standard
W 44 foam windscreen
B 18 battery supply
N 62 E, N 66 E AC power
1.4 Optional
Accessories for
C 420
MK 9/10 10-m (33-ft.)
connecting cable
B 29 battery supply
MPA II phantom power adapter
1.5 Optional
Accessories for
C 420 L,
C 420 B/lock
2 Interfacing
The C 420 is a condenser microphone and therefore needs a power supply.
1. Connect the phantom power adapter on the
microphone cable to a balanced XLR microphone input with phantom power.
2. Switch the phantom power on. (Refer to the
instruction manual of the unit to which you
connected your C 420.)
3. If your mixer provides no phantom power,
connect an AKG phantom power supply
(N 62 E, N 66 E, B 18) between the microphone
and the mixer.
You may connect AKG phantom power supplies to balanced or unbalanced inputs.
2.1 C 420
2 Interfacing
2.2 C 420 L
1. Plug the mini XLR connector on the microphone cable all the way into one of the two mini
XLR sockets on the B 29, the mini XLR socket
on the connecting cable of the MPA II, or the
input socket on the bodypack transmitter.
The connector will lock automatically.
2. Connect the B 29 or MPA II to the desired
2.3 C 420 B/lock
This version is identical to the C 420 L except that
it uses a screw-in mini jack plug that you can
connect directly to the old versions of the B 29,
MPA II, or AKG bodypack transmitters. (Refer to
the instruction manual of the unit you are using.)
2.4 B 29 Battery
The optional B 29 battery supply allows you to
connect two microphones to a common balanced
or unbalanced input in order to save on mixer
2.5 MPA II
Phantom Power
The optional MPA II phantom power adapter lets
you connect the C 420 to any phantom power
source or XLR input with 9 to 52 V phantom power.
2.6 External
Phantom Power
For phantom powering the C 420 L and C 420
B/lock with MPA II we recommend the optional
N 62 E or N 66 E AC power supply or the B 18 battery supply (also optional) from AKG.
Using any power supply other than those
recommended by AKG may damage your
microphone and will void the warranty.
2 Interfacing
To connect to a balanced (XLR) input, use a
standard XLR cable.
2.7 Connecting
To connect to an unbalanced input (mono jack),
use a cable with a female XLR connector and
TS jack plug (see fig. 1 below):
1. On the XLR connector, use a wire bridge to
connect pin 1 to pin 3 and the cable shield.
2. Connect the inside wire of the cable to pin 2 on
the XLR connector and the tip contact of the
jack plug.
Fig. 1: Connecting cable for unbalanced microphone inputs.
3 Operating Notes
3.1 Putting the
Microphone on
1. Adjust the temple pieces so that the behindthe-neck headband will rest securely against
your head.
Fig. 2: Adjusting the temple pieces.
2. Put the behind-the-neck headband on as
shown in figs. 3 through 5.
Fig. 3: Behind-theneck headband.
Fig. 4
Fig. 5
3 Operating Notes
Readjusting the
Temple Pieces:
Fig. 6
Fig. 7
3. If the behind-the-neck headband does not fit
snugly, readjust the temple pieces as shown in
fig. 6. Slide the cable holder so as to slacken
the cable a little (refer to fig. 7).
4. Should the microphone still fit loosely,
headband slightly
inward referring to
fig. 8.
Fig. 8:
5. Bend the gooseneck so that the microphone
will sit to one side in front of the corner of your
Aligning the
6. Reeve the microphone cable through the three
slots in the cable clip and clamp the cable clip
on your shirt collar. This takes the pull of the
cable off the microphone and the microphone
will fit your head securely and lightly.
Strain Relief:
3 Operating Notes
3.2 Windscreen
If (for instance, in outdoor use) excessive wind or
pop noise becomes audible, attach the supplied
windscreen to the microphone.
1. Slide the windscreen onto the microphone
2. Pull the windscreen over the outer edge of the
microphone capsule.
4 Specifications
4.1 Microphone
Polar pattern:
Frequency range:
Electrical Impedance at 1000 Hz:
Recommended load impedance:
Max. SPL for 1% / 3% THD:
Equivalent noise level:
Supply voltage:
C 420:
C 420 L:
C 420 B/lock:
Current consumption:
Cable length:
Net weight:
Pre-polarized condenser microphone
20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
5 mV/Pa (-46 dBV re 1 V/Pa)
200 Ω
>2000 Ω
126 dB / 130 dB
33 dB (to DIN 45412)
9 to 52 V universal phantom power
9 V battery supply through B 29 or bodypack transmitter, or 9 to 52 V universal
phantom power through MPA II adapter
9 V battery supply through B 29 or 9 to
52 V universal phantom power through
MPA II adapter
Approx. 2 mA
3-pin male XLR
Matte black
130 mm (5.2 in.) in dia.
3 m (10 ft.)
30 g (1.1 oz.) exc. of connector
4 Specifications
When connected to equipment with a CE sign, this
product conforms to EN 50 082-1.
4.2 Declaration
of Conformity
4.3 Frequency Response
4.4 Polar
5 Cleaning
Clean metal surfaces with (industrial grade)
methylated spirits or alcohol.
Clean the foam windscreen in mild soap suds. You
can use the windscreen again as soon as it has
6 Troubleshooting
Possible Cause
1. Microphone does No supply voltage.
not work:
C 420: Check phantom power source.
C 420 B/lock: Check
batteries in the
B 29 or PT 300.
C 420 L: Check batteries in the bodypack transmitter.
2. Headset does not Headband is not adjusted correctly.
fit securely;
microphone arm
Adjust headband
exactly as described in
section 3.1, referring
particularly to fig. 9.
3. Loud pop, wind,
and/or breath
Microphone sits too
close to mouth or
Align microphone
sound entry with
corner of mouth and
move microphone just
far enough away from
mouth and nose to
stop breath noise.
4. Microphone
sound becomes
duller by and by:
Internal or W 44
external windscreen
when soiled
attenuates high frequencies.
1. Clean W 44 windscreen with soap
2. Refer cleaning of
internal windscreen
to nearest AKG
Service Center.
open microphone
case yourself. This
would void the warranty.
6 Troubleshooting
5. Microphone
sounds “thin”,
feedback sets in
at low levels:
Possible Cause
Microphone sits too
far away from mouth
or nose.
Move microphone
closer to corner of
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