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C 518 M Microphone Sets

AKG Acoustics C 518 M

Pricing & Availability

  • MSRP: $249


C 518 M Documentation

CardioidAKG Acoustics C 518 M

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The C 518 is a miniature electret condenser designed for clip-mounting on drums, percussion, and brass. Two versions are available:

  • C 518 M - includes 3m XLR cable with integrated high-pass filter
  • C 518 ML - includes 1.5m XLR cable, plus A400 adapter for PT40/PT400 bodypack transmitters

As is often the case with miniature electrets, the self-noise on this mic is relatively high at 31dBA. Whether this is audible depends on the volume of the source instrument.

The mic assembly (for both models) includes a rim clamp and short gooseneck, which facilitate positioning on a drum rim.

The AKG Acoustics C 518 M is also known as: C 518 ML.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (5 mV/Pa; 60 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Filter: HPF: -4dB/octave @ 100Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 130 dB
Self-noise: 31.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a n/a n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 9–52v

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