"A classy and versatile USB microphone that has uses in both music recording and podcast creation".

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The AKG Ara lets content creators and musicians effortlessly capture studio-quality, 24-bit, 96kHz audio for superior speech clarity and stunning vocal and instrument tracks. It is reviewed in the new issue of Sound On Sound magazine.

"Tested with speech at a distance of around 30cm, the mic produces a very open and natural sound with no perceptible noise. There was also no popping during my speech tests even though I didn’t use a separate pop screen. Instruments such as acoustic guitar or even guitar amps presented no problem — indeed, I got a very usable sound from my guitar amp right away just by standing the mic on the floor about 50cm from the speaker…”

"To summarise then, given its price, sound quality and the fact that there are two polar patterns from which to choose, the Ara is a very capable and stylish piece of kit that has uses beyond podcasting."

The full review can be found here. The AKG Ara is available now priced at £115 RRP inc VAT.

AKG Professional by HARMAN is distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd. For more information please call Sound Technology Ltd on 01462 480000 or visit www.soundtech.co.uk/music-retail/akg.