Question about AKG C418 Professional Microphone

2 Answers

AKG C418 is not working!

How do I determine whether or not the 418's diaphragm is working? I've already determined continuity in the internal wiring.

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • tshogy May 07, 2008

    Hello Shaggyrat,
    Thanks for your response. I'm not sure you understand what I'm asking. I'm not speaking of a software or driver problem. The problem I'm having is with the microphone. Though I'm using 48v it is totally dead. I took the mic apart and checked continuity with a meter. Please let me know if you know how to actually test the capsule.
    Thanks

  • tshogy May 07, 2008

    Hello Shagyrat,
    Thanks for the engineering tips but I have engineered for over 30 years. My question is pertaining to testing the capsule in order to find out if it's fried or if there is just some internal loose connection.

  • tshogy May 07, 2008

    Hello Shaggyrat,
    Sorry but testing a condenser through a guitar amp is totally besides the point. I need to talk to a tech about how to test the capsule of the mic. 

  • tshogy May 22, 2008

    That makes total sense! I do have another c418 so,  I can try that.
    Thanks!
    Tony


×

2 Answers

Most people do no use just one C418. If you have another C418 or other model from the MicroMic series, borrow the PCB located inside the XLR housing. Replace the board on the defective C418. If the mic now works, the original PCB is defective. If it doesn't, it is safe to assume that the capsule is fried.

Replacement parts are available from AKG at 818 920-3279. When soldering a capsule, use the hottest solder iron possible. Iron contact with the solder terminals longer than two seconds can burh up the capsule. The faster you can flow the solder and remove the iron, the less likely you will damage the new capsule. Be sure to use a heat sink to dissipate the heat as fast as possible.

Posted on May 22, 2008

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Genius:

    An expert who has answered 1,000 questions.

  • Master
  • 1,224 Answers

It works its probably just that you dont have your drivers set up right same problem here with my usb mic you gotta go into sound and change the standard mic to the mic you want to use and if you have a web cam mic also hooked up you will want to disable web cam mic (not the web cam) in drivers these 2 mics are having conflict of interest

Posted on May 07, 2008

  • Christophe Thompson
    Christophe Thompson May 07, 2008

    this mic is a condensed mic which requires 9-52VDC phantom power



    The mic can handle SPL’s of up to 140dB with 3% THD or 131 dB with 1% THD. The signal to noise ratio is 56 dB (A-weighted)



    There are two versions of this mic: C-418PP and C-418L. The PP version has the standard XLR connector and requires a mixer or source that has phantom power. This is the most common version. The ‘L’ version has a ‘Mini’ XLR connector that is used with the AKG B29L battery operated power supply, MPA-V-L external phantom power adapter, or the WMS body pack transmitter.



    The C-418 has a hyper-cardioid polar pattern which means it has a narrow pickup field and rejects sounds from behind and to the sides. This is one of the main reasons the mic is great for drums. One thing you may want to test for and that is placing the mic so it picks up the sound of the cymbals bouncing off of the top of the drum head. You can angle the drum just enough to redirect the reflected cymbal sound away from the mic element. If you want a tight and punchier sound then aim the mic towards the perimeter of the drum head. For a more rounder and natural sound then aim the microphone towards the center of the drum.



    Some microphones have switches where you can reduce the decible input, or "pad" the input. Well the c418 does not, so you need a mic preamp that has a button to do the reduction


  • Christophe Thompson
    Christophe Thompson May 07, 2008

    do you have a regular guitar amp try the old fashioned hook it up turn it up for the mic sorry just caught on to what your saying but it states that to test a mic you gotta put under an amp my grammer not the best but i try my brain fried from too much thinking lol i have a behringer amp that has built in mic testers on them in the back for even the worst of mics to make sound good

×

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

AKG 120 to Tascam US-800 connection issues


There is no reason to use such a configuration with the US-800. I advise using a standard XLR mic cable. It's likely phantom power doesn't work over the 1/4" jacks.

Jan 26, 2012 | AKG Perception 120 Microphone

1 Answer

My D112 died midsession. Can it be reconditioned? Is it cheaper to fix or replace?


Being a dynamic microphone there is not much that can go wrong with it apart from:

  1. broken / detached wiring
  2. failed diaphragm capsule
before doing anything else check it isn't a cable fault.
AKG products normally have a 2 year warranty so if it's inside that time take t back for repair / replacement.
Otherwise a competent repairer ought to be able to fix it for you cheaper than replacement

Feb 22, 2011 | AKG D112 Professional Microphone

1 Answer

Muffled sound


I wonder how it sounds on another amp/speakers?
Did the person/shop who cleaned it test on another system and say it worked ok? A good dealer of the
AKG brand should be able to verify a problem.

Apr 14, 2010 | AKG C414BULS Professional Microphone

1 Answer

AKG D12E, WIRES INSIDE SEEM OK AM GETTING GROUND HUM BUT NO SOUND OTHER THAN GROUND HUM


One of the coil wires in the diaphragm might be broken. Try testing it with a volt ohm meter.

Jan 22, 2010 | AKG Microphones

1 Answer

My akg perception 200 is not responding


Have you tried using a another XLR cable..,or are the other mics phantom powered condensers..ie try to locate if its a mic problem or the cable..2 other points are 1 - XLR leads for phantom mics need to be XLR to XLR male to Female plugs[ends] 2- is that often an XLR to XLR cable will be not soldered or wired right,so that the power [phantom power is not getting to the mic] so ensure you have a proper cable for that job...Sorry i can't be more specific but from reading your problem all these issues come to mind..If you have ruled all these things out,then it could be the capsule or loose joint or component in the mic which means contact AKG,pro audio services or find a DIY mic person to help..G luck!!

Jan 11, 2010 | AKG Perception 200 Microphone

1 Answer

I dropped my mike (not a a big fall) and now it doesn't work.Help


Mikes are very fragile things and if you consider that the wire on the diaphragm is hair thin then you will understand that when dropped it will break easily. Also the magnetic field of the magnet is distorted by the impact. If you can get the wiring connector apart where the mike cable plugs in try testing for continuity on the 2 wires coming from the cartridge. Use a high resistance reading and work downwards. If you get nothing you will have to decide whether you want to replace the cartridge or buy a new mike. Sorry for your bad luck. I have 2 AKG mikes circa 1966 that it happened to that I still keep as a reminder.

May 20, 2009 | Samson R21 Professional Microphone

1 Answer

Plastic housing on c419 broken


Sorry that the parts list is in German, but at least you can look at the visual, see how they are put together and order the parts. Although this microphone has been discontinued, parts should still be available from AKG.

See the pdf file at the following link:

www.akg.com/mediendatenbank2/psfile/datei/47/C4184055d1f88cd3f.pdf

You will also find the email address and phone number of the American distributor. You can also visit akg's website at:

http://www.akg.com/

If my assistance helps you solve your problem, I'd appreciate your rating. Thanks for using Fixya.com

Jan 27, 2009 | AKG C418 Professional Microphone

2 Answers

Sm 58 dropped and cuts out


Under which circumstances did it fail? Might be due to internal wiring getting loose or a damaged capsule after you have dropped it. Can you take it apart to confirm that?
Cass
www.surek.co.uk

Apr 20, 2008 | Shure SLX24/58 Wireless Microphone System...

Not finding what you are looking for?
AKG C418 Professional Microphone Logo

Related Topics:

767 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top AKG Microphones Experts

capitol mike

Level 1 Expert

17 Answers

Ben Armstrong

Level 2 Expert

332 Answers

Len Jeffrey

Level 2 Expert

89 Answers

Are you an AKG Microphone Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...