Custom-designed for female performers, AKG has announced a sleek new live performance vocal microphone optimized for the acoustic and ergonomic requirements of the female vocalist and called Elle C
. Great name - do they have a sense of humour or has something been lost in translation we wonder? It puts us in mind of legendary old slapper Elsie Tanner from long-running English soap, Coronation Street, but that's probably not what AKG had in mind.
AKG tell us that the new Elle C condenser microphone is the result of their 60-year history of manufacturing groundbreaking mic technology, combined with extensive market research conducted to address the exact vocal characteristics and aesthetic preferences of female performers.
AKG say that the Elle C delivers an extremely accurate, detailed and natural sound and features an XLR connector module with 24-carat gold plated pins for optimized connectivity, as well as resistance to corrosion and humidity. Additionally, they tell us that the Elle C features a spring steel wire-mesh grill for extreme ruggedness offering reliable control of pops and wind noise while an artist is on stage.
Stefan Gubi, President of AKG told us, â€œIn looking at the professional audio market in general and the microphone market specifically, we realized there are very few specialized instruments for female performers. We wanted to design a high-performance microphone fine-tuned for the needs of a female vocalist both in terms of sound quality and physical appearance. The result of a detailed market research project, the Elle C delivers a technologically-advanced microphone solution to a largely unaddressed, yet vast marketplace of female vocalists.â€�
When researching the female vocalist marketplace, AKG addressed how women viewed the current live performance microphone offerings and inquired about the acoustic performance of their current microphone choice. Asking questions to get an accurate picture of her acoustic and aesthetic likes and dislikes about each of the models currently available, AKG was able to compile reliable data about what is important to the female performer and how to address her specific live performance needs.
The resulting Elle C microphone features a frequency range of 60 to 20,000 Hz and premium 24-carat gold plated transducer case for optimum conductivity. AKG tell us that not only is the sonic quality of the microphone aimed at complementing the female voice, so too is the aesthetic look of the Elle C. They say that it offers a slender and elegant silhouette and is available in a high-gloss metallic or white pearlescent finish to visually complement any performance and presumably slip easily into a handbag after a gig.
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