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AKG Acoustics D 1000E

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  • MSRP: n/a
  • Discontinued

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D 1000E Documentation

CardioidAKG Acoustics D 1000E

Dynamic Microphone

The D1000E is a dynamic microphone with a fixed Cardioid polar pattern and a three-position voicing switch that provides two alternate voices for the microphone.

D 1000EThe three voices are created with an internal RC network. The modes are labeled B, M, and S; their behavior is as follows:

  • B (Bass) - “Flat, wide-range response at medium to long distances, pronounced bass emphasis (proximity effect) at close distances.” At working distances of 1m or greater, this mode provides the flattest frequency response of the three available modes. According to the mic’s schematic, the “B” switch position bypasses the RC networks, which means the sound of the capsule is being passed straight through to the XLR jack without equalization or filtering.
  • M (Medium) - “Moderately reduced bass and midrange at medium to long distances, normal bass (neutralized proximity effect) at close distances.” This mode introduces a self EQ that attenuates mids below 3kHz by 4dB, with additional attenuation (up to 6dB total) below 500Hz.
  • S (Sharp) - “Slightly reduced bass and midrange at medium to long distances, moderately reduced bass at close distances.” In fact, this mode provides an aggressive low shelf below 1500Hz, with 13dB attenuation at 100Hz. It is recommended for use in reducing wind and handling noise (for outdoor productions), or any time speech intelligibility is required.

All modes provide a broad 2dB presence boost from 3–6kHz, which rolls off fairly sharply above 11kHz.

The mic’s sensitivity is very low at 0.23mV/Pa. Compare to the Shure SM7B (1.1mV/Pa) and SM57 (1.9mV/Pa). For quiet sources, this microphone would need more than 60dB of (very clean) preamp gain. For loud sources such as drums, it would cope well without the need for an external pad.

D 1000E Sintered Bronze CapThe mic’s body is nickel-plated brass. The unusual grille material is sintered bronze.

The D 1000E originally shipped with the SA-12 hardmount, and a foam-lined vinyl case.

Numerous versions of the mic were sold, dating as far back as 1967. According to AKG:






ModelInterfaceImpedance
D 1000 C/200Canon200 Ω
D 1000 EXLR200 Ω
D 1000 C/60Canon60 Ω
D 1000 HITunknownunknown
D 1000 Munknownunknown

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Specifications

Frequency Response - Cardioid (B mode)Click Graph to Compare!
D 1000E Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - Cardioid (M mode)Click Graph to Compare!
D 1000E Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - Cardioid (S mode)Click Graph to Compare!
D 1000E Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (0.23 mV/Pa; 40 - 17,000 Hz)
Cardioid (0.23 mV/Pa; 40 - 17,000 Hz)
Cardioid (0.23 mV/Pa; 40 - 17,000 Hz)
  • Filter: M mode: -4dB mids/lows (Via Switch)
  • Filter: S mode: -10dB mids/lows (Via Switch)
Coil Diameter Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 130 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
240g (8.47oz) 156mm (6.14'') 37mm (1.46'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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